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Monday, 9 May 2016

Bali Blog Hop for Benartex


Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Bali Blog Hop, let me start with a great big "hi" to my regular readers and a huge welcome to anyone visiting for the first time from the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.

Benartex, a leading supplier of 100% designer cotton prints, have again asked me to design a block for them as part of their Bali Blog Hop and this year we're showcasing their new Balis collections.

Disclaimer: 
The Bali fabrics used for the tute were supplied free of charge to mbCD by Benartex otherwise this post is informational purposes only, no payment or commission is received on click-throughs.

They're rich colour, super soft, triple dyed fabrics that will be available in the fall.  The Blog Hop continues over 6 days with a new block tute and giveaway each day - today's day 1 and we'd love you to join in!!! 

Let's take a look at the two bundles of Balis I've been given to work with:

The first bundle is from the Dolce Balis by Benartex collection;



and the second bundle is from the Rio Balis by Benartex collection.


Tomorrow I'm off to Mexico so when I was thinking about a block design it got me thinking about Mayan Temples and that inspired me to design a set of three blocks for you that I've called Kukulcan after the step-pyramid temple at Chichen Itza.


Each block is created identically - I've purposely left seamed sections in the white areas rather than changing the piecing sizes across the three blocks as I think this creates assonance across the quilt and provides texture that can be enhanced in the quilting. 

If you'd like to make my Kukulcan blocks click through to the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric} - my free tute is available there.



And now for a giveaway - everyone loves a giveaway right?!

6 Chances To Win 12 Bali FQs!
(open to US residents only, so sorry everyone else) 

Here're 6 chances to win the 2 Fat Quarter bundles of Balis (that's 12 fqs!) as shown in the top pics - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog for each chance:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me your favourite holiday destination.
2: Follow the made by ChrissieD blog via email or blog reader then leave a comment below letting me know where you're following via.  Existing followers can join in too :D



3: Follow made by ChrissieD on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.
4: Follow made by ChrissieD on Instagram and leave a comment back here letting me know.
5: Head over to Sew in Love with Fabric, sign up to follow their blog by email or blog reader then leave a comment back here letting me know that you did so.
6:  Follow Benartex on Facebook and leave a comment back here letting me know.

NOTE: Please be sure I can access your email.  
If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and closes on Monday, 16 May 2016 at 10.00 am (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared at the bottom of this post and on the Benartex Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog.  Giveaway bundles will be mailed directly from Benartex to the winner.

Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!



The winner of the 12 Bali fat quarters is KC who also shared with us her favourite holiday choice is home but that she has Hawaii and Aruba, Australia and New Zealand on her bucket list.  KC that green and purple bundle really was calling your name and is heading your way direct from Benartex along with the other bundle too.



Many congratulations KC,  I've sent you an email asking for your snail mail address so be sure to check your junk folder if it isn't in your inbox.  You'll have to let us know what you make with your new fabrics too :D


Here's the Bali Blog Hop schedule:

9 May: Chris Dodsley that's me, and you're already here @made by ChrissieD!!!
10 May: Stephanie @Stitched Together Studios
11 May: Benartex Blog Design Team
12 May: Kirsten @KD Quilts
13 May: Alison @Little Bunny Quilts
14 May: Debby @Debby Kratovil Quilts

If you want to know how to make my Kukulcan block and other great blocks too head over to the Benartex's Sew in Love with Fabric blog each day, up to and including Saturday, 14 May 2016 to check out that day's tute and for a fresh chance each day to win 12 Bali fat quarters at each blog on the schedule.

And just for fun I've put together a couple of Sampler Quilt images:

the first is a 9 block quilt measuring 36" x 36" using each of the 3 Kukulcan blocks in all 3 colours that I used for today's tute over on the Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog


and the second is a 36 block quilt that measures 72" x 72" made using all 12 of the Balis from the Dolce and Rio collections that are in the above bundle photos.


These are just suggested layouts, you could have so much fun playing around with these blocks.

If you do make the blocks please drop me a line with a pic, I love to see what you make from my tutes and share them on the blog or on the made by ChrissieD facebook page.



Thanks for dropping by and taking part in the Bali Blog Hop - Chris :D


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317 comments:

  1. I like to spend vacations with family when possible.

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  4. My "about to be favorite" destination: At the end of August we're scheduled to go the Hell Creek formation in North Dakota on a dinosaur dig. I am psyched!

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  5. I take a vacation every summer with my sister - we celebrate our kidney swap (she's got my left one and won't give it back!!!) and it's a time to recharge away from housework, work, etc.!! This year we are doing Christmas in July!!! looking forward to it...somewhere in Ohio!!!

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  8. right now my favorite destination is huntsville, al to visit my grandchildren (4 y/o triplets) but I do love a weekend in Las Vegas as well.

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  9. just signed up to follow you via Bloglovin

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  10. I also follow sew in love with fabric via bloglovin - that is what led me to you.

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  11. I Don't go any where they come here.....lol .... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  13. I don't go anywhere either everyone comes to me! ccpmcsusmom@att.net

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  15. I also follow benartex on facebook...... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. My favorite vacation spot is Amsterdam.

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  18. Favorite vacation spot is sunny Florida!

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  20. Holidays at Home are the best. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  23. My trip of choice is Montana. Thanks!

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  28. I follow you via e-mail. Thank you for the detailed tutorial.

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  29. Vacation with husband in the NC mountains is the best!!

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  33. My favorite vacation destination is the Caribbean (just came back from 2 weeks in February!)
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  34. Vacation? Our cabin on a far northern MN lake, complete with almost 1,000 feet of lakeshore and no neighbors.

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  36. If you're talking about holidays like Christmas then my favorite destination is wherever my family is. If you're talking about vacations, then usually it's mountains and/or a National Park.

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  37. I follow the Sew in Love with Fabric blog by email and GFC.

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  38. I love to vacation in Ft myers , Florida xx
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  43. I also follow sew in love with fabric via bloglovin. My favorite holiday destination is home of family hosting the holiday. We so seldom see eachother anymore, holidays are the best when you can share them with family. I LOVE those bright vivid batiks. I use batiks freqently in my sewing/quilting.
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  44. My favorite holiday vacation is visiting my mom at the beach.

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  46. Can I take my bernina to Jamaica? See ya!

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  49. My favorite holiday destination is the Dominic Republic. Best place in the world. Thanks for the gorgeous giveaway.

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  55. I love San Juan for a holiday! thanks!

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  58. My favorite destination is visiting family, and my older sister lives in Colorado Springs, so I love visiting her there. They've bought a winter home in Florida, so I know I'll love visiting her there too. Thanks.

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  59. I'm new to your blog, now following via Feedly. Thanks again.

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  60. I'm already following Sew in Love (with Fabric), via Feedly. Thanks.

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  61. I'm already liking Benartex on FB (which I guess is following). Thanks.

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  62. What a lovely, fresh-looking quilt! I love the way you quilted it too. My favorite holiday destination is Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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  63. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks again!

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  64. I follow you on Facebook. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  68. I don't get to see family very often, so I like to travel to MN to visit.

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  71. I am following Benartex on FB.

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  73. My favorite holiday destination is the mountains!

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  74. I love to visit my family.

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  77. With family where ever it is!
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  85. My favorite holiday destination is Sedona, Arizona. There is something about that red rock country that calms my soul and re-energizes me!

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  87. My favorite Holiday place is at Home with Family! :) But to visit..is to go to NC & visit our Daughter..anytime...& to see the Ocean!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!!! :D

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  88. I follow you thru Email & Bloglovin & Pinterest :)
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  89. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric thru Email & Bloglovin too :)

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  90. I love that large quilt. I am following you on Bloglovin.

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  91. I follow Sew In Love via GFC.

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  92. I like going back to England to visit my folks!

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  93. I also follow you on Insta from @tinafostersnyc :)

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  94. I like going to California for the holidays, because my children live there. :)

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  95. I follow you via email.

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  96. Hawaii has always been a spot I would like to visit--also New Zeland and Australia sound interesting! Love the "Dolce" colorway especially but both beautiful!
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  97. I will go anywhere there is a beach except I do love Tuscon and the Humming Birds.

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  98. I love to spend holidays at the family cabin.

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  100. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric blog by email.

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  103. Like a lot of other people my favorite destination has to do with my family. I love Seattle, Alaska, and Utah. The Oregon Coast is also on that list all by itself.

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  104. I follow Sew In Love with fabric on my yahoo account. My e-mail is Chiskag at yahoo dot com

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  105. I love to go anyplace that's quiet and relaxing!

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  106. I love South Carolina as our vacation destination! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  107. I now follow you on Bloglovin'! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. i follow you by email. mdmn08@gmail

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  109. I love the rio collection. i am drawn to the bright colors and bold prints. Mdmn08 at gmail

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    1. i forgot to say that i love Hawaii. I will go back on my next vacation.

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  110. My favorite holiday destination is St. Petersburg Beach area. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  112. My favorite holiday destination is Greece.

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  117. I follow your blog via blogspot, am a Facebook follower of benartex, also get their blogs through Blogspot and get their preview packs. My favorite vacation spot is anywhere I can sew or quilt without being interrupted. I will even sew in the car!

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  118. I spend 7 weeks each winter in FL with various friends and family throughout the state.

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  119. My favorite holiday destination is anywhere with family!

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  120. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric by email.

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  122. My favorite holiday destination is grandma's house.

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  126. 4J Trail Ride in the Missouri Mark Twain National Forest.

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  127. I just followed you on Facebook.

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  128. Hey Chrissie! I have to admit, being as we live in FL, every day seems like a holiday to us! And being as we have a pool AND live near a beach, it's hard to find a destination that beats home....however, we do have Hawaii and Aruba, Australia and New Zealand on our bucket list! That green and purple bundle is absolutely calling my name - love it!!

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  129. My favorite holiday destination is Yosemite National Park.

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  130. I love visiting the Rocky Mountains and Utah National Parks. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  131. I follow Made by Chrissie by e-mail. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  132. I follow made by chrissie d on facebook. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  133. @crystalbluern follows you on instagram too. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  134. I follow Made by Chrissie via Bloglovin.

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  135. Following you on Facebook.

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  136. I follow Sew in Love with Fabric by Bloglovin and e-mail. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  137. Following you on Instagram.

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  138. Signed up to follow Sew in Love with Fabric's blog via email.

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  139. I fell in love with Hawaii...my dream destination!!

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  140. These blocks are wonderful!! I follow via IG!

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  142. I would love to go on a trip to Arizona next winter to see my cousin and escape the North Dakota weather! Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  143. Following you on Instagram. Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  147. Following Sew in love by email, bloglovin and Facebook. Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  148. Following Sew in love by email, bloglovin and Facebook. Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  149. I would love to go on a trip to Arizona next winter to see my cousin and escape the North Dakota weather! Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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  150. I like to do day trips, I'm more of a homebody!

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  151. I already follow Sew In Love with Fabric by email

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  152. I already follow Benartex on FB

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  153. I love warm tropics the best!

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  154. Always special vacations with the family.

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  155. I love having my daughter, SIL and granddaughter travel to our house for Christmas.

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  156. I subscribe to your blog posts.

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  157. I subscribe to Sew in Love with Fabric and get their posts by email.

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  158. I get all your updates by email - and so glad to do - that way I don't miss anything new!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  159. My favorite holiday destination is Hawaii...always lovely when we visit there!

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  160. I follow you blog via Bloglovin.

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  162. My favorite holiday is where ever I am. I especially like it when I can walk around and see things - and it's even better if family or friends can come along too. I pass up on the walking to be with them! Thanks for the chance.

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  163. I follow you on Instagram.

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  164. I get your updates via email. Great inspiration. Thank you!

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  165. I follow you on facebook and instagram but messed up in my previous comment so combining the notice into this one comment. Thanks!

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  166. Anywhere there is water,the lake,or the ocean!
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  168. Gotta go to the Beach! Always!

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