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The Truths Quilt – a Free Pattern!

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The Speak Truths Quilt - a Free Pattern by Bonnie Christine (1)

In celebration of my new fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics, we've released a brand new (free!) quilt pattern. It's called Truths because it highlights the 6 truths that this collection is all about! I designed the main print, Words to Live By, using 6 of my favorite loving quotes:

1. Not all who wonder are lost
2. You are capable of wonderful things
3. You + me
4. You are so loved
5. You shall see wonders and
6. To thine own self be true.

All together, I think it shares a message that is so meaningful. My hope is that anyone who rests under this quilt will know how deeply they are loved!

>> You can download the free quilt pattern right here.

The Speak Truths Quilt - a Free Pattern by Bonnie Christine (3)

Isn't she cute? I think you'll find the pattern easy to follow and fun to make. I always work with my mom, Maxie Makes, on our quilts. We make such a great team!

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If you’re interested in seeing more projects made from Wonderful Things, be sure to check out the hashtag #WonderfulThingsFabrics and the fabric lookbook.

If you're interested in purchasing this fabric, you can check with your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop, 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 plan of attack, for the entire year.

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Yesterday I shared with you that I've formed a schedule for the Roost Tribe for the entire yearIts focused approach is designed to help you learn, develop, plan and attack your creative goals.

Today I want to show you what exactly that looks like. Take just a minute to see what's in store for the Roost Tribe this coming year:

>> psst - want a printable version? click here!

MARCH - all about COLOR!

March 3: Monthly Challenge: Color an illustration or pattern 3 ways
March 10: Video Tutorial: Learn 3 different ways to color an illustration
March 17: Article: How to pick a color palette that WOWS
March 24: Going Live: 1st Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
March 31: 5th Friday Focus with Surface Pattern Designer Jessica Swift on all things COLOR

* Q1 Trend Report Released

APRIL: Making a plan and staying motivated

April 7: Monthly Challenge: Mark your mission
April 14: Video Tutorial: How to make an inspirational quote art print or desktop wallpaper
April 21: Article: How to get started and stay motivated
April 28: To do: You checklist for entering the 'real world' as a designer

MAY: Getting started with an industry

May 5: Monthly Challenge: Choose an industry
May 12: Where to start - Fabric? Wallpaper? Stationery?
May 19: Video Tutorial: All about mock-ups - applying your patterns to products
May 26: Article: Stop feeling stuck, nourish your creativity, see your work flourish

* Q2 Trend Report Released

JUNE: Marketing 101

June 2: Monthly Challenge: Make a Marketing Plan
June 9: Article: 3 Marketing Strategies I use
June 16: Creative Business: How to make connections, collaborate and organize projects.
June 23: Going Live: 2nd Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
June 30 - 5th Friday Focus with (my!) accountant Amy Northard

JULY: Leverage your own handwriting

July 7: Monthly Challenge: Share your handwriting
July 14: Video Tutorial: Vectorize your lettering for use online (optional iPad Pro tutorial)
July 21: Article: Staying focused +  Time Management Skills
July 28: Creative Business: 5 Books you can't afford to miss

AUGUST: Getting noticed and charging for your work

August 4: Monthly Challenge: Design an invitation (birthday, wedding, shower, etc)
August 11: Video Tutorial: Invitation layouts + choosing complimentary fonts
August 18: Article: How to get your work noticed in the industry.
August 25: Creative Business: Pricing your work - what to charge?

* Q3 Trend Report Released

SEPTEMBER: Copyrights, Taxes, Invoices, Business, LLC/S-Corp

September 1: Monthly Challenge: Going pro: Copyrights, Taxes, Invoices, Business, LLC/S-Corp
September 8: Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to make a professional invoice
September 15: Article: The business side of Surface Pattern Design
September 22: Going Live: 3rd Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
September 29 - 5th Friday Focus TBA

OCTOBER: working with videos

October 6: Monthly Challenge: Make your own video tutorial
October 13: Article: Camera and Audio setup for videos
October 20: Video Tutorial: How to edit with iMovie
October 27: Creative Business: Providing value and income through videos

NOVEMBER: building a portfolio that WOWS

November 3: Monthly Challenge: Show your work, make a contact!
November 10: Video Tutorial: How to build a portfolio that WOWS
November 17: Article: A behind the scenes look at working with companies.
November 24: holiday

* Q4 Trend Report Released

DECEMBER: calendars and product photography

December 1: Monthly Challenge: Design a 2018 Calendar
December 8: Video Tutorial: Tips on working with calendars for print & web
December 15: Going live: 4th Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
December 22: Article: Product photography + editing
December 29 - holiday

Did that just get you fired up?! It did me! But the thing is, you have to join the Roost Tribe to get all of it. If you want to read more before joining, check out the FAQ, testimonials and Year at a Glance.

I'll see you on the inside! Love, Bonnie

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Exciting changes to the Roost Tribe!

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The Roost Tribe

In 2009, I had a dream to become a surface pattern designer >> but I had no formal training, no online presence and no idea where to start. Through years of dedication and hard work, my dreams became reality.

Shortly after, I created the Roost Tribe as a way to share all that I had learned. I created exactly what I would have wanted to be a part of myself, only a few years prior. My story is why I am so passionate about sharing what I’ve learned, and helping others accomplish their goals, too.

Today, I enjoy doing the work that I love, working with incredible companies, supporting my family, being creative every single day all the while staying at home with my two littles. I couldn't have imagined a more fulfilling and exciting career!

But you know what? I could have never gotten here without investing in the training that I needed.

My goal is to help YOU accomplish your creative dreams, too. It's possible, and it's within reach!

So here's what I've done: over the last few months, I've re-imagined how the Roost Tribe works, and I'm so excited to share some changes with you.

After pouring over 100s of responses from a recent survey given to the Roost Tribe, I'm thrilled to start serving YOU better. With a more focused approach to materials, the Tribe has become THE HOME for creative business owners, artists, aspiring illustrators and seasoned designers. In fact, you can see the schedule for the entire upcoming year right here.

>> Ahem. Did you click over to the year at glance schedule? I think you'll love it! << 

Join us today to lock in your price FOREVER.

You have two membership options:

  1. Limited Access Members (currently $15/month): members get access to 8 weeks of material at a time. As new content gets added, older material rolls over to the Roost Tribe Library that only Full Access members can view.
  2. Full Access Members (currently $149/year): members get access to everything that's ever been sent to the Roost Tribe (over 5 years worth of content valued at over $4000!). It's all nicely categorized and searchable for members so it's easy to find you need it.

The Roost Tribe Library currently contains over 40 Adobe Illustrator tutorials, 50 printables, business eBooks, sewing patterns, clip art collections, inspirational backgrounds, pattern collections and over 100 educational articles for your growing business.

Join our creative community to lock in your price forever and rest assured that once you become a member, your price will never change (as long as you remain a member).

If you've ever been tempted to join, don't miss out on locking in this affordable price. If you want to read more before joining, check out the FAQ, testimonials and Year at a Glance.

I'll see you on the inside! Love, Bonnie

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March’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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  March Desktop Background by Bonnie Christine (4)   

Bye bye February, hello beautiful March! The weather has been warm here and buds are starting to pup up everywhere I look. March makes me so excited for summer! This month's calendar collection uses one of the border print in my new fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics.

 Calendars for March: click HERE to download a .zip file of all 3 - or - click to download the desktop background and smartphone background. I hope they brighten your spaces!

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Here's a little glimpse into our month. If you'd like to follow along, I would love to meet you over on Instagram!

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To download the printable version: click to download March's Printable Calendar. Print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). Punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.   

Please note: all images, patterns and designs are © 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!

A NEW Class! Master Color with the Recolor Artwork Tool in Adobe Illustrator

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Hello, friends! I'm so excited to have just published a new class on Skillshare that answers the questions I get asked most frequently about COLOR! You can now join me to master color using the recolor artwork tool in Adobe Illustrator! Psst. If you're new to Skillshare, this link will give you your first month for free!

When it comes to illustration, color can easily be one of the most important elements of a design. Mastering the use of color in Adobe Illustrator will be a key factor in taking your designs to the next level. While the recolor artwork is the most powerful color tool in Illustrator, it’s also one of the most complex. In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork for print, whether that’s stationery and wallpaper or fabric and ribbon. I’ll teach you how to create color palettes that work, lock and reduce colors in the recolor artwork tool, tips on how to recolor watercolor paintings, convert your colors to Pantones and easily recolor your repeating patterns.

PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, I would love to have you join me in my other Skillshare courses! Both Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 are very comprehensive. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork and repeating patterns in Adobe Illustrator using the Recolor Artwork Tool.

  • How to make a custom color palette
  • What makes a color palette work
  • How to locate colors in a document
  • How to reduce the number of colors in an illustration
  • How to lock colors
  • How to use Global Adjustments
  • How to recolor watercolor illustrations
  • How to convert a document's colors to Pantone
  • How to recolor repeating patterns

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautifully colored illustrations and patterns. My hope is that it will leave you feeling motivated and inspired follow your creative dreams!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

All you'll need for this course is Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)! This class is taught in Adobe CC, though any version should work! :)

LET'S GET STARTED! You can join class RIGHT HERE!

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See you at Quiltcon East in Savannah, GA!

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Bonnie Christine + QuiltCon 2017

I am so excited to attend  Quiltcon East in Savannah, GA later this week! If you're not familiar with the event, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of it’s kind, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. The convention is open to the public and it’s a great place to network with creatives of all kinds! The schedule is packed full of workshops, seminars and lectures from February 23rd - 26th. I'll be attending Thursday and Friday, so if you're at the show, make sure to swing by Art Gallery Fabric's Booth #1050 to say HI!

New Collection of Hooked Rugs & Pillows with Peking Handicraft

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Hello my lovelies! I've been working on a collection of hook rugs and pillows for Peking Handicraft, and they have just started arriving to my doorstep. Eeee! I am so delighted with how they've turned out! The entire collection is sweet and sophisticated, yet fun and playful.

Each hook rug and pillow is handcrafted with 100% New Zealand wool. The pillows have a hidden zipper and are backed with a soft velveteen, the rugs are backed with a durable cotton canvas.

The entire collection is currently available at Wayfair. They're also available at many independent shops as well, so feel free to ask your local boutique about them (or request they carry them!). :)

Here's a glimpse at the collection! xo, Bonnie

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February’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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February 2017 Desktop Backgrounds by Bonnie Christine (1)

Bye bye January, hello beautiful February! 2017 has started off with a quite a bang for us. New classes, new fabric, a new product line (info on that coming tomorrow!), building a new home and tons of things in the works that I can't wait to share with you. So very many things to be thankful for! This month's calendar collection uses one of the main prints in my brand new (!!) fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics.

This quote really means so much to me. I am amazed at how many wonderful things we are all capable of. When we set our hearts on something and commit to the goal, amazing things happen!

Calendars for February: click HERE to download a .zip file of all 3 - or - click to download the desktop background and smartphone background. I hope they brighten your spaces!

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Here's a little glimpse into our month. If you'd like to follow along, I would love to meet you over on Instagram!

February 2017 Desktop Backgrounds by Bonnie Christine (2)

To download the printable version: click to download February's Printable Calendar. Print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). Punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.   

Please note: all images, patterns and designs are © 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!

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