Upcoming Tutors

The MMG team are delighted to introduce this years tutors. The tutors for the 2023 Misty Mountain Getaway Workshops will guide you through all you need to know regarding their individual subject matter. 


Chris Jurd photoChris Jurd lives in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney and has been quilting for nearly 40 years.
She started teaching 21 years ago and has a busy schedule of classes throughout the year at various shops in Sydney, regional NSW and interstate.
She has been on the faculty for New Zealand’s Quilt Symposium twice recently and has just finished five years as Membership Secretary of QuiltNSW, Australia’s largest quilting guild. She is also a member of QuiltNSW’s judging team.
Her work encompasses all styles with an emphasis on a strong colour palette and a preference at the moment for foundation piecing. Chris has been a regular contributor to Quilters Companion and has recorded two DVDs for the magazine.
As tour leader, she took two enthusiastic group of Aussie quilters to Houston and another group on a fabulous tour to India in 2019.
She has been lucky enough to win several prizes over the years for her quilts at Sydney Quilt Show.
She is also a great advocate for machine quilting on a domestic machine.

ProfileKaren Styles is an Australian quilt designer who has been fabricating works of art with reproduction fabrics for the past 20 years. Karen loves stars, hexagons and medallion/frame quilts and is a Master at English Paper Piecing (EPP). Her book is a gourmet feast of these passions, including a sublime Sampler, where color, creativity, techniques and gorgeous fabrics abound.

Karen’s quilting journey began as a teenager when she learned the basics of EPP. The quilting bug didn’t gain hold until after the birth of her children when a dear friend convinced her to take some classes at a local Melbourne shop. And as the French say, voilà, she was hooked! Karen began reproducing quilts and eventually purchased the shop that sparked her quilting rebirth! Karen loves to find unique and uncommon works to reinterpret. She adores the precision required in assembling stars (a common motif in her quilts), as well as in circular forms and hexagons. Karen is a renowned, international teacher and her inspirational personality is as bright and warm as her quilts.

misty mountain getaway chris timmins

Chris Timmins from Grafton, NSW is an enthusiastic and dedicated tutor of patchwork. She loves to inspire both school and adult students in her weekly workshops. As a past Textile & Design teacher Chris can teach a variety of projects in the one workshop.

Website www.christimmins.com

misty mountain getaway Rachelle DennenyRachelle has been quilting for 16 years, teaching and working in the Patchwork and quilting industry for over 10 of these. An experienced teacher with a passion to share her knowledge and skills with her students, teaching a wide variety of classes.

Rachelle has been designing her own quilts since she first started quilting and enjoys improving her own skill level by entering quilt competitions. Well known for beautiful machine quilting her show quilts have won numerous awards both Nationally and Internationally including two Best of Australia Awards.

julieJulie has been a student of textiles for most of her life, exploring colour, design, ornamentation, techniques and media. Part time work has enabled her to attend a multitude of courses, none of which led directly to quilting, but in 1998 she leapt into quilt making. This journey into quilt making has been the highlight of her creative pursuits and she feels very comfortable with what she does.A fine arts training, majoring in drawing and painting and many years employed teaching high school students art, craft and design has kept Julie within creative contexts. So much of Julie's paid work has been giving out, nurturing and engendering the creative expression of others; Now through quilting that frustration to express herself has finally been addressed. Having grown up in a creative family and lived in an artistic environment all her life, it seems that the burning desire to communicate and express aesthetically had been ‘smoldering’.  Writing was one outlet that came naturally and she has recorded many significant life events in word; A book lurks in a time when her family commitments reduce (if ever) and it will be a quilt book.

misty mountain getaway Wendy NuttWendy is a multi disciplinary patchwork and quilting teacher offering many styles and techniques. Her work exhibits a preference for modern and improvised methods being influenced by her surroundings in both design and colour. Wendy’s unique designs have been rewarded with multiple awards and has also succeeded in exhibiting internationally with The Modern Quilt Guild, SAQA (Small Art Quilt Association) and an invitational exhibition held in China during 2020.

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