quilt market recap!

October 30, 2014

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hello, friends! we’ve just returned from quilt market and we had such a wonderful time. i’m so happy to be a part of this amazing community- i think quilters and sewers just have the sweetest spirits! being a part of art gallery fabric‘s family is so special, too. everyone is incredibly supportive, creative and energetic. AGF also won the 2nd place award for multiple booth design during the show. it is one happy place to be!

since i was debuting two new collections (cultivate and hello, bear), i was able to have two booths! we spent the entire day on thursday setting up, attended the ever-so-crazy sample spree thursday night, and then welcomed thousands of sewists to the show friday, saturday and sunday. i was able to meet so many wonderful people (hugs to you if you’re one of them!) and came away with some exciting opportunities in the works, as well.

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above is my booth for cultivate- a new flower garden inspired fabric line that will ship in april, 2015 (just in time to start gardening!).

for this booth, we had a moss manikin, sunhat, dreamy quilt, kneeling board, fabric covered keds shoes and more. all of these projects will be popping up on going home to roost over the next several months, i’m sure!

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hello, bear is my special edition children’s line inspired by my son, bear, of course! it will begin shipping in january, and i can’t wait to start making more projects with it. it’s not only for children, as i have several home decor and women’s clothing projects i want to make with it as well!

for this booth, we made a bean bag, cloud pillow, feather headdress, triangle quilt, a few stuffed animals and more. it was so much fun seeing it all come to life!

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lastly, i had a Q&A session with the roost tribe this week regarding tradeshows. here are just a few of the questions we discussed (you can join the roost tribe to receive the full session!).

What is your check list of things to bring when you exhibit?

oh my, so many things! but, on the top of my list:

– all samples
– promo materials: biz cards, postcards, flyers
– booth supplies: staple gun, glue gun, double sided table, hooks, small nails, vinyl decals and paint (depending on the project)
– comfy shoes and clothes to set up and break down in!
– notebook for taking notes and orders
– paypal or square iphone attachment to swipe for payments

In your opinion or from your personal experience what makes a successful booth/exhibit at a trade show?

it’s always important to be present in your booth. you could miss a great opportunity if you’re not there! clearly showing your work and having something for a potential buyer to take with them is also a great way to be memorable.

How do you decide how to decorate your booth? Do you have a sewing marathon leading up to Quilt Market to have samples to show?

ideas for the booth are always based around the inspiration for the collection (hello, bear = children’s woodland theme | cultivate = gardening). it’s so much fun! and, yes! we usually get fabric 2-3 weeks before market, so as soon as it arrives the sewing marathon begins!

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calypte collection

October 29, 2014

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calytpe collection

calypte collection is a fusion of modern edgy and earthy bohemian. carol is a wildlife biologist where she’s happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. you’ll find these inspirations woven throughout her jewelry where the colors of nature and modern lines collide.

calypte collection elsewhere: blog | shop | twitter | facebook

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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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ashely corin

ashleigh corrin creates illustrated and handcrafted housewares, art and accessories. with the intent to add style with a smile, each item is designed to bring a nostalgic, charming spirit to one’s life and home.

i love ashleigh’s handcrafted story. she tells a story of having a dream, making sacrifices, taking a leap and soaring towards her creative dream. seeing an artist embrace their creativity and follow their heart makes me so happy. what an inspiration!

ashleigh elsewhere: web | twitter | facebook | instagram

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downloadble art by lost in reverie

hi everyone! in the spirit of her last download for us, ‘share your work‘, heidi ahmed has generously offered to share with us two of her beautiful downloadable art prints. of course, i instantly said ‘YES’, she’s one talented gal!

for these prints, heidi has taken two of her favorite quotes from my creativelive course on surface pattern design and illustrated them using her favorite medium: dinosaurs! i’m so in love with the results. i mean, who doesn’t love a little prehistoric principe?!

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDFs.

please join me in thanking heidi for her generosity and lovely art!

Heidi Ahmed is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in watercolor illustration & design. You can see more of her work on Lost in Reverie and visit her shop here.


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winged grand giveaway

October 20, 2014

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hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to offer you a grand giveaway today! i’ve bundled up a big stack of my latest fabric collection, winged and i’m ready to send it to one of you creative ladies (or gents!). enter to win 1 yard of each piece of winged in your choice of colorways (see options below). that’s 10 yards total- valued at over $120! fun FUN fun fun fun!

before we get to the fun part, i wanted to share with you a little about the inspiration behind the collection.

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 soaring 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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enter to win: 10 yards of winged (1 yard of each 10 pieces of fabric in the colorway of your choice).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, october 27th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post and share with us where you’d like your great wings to take you!

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #wingedfabric

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

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

good luck! xox, bonnie


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fall to do list

October 17, 2014

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fall is here and it’s one of my favorite times of year! this is my personal must-do list to accomplish this fall (feel free to print it for yourself too - click here!). i’ve already crossed out several things and will be driving through the mountains to visit my hometown later today (check!). i have a fall feast in the works and will be visiting a beautiful apple orchard in a few weeks as well. all these things help me embrace the season and feel so warm and cozy. so, go snuggle up by a fire and plan your fall festivities!

see you on monday! xo, bonnie

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point and shoot 10.16.14

October 16, 2014

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a little bit of life lately- through pictures. :)

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stepped out of my home yesterday to a blessing of sun rays!

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did you know you can roast a whole pumpkin? wash, place in oven and roast at 425°F until easily pierced with a fork (about 45 mins). let cool, peel away the skin (it’s easy!), cut in half and remove seeds.

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working on a sweet little cloud pillow for quilt market. it begins NEXT WEEK!

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planning a fall feast!

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early yardage of hello, bear has arrived. i’ve been sewing with it all week. i’m so in love!

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scissors that make my heart sing.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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