Everyone knows I love Chris Jurd, She's an awe inspiring quilter, a very patient teacher with lots of tips and tricks up her sleeve and a fun friend. She's actually the reason I started a blog. I wanted to leave comments on her blog, Patchwork Fundamentals and I was trying to figure out how, so I pushed a few buttons, clicked on a few options and before I knew it I had my own blog.

Hi Chris , tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a full-time quilt maker, pattern designer and teacher living in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.
Twice married with two adult children and have just become a grandmother for the first time.

How long have you been quilting?
I’ve been quilting since my son was a baby and he’s now nearly 30. I started in the early 80s before rotary
cutters came to Australia. We ruled lines and cut with scissors! Seems hard to believe doesn’t it?

What enticed you to start quilting?
As a stay-at-home mum I looked on it as a way to make some money while at home with the kids. After that
I was hooked. I made the obligatory sampler quilt then branched out into other designs.

What do you love about quilting?
All the beautiful fabric available and how you can use it make something so usable. I like the whole process
from cutting the fabric to quilting the quilt.

Is there any part of the process that you don't like?
Not really. Piecing is the design coming together and the quilting is what enhances all your hard work.

Do you have a favourite sewing saying or motto?
I tell my students – “Finished is better than perfect”. Don’t stress too much – it’s supposed to be fun!

What model sewing machine do you use?
I have a Bernina 150 which is 12 years old. Still going well and it gets quite a workout.

Do you listen to music while you sew? What is your favourite type or cd?
I usually have the radio on in the house – Triple J is my station.

What is your favourite food?
I have a real weakness for cake or a biscuit with my cuppa. Closely followed by a glass of wine or three
every evening. Seafood/Asian would be my menu choice.

Do you have any furry friends that keep you company while you sew?
Sadly my beautiful cat Floss died a couple of years ago. I’d love another but I’m not home that often to look
after one – maybe when I retire.

Tell us about the house block you've made?
I found the pattern which I enlarged in an old Quilters Newsletter magazine and kept a copy because I
thought it was so cute and different. Unfortunately I can’t find the mag now or I would be able to credit the
great designer. It was a bit complicated to sew but the result is worth it. It is foundation pieced as are most
things I sew these days.
Thanks Rachael for the opportunity to waffle on about myself.

No, Thank YOU Chris, and thank you for your most awesome house!! I've never seen one like it!

Pop over and visit Patchwork Fundamentals to see what Chris has been up to. Her blog is always full of fabulous eye candy! If you are tempted to make one of her quilts she has an etsy shop called Patchwork Fun.

Just as a teaser, next week's house block includes bathing suits... tune in to find out how that is possible!