made by ChrissieD newsletter - early June 2016
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Chris Chats

The last two weeks have flown and highlights just had to be the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild summer retreat and also a fab afternoon at the NYC Met Museum with my daughter Flicky to see the Manus x Machina - Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibit and Cornelia Parker's Transitional Object (PsychoBarn).

There have been sad moments too, saying goodbye to my first Stateside friend who's heading home to Australia.

On the blog we've been exploring more of Japan together, checking out my WIP/UFO progress and taking our first steps with my new Quilting Bee - Improv: Beyond The Bee.

If you're happy to stick around, thanks for subscribing and let's do this together :D
Chris Dodsley
owner at made by ChrissieD
Sadly Gifting My Could You Live Here? Quilt
Sharing this story of friendship and quilting.
My UFO/WIP list continues to grow but there are also many finished projects too - see how my Trello Project Board is looking at the end of May.
Improv: Beyond The Bee - May 2016 (NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild)
Introducing my new improv guild bee based on The Improv Handbook For Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood 
Tour this amazing Japanese fabric town with me - directions, pics and the official pdf map.

Ladore Summer Quilt Retreat
Our NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Summer Retreat last weekend was fab.  As predicted it was three days of non-stop sewing, chat and giggles.  Good food, great location, swimming, hot tub, sunshine but not too much heat and quilty games.  Thank you to Lisa, Ellen, Bernadette and Hayden for organising everything brilliantly and to Ladore Retreat Centre in Waymart, Pennsylvania for providing such a great facility.

Don't you love the workstation Flicky and I set up?!

Two of my sewing tips were featured by Aurifil
on this week's Auribuzz - Top Ten Tuesday {Tips & Tricks}.
Head over to their blog to read other great tips
or you can go straight to the two tips here on my blog.   
Lots more tips and tutes here on the blog too.

If you have access to British TV here's an interesting, inspiring, relaxing watch -
MAKE! Craft Britain
available on BBC4 iplayer for the next 3 weeks.  
Apols I've not been able to find a youtube link to share for this one :(  

Anyone else spot this old favourite has made an appearance on Netflix?
Bob Ross - Beauty Is Everywhere
Always wanted to learn to paint with Bob?  Here's your chance!
Not craft related but worth a mention: 
Happy Valley
Flicky has binged watched series 1 & 2 on Netflix this week - I watched it when it first went out on the BBC and I'm a big fan - highly recommended.

And did you see? 
The Tonys 
All my NYC friends are telling me I should see the Broadway musical Hamilton but I don't think it'll be happening - it was practically impossible to get tickets even before it won 11 Tonys.  
70th Annual Tony Awards - "Opening Number"
I'm such a huge fan of Tonys' host James Corden and never miss an episode of him hosting The Late Late Show; Carpool Karaoke being my fave segment (isn't it everyone's?!) followed by None Of The Above.  In case you missed them - above is the Tonys' opening sequence and below is James' Broadway Carpool Karaoke tribute, click to view.
Broadway Carpool Karaoke ft. Hamilton & More
I often receive questions from readers either via email, Facebook, Instagram and blog post comments and it occurs to me that some of these questions and my answers to them may be interesting/useful to share with everyone here. 

Q: I'm visiting Manhattan and was wondering if you could give me any recommendations on fabric/yarn shops?

A: I'm asked this question so often that I've created a blog page detailing all my fave fabric, yarn, notion and embellishment shops in the city. The button below will take you to the page and the same button is always available on the right sidebar of my blog. 

There are many more shops in the city, especially in the Garment/Fashion District between 5th & 9th Ave/34th & 42nd Street and you can have a lot of fun exploring but I only recommend stores I have personal experience of.

Do you have a question I might be able to help with?
Drop me an email and, if I can, I'll answer it here.
Cornelia Parker is one of my favourite English sculpture and installation artists, how incredible is this Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) on the roof garden at The Met?  The exhibition ends 31 October.

Another wonderful exhibition at The Met through to 14 August is Manus x Machina 
"explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear."

These 4 pics I took feature only 10 of the 170 'ensembles' displayed.
If you're in the Manhattan area this Friday, 24 June, why not come along to my Social Sewing class at Gotham Quilts 6 pm to 10 pm - $49.  

"Our Social Sewing classes are a great time to get some work done on your current project, and have a great time while you’re doing it.  Bounce ideas off your fellow classmates or just take inspiration from the projects around you.  You’ll have access to our sewing machines, design wall, cutting mats, irons and of course, a knowledgeable teacher.  Feel free to bring snacks, drinks and/or friends!"

Level: Any
Must know how to use a sewing machine.

You can register for the class here on the Gotham Quilts website.
the work of fibre artist Deb Hydes

Click through to find out more about Deb's work in my blog post.
Warning: some of Deb's work involves nudity.
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