off to quilt market!

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meet me at quilt market!
hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to minneapolis for international quilt market tomorrow! i’ll be debuting my upcoming fabric collection, succulence for art gallery fabrics (available this september). my booth will be featuring a petal quilt, handmade hare, two beautiful bags, several book mobiles and more. i can’t wait to share it with you! you can find me at the art gallery fabrics booth, #701.

i hope to see you there! if you’re unable to attend, you can follow along on instagram as well – i’ll meet ya there and see you back here next week! xo, bonnie

behind the scenes of building my handmade portfolio

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i recently finished building a new handmade portfolio of my work, and decided to make a short video documenting the process for you to see, as well! crafting your own book can be such a creative, fulfilling project, and definitely a labor of love as many, many hours go in to the precise planning, designing, printing, and binding of the book. i absolutely love watching it come to life!

behind the scenes of building my handmade portfolio

i’m also really excited to share with you that i’ll be teaching a course on how to design, print and bind your own portfolio for creativelive next month! in this course, i’ll be teaching about the importance of creating a handmade portfolio, how to design and print the pages and how to build and bind your own book. i’ll also be covering what to include and my favorite tips on how to stand out from the crowd. the course will be free to watch live on june 3rd (and also available to purchase for anytime access!). i hope you’ll join us! you can RSVP for the class here.

psst. want to join us LIVE in san francisco on june 3rd as a student in the audience? you can apply here!

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How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!

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How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!

making pillows is such a fun and easy way to freshen up a room and splash some color around. i usually make pillows with an envelope closure in the back, but i have recently fallen in love with the look and convenience of an exposed zipper in the bottom. i like the textural interest that the hardware adds and it makes changing out the pillow inserts a cinch!

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you can of course use this method for a number of applications, but i’m going to show you the process today i used in making this sweet cloud pillow for bear’s nursery. and of course, i used hello, bear fabrics (specifically, the firefly print)!

here’s what you’ll need:

– fabric for the pillow: i used hello, bear firefly whisper (adjust amount according to desired pillow size)
all purpose craft paint in black and paintbrush
– zipper with metal teeth (i used this one from coats and clark, also available here)
poly-fil
iron off pen

general sewing supplies:

– sewing maching & thread
– scissors
– straight pins
– iron

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step 1: begin by planning the shape of your cloud. lay two pieces of fabric down, wrong sides together (right sides facing outwards on top and bottom). use your iron off pen to draw the shape of your cloud, being careful to give the pillow a straight bottom for the zipper. cut out along your lines.

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step 2: draw on a pair of eyelashes, using your iron off pen, first. trace over your pen marks with a small paint brush and martha’s all purpose craft paint in black. sidenote: this paint is wonderful on fabric! i’ve used it to make several onesies and it even washes well!

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step 3: after the paint has dried, turn the cloud right sides together and stitch along the bottom straight edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. set aside.

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step 4: using a scrap piece of fabric, cut a long rectangle about 2″ in width and as long as you’d like the exposed part of the zipper to show. draw a rectangle on it with the iron off pen that’s about 1″ in width.

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step 5: open up the cloud pillow and press the bottom seam from the back. turn right side up and pin the extra piece of fabric to it, right side down, centered on the stitched seam.

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step 6: stitch down the extra piece of fabric, using your drawn rectangle as a guide. this will serve as your facing.

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step 7: now open up the seam again by cutting it straight down the middle (you’ll be cutting through two pieces of fabric, and opening back up your original seam). leave about 3/4″ at each end, and clip in the shape of a “Y” towards the corners (see photo above).

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step 8: now fold everything inside the stitched line, fold to the back and press.

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step 9: place your zipper behind the opening and pin in place.

*note: your zipper should have a ‘stop’ in the end, to keep it from unzipping completely. if it doesn’t, you can simply make one by using a bar tack stitch, or a very tight zig zag across the teeth. just make sure to widen your stitch enough to where you don’t hit the metal zipper (and break your needle)!

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step 10: stitch down along the edges of the opening to secure the zipper in place. again, just be careful to avoid hitting the metal teeth with your needle (i may or may not have broken a needle here!). :)

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step 11: unzip the zipper about half way. turn the pillow pieces right sides together and pin in place. stitch around the edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance. go back and clip along the curves and in each corner as shown above.

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step 12: find the zipper opening and turn the pillow right side out. press the seams and begin stuffing your pillow (i used poly-fil). the key to keeping your pillow ‘lump-free’ is by using small bits of poly-fil at a time, and filling the furthest corners first.

*if you prefer, you could also make a fitted pillow insert using the same method above. simply stitch around the pillow and leave an opening in the bottom. stuff with poly-fil and then hand stitch closed the opening. this would give you a removable insert.

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voila!

How to Sew in an Exposed Zipper + Make a Cloud Pillow!psst. if you love this cloud pillow, be sure to check out these hello, bear cloud decals with interchangeable faces!

a gift guide for may

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may gift guide

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6* | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

*wabi-sabi botanicals has kindly offered 10% for all going home to roost readers! use coupon code “HOME2ROOST” during checkout. thanks, elysse!

fun facts for march:

>> may 4th is bird day.
>> may 10th is mother’s day
>> may is national moving month.
>> may is national smile month in the uk.
>> may is garden for wildlife month.
>> may’s birthstone is the emerald
>> may’s birth flower is the lily of the valley and the crataegus monogyna.

Cultivate is now shipping!

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oh, how i’ve been waiting for this day! i’m so happy to share that my new fabric line cultivate for art gallery fabrics is now available and shipping to a store near you!

this collection is really special to me, and includes some of my all time favorite prints! it was inspired by planting my first flower garden last year and the joys of watching buds blossom. i love to fill my home with fresh cut flowers from the garden, and now i can fill it with cultivate fabrics, too!

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psst! art gallery fabrics has a new app! you can now view all the collections, shop online and find a store near you right from your device. download it (apple or android) and read more about it here (and you must watch this adorable video)!

ready to purchase? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with cultivate, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – a stitch in time, or view a full list of online shops here.

want to see more projects? view my booth at quilt market, check out everyone’s projects on instragram (use #cultivatefabric), and stay tuned for the release of the cultivate lookbook! 

i’m sharing a few of my favorite prints below, and the full collections at the bottom of this post.

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cultivate – pruning roses

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cultivate – thrive

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cultivate – rooted

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cultivate – flower field

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cultivate – vintage vases

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cultivate – floriculture

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cultivate – seed packet

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cultivate in harvest color option

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cultivate in flourish color option

may’s desktop + smartphone calendars

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hello, may! this month is going to be so fun! i’ve been busy over here prepping for quilt market which will be in minneapolis, mn may 15-17th. i’m so excited to visit this city for the first time! spring quilt market always arrives on our anniversary as well, so this year david and i will be celebrating 7 years from a distance. :) i’m working on a couple of other exciting things that i can’t quite share with you yet- but i will very soon! what will may bring for you?

psst: this month’s pattern is from my new fabric collection, cultivate. it just started shipping this week!

to download may’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

April’s Roost Tribe Recap

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wow, another month has come and gone! today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, it’s not too late! i’ll be sending out a recap on monday, to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before monday, you’ll still get all of aprils’s content + may’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!


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12 WEEK SERIES: 12 things that make my business thrive: part 4: don’t rush it, part 5: nourish your creativity, part 6: just google it, part 7: 10 seconds of courage.

over the course of 12 weeks, i’ll be sharing the top 12 approaches i’ve taken to my business that have helped it thrive. some are hard fact business based, and some are inspirational, but they all have one thing in common: they have worked for me and have had a tremendous impact on my success and happiness as a creative.


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a 5″x7″ note card and two gift tags (the note card can be used year round!).


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a recipe for vegan sugar cookies – the ol’ fashioned way!


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for this month’s adobe illustrator tutorial, i shared a favorite segment of my skillshare class, intro to surface pattern design. it’s all about using my favorite tool – the blob brush!


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spring sprouts pattern collection. for the love of all things sprouting!


plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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inspirational art print no. 1

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inspirational art print no. 1

i’m happy to release a new line of inspirational art prints over in my etsy shop today! each of them portray a quote that has meant something very special to me over the course of my creative career, and i keep them close to my heart. i’ll be sharing with you more about the meaning behind each of them here over the next several weeks, but you can go ahead and browse the full collection here. each of them are available in 8×10, 11×14 and 13×19 print sizes!

No.1: it doesn’t matter what others are doing. it matters what you are doing. – satsuki shibuya

today’s print is about the overwhelm. when you’re feeling all creative and juicy, and then start looking around the web only to find yourself feeling completely overwhelmed and zapped of all creativity. it‘s when you feel like everything’s been done before, you have nothing new to bring to the table and everyone else is so much more established/talented than you are.

this overwhelm happens to me a lot. just when i have a grand new idea, it‘s almost certain i’ll see something similiar out in the world almost immediately. ack.

this is when you must remind yourself: it doesnt matter what others are doing. it matters what YOU are doing. that’s right! sometimes we all just need to put blinders on and do what we love. forget comparing yourself to others. the world needs YOU and what you’re doing right now. you’re unique, talented, special, clever and creative. run with it!

to purchase: browse through the inspirational art prints in my etsy shop and select your preferred size during checkout (8×10, 11×14 or 13×19). i’ll begin printing and packaging your print with lots of love right away!