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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.


The photo above is what I look like - well, it's what I looked like a few years ago when my friend Ivete took a pic of me modelling one of her knitting patterns; it's my fave pic of me so I'm still using it :D


I'm delighted to be working today with Windham Fabrics for the first time on their Christmas in July 2016 Blog Hop and they've invited me to share a project with you using one of their Holiday collections, Craft Paper Christmas by Whistler Studios.


Disclosure/Disclaimer:
Fabrics for the pillows along with the FQ bundle giveaway are supplied by Windham Fabrics for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.


I love the traditional red and green Craft Paper Christmas colourways with a handcrafted Nordic feel to the text, stripe and cute Christmas images.  Set alongside cream, black and craft paper 100% cotton neutrals, the ten fabrics in the collection are fabulous and I'm suddenly transported back to when we had our apartment in Stockholm, Sweden back at the start of the millennium!


The square and stripe prints are perfect for fussy cutting and I've used nine Fat Quarters (FQ) from the collection in my Craft Paper Christmas Zippered Pillows and I couldn't resist hand quilting the pillow covers to enhance the stitch lines that are part of the fabric design.


I'm delighted with them and excited to put them to use later this year.


Would you like to make your own Craft Paper Christmas zippered pillows?  I'm sharing two tutorials with you today, in the first, I'll show you how to create the quilted pillow front and in the second I'll walk you through making the hidden zipper pillow back.  In ten easy steps, my hidden zipper photo tute will take any fear you may have out of fitting zippers and I'm sure you'll refer back to it time and time again, not just for Christmas!  Click the images below to go over to the tutes.


And now for a giveaway - my second giveaway this week!

7 Chances To Win a Craft Paper Christmas FQ Bundle!
(open to US residents only, apols to everyone else) 

Here're 7 chances to win a Craft Paper Christmas collection FQ bundle - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog for each chance to win:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me your favourite Christmas story.
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: Subscribe to the twice monthly made by ChrissieD newsletter and leave a comment back here letting me know.
6: Follow Windham Fabrics on Instagram then leave a comment back here letting me know that you did so.
7:  Follow Windham Fabrics 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 Wednesday, 3 August 2016 at 12 noon (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.  Giveaway bundles will be mailed directly from Windham Fabrics to the winner.

Best of luck!


Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!




The winner of the Craft Paper Christmas FQ bundle is Christine S who also shared with us her favourite Christmas story is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - I absolutely love that story, had the book when I was small and the song is such a favourite of mine too :D   Christine also commented that the fabric is adorable and my pillows are so cute - maybe you'll use the fabric and my tute and make them for yourself Christine?!


Many congratulations Christine,  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



Windham Fabrics 
Christmas in July 2016 Blog Hop Schedule:
Wednesday, 27 July - Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD
Thursday, 28 July - Windham Design Team - Showcasing the Christmas Fabric Collections
Friday, 29 July - Kristen Wright @Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine
Monday, 1 August - Wendy Sheppard @Ivory Spring
Tuesday, 2 August - Debby Kratovil @Debbie Kratovil Quilts



I hope you've enjoyed my day on Windham's Christmas in July Blog Hop.  Head over to Windham's Snip-Its blog each day this week to follow the rest of the Christmas in July Blog Hop schedule with a chance to win a different FQ bundle daily on each blog :D


Clicking on an image will take you to a new page of crafty goodness :)

 

Disclosure/Disclaimer:
Fabrics for the pillows along with the FQ bundle giveaway are supplied by Windham Fabrics for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

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Linky Parties This post may be linked to some great Linky Parties, always a great source of inspiration too. If you click through to my 'Fave Linky Parties' page you can see where I like to share my work.


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  1. Happy Christmas in July, Chris! My favorite Christmas story is the one about Jesus. Knowing He was born to save us always gives me my soul strength!

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  17. Hum, my favorite Christmas story is an old one but probably not very well known -- The Birds Christmas Carol. I have no clue who the author is but I'm pretty sure I still have my mother's copy of it. Thanks for the tutorial. Someday I may want to actually make a zippered pillow cover and I'll know where to look!

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  22. A Christmas Carol by Dickens is my favorite

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  40. The manger and the birth of Jesus are the best Christmas story.

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  48. What fun projects you made...thanks for sharing those. My favorite Christmas story is "It's a Wonderful Life". I think there's a great moral to the story.

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  70. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is my favorite Christmas story :) This fabric is adorable and your pillows are so cute!!

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  73. My fave Christmas story is Dickens Christmas Carol.

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  74. I have to watch It's A Wonderful Life each year, so guess that's my favorite Christmas story.
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  75. I have to watch It's A Wonderful Life each year, so guess that's my favorite Christmas story.
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  76. My favorite is really a poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas". I memorized it as a child and I can still recall most of it 40+ years later.

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  94. My favorite Christmas story is really a collection of stories, poems and things to do called Take Joy by Tasha Tudor.

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  99. My favorite Christmas story is the "A Christmas Carol"...Love them all..even the Muppets version :) but we do have several other faves here.

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  112. My favorite Christmas story is the old story of old of the baby in a stable who came to save.

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  121. My favorite Christmas story is the story of Jesus birth.

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  122. I love the true story of Christmas...the birth of Jesus!

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  129. My favorite Christmas story is the original Christmas story told to us in the Bible. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  135. I follow you through email and Instagram, also follow Windham Fabrics on Instagram. My favourite Christmas story is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I love both the movies and bought the book for my grandson last year for his first Christmas.

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  136. My favorite Christmas story is the story of the birth of Jesus, right from the words in the Bible.

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  140. My favorite Christmas story is the birth of Jesus in "The Huron Carol" by Father Jean de Brebeuf illustrated by Frances Tyrrell. He was a missionary to the Hurons in the 1600's and she re-created the December sky of 1648 in her art. refusestofear at yahoo dot com

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  141. Jesus Christ coming to earth as a man, so that He could die for our sins. And, if we trust in Him he gives us the free gift of eternal life. The best gift of Christmas.

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  144. When I was 4 years old, my brothers and sister woke me up so I could see may parents were putting the presents under the tree. They hoped that meant they could open their presents early, but all it meant was my father got very angry.

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  152. My favorite Christmas story is of the year we were snowed in. We had Christmas Eve dinner with at our neighbors's home, then walked back to our house across their field, with snow up to my thighs. We could see our home up on its hill, all lit up, like a beacon, or a lighthouse. It was so beautiful and peaceful, just an incredibly memorable experience. Silent Night.

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