made by ChrissieD newsletter 1:8 - Early September 2016
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Chris Chats

I've been working through my 'to do' list, wanting to clear the decks as much as possible before travelling to South Africa this weekend.  Lots is done but had no time to blog about it yet.

As soon as I get home I'm straight into Quilters Take Manhattan - 23 to 25 September... ...

Turns out that's all I managed to write before jetting away!  I'm here in Johannesburg, South Africa now and wondering if I can get a little further in chatting with you before heading out to the next customer dinner with my husband.  I'll keep it short and sweet and see how we go.

If you're happy to stick around, thanks for subscribing and let's do this together :D

Chris Dodsley
owner at made by ChrissieD
Back To School Pencil Case Tute
Benartex Back To School Blog Hop
We have a WINNER - congrats to Apple Blossom who is the lucky winner of the Benartex Simply Chic FQ bundle giveaway held on my blog.

Quilters Take Manhattan Blog Hop
Our second WINNER - is Lauren Gaub who will receive the Quilt Alliance Quilters Take Manhattan Moda Home Ticket and Goody Bag.  Many congrats to you too Lauren :D

There is still time to purchase your own Home Ticket for Quilters Take Manhattan by clicking through to the Quilt Alliance website.



What's On TV

Don't miss the return of Project Runway Season 15 to US screens this week -
Thursday, 15 September 9/8C on MyLifeTime - love a bit of Tim Gunn? Set your DVRs.

Also, if you can access British TV then be sure to catch up on the first couple of episodes of The Great British Bake Off (US title: The Great British Baking Show) Series 7 that started
on 24 August - compulsive viewing and I already have my fave to win :D
Maribel Bowties Quilt by Chris
What I'm Working On
Still working on my Bowties Quilt using the Maribel fabric collection by Annabel Wrigley for Windham Fabrics, you can see I moved onto the back above and incorporated all my 'bonus' HST squares from making the quilt top in there too.

Hit a snag while I was quilting the Maribel sandwich - realised I'd pieced these bottom 3 blocks upside down.  This gave me the opportunity to put a question out there that I'm often asked by students in my classes - what should I do? My reply is always - can you live with it? Every time, they know the answer straight away - and everyone's different.

So I put the question out there on Instagram to see if we had the same split as in my classroom.  Indeed, there was a 33/33/33 leaving/unpicking/depends split from Instagram followers.  I have to say I fall into the 'depends' camp and on this occasion when I get home from South Africa I will be unpicking it for the following reasons:

 I actually love a rogue block and the more obvious the better and it would be easy to do here as the quilt and prints are so busy you don't even see anything's wrong.  My problem lies with the quilting design. The quilting pattern I'm doing can't continue correctly over those 3 blocks and it looks bad - that's how I discovered I'd made the mistake, when I couldn't continue to quilt the design onto the next block in the direction I was supposed to as it was upside down.  This time, I can't live with it so I'm going to unpick.  Other influencing factors include the possibility of selling the quilt and also that I'm reviewing the Bowties Quilt pattern for John Kubiniec @bigrigquilting's A New Spin On Drunkard's Path book so, I want it to be right.

What would you do if this happened to you?

How a Sewing Machine Works
Love this video - did you know how a sewing machine works?
IG Faves
my fave pics from the mbCD Instagram feed

2. Remembering 9/11 - photo taken from outside my home of the tribute lights; and

3. Tatty,
my dog, really wanted to come on the trip to South Africa with us.
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