Summer is coming to an end but at this time of year where we should take advantage of the summer nights. Inspired by all the warm colors that come out during the golden hour, I instantly thought of Bonnie Christine and her fabrics! But how can I choose just one collection from her? Thankfully, AGF already did the hard work for me! You may have seen the Color Masters before on the blog talking about each color group but now AGF launched the Color Master in “Designer’s Palette Edition” where they have curated a 10-piece FQ/HY sampler bundle from each designer with coordinating prints, to better introduce you to each designer’s style.
Last month, we talked about Katarina Roccella’s Designer’s Palette, and for this month's spotlight, Bonnie Christine’s Designer was the perfect combination of style and colors I needed for this season.
Bonnie Christine grew up in North Carolina, where her mother had a quilt shop that she would spend her time creating, sewing, and mostly, falling in love with the fabric. Working with her mother's own fabric stash, her dream to start designing her own fabrics begun.
Bonnie’s prints are inspired by the nature that surrounds her, from the largest of trees to the tiniest of leaves. Always finding the simple things in life through her photography, and drawing in her sketchbook. She taught herself how to use Adobe Illustrator and read many books about designing- fast forward to today, she evolved to the designer she is today. In every single print, she embraces the design process which makes the end results very meaningful to her.
If you’re looking for a sweet yet earthy color palette with delicate designs, Bonnie Christine’s Designer’s Palette captures her style with an assortment of her past collections like Hello Bear, Succulence, and Gathered. I can see projects made with these fabrics ranging from cozy quilts, kitchen decor like tea towels or pot holders, and of course some, sweet pillows.
Obsessing over the prints with a retro-vibe, I decided to make a Harvest Apron, using some of the prints from the FQ box! I made this super easy apron, that anyone can make or customize with their favorite prints.
To start, you can cut out all the pieces you need before putting anything together. You’ll need:
-Three 7 ½ inch squares for the pockets (I used prints “Spiny Oasis Divine,” “Beekeeper Lime,” and “Simple Living.”)
-One 16 x 22-inch square (I used “Feathered Flight Sunken”)
-Three 4 ½ Inch strips of any direction you’d wish to cute from the FQ (I used “Timeless Rosewood”)
I first started to sew the three squares in a row, together and placed the right side on top of “Feathered Flight Sunken’s” wrong side (see pictures above). I folded the side edges, so when I sewed around the whole thing, I would have a clean edge once I flipped the pockets inside-out. I topstitched each pocket square with the “Feathered Flight Sunken” underneath to create different compartments.
Lastly, I grabbed the three strips and sewn them together so I can make one strip, big enough to tie behind your back. I folded the strips in half, pressed the right sides together, and sewn on the edge. Flip the tube inside out and sew the ends. Iron to make completely flat, and align the edge with “Feathered Flight Sunken” then sew together.
Viola, you’re done! Talk about an easy project right? Ideal for any retro-inspired kitchen, or an easy gift to make for someone who also loves Bonnie’s prints.
A true collector’s box! Remember that this box is there for your convenience, it has many uses! The “Color Master Box” can keep your fabrics organized and neatly displayed for easy finding, or you can share the love because it’s perfectly curated in a box for an easy present!
Too excited to get straight to the fabric?! You can get all Color Master Designer’s Palettes, in a BUNDLE, also available in FQ or HY.
If you're a fan of Bonnie Christine or know someone who is, these groups of fabrics would be the perfect gift or you treat you yourself by finding them in our online stores. AGF made a box for all of their designers, so don’t forget to check them all out here. If you have any project ideas or already sewn something with these fabrics, make sure to tag us on social media using #artgalleryfabrics.