category: bonnie christine design

see you at quilt market!

October 22, 2014

bonnie christine | fall quilt market 2014

hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading out to houston this afternoon for international quilt market! i’ll be debuting my brand new fabric collections, hello, bear and cultivate for art gallery fabrics. i have several pretty projects to show you + a free 5×7 print for anyone who stops by my booth! look out for a mossy manikin, fluffy bean bag, stuffed animals and more at art gallery fabrics’ booth, #1660.

i’ll aslo be hanging out at art gallery fabric’s sample spree booth to meet and greet with you! come see us on october 24th from 8-10pm at table #100.

if you can’t make it, be sure to join the trip over on instagram. :) i’ll see you back here on wednesday, october 29th!

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announcing: hello, bear!

September 24, 2014

hello, bear by bonnie christine (1)

today i get to share with you my new special edition fabric line called hello, bear for art gallery fabrics. inspired by my son, bear, i’ve developed a children’s fabric line that will easily cross over into adult projects as well. i’m calling it ‘special edition’ because i’m releasing two lines at once (oh yes!). the follow up collection to winged is called cultivate, but i’ll share more about that with you later. :)

hello bear by bonnie christine

hello, bear tells a meaningful story of adventure and wonder. i’ve been so inspired by seeing the wilderness through a new set of eyes, that i couldn’t help but start designing on these motifs. the collection is filled with woodland finds, creatures, hills and trees. i hope it will let you wander for a bit and explore a new world where dreams become reality. it will start shipping in january!

hello, bear by bonnie christine (2) the first colorway is called stone. it’s boyish but softened with a beautiful mint, peachy orange and teal. i can’t wait to get my hands on the little arrow print and stag head!

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the second colorway is called timber and is softened with peach hues to truly make it a universal collection. i can see little dresses, crib sheets, handbags and throw pillows made from it.

what would you like to make from hello, bear?

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indie craft parade! (2)

oh, hello friday and friends! if it seems like i’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s because i’ve been a busy bee over here preparing for the indie craft parade. it’s next weekend, september 12th-14th at the historic huguenot mill in beautiful downtown greenville, south carolina.

if you have the opportunity to attend, you won’t want to miss it! the hugeunot mill is the most beautiful venue i’ve seen (like, ever.) and it will be filled with over 70 modern artists sharing their craft. there will be music, food, artisan coffee and more!

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friday before the indie craft parade begins, there will also be a VIP gala which offers an exclusive first look at everyone’s work. you’ll enjoy the opening night of the festival with a relaxed atmosphere, live music, and a chance to win amazing giveaways. there will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (handcrafted coffee, tea, etc)! with the expectation of lines out the door and crowds galore on saturday and sunday, this could be a great opportunity to get first dibs on your favorite artist’s work. grab your ticket here (there’s a limited number available).

if you attend, i would love to see you! i’ll be in booth #29 and will be selling art prints, greeting cards, temporary tattoos, camera straps, fabric journals and fabric kits for my patterns. i hope to see you there!

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design challenge

hi everyone!i just popping in to let you know that there’s still time to join the surface pattern design challenge that accompanies by creativelive course, designing surface patterns from scratch! the deadline ends september 15th, so you have just about 2 more weeks to enter. the winner of the challenge will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

so far, i have been blown away by your entries in the student work area. you all are creating some really beautiful patterns and i have been so inspired by you! below are some details regarding the challenge- just let me know if you have any questions in the comments area!

challenge details:

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course in the student work area (inspiration board, sketches, illustrations, final pattern collection).

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
– 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
– 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
– stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

if you missed the LIVE airing of the course, don’t worry! you can now purchase it directly from creativelive.

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
cost: the course is now available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $79. click here for details.

i can’t wait to see what you make!

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creativelive reflections

August 28, 2014

creativelive reflections

for the past week, i’ve just been letting the whole creativelive experience sink in for a bit. without doubt, it has been the most phenomenal event in my professional career to date. so much so, that i’m not sure where to start. so i’ll just start from the beginning.

about 8 months ago, i got an email from creativelive asking me if i would be interested in teaching for them, and if so, what might be a good time to chat about it. to my total embarrassment, i had no idea who they were (what?!). after some quick research, i knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. we made a time to chat and as soon as i heard elizabeth’s voice on the other end of the phone i felt at ease. and excited. we discussed course topics and potential dates. i knew i wanted to set the date pretty far in advance so I would have plenty of time to prepare and so that bear would be a little older, since we had to travel to san francisco. we decided on august, 2014.

the time flew by. first we nailed down a topic, then i signed a contract (whoa, official!). one of the first things i did was briefly write a schedule for the entire 3 day course in 15 minute increments. several months were taken to discuss content, marketing ideas, info for the course page and research for the topics i wanted to talk about. with about 8 weeks to go, i was introduced to bryan, my content producer. he’s the person who really pulled all this together- and he’s amazing! we had weekly phone meetings to discuss content, bit by bit. he helped me turn my content into something a little more engaging. he reassured me when i was nervous and taught me so much about how to present my material. most importantly, he continually reminded me that i was going to help people follow their dreams, which always seemed to help calm my nerves.

fast forward to 4 weeks before the show began and i was working more than i ever have. i stayed up until 1 or 2am at night and woke back up at 6am to hit it again. it was invigorating. i was so excited to teach this course sleep didn’t matter. this is when i developed three slideshow presentations i used during the course, worked on my sketches for the pattern collection i would be designing, organized a journal to use on camera and went over every last detail of what i would cover during the course.

i felt like i needed every moment of those 8 months. maybe even more!

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Your course was amazing and honestly I think you’re one of the best instructors I’ve ever seen (and I’ve watched a ton of Creative Live and Lynda.com courses).  You are organized, methodical and have a quiet confidence that is really endearing. I was amazed how well you handled questions, no matter how strange or convoluted they were. I know your passion is designing but you may want to rethink your overall place in the world – as a teacher you could help and inspire so many others. You’re my new hero. – Jamey Ekins

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now we can fast forward to actually arriving in san francisco. my mom, sister and bear started out for the trip a few days early so we could visit our old home town, santa ynez, for a few days. we started the travel day by missing our first flight and waiting around for 7 hours on 3 hours of sleep. so, we grabbed breakfast and went to ikea. the rest of the day could only get better, right?! despite our late start, bear was an angel baby on the plane and we arrived in santa barbara with no problem. i was incredibly nervous but pretty prepared at this point, so i took a few days to catch up with dear friends, eat at some old favorite restaurants and do a little shopping. on tuesday, we woke up and hit the road by 7am to drive to san francisco for the pre-show meeting. i studied the entire trip.

we arrived with 20 minutes to spare so i quickly ran to the san francisco flower mart. oh my goodness, what a dream place! i grabbed a few flowers i needed for day two of the course and then headed on over to creativelive. the picture above is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. i finally got to meet elizabeth and bryan in person and got a tour of their amazing offices- complete with a state of the art kitchen, green room and rooftop patio. it is incredible!

i quickly got whisked into the pre-production meeting where i met everyone who would be working on the show (all pictured above!). we discussed the show and some technical logistics, then i met with bryan and chris (my course moderator) to go over the materials again in detail. finally, they set up the room and computer for me and let me have as long as i wanted to get acquainted with the set up. let’s just say, it took a while.

lucky for me, whole foods was right across the street so i grabbed dinner for 3 and headed to our hotel to meet up with my mom, sister and bear. i could hardly sleep that night i was so nervous. wednesday morning i woke up bright and early, got dressed in an outfit i thought i loved (upon reflection, never again!) and headed out the door. i arrived 90 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to eat breakfast, meet the students and get my hair and makeup done by the makeup artist (a makeup artist!!). it was so fun!

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I loved the course that you taught at CreativeLive. It is the first course that I have previewed on CL that I just HAD to purchase. I learned so much. You have taken me from hating Adobe Illustrator to incredible excitement to get my own collections going! (And I am not new to technology). - Kate

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10 minutes before the show, chris began a ‘pre-show’ segment to talk to the audience and introduce the students. i had to stand quietly in the corner and wait for the segment to end before i went on – talk about nervous! finally, chris called my name and after putting one step in front of the other i was on camera.

i’m pretty sure my voice shook for the first 15 minutes. the most nerve racking part to me was hoping that each of my segments would indeed take up the allotted 90 minutes. since i had never taught this material before, i really was only hoping that my timing was correct. plus, i tend to forget things and talk faster when i’m nervous- ah! sure enough, i ended about 15 minutes early on the first segment, so we went to break early. i was pretty upset, but bryan instantly convinced me that everything was ok and that we would make it up later in the day. sure enough, he was right. i ran over on a few other segments, but overall, the timing turned out really well for the entire course.

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As you were speaking i just felt courage surging through my spirit like something deep within myself had been asleep/ silenced for a long time and finally it was getting the strength and courage to rouse itself and wake up. Something in my heart opened and suddenly my cheeks were wet with tears when you shared those words “There’s room for you”. Who would have thought four little words could be so powerful! Thank you for having the courage and generosity of spirit to share those words with us. You could have kept them to yourself, nestled and protected deep in your heart treasuring them just for yourself but you chose to be generous, it was truly stunning. I just wanted to encourage you, and thank you for having such a generous spirit and for all the wonderful things you shared on Creativelive. -Anna Pearce

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everyone there treated me like a queen the entire duration of my stay. our hotel was glorious, vegan meals were catered in for breakfast and lunch and if there was anything i ever needed it was there for me. it was amazing!

every single person at creativelive is an absolute master in their skill. you can tell that they love what they do and they are experts at doing it! their energy was contagious and just made the course that much better.

most notable of all, was how excited the crew was for the show. as soon as we went on break at the end of every segment, bryan would nearly knock down the door to run in and give me a high five, discuss the segment and help me prepare for the next one. i really can’t even explain how much positive energy was buzzing around this place, but it was intoxicating and so exciting!

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Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your self, your experiences and knowledge with us. I’ve been using Illustrator for about 2 years now but you showed me a faster, easier way of doing so many things (<3 the shortcuts you use)! It was so nice to see your sketches and made me feel more comfortable and accepting of my own sketches. Too many great takeaways! Yours was the first CL class that I’ve purchased!!! – Chris Henry

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as you can probably tell, i’m still on a high from the entire experience. i was sad to leave and i hope that my path will lead me back there one day.

finally, i am simply speechless from the feedback i’ve received since teaching this course. you all are so kind and i am so thankful for the opportunity to meet with each of you. thank you for all of your tweets, instagram messages, emails and reviews. many of them have brought tears to my eyes and your support and encouragement means the world to me!

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in case you missed the course and want to join in, don’t worry! design surface patterns from scratch is now available for purchase for $79 in the creativelive catalog (where it will live from now on). there’s also still plenty of time to enter the design challenge (it ends 9/15/14). i can’t wait to see your designs!

finally, if you’d like to join the CL Design Surface Patterns from Scratch facebook group we would love to have you. i’ll meet you there!

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capturing creativelive (8)

hi everyone! i’m back from teaching designing surface patterns from scratch at creativelive and can’t even begin to tell you what an incredible time i had. i feel so grateful for the opportunity to share with you what i love and i have creativelive to thank for every moment of it. last week was the most incredible week of my professional career to date. i’m so happy that i was able to connect with so many of you, and i am still in awe of your sweet messages, encouragement and beautiful artwork. thank you for inspiring me at the very depths of my creativity!

if you missed the course, don’t worry! it is now available to purchase for $79 for lifetime any-time access. this way, you’ll be able to download the courses to all of your mobile devices and really take the time you need to dive in and learn the material. you’ll also have until september 15th, 2014 to enter the design challenge (more details covered throughout the course).

here’s just a quick recap of my week and glimpse into creativelive‘s studio in san francisco. it’s beautiful and will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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all pictures taken by my amazing mom, maxie makes!

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surface pattern design challenge!

hi everyone! i’ll be teaching designing surface patterns from scratch for creativeLIVE in just two days! words can’t explain how excited i am to share this course with you. it’s going to be so much fun!

today i’m sharing with you about the design competition i’ll be hosting during the course, and offering a copy of the class as a giveaway for one of you! keep reading for details. :)

note: this is the fourth (and final!) installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part, second part and third part). it starts in just 2 days!! (ee!)

during designing surface patterns from scratch, i’ll be hosting a design competition for anyone who would like to join in. the winner will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course.

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
– 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
– 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
– stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

be sure to tune in to the course for more details on how to join and share your work with us!

giveaway

enter to win: a free copy of my designing surface patterns from scratch course

deadline: giveaway will end sunday august 17th at midnight est

to enter: RSVP for designing surface patterns from scratch, then comment on this post letting us know you did so. 

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and creativelive on facebook

>> share course on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and  @creativelive

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #creativelive

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

‘see’ you there!

i’m going to be taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but join us on our trip over on instagram!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

 

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alation free quilt pattern by bonnie christine (1)

today i get to share with you one of my all time favorite quilts. it’s called alation which means ‘the state of being winged’, which goes perfectly with my new fabric collection, winged for art gallery fabrics!

click here to download the free quilt pattern!

note: we’re working on kitting this quilt with pre-cut squares. stay tuned!

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i had SO MUCH FUN designing this quilt. i wanted something feminine, unique and whimsical and i’m so happy with the outcome! my mom, maxie makes, and i collaborate on all of our patterns- i design and illustrate, and she sews. so, this is her beautiful work!

to construct the quilt, we used fusible grid interfacing (we recommend using bosal’s 2.5″ fusible interfacing) which makes this go together quickly and easily! just place your squares on the grid and iron them in place. then, all you have to do is zip up and down to secure your seams. we didn’t use a single pin. easy peasy!

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quick note: i stumbled across this giant pom pom trim at a local thrift store a few months ago (don’t hate me!). it was pretty much the best day ever.

alation - free quilt pattern!

you can choose to make the quilt in either the northern migration colorway or the southern migration colorway (instructions included for both). i had a hard time deciding, but we chose to make it in the northern migration. i think this colorway is so soft and dreamy!

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you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, at a stitch in time or by checking these online stores.

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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