We’re here for our final day of week 1 of our Aurifil for AGF blog series! Next week, we’ll be introducing you to more of the talented designers of Art Gallery Fabrics, to herald their work, and shine a light on their fabulous thread collections. Back in 2015, we launched Aurifil thread boxes to match with the identity of each Art Gallery Fabrics designer. The best thing about this is that the threads aren’t specific to one fabric collection but rather were selected to match a designer’s signature palette. With that in mind, these collections work just as well with the brand new fabric collections as they did with those that released back in 2015. Pretty amazing, right? We hope you enjoy hearing more about these fabulous women AND don’t miss our super sweet giveaway!
Today, we meet Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost! Her Going Home to Roost Essentials collection comes in both Large and Small boxes, offering our extremely versatile 50wt thread in a wonderfully warm array of colors. Going Home to Roost Essentials provides the perfect colors for use with any of Bonnie Christine’s Art Gallery Fabrics collections, including her upcoming Lambkin collection, Wonderful Things, Hello Ollie, and Forest Floor. We love following along with Bonnie Christine’s home adventures on Instagram as she and her family build a farmhouse and make a home in the woods in North Carolina.
Going Home to Roost Essentials, LARGE
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
6729 – 2420 – 6711 – 6722 – 2600 – 2318
5004 – 5007 – 2566 – 2912 – 2340 – 4241
Going Home to Roost Essentials, SMALL
10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool)
6729 – 2420 – 6722 – 2600 – 2318
5004 – 5007 – 2912 – 2340 – 4241
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
I grew up spending lots of time in my momma’s quilt shop which fostered my love for textiles and sewing. I can remember having craft days with her and making little dolls and skirts. I’m so grateful for having been introduced to the world of fabric at such an early age!
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Shortly after graduating from Business School and marrying my sweetheart, I fell in love with the world of design. Focused on making my dream a reality, I decided to set out and learn it on my own. In 2010, there was not a lot of info for aspiring surface pattern designers, which is one reason I’m so passionate about teaching today! About 2 years later, I connected with Art Gallery Fabrics and have been designing ever since.
How did you first make the connection with Art Gallery Fabrics and what does it mean to you to be part of the AGF family?
I connected with Art Gallery Fabrics at Fall Quilt Market in 2012. I met with Pat Bravo and immediately felt that we were kindred spirits. I remember hearing her talk about my work and feeling like she understood exactly who I was as an artist. She welcomed me into the family, and it’s been the most amazing experience of my life. I love being a part of the family!
Tell us about your latest collections with Art Gallery. What inspired the designs?
My upcoming collection is called “Lambkin” (coming this August) and it was inspired by the complete adoration I have for my two littles, Bear & Ollie. The collection tells both a majestic, playful story for boys and a more delicate, sweet story for girls.
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with each collection?
I always end up with a few favorites! They are usually something made for my children. A soft blanket, cute romper or playful animal.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
For as long as I can remember, Aurifil has always been our ‘go-to’ thread. It’s luxurious, strong and beautiful!
Can you tell us a bit more about your signature Aurifil collection — why did you select the colors and the weights that you did?
My collection, “Going Home to Roost” is named after my blog and is filled with pretty pastels that I consider to be neutrals. Greys, golds, blush pinks and creams bring a subtle sophistication to the projects I use them on. I chose the 50 weight so that it can be used for regular sewing projects and quilts alike.
What’s coming up next for you — what can we look forward to?
I’m really excited about some new collections I have coming out, as well as a new design course coming soon. I also have some amazing things planned for the Roost Tribe, a creative membership I run through my website. The best way to stay up to date on everything is by following along over on Instagram (@goinghometoroost). I love connecting with everyone there!
Bonnie believes in living an extraordinary creative life. She believes in the power of dreams, and working hard to make them come true. She believes that what we are most passionate about is our life calling, and she wants to help you start living your creative dream! Going Home to Roost is where she shares about creativity, her work as a designer and the things she learns along her path as a full-time mama and creative.
She and her husband live snuggled back in the forests of North Carolina with their son, Bear and golden retriever, Toaster. They are passionate about spending time outside, living simply and eating delicious plant based foods.
AURIFIL FOR AGF GIVEAWAY
Today’s post marks the launch of a super fab giveaway featuring both Aurifil threads and Art Gallery Fabrics. One lucky Grand Prize winner will take home 1 LG Art Gallery thread collection of his or her choosing + 1 SM Art Gallery thread collection + a bundle of Art Gallery Fabrics. Two runners up will take home 2 SM Art Gallery thread collections each. All in all, SO much fabulous fabric & thread, so many fun new projects to plan! The giveaway is open from now through 11:59pm on Friday, June 30th, at which point we’ll select 3 random winners. We’ll email winners directly and will also announce on every post in the series. This giveaway is open to our International friends as well! Simply follow the link below or click on the image above!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Allison Evrard, our Grand Prize Winner!! Congratulations also to Sarah Jasinski and Lynn Brown, our runners up! We had so much fun with this one — thanks to all who entered and followed along with us!
Sunday, June 11 — Intro
Tuesday, June 13 — Sharon Holland
Wednesday, June 14 — Katarina Roccella
Thursday, June 15 — Jeni Baker
Friday, June 16 — Bonnie Forkner (you are here!)
Tuesday, June 20 — Caroline Hulse
Wednesday, June 21 — Maureen Cracknell
Thursday, June 22 — April Rhodes & Amy Sinibaldi
Friday, June 23 — Pat Bravo & Bari J
Click on the image below to take a look at our Aurifil for Art Gallery collection Lookbook!
ABOUT ART GALLERY
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Art Gallery Fabrics is a leading Manufacturer of Quilting & Sewing Textiles, and a Wholesale Supplier to Quilting, Home Decor, Sewing, and Apparel Industries. Many describe their style as “Contemporary Elegant” and it fits! They love to design fabrics that fit today’s modern lifestyle while adding a chic, sophisticated touch. Art Gallery works with a talented design team whose enticing color palettes & artful, intricate prints make the collections one of a kind.
[Photos courtesy of Bonnie Christine & Art Gallery Fabrics]