• Blog Tour: Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine


    Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m happy to share a bit about the soft and lovely Hello, Ollie collection by the ever-s0-talented Bonnie Christine today. I really enjoyed being set free to make a couple minis for Bonnie’s booth at Spring Market. The fabrics were inspired by the sweetness of swans, feathered fellows, and garden blooms and pay tribute to Bonnie’s newest addition, daughter Ollie. This collection is also Art Gallery Fabrics‘ first all organic collection. As with all of the other AGF substrates, with AGF Organics, you will feel the difference. They have taken the time to create a custom organic weave, so that you get all of the greatness of a 100% certified organic cotton cloth base, dyed with eco-friendly low impact inks, and mixed with the unmatched quality of design and hand that characterizes Art Gallery Fabrics.


    The whimsy and cuteness abounds in this sweet collection. It was so hard to decide what to make with so many fun options dancing through my head. I settled on 2 mini quilts to be framed for her booth display.


    The first mini really reflects the carefree and romantic touches of the collection. I concentrated on the swans for this piece — fussy cutting larger and smaller swans to applique on to a rippling pond of fabrics with a line of swans flying overhead. Small metallic accents (thread, piping, quilting) were a *must* as well as floss-tied bows around the swans necks. The batting is a super puffy (inexpensive, mega lofty from Walmart) to give tons of dimension to this piece. I really wanted the effect of billowy clouds, swans in motion, and movement of the water to play into this mini. 

    The second mini was a fun needle turn project using the Everglade Pattern from Carolyn Friedlander. I knew I needed to use the adorable winking eyes in the Meadow Dreams print combined with the deep rose-red Blossom Drift print.


    A spool of 50wt. Aurifil thread in color No. 2277 was the perfect match to the floral print. Even if a few needle turns were off a tad, you can’t see them because of how perfect the color match is. This pattern is so easy! Cut, baste, stitch, press. Done!


    Another cut out swan from the Dabblin Swan print for this mini — outlined with gold metallic thread to give her an extra princess-like sheen. And additional embroidery floss colors chosen to add a quick garden in one of the windows. 

    I just can’t stay away from glitter and metallic apparently…so I crosshatch quilted the window areas in gold as well. I really love this mini so much!


    Of course I encountered a technological breakdown between taking my photos and transferring them to my computer, so I’ve lost close up pics of each finished mini. <super sad face> I hope this booth photo from Spring Market helps give you an idea of how both minis finished up and found their home with Bonnie. The entire booth was so magical and pretty! (And in the above photo…lower right corner is a bag made by one of my besties, Jenn Rossotti. Omigosh…it’s amazing! And you’ll hear from her next week!)


    *That bag!!!!* But more on that from Jenn next week!
    Now check out tomorrow’s blog tour stop: Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
    If you missed yesterday’s stop, then here’s your link to check out Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
    The full lineup for Bonnie’s blog tour is here: Blog Schedule


    xo Sarah


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