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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 of 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
For 6 years, I lived 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.

 During these initial 6 years in the States, I was a Bernina Sales/Store Assistant at The City Quilter in Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC, and moved into teaching quilting and sewing classes and also teaching private lessons/classes.  Full details of all my upcoming and past classes are available here, I began working with several fabric companies and to design and write patterns for quilting magazines.   I was also VP (2016/17) of the NYC Metro MOD Quilters 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 and a 2018 Designer for the International Association of Quilters.  Delighted to have been awarded the Top Blogger award by FaveQuilts.com in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In my spare time 😉, I love being a Grandma to my Grandson, Oliver and visiting my children.

Watch Quilt Alliance's time-lapse vid of Quilt Match 2016: 

In 2016 I started my own newsletter mbCD News, click the buttons below to access the mbCD News archive and you can subscribe here also.

I also have my own Bluprint Pattern Store.


In July 2017 I moved to South Florida to begin a new life adventure, and in July 2018 I joined the South Florida MQG.  Let's see what happens next!

Want to find out more about me?  Here are my classes/student feedback, CV/Résumé, and some past posts I've shared about me, my sewing space, my family and where I work:

 I love to hear from you and here are all the ways to stay in touch!

And you can always find me on my website

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