Paper Piecing School… with Chris Jurd

I’m super excited to be going back to school today. Paper piecing school that is… let me explain.

Once a months, my LQS runs a class with Chris Jurd. I’ve been on the wait list since around October last year. It’s a very popular class.

We get to flick through the folder in-store, and choose one of Chris’ patterns to make (well, get started) on the day. I’ve been a fan of her work, for a very very long time and have admired her quilts at the Quilt Shows and Fairs.

It was hard to choose, but in the end I chose to make the Jacobean Star Quilt.

I found this photo of the Jacobean Star Quilt, on Blue Mountain Daisy’s blog. Nice right?

Last night, I did my required photocopying of pattern sheets, chose fabrics and got my old sewing machine ready. I decided that I’ll take my old sewing machine as it’s more portable than my current one, has a carry case – plus it weighs about 100kg less - well not that much, but it’s lighter.

I couldn’t decide which fabrics I wanted to use, so in the end I decided on this little bundle of Denyse Schmidt lovelies + plus a few coordinating spot and dot fabrics.

DS Fabrics

I still think I need a dark contrasting fabric, but hey, that’s the joy of having a class held in an actual bricks & mortar quilt store - tonnes of fabric to choose from :-)

I’ll let you know how I go, but I’m super excited!

I’ll leave you with this question for the day: If you could do a quilt class with anyone, who would it be?


  1. lovely quilt, that's the one you will do? wow?? I like paper piecing! just one word of advice- from still a newbie paper piecer- be careful with directional and striped/ checkered fabrics, because you don't know how it will turn or end up in the block. I really like your fabric choices, just wondering about the checkered ones, and even the one 2nd from the right (it might be totally okay)
    You'll love paper piecing

  2. Best wishes and great success on your class and if I could have a class with anyone it would be Ricky Tims. I like how his quilts flow. A Great question.

  3. Ohh yay!!! Your fabric choices will make this quilt sing, so bright and cheery. Have a wonderful class, cant wait to see the pics!!
    I did a Sue Spargo class and loved it!!! Next is Sue Daley, to help my EPP addiction :)

  4. Have a super fun day. You'll learn so much from Chris Jurd, she really is the best teacher! And the quilt you've chosen to do is amazing, looking forward to seeing it in your fabrics.

  5. I would love to do a class with Lisa Walton, dye the fabric and then make a quilt.
    Love your DS fabrics they look good together. I picked up some JOANN fabric($5m)at Craft Depot at Pennant Hills that looks like DS could be cause they go so well with the ones in my stash but all it has on the selvage is made for JOANN.
    Have a great day, can't wait to see your progress

  6. That quilt is stunning! I can't wait to see yours!
    I am doing a quilting workshop with Deborah Louie in March which should be fun!

  7. I hope you had a great time and learnt heaps. My regular class at the local LQS for tomorrow is cancelled - they were flooded in the terrible storms Penrith experienced last week.

  8. I would love to do a quilting course with Angela Walters. Sigh. And love your DSQ fabrics - they'll be gorgeous!

  9. Wow. I can't wait to see the quilt that comes out of that class!

    I think I'd like to take a class with Alex Anderson. I'm not much of a joiner, but I think she would make me feel at ease.

  10. I'd love to take a class from Gwen Marston. She's my liberation hero! I love the colors you chose--and that dark red on the left will do well as a contrast. How about a bright lime green?

  11. I would choose Rosalie Quinlan to do a class with...........or if she was not available then Jennifer Knol........
    Can't wait to see your finished quilt :)


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