category: bonnie christine design

winged is now available!

July 31, 2014

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today is a happy day. my new fabric collection winged for art gallery fabrics is arriving today in stores everywhere! for this post, i want to share with you more about the collection and my inspirations behind it. tomorrow i’ll be sharing with you the newly released lookbook and several projects made with the collection. fun FUN fun fun fun!

forever and ever i have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. it has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. it means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on it’s way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. it also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible. the butterfly’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one that i’ll never stop marveling at.

this feeling of spreading one’s great wings and souring is one that connects with me deeply. a long time ago i decided that i would pursue my dreams no matter what. i would make great sacrifices, journey into the unknown put my heart and soul on the line to live my creative dream.

that is what winged is about. spreading your wings and flying into the unknown.

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wingspan melon | flyaway petalums vert

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mimicry beryl | bird’s peck jade

design note: mimicry was created via a happy accident. by blowing up all the bits and pieces that make up the butterfly’s wings, mimicry was born. it turned out to be one of my favorite prints!

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aves chatter shine | plumage apricot

design note: while i was sitting at my desk one day a flock of birds landed in a nearby tree. i grabbed my camera, ran outside and started taking pictures up in the sky. i’m sure i looked like a barefoot lunatic! this is how aves chatter was born. each bird represents a real bird i saw behind my camera.

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nesting blooms cool | frilly flutters creme

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metamorphosis quartz | feathered flight acorn

design notes: metamorphosis is my take on the beautiful butterfly cacoon. hanging from a branch these layers will soon fade away and a butterfly’s wings will unwrap and start to fly!

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wingspan fig | flyaway petalums sky

design note: i was nervous to include this dark plum color on wingspan. i have so deeply fallen in love with the figgy color though! that’s just to say that taking risks sometimes pays off.

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mimicry hazel | bird’s peck dahlia

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nesting blooms warm | frilly flutters mist

design note: these nesting blooms were inspired by a real flower i photographed while living in california. i love how the nest together- as though they were drifting down a lazy river.

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metamorphosis coral | feathered flight sunken

you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, or by checking these online stores.

you can also head on over to art gallery fabric’s blog to enter to win a full fat quarter stack of this entire collection!

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

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10 tips for becoming a surface pattern designer by bonnie christine

i’m passionate about being surface pattern designer and sharing my story. i’m completely self taught and want to you to know that if being a surface pattern designer is a dream of yours, you can do it, too. today i’m sharing with you my top 10 tips for how to become a surface pattern designer. they are things that helped me a long the way and i believe in them wholeheartedly. if this gets you excited, be sure to RSVP for my 3 day course here – it’s FREE to watch live!

note: this is the second installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can see the first bit here). it starts in just 17 days!! (ee!)

1) learn adobe illustrator. i know, that’s a big one! but you can do it. it’s big and scary but it’s just a computer program, right?! there are so many classes and resources around the web, and i’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about it during my course, surface pattern designs from scratch. don’t let the learning curve stop you from following your dreams!

2) make as many patterns as you can. once you start designing, use this precious early time to make as many patterns as you can. like, hundreds! these patterns are what will put your career in motion and many of them will end up being your all time favorites. cherish this ‘pre-pro’ time and use it wisely.

3) never throw anything away. don’t delete files, don’t toss sketches in the trash. someday they might just be exactly what you need!

4) build a community around your design. blog, tweet, facebook, instagram, pinterest. reach out to other SPD-ers.

5) be authentic. it’s easy to be incredibly inspired by looking around the web, but remember to never be ‘too’ inspired by someone else’s work. find your own personal style and stick with it. we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

6) do one thing every single day. this is my all time favorite motivational tip! whatever your dream may be- start doing one thing, however great or small every single day to move in the direction of your big dream.

7) have an amazing portfolio. pour your heart, your love and all your passion into this book.

8) tell a story. when designing patterns, think in terms of themes and story lines. run the theme throughout each pattern, the title of the collection, the names of each pattern and even the color names you choose.

9) have 10 seconds of courage. that’s all it takes to pick up the phone and call a company, introduce yourself to an art director or put yourself ‘out there’.

10) know that you can. you can do this. you really really can! all you have to do is decide to do it, no matter what it takes. it will take sacrifice, dedication and hard work but you CAN do it.

if you’re ready to do this thang you should go ahead and RSVP for my course here IT’S FREE to watch live, or you can purchase the course for lifetime, on-demand access!

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!

p.s. we’re looking for a few people to be a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco. if you’re interested, click here to apply!

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how to pull a color story from a photograph video tutorial by bonnie christine

hey guys! i can’t even begin to tell you how excited i am about my upcoming creativeLIVE course (you can read more about it here). it starts in just about 3 weeks! ah! to help me prepare and share with you a little of what i’ll be covering in design surface patterns from scratch, i’m starting a countdown to creativeLIVE. this video tutorial on how to pull a color story from a photograph is where we begin!

this method of creating a color palette is so fun and easy to do. pulling colors from a photograph is one of my favorite ways to create a color story. nature has a way of always having the perfect balance of hues and they always look good together. who would have thought?!

this is just a quick example of the things i’ll be sharing during the 3 day course on how to design surface patterns. if you’re into this kind of thing, you can RSVP for the course here IT’S FREE to watch live!

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 demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. we’re looking for a few people to be a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco. if you’re interested, click here to apply!

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hey everyone! i’m just popping in with a little shop news. i just added several new adobe illustrator tutorials to myetsy shop that will help you learn illustrator with ease and bring your artwork to life! you can grab 20% off the shop today through monday by using coupon code “learnillustrator”. enjoy!

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using the blend tool.  the blend tool is such a fun tool to play with! i usually use it to aid in my color palette choices, but you can also use it to make beautiful artwork and fun illustrations.

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scan your sketches: in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a pencil or pen sketch, scan it in, and then optimize it for using live trace in adobe illustrator. the end results gives you a a nice clean image and a beautiful results! this tutorial covers a few things in both photoshop and illustrator (though you don’t have to use photoshop if you don’t have it).

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working with the pen tool – from sketch to repeating pattern. i’m excited to offer this three part series focusing on the pen tool. the pen tool is an incredibly useful tool to master. once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and powerful! in this video course course, i’ll teach you step by step how to trace a sketch using the pen tool (part 1), how to color your artwork (part 2) and how to put your artwork into a repeating pattern (part 3). are you excited? let’s get started!

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top 10 tips and tricks: in this video, i’ve taken 10 of my most favorite tips and tricks and broken them down for you into bite size pieces. these are things i find myself using nearly every day, so i hope you’ll enjoy this peek into my work style!

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using the reflect tool. there are many ways to use this tool, but in this video i show you how i like to use it and the best practices for it. it’s easy to use and will save you so much time!

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offset path and simplify tools – this video will teach you how to use the offset path and simplify tools in adobe illustrator. so fun! i use both of the features all the time. i hope you will too!

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using the trim tool and clipping masks: in this video, i’m sharing with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different from all the other tools. i use both of these tools nearly every time i open adobe illustrator. i know you will enjoy using them, too!

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creativeLIVE: learn surface patterns from scratch with bonnie christine!

today, i’m excited to share some very exciting, big news with you! this coming august, i’ll be teaching a course for creativeLIVE on how to design surface patterns from scratch. ee!

are you familiar with creativeLIVE? if not, get ready to fall in love! every single day, creativeLIVE broadcasts the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have on demand access anytime, you can purchase the course for a nominal fee. now, instead of turning on the morning news, i tune into creativeLIVE in the morning to get inspired and nourish my creative spirit!

SO, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a surface pattern designer, this course is for you! in just 3 days, i’ll teach you the ins and outs of adobe illustrator and take you from concept to sketch to finished designs and repeating patterns. by the end of the course, you’ll have a mini collection of patterns to hit the ground running with.

here’s what you’ll learn:

- adobe illustrator for surface pattern design
- how to make a repeating pattern
- how to develop a concept, sketch and illustrate your ideas
- how to develop and work with a color palette
- how to work from sketches and photographs
- how to gather inspiration and stay creatively motivated
- the business of surface pattern design
- all about licensing and copyrights
- how to develop a portfolio and get noticed
- how to create printables, desktop backgrounds, gift tags, recipes and blog posts
- how to apply your patterns to fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and more!

and there’s so much more! you’ll leave this course feeling inspired, motivated and more importantly prepared to hit the ground running towards your dream of being a surface pattern designer. we’re going to have so much fun!

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 demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. interested in being a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco? click here to apply!

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sweet as honey aurifil thread collection by bonnie christine

hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to share my new thread collection with aurifil threads called sweet as honey! aurifil’s luxurious italian threads have always been my favorite to sew with, so this was absolutely a dream come true!

sweet as honey aurifl thread collection by bonnie christine

the colors in this collection are so sweet and vibrant. i just want to eat them up! the idea behind my my color choices is that with one box, you’ll be able to use them on all my fabric collections – past, present and future! you can see above which threads match each of my collections from art gallery fabricswinged, sweet as honey and reminisce. i’ve included several neutrals and basic colors as well, so you can use this box for all your fabrics. i hope it will be a truly versatile thread collection for you!

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the large box contains 12 spools of italian thread with 1422 yards on each of them (that’s over 17,000 yards, folks!). it retails for $130 and is available for purchase from my mom’s quilt shop here

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the small box contains 10 spools of italian thread with 220 yards on each of them (2,200 yards in the box!). it retails for $46 and is also available from my mom’s quilt shop here.

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both boxes contain 50wt threads, which are the best threads for piecing and appliqué. you can use them for hand appliqué, hand piecing, longarm quilting, machine appliqué, machine embroidery, machine piecing, machine quilting and more!

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now for the fun stuff. a GIVEAWAY!

enter the giveaway below to win a box of sweet as honey aurifil threads AND a fat quarter bundle of sweet as honey fabrics!  the giveaway will end tuesday, july 1 at midnight est. winner will be announced on this post shortly after. good luck!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations to the winner, kathy gates!

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winged at quilt market

May 20, 2014

hello love birds! i’m back from spring quilt market and just wanted to pop in with a little recap. i fell in love with pittsburgh and had a fabulous show!

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above is my booth for winged, my new fabric collection with art gallery fabrics (available july 2014). i envisioned a dreamy little camping site so it’s outfitted with a butterfly ‘tent’, luscious sleeping bag (pattern coming soon!), a slouchy backpack, a roll and go, a few hexagon situpons and a sweet little campfire.

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the butterfly quilt is called alation: the state of being winged and will be the free quilt pattern released when the line begins to ship this july. stay tuned, it’s such a fun quilt to make!

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i’ll be sharing more about the show with you soon. i met some wonderful people and will have some very exciting news to share with you in the months to come (!!!). for now, i’m heading off to unpack and unwind. i’ll be back to our regular blogging schedule tomorrow! love, bonnie

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winged | bonnie christine | quilt market 2014

hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to pittsburgh tomorrow for international quilt market! i’ll be debuting my brand new fabric collection, winged, for art gallery fabrics. i have several gorgeous projects to show off + a free 5×7 print for anyone who stops by my booth. look out for a beautiful camping site with a glorious butterfly quilt tent, billowy sleeping bag, lace camp fire and more! you can find me (and bear!) at the art gallery fabrics booth, #2135.

i’ll aslo be presenting winged during a schoolhouse presentation on thursday, may 15th in room 327 at 2:55pm and announcing my brand new thread collection with aurifil in room 305 at 1:20pm (more on that soon!!!).

i hope to see you there!

winged | bonnie christine | quilt market 2014

 

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