A look at the process & meaning behind Hello, Ollie prints

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I just can't tell how delighted I am to see all of your projects using my new organic fabric collection Hello, Ollie. Your talent is blowing me away!

This collection is so very dear to me for two reasons: what makes it most sweet is that it’s inspired by my baby girl, Ollie Doe. It’s filled with graceful swans, gazing little eyes, and delicate flowers that are meant to make you feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

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 incredibly soft and snuggly!

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (1)

Blossom Drift

Because this collection is so special, I wanted to take a moment to dive a little deeper into the meaning and process behind some of my favorite prints. I dreamed of a sweet and tiny floral that would be perfect to use for little girl outfits, wraps and baby blankets. I spent a few days sketching loose and organic florals (below) and soon, blossom drift was born.

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (2)

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (2)

Sweetly Sings

Inspired by summer foliage, butterfly sightings and baby lullabies, Sweetly Sings came to life. An interesting note: I designed the 'inside' portions of the butterflies to be printed with metallic ink, but in order to comply with the strict GOTS organic guidelines, each yard could have no more than 2% metallic ink. SO - we scrapped it all together to keep the line as pure as possible. I'm so glad we did! And because I wanted each side of the butterflies to be identical, I only drew half of them (see below!).

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (1)

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (5)

Swanlings Bevy

To me, swans represent love, beauty, pureness. I wanted to illustrate both a mama swan and a 'bevy' of swans (hence, swanlings bevy above). Nothing is so sweet than a baby swan taking refuge under her mama's wings. I think it's the perfect picture of a mother's love and care for her little ones!

Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics (4)

Dabbling Swan

Sketches from Bonnie Christine's 'Hello,Ollie' Fabric Collection (3)

And because early baby days are filled with naps, winks and wide eyes at all hours of the day (ha!), I designed a simple sleepy print, Meadow Dreams.

Meadow Dreams

Below is the entire collection which you can view over on Art Gallery Fabrics. You can also find patterns, projects and endless inspiration in the lookbook! Can't wait to see more of your #HelloOllieFabrics projects!

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.

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  • Your designs just get sweeter and sweeter!

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