Wednesday, 19 October 2016

September and October Progress & News

I travelled much of September - South Africa and more of the same coming up for the rest of October - Barcelona.  Not complaining but it is my excuse reason for not doing a progress report at the end of September.  Given that I'll be away now for the rest of October and won't be sewing during that (other than my usual travelling handwork) I thought I'd combine the two months.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Quarter Inch, Single Fold Binding aka Flat Binding [Tute]

What Is Single Fold Binding + How Is It Different To Double Fold?
Single fold binding, as the name implies, has only one fabric layer while double fold binding is folded in half before the binding process begins creating a double layer thickness.  Single fold binding is also known as flat binding while double fold is aka French binding.

Monday, 10 October 2016

First Blush Blog Hop & Giveaway for Windham Fabrics - Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 on the Ruby Red Designs First Blush Blog Hop.  I'm so excited to be part of this 18-day blog hop celebrating this month's arrival of Ruby Red Designs' First Blush fabric collection online and in quilt stores AND what a fantastic giveaway I have for you later in this post!

Just One Block - FQ Friendly Free Quilt Pattern with Tute and Tips

Just One Block Quilt by Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD

Simple, Clean, Modern
Just One Block Quilt Pattern
(approx 71" x 71")

Just One Block is a large square quilt based on my original Kukulcan quilt block pattern.  As the name suggests the quilt comprises of just one block with each block section mixed and matched to create 3 individual block patterns.  You can style it up or down, adapting to suit adults or children, depending on your chosen fabrics.  Adapting my original Kukulcan block' 12" finish to make the Just One Block block 10-3/4" makes the quilt pattern Fat Quarter friendly.  Simple techniques will appeal to both beginner and more experienced quilters and I'll walk you through each stage with diagrams, photo tutes and lots of mbCD tips.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

7 Fast And Easy Steps To Pattern Match Fabric Seams - Photo Tute

7 Steps To Pattern Match Fabric Seams by Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD

I love whole cloth quilt backs and often find myself faced with several yards of fabric that I have to pattern match for that almost 'invisible' finish.  

This is my 7 step photo tute showing how I pattern matched two 2-1/2 yard lengths of fabric for a quilt back.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Christmas in July 2016 Blog Hop for Windham Fabrics

For new readers visiting today from Windham Fabrics Snip-Its Blog, and for anyone else who doesn't know anything about me, hi, I'm Chris Dodsley owner of the made by ChrissieD brand, a sewing teacher in Manhattan and VP of the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild, blogging about my textile crafts and travel adventures. That's how I introduce myself these days and then there's the bit about how I love to share my tips and tutorials and projects on my made by ChrissieD blog, twice monthly newsletter and various social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Flickr.

Updated & Even Easier - Hidden Zipper Tute

One of my most popular tutorials is my Quilted Pillow With Hidden Zipper tute.  A huge number of readers have used my double sided fusible technique successfully and I've shared photos of your projects too in the original blog post.  Here are pics of how I've used it and even turned it vertically too.