made by ChrissieD newsletter 1:7 - Late August 2016
View this email in your browser

Chris Chats

How's the weather where you are? It's hot and humid here and I'm ready for it to cool down now.  Two weeks ago I had to miss teaching a class at Gotham Quilts as the three lifts in my apartment building were out of order due to the heat.  Even if I'd made it down the 23 storeys I'm not sure I'd have made it back up again six or more hours later after teaching the class and with no air con in the stairwells.  I've lived here five years and the only other time the lifts didn't work was during Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy because of water damage.  

I was super disappointed to miss my class too as the ladies are fab and I love catching up with them and because it was my last class for a few months as I'll be travelling most of September and October :(  

This last week I've been out and about around Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan with my daughter, Flicky.  Her summer job ended and we had one week before she was flying back to Scotland for her final year at the University of St Andrews.  On our travels, some quilt inspiration caught my eye, as it does, and I'll share pics with you probably in the next Newsletter. She flew back Friday evening and I'm missing her like mad, it's fun doing girly things together and I love that she's into sewing too these days.  

I have news about being featured in Danish weekly women's magazine Hendes Verden to share and also there's the Benartex giveaway I mentioned in the last Newsletter but it's about to end so be super quick if you want to join in - US entries open until 10 am Tuesday, 30 August for a chance to win a Simply Chic FQ bundle.  

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
hurry! ends 10 am, Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Supplied by Benartex, the Simply Chic Fat Quarter bundle giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 10 am, Tuesday, 30 August 2016

I've got another giveaway coming up on the blog on 5 September and this one is open to everyone, no matter where you live!!!  

The Quilt Alliance are running a blog hop from 5-9 September giving you the chance to win a Home Ticket for Quilters Take Manhattan - watch all the action from the comfort of your own home and receive the attendees' goody bag too.  This giveaway will be over when my next newsletter goes out so save the date, 5 September, and visit my blog :D
Double Zipper Pencil Case Tute
Back To School Pencil Case Tute
Lots of pics of my new double zipper pencil case and link to the tute on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog
Lap Top Case and zipper pouch tute
A New Laptop Case For Moriarty
Flicky has made a new laptop case adding a front pocket to my zippy pouch tute
Simply Chic Satchel
Satchel sample for a pattern I'm working on,  I'd love to hear what you think of it, drop me an email or leave a comment on the post :D

Magazine Feature

Very excited to discover my Mini Butterfly Cushion has been featured in Hendes Verden
- a Danish weekly women's magazine - find out more in this blog post.
11 Xmas Gift Ideas

What Do Quilters Wear To Bed?
I can't speak for everyone but the majority of quilters in the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild are getting a good night's sleep in sleepwear from Target.

These are mine - last season's pink pyjamas and this season's aqua/grey sewing nightie and pulling threads robe.  They're all sewing themed, super comfy and the fabric is silky to the touch - perfect attire for that upcoming sewing/quilting retreat.  

I was nervous about the quality as they look cheap and a bit nasty to be honest but they haven't deteriorated in the wash (yep, they looked that bad when I bought them!).  They do nothing to flatter the figure, which is why I'm not sharing a pic of me wearing them, still when it's all about the print design and comfort these definitely score full marks.
Where Have All The Blogs Gone?
Did you see this blog post by Rachel @Stitched in Color, she comments on how quiet Quilty Blogland is these days and I agree that things have changed drastically since the rapid rise in the use of Instagram. I read with great interest the comments on her post - to date all 301 of them!

I believe there's still a place for blogging; my blog continues to grow currently averaging 70,000 visitors each month from all over the world and that tells me I must be doing something right!  Blog post comments have fallen off vastly as have, I'll sadly admit, my responses to comments.  There was a time when my blog following was small enough that I replied to every comment and developed numerous internet friendships but the growth of the blog and also of myself as a teacher, designer and brand has changed that.  I do make a point of replying to questions posed in the comments, though it's not always as immediate as it once was.

I've adapted how I use the blog to suit my readership - creating a newsletter allows me to share snippets of news, info and ideas with you and then point you to my blog for more detailed info and tutes.  Judging by how fast my newsletter subscription is growing I think it's a format that's working for us both.

I have my own dilemma arising from this - the blog is free for me to use but, due to the size my newsletter subscription has rapidly grown to, in the next 2 weeks or so the newsletter email subscription service will no longer be free.  The service is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and when I started the newsletter in May I thought this was a goal only to dream of yet after only 4 months we're already at 1,700+ subscribers.  The paid-for email service certainly isn't cheap and this means I'm now having to think about covering my expenses which haven't been an issue for me previously.  One possible solution for me is to create patterns to sell - don't worry, my plan is to still include free tips and tutes via the blog also - and I'm quickly trying to think of other ways to monetise what I do without changing anything drastically for you.

Unfortunately, the newsletter doesn't allow reader responses that are instant, as on Instagram and Facebook, or to open a discussion as we can in blog comments but we do have email and I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on this, click the button to get in touch - Chris :D
reply directly to your newletter email or click the button above to send me an email
reply directly to your newletter email or click the button above to send me an email
Maribel Bowties Quilt by Chris
What I'm Working On
I've started working on a quilt top using the Maribel fabric collection by Annabel Wrigley for Windham Fabrics. The pattern is the Bowties Quilt from a brand new quilting book A New Spin On Drunkard's Path by my friend and fellow NYC Metro MOD Quilt guild member, John Kubiniec.

Don't you just love the bonus Half Square Triangles you get when you trim your corners?  So much impact and zero effort.
bonus HSTs by Chris

Another pic of the blocks sewn together.

Bowties Quilt blocks by
I've played around with colour placement within the Bowties Quilt pattern layout since taking the above pic and I'm currently sewing the rows together.

The 30 blocks are in a 6 x 5 configuration measuring 36" x 30" and I'd like to make it a bit larger so I've got my thinking cap on around borders.
IG Faves
my fave pics from the mbCD Instagram feed
Tatty & Watson learn to sew -
Hoboken Ferry Terminal by
Flicky @One World Trade Center by
Christopher Street PATH Station by
Quilt Inspiration at O Cafe on 12th St and 6th Ave, Manhattan by
click to follow mbCD on Instagram
click to follow mbCD on Instagram
Enjoying my newsletters?  Feel free to forward to friends who may enjoy it too.  
Not currently receiving this newsletter to your inbox?  
this link to subscribe and previous issues are available to read here.

Disclaimer: This newsletter is for informational purposes only, mbCD receives no payment or commission on click-throughs and opinions are my own.

Copyright © 2016 made by ChrissieD, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp