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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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my new society6 shop!

August 7, 2014

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i’ve been wanting to open a society6 shop for about as long as i can remember. a few weeks ago i was determined to carve out some society6 time and am happy to say that i have finally opened a shop! inside you’ll find all sorts of patterned goodies. iphone covers, laptop skins, duvet covers (!!), rugs, art prints, mugs, shower curtains and MORE. (watch out david, all the patterns are coming!)

psst.. society6 is offering $10 off + free shipping worldwide on duvet covers now through august 10th! (be sure to click on this link to activate the promotion)

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winged is now available!

July 31, 2014

winged by bonnie christine (11)

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 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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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 enlarging 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 created. each bird represents an actual 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 cocoon. 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. however, i have deeply fallen in love with the figgy color! 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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point and shoot 7.24.14

July 24, 2014

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i’ve been so busy this week i’ve barely taken any photos! do you ever have days or weeks like that? the picture below pretty much sums up why!

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a snapshot of my creative events and goals over the next several months. i’m so excited about all these things!

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best thrift store find everrrr.

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bear baby. 

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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point and shoot 7.17.14

July 17, 2014

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a few pictures from our life lately. :)

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a few more snapshots of my latest garden DIY.

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a much needed bar stool update!

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sweet bear baby.

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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point and shoot 6.10.14

July 10, 2014

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a peek into life lately!

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beautiful carrots in this week’s csa box!

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flower garden is finally planted.

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a most magical swimming hole.

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curious, sweet, bear baby.

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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point and shoot 7.3.14

July 3, 2014

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a little bit of life lately!

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a beautiful luna moth brightening my door.

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summer.

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winged has arrived and so has the time to do a little photography! that’s my beautiful sister modeling for us.

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my sweet boys.

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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