Take your foundation piecing skills to the next level and create Chris Jurd’s Pickled Fish Quilt pattern featuring the Pickle Dish quilt block. With Chris’s expertise and guidance, creating this foundation pieced with curved piecing quilt block will be achievable for any quilter with a love of curved quilt blocks.
Includes instructions and digital pattern with foundation templates to make your version of the Pickled Fish Quilt
Full materials list included in instructions
Chris takes you through the whole process of foundation piecing the Pickle Dish block, from preparing the foundations through to joining the components with curved piecing
You’ll also learn how to create the border with curved piecing to finish the quilt design
Includes Chris’s tips on foundation piecing and the essential tools required to make your foundation piecing journey a success
Includes a gallery of Chris’s other quilt projects to inspire you
Detailed step-by-step instructions take you through all the processes from cutting your fabrics through to completing the quilt
Suitable for advanced-level quilters with experience in foundation piecing and curved piecing
Chapter 1: Meet Chris Jurd (4 min)
Meet quilter, designer and teacher Chris Jurd as she shares with you her journey in quilting and introduces you to the foundation-pieced Pickle Dish block quilt you’ll be learning.
Chapter 2: Prepare the foundation (9 min)
Before you get started, Chris shares with you the tools and equipment you will need for your foundation piecing, making your templates from freezer paper and how to choose your fabrics for each block.
Chapter 3: Make the block (44 min)
Chris shows you how to foundation pieced components of the Pickle Dish block and then she shows you how to join all the pieces together using curved piecing.
Chapter 4: Make the border (8 min)
Then Chris shows you how to make the border and what to look for when laying out your blocks to finish your quilt.
Chapter 5: Show and tell with Chris (8 min)
For more inspiration, Chris shares her gallery of other quilts with lots of examples of foundation piecing, curved piecing and some stunning scrappy quilt examples.
Do you make lots of quilts – what’s your yearly average?Five or six a year, on average. Some by hand and some by machine. You always work wonders with circle motifs.
Are they a favourite design element for you?Yes, they are. Not many quilters like sewing them, but I’ve done so many over the years, I’ve perfected any hiccups that may occur. I find it hard to sew square and rectangular blocks these days!
Your style varies broadly – do you like to keep the look of your quilts every-changing so working on them stays fresh and exciting?That’s the idea, isn’t it? For me, making them, and for potential makers of my patterns.
“You’re only as good as your last quilt!” What are your favourite colours and prints to work with?At the moment, I’m into modern fabrics after a long time using reproductions. Large prints, low-volume prints, geometrics – new ranges coming all the time to keep me designing and sewing.
Do you like to participate in craft retreats?Sure do, as a participant and a tutor. I organise two a year locally for up to 40 quilters each time and I travel far and wide as a tutor for other groups.
Are you a haby-store addict? And, if so, what draws you back to those shops again and again?Not so much the haby but definitely the fabrics. I’m not a gadget person, so I buy needles, threads, rulers etc but I’m constantly looking at new ranges for inspiration.
Do you work on one project at a time or do you prefer to have several ideas going at once?Several, definitely. Hand or machine piecing, hand or machine quilting, appliqué are all on the WIP pile. I’m hand sewing every night in front of the TV or I’d fall asleep!
Who are your crafting/quilt-making heroes?Mary Mashuta, Karen Stone, Gwen Marston and all the modern quilters I follow on IG or Pinterest – too many to mention.
Do you have enough time to make all the things you want to make?Not really. I spend most of my time teaching. Then there’s writing up new patterns, printing current ones for my Etsy shop, answering emails etc. I forgot to mention babysitting!!
If you had one crafting wish, what would you like it to be?More time! And a big new Bernina sewing machine to use with my new quilting rulers.