New ‘Forest Floor’ Art Prints in the Shop!

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oh happy day! in celebration of the release of forest floor fabrics, i'm debuting a set of coordinating art prints! this line is rich in natural hues and full of forest curiosities. i hope these prints will find their way into your home and ignite your own exploration of the wondrous depths of the mountains.

to celebrate, i'm having a 24 hour sale in my etsy shop for all art prints! get 20% off by using code 'HAPPYDAY' during checkout. xo, bonnie

psst. see a video of these prints framed here!

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The Forest Floor Fabric Lookbook & a Giveaway!

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oh, happy day! art gallery fabrics released forest floor's fabric lookbook last week, and i’ve been oohing and ahhing over its pages ever since!

as always, the best way to view the collection is by hopping right in to the lookbook. you can also check out this post for more about my inspirations, a few of my favorite prints and for more info on where to purchase the collection.

photographing this lookbook was so much fun. a dear friend of mine and talented photographer, callie lynch, and i took off to a favorite forest near my home and photographed projects under the trees. it's a day i'll never forget!

the lookbook is chock full of patterns, tutorials and diy ideas. i hope you enjoy browsing the pages and making a project of your own!

psst: keep scrolling for info on a giveaway!

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i'm also *SO* excited to partner with the fat quarter shop to offer a DOUBLE giveaway.  below is info on how to enter for both a fat quarter bundle of forest floor AND my new collection of aurifil threads!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations #52, Delaine!

to enter to win the fat quarter bundle of forest floor:

>> comment here telling us which project from the forest floor lookbook is your favorite and who you'd like to make it for (a friend, or maybe yourself!). limit one comment per person.

to enter to win the going home to roost small aurifil thread box:

>> head on over to instagram and enter via the details on this post!

deadline: both giveaways will end monday, march 14th at 1:00PM, eastern standard time. the winners will be drawn randomly and announced on this post shortly after.

good luck! xo, bonnie

Forest Floor Fabrics – Now in Stores!

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HI EVERYONE! i’m so happy to share that my brand new fabric line forest floor for art gallery fabrics is now available and shipping to a store near you!

since we moved back to the mountains a few years ago, i've been endlessly inspired by the forest at my doorstep. this collection is deeply meaningful to me, as every bit of it was inspired by our woodland explorations. i spent months photographing the flora and fauna of our part of the world. the end result is a true reflection of where we live, pisgah forest, north carolina.

I hope that it will ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and inspire you to visit the wondrous depths of the mountains as well!

i’m sharing a few of my favorite prints below, and the full collections at the bottom of this post along with info on how and where to purchase this collection – just keep scrolling!

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in the thicket

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luna rising

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clover grove

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flourish aglow

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cultivate by bonnie christine (1)psst! 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)!

ready to purchase? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with forest floor, 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 #ForestFloorFabrics), and view the fabric lookbook (more on this tomorrow)! 

Surface Pattern Design Instagram Photo Challenge

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Hi everyone! Many of you know I teach several courses on surface pattern design for Skillshare. This week, I've been trying to think of new ways I can connect with my students, and so I've decided to host an Instagram photo challenge! Participating with the challenge and using the official class hashtag (#PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE) will bring us all together on Instagram, help us discover each other's work and get to know each other a little better. hooray!

>> Want to join? We'd love to have you! You can learn more about all of my courses and sign up for them right here.

What's a IG Photo Challenge? A photo challenge is where everyone posts each day on the same topic (see the schedule above). Participate by simply posting a photo to your Instagram feed on the correct day and use the challenge hashtag, #PATTERNDESIGNwithBONNIE. Feel free to interpret the prompts however you like!

What's a hashtag? Hashtags are a way to categorize social media content. When you use the challenge hashtag, it will automatically become 'clickable' on Instagram. When you click on it, you'll see everyone's pictures who have also used the hashtag!

Why is this so awesome!? The hashtag will bring us all together in one place. We'll be able to meet each other, see each other's work and expand our relationships to Instagram! 

Findability: This will also help increase your 'findability'. Trending #'s are the perfect way for you to gain new followers (you never know, one of them could be the art director to your dream company!). 

Let's get started!

1) Follow me over on Instagram (@GoingHometoRoost)

2) Watch for the official launch

3) Start sharing your photos on Monday

4) Follow the above schedule and post each day for 2 weeks (except on weekends)!

Join & Win! I'll be randomly choosing three participants to receive a signed Bonnie Christine art print!

I'll be joining along with you. Let's have fun!

Bonnie

PS - please tell your surface pattern design friends to join as well! They can learn more about how to join my skillshare classes right here: tiny.cc/bonnieskillshare

DIY Fabric Mushrooms

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DIY Fabric Mushrooms

my new fabric collection, forest floor for art gallery fabrics was inspired by the forest where i live, and features tiny mushrooms, woodland creatures, ferns and trees. from the moment it hit my doorstep, i knew i wanted to make a set of fabric mushrooms!  they adorned my booth at quilt market and have since ventured with me into the forest (above) and finally back to a shelf in my home where they're currently overlooking the living room. they are easy to make and so much fun that i wanted to share the DIY with you!

here's what you'll need:

1. download and print the pattern template. cut out each of the pattern pieces. make sure to cut out two circles - 1 for the top and 1 for the bottom. cut the 'inner circle' out of only one of the large circles (be sure to save the small inner circle which will become the bottom of the mushroom trunk).

2. fold the long sides of the rectangle in half, right sides together. stitch down the long side using a 1/4" seam allowance to make a tube, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn right sides out and press. tip: easily make shorter and taller mushrooms by lengthening this rectangle!

3. place the two circles right sides together and sew around using a 1/4" seam allowance, making sure to double stitch at the beginning and end. turn the mushroom cap right sides out through the inner circle hole of the bottom layer and press.

4. stuff the mushroom cap with polyfil to your liking through the bottom circle. i found that i liked mine a bit looser, which also kept them from being too top heavy.

5) using a needle and thread, whip stitch the 'inner circle' (the small circle you saved from the mushroom cap circle) to the bottom of the trunk tube. fill the bottom of the trunk with pellets and finish the top with more polyfil. the more pellets, the more bottom heavy your mushrooms will be (and easier they will stand up on their own). turn down about 1/4" of the trunk fabric inwards and finger press.

6) finally, whip stitch the trunk to the mushroom top using embroidery floss. playing with these and making them big and irregular will make them look like the bottom side of a mushroom! the inner circle will have raw edges, but this just adds to the playfulness and organic feel to the shroom!

7) stand them up on the wooden rounds and have fun! tip: if you have trouble getting them to stand up, trying using a little gluestick!

photos by callie lynch & bonnie christine.

March Desktop + Smartphone Backgrounds

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bye bye february, hello beautiful march! because forest floor fabrics began shipping this week, i couldn't resist using one of my favorite pieces from the collection, in the thicket. this little bunny is perfect for easter! i asked for your help in naming her over on instagram this week. i'm pleased to announce that her name is SAGE!

what i love most about this month: planning our garden, ordering seeds, easter and preparing for spring!  what are your favorite things about march? 

calendars for march: click here to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

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

bonnie christine

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!

February’s Roost Tribe Recap

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february is almost over and march is quickly coming! as i do every month, 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, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday 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 wednesday, march 2nd you’ll still get all of february’s content +  march’s content as well – that’s two months for the price of one!

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a valentine's day printable suite - perfect for mother's day, too!

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the six MOST downloaded .SVG files from my silhouette store.

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adobe illustrator tutorial on how to make your OWN .SVG files.

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a discussion on struggles + a set of inspirational set of tech backgrounds to match!

favorite-links-and-resourcesa list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

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

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The Timber Mini Quilt Pattern

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Timber Mini Quilt Pattern by Bonnie Christine (1)

photo by callie lynch

i've mentioned the timber mini quilt before, but i have some exciting news to add to it! first, the fabrics i used for this quilt from my new collection forest floor fabrics began shipping THIS WEEK. hooray! second, i added the timber trees pattern to my silhouette america store, so if you have a silhouette cutting machine, you can now use it to cut out the pattern instead of having to cut it by hand!

this mini quilt is so much fun to put together. it makes a perfect wall hanging, pillow front or table drape and easily goes together in just a couple of hours!

there are two ways to make this quilt:

1) the scrappy way (as shown above): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN. this version uses several scraps of fabric to give it a pieced, eclectic feel. step by step instructions are outlined for you in the pattern.

2) the silhoutte way (as shown below): CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN. this version uses a solid piece of fabric and allows you to use your silhouette cutting machine to cut out the trees, which makes this pattern go together super fast! *please note, you must purchase the timber trees .SVG file here, but it's only $1! :)

if you make this quilt, we would love to see it! use #TimberMiniQuilt on instagram so we can find you!

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