My Swan Woven Wall Hanging

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Swan Woven Wall Hanging by Bonnie Christine (4)

I have loved working on this woven wall hanging so much. The idea to make a swan inspired hanging came to me when I was planning my Quilt Market booth for new fabric collection, Hello, Ollie (you can see my booth here!). I wasn't' sure it was even possible, but I was determined to try.

I began collecting the most unique and beautiful yarn and roving I could find. I wanted her to be filled with as much texture as possible. Her wings alone are made from about 12 different yarns, a wool roving and a shiny silk roving. I used just a touch of muted teal at the bottom to give her waves to swim on, and tried to give the rest of the landscape as much movement as possible. A simple wax thread bow around her neck and she was done.

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Above you can see a few of the progress shots I shared over on Instagram. I worked on it for about 6 weeks, on and off and mostly in the evenings. (If you'd like to try making one for yourself, I'll be sharing the pattern I made for it with the Roost Tribe!)

Here are a few of my favorite tools I used along the way:

Loom by Oak & Ashe
Handmade tapestry bobbins
Simple gold wire for hanging
Wax cording for bow and top tying
Gold leaf yarn (used in the wings)
Cobbles yarn (used in the fringe)
Hometown yarn (used for the swan's body)
The rest of the yarn and roving are from my local yarn shop, Silver Threads and Golden Needles (not available online).

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The Hello, Ollie Art Prints Collection

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Hello, Ollie Art Prints Now Available!

Hello hello! Today I'm happy to share the (much anticipated!) release of the "Hello, Ollie" art print collection! This collection is complete with 12 (TWELVE!) art prints that coordinate with the release of my brand new organic fabric line, Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Each art print is available in 3 sizes: 8x10 ($18), 11x14 ($28) and 13x19 ($35). You can head on over to bonniechristine.com to view them all!

To celebrate the release, I'll be including a FREE fat quarter of Hello, Ollie fabrics with the first 20 orders. I'll pick out a perfectly coordinating fabric for you!

I envision these prints hanging in an nursery, completing a gallery wall and tying in perfectly with all kinds of fabric creations. I can't wait to see how you use them! Be sure to share with us how you use them by using the hashtag #HelloOllieFabrics over on Instagram!

28 projects made from Forest Floor Fabrics

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The Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour ended this week and everyone’s projects were spectacular! From backpacks and bookcovers to playmats and poufs – it was so fun to see what everyone made! Many of the projects are posted alongside a tutorial or pattern, so I hope you’ll dive in to the links below and get inspired to start sewing. A few of the projects don’t even require a sewing machine!

Let me gush for just a minute: I want to send a HUGE thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. You are all so talented and creative and I was honored to have you on the Forest Floor fabrics blog tour. It’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. I'm grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity!

Here’s a recap of all 28 of the projects!

   
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Clockwise: 

Cassie Massolia | Little Lizard King
Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
Maureen Cracknell | Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Audrey | Skirt Fixation
Taylor Made Creates
Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
April & Mickey | Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe

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Clockwise:

Jodi Godfrey | Tales of Cloth
Alex Bartholomew | Blue Bird Fabrics
Sarah Buis | Sweet as Honey Studio
Deanne and Karyn | Annie and Dot Fabrics
Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
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Clockwise:

Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
Alexandra Bordallo | Alextilalila Designs
Heidi Gustad | Hands Occupied
Sarah Bertochi | Sarah B
Blue House Joys |Terri Steele

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Clockwise:

Rachael McKeeman | The Floral Suitcase
Maja Wlusek | Betyipiernaty
Anna Dineen | My Wandering Path
Rachel Jaggers | Spotted Pepper Designs
Jayme Christensen | Finding Sweetland

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Clockwise:

Sue Stone | Needle in a Fabric Stash
Megan Price | Dolly Henry
Annika Ferk | Naeh Connection
Erin Stewart | Boho Journal
Vicky | Veni Vidi Vicky
Elizabeth & Tracy | Quilters Candy Box
Cheri Lehnow | Tinkerellen
Courtney Gamble | Mommahood Makers

Diving Deeper into the Hello, Ollie Fabric Project Lookbook

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Today I want to dive a little deeper into my new organic fabric collection Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics by showing you some of my favorite projects included in the newly released lookbook! It's LOADED with 58 pages of sewing projects, patterns and inspiration.✂️ That's my sweet Ollie girl above wearing the sweetest Harem Romper made by Thomas Pie.

Click here to explore the lookbook where you'll find patterns and links to each of the projects you see below!

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City Girl Romper and January Peplum by Angie Burgett | Lil Luxe Collection

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Cargo Duffle by Noodle Head | made by Corri Sheff

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Swanzzz Quilt by Sarah Elizabeth Sharp

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Simplicty Pattern 6327

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Buttercup Quilt by Sarah Overton

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Dream Big Hexagon by Tiny Toffee Designs

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Classic Bib & Burp Cloth by Berry Kidz

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Embroidery by Cheri Lenhow

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Rainbow Clutch by Noodlehead | Made by Amber Carrillo

My new organic collection – Hello, Ollie Fabrics

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Hello, hello! The release of my new organic fabric collection Hello, Ollie is here! It's beginning to arrive in stores all over and your projects have already begun to trickle in over on Instagram. You all are so talented!

I'm especially proud of this collection for two reasons:

First, what makes this collection even sweeter is that it’s inspired by my baby girl, Ollie Doe. It’s filled with graceful swans, gazing little eyes, and delicate flowers that will make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale. It's about spending a day with her in a peaceful meadow, daydreaming and playing as the summer breeze blows.

Second, I'm incredible honored that this is Art Gallery Fabrics first ever organic line of quilting cottons, knits, voile and canvas. Each are 100% GOTS-certified organic and if you think their regular cotton is soft and buttery, just wait until you feel Hello, Ollie. The first time I felt them I wrapped it all around me and snuggled into it's softness!!

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Art Gallery Fabrics just released the 58 page Hello, Ollie Lookbook. A fabric project catalog filled with beautiful things to make, patterns and inspiration! Pictured above is my sweet Ollie. :)

Click here to explore the lookbook!

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Have you downloaded Art Gallery Fabrics has a new app? You can 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 watch this adorable video)!

Looking to purchase? See if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with Hello, Ollie, 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? Check out everyone’s projects on Instagram (use #HelloOllieFabrics)

August Desktop + Smart Phone Calendars

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Bye bye July, hello beautiful August! This month's calendar collection uses the blossom drift print from my brand new (!!!) fabric collection, Hello, Ollie.

A few things I love most about August: birthday celebrations (we have 6 in our family!), catching fireflies, morning farmer's market visits and sweet summer evenings. What are your favorite things about August?

Calendars for August: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

August Calendars by Bonnie Christine

a little recap of our month. see more & follow along over on instagram!

(back by popular demand!) to download the printable version: click here 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!

 

 

My story and work space featured in Where Women Create!

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There have only been a few times in my life when something truly took my breath away. When Where Women Create reached out to me about featuring my workspace and story in there magazine, I jumped for joy and squealed with delight. This has always been my favorite magazine and being invited to join them for the 2016 autumn issue was a dream come true. When I received the advanced copy in the mail a few weeks ago, I slowly pulled it from it's package. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was right there. On the cover! In that moment, my breath was taken away and tears began to fill my eyes.

It is my absolute joy and honor to be a part of such an incredible magazine. Movement, really. It's pages are filled with inspiring stories of extraordinary women. If you're even the slightest bit creative, this is THE magazine you want to get your hands on!

The autumn issue of Where Women Create is where I share my story and how I accomplished my dreams. The article begins  ..

My journey begins with my momma, Maxie Ramey. Because of her, my childhood was saturated with creativity. I grew up spending time in her quilt shop, watching her sew and making things alongside her. We spent time learning crafts together, decorating the house and cooking meals.  Whenever I wanted to learn a new craft, I knew I could turn to her. From pottery and painting to photography and baking. She has mastered it all! Creativity seems to seep from her pores and it’s through her wisdom, willingness to teach and kind guidance that made me know that my world had to revolve around being creative, too.

To read the rest, you'll have to grab your own issue of Where Women Create (tease tease!). You can get a hard copy of the issue here or subscribe to the digital version!

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My dear friend and talented photographer, Callie Lynch, came over one afternoon to take photos of me and my work space for the article. We had so much fun tip-toeing around the house while the babies slept, snapping pictures of all my favorite things.

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My top tip for readers was this: Do one small thing every day. When big dreams seem overwhelming, begin reaching towards them by doing just one small thing each day. At the end of a week, a month and a year you will have made giant leaps towards accomplishing them. These will be the steps that will lead you to living your dream!

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Because the ladies at Where Women Create are so sweet and thoughtful, they've offered to let me give away 10 (TEN!) free copies of the autumn issue! Enter via the form below, it's as simple as that.

Decorating with Cotton

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Above: Cotton foliage installation by Annabelle Hickson of The Dailys

It seems that everywhere I look, people are getting creative with cotton. Traditional stems, garland, wreaths and entire installations like the one pictured above by Annabelle Hickson have me head over heels in love. Somehow, it speaks history. The texture and colors wrap me in a warm summer's day and make me dream of farmhouse living. 

I've found a handful of beautiful cotton stems and wreaths - all linked below.

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Above: Cotton Stem

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Above: Dried Cotton Garland

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Above: Dried Cotton Stem

Cotton Wreath

Above: Cotton Wreath