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Hi, I'm Chris Dodsley - the person behind the brand 'made by ChrissieD'.  I'm so glad you dropped by and I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself :)

A child of the 1960s, growing up in St Helens in the north of England, I've always been crafty - knitting, crocheting, and sewing from a very young age.  By the 1980s I was making my own padded shoulder blouses for my secretarial day job and, of course, all the furnishings for my home and, after having my babies, especially for their bedrooms.  In the early 1990s I moved south to Marlborough, Wiltshire where, after much encouragement from friends who wanted me to decorate and design their homes, I set up my own interior design company.

Busy creating family homes for others and concentrating on children's bedrooms and decorative murals, a chance encounter led to me designing home cinemas and entertainment suites for two of the founders of the movie website IMDb.  After several years travelling around the UK with my work, I decided to spend more time at home with my 3 young children - I wanted to make soup and bake bread and cakes!  As my children grew I took the opportunity to return to education and completed a foundation degree in Art & Design specialising in ceramics.  Alongside this, I studied Art & Design: Critical & Contextual Studies and found my attention turning to Textile Art which led to one of the best purchases of my life - my much loved Bernina 440 QE sewing machine.

Moving to live in the States in August 2011, I left my studies behind and in October 2011, I discovered quilting which led in April 2012 to creating made by ChrissieD and starting to blog.

Why made by ChrissieD?  Well, it's a play on my own name combined with my nickname for my daughter.

View From My Roof Garden
These days I live in Manhattan's backyard on the Hudson Riverfront at the Hoboken/Jersey City border with my husband, Simon and our two dogs, Thatcher the Havapoo (known as Tatty to her friends) and Watson the Havanese, my children have grown and gone off on their own adventures around the world.

 Previously a Bernina Sales/Store Assistant at The City Quilter in Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC I now teach quilting and sewing classes in Manhattan.   I also teach private lessons/classes and full details of all my upcoming and past classes are available here, and I work with several fabric companies and design and write patterns for quilting magazines.   I'm Vice President of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild and an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild and also the Quilt Alliance.  I am proud to be the Quilt Alliance Quilters Take Manhattan 2016 Featherweight Champ of the Quilt World.  In my spare time 😉 I love being a Grandma to my Grandson, Oliver and visiting my children.

In 2016 I started my own newsletter mbCD News
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Want to find out more about me?  Here's my classes/student feedback, CV/Résumé, and some past posts I've shared about me, my sewing space, my family and where I work:

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