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master series: jessica swift (3)

the roost tribe is excited to welcome jessica swift to the master series this friday as she joins us to discuss  pattern design and exhibiting at surtex. jessica is a brilliant designer who colors her world with bright hues and pretty patterns. i know you’re going to fall in love with her and her style!

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in more exciting news, jessica has just debuted a brand new surface pattern design course called pattern camp. during the course, you’ll spend a weekend learning pattern design from jessica in adobe illustrator and photoshop. this would be a great opportunity to close the learning gap and start producing patterns! click here to learn more and sign up to be notified when registration opens.

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jessica elsewhere: web | twitter | instagram | facebook

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! join anytime this month to receive jessica’s article on pattern design and exhibiting at surtex.

roost tribe

what is the roost tribe? the roost tribe is a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox!

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paper wall art by sugar and cloth

i absolutely love this paper wall art project by sugar and cloth. ashley uses chicken wire, a wooden frame and rolled up pieces of paper to create a stunning piece of art. this opens up so many possibilities! i would love to use this method to create a pixelated looking rose or dahlia. head on over to sugar and cloth to see more pictures and get the full tutorial!


point and shoot 8.21.14

August 21, 2014

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it’s been a while since our last point and shoot, so i’ve got some catching up to do with you! don’t forget to share your photos, too!

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in love with these colors.

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teaching at creativelive!

teaching at creativelive!

teaching design surface patterns from scratch at creativelive last week!  

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my desk.

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bear baby’s first flight.  (he did great!)

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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scrappy bits applique giveaway (4)

shannon brinkley from bottle tree has just released a brand new book, scrappy bits appliqué where she shares her easy to follow raw edge appliqué technique. i absolutely love the darling projects in this book! filled with beginner-friendly projects, after reading this book you’ll be able to either plan your own quilt design or follow one of the 8 beautiful patterns inside.

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scrappy bits appliqué takes you step by step though the process of creating a quilt using shannon’s raw edge appliqué technique. i love how much creative freedom this method gives you in the construction of the quilt! it’s also a fast and beginner-friendly method compared to the traditional appliqué or piecing method (yes, please!).

shannon has also been kind enough to offer a free copy of the book to one of you! thanks, shannon!


enter to win:  a copy of scrappy bits appliqué (a hard copy for a united states resident and an ebook if the winner is international).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, august 25th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us what motif you’d like to appliqué using shannon’s method (a fox, tree, bird etc).

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and bottle tree quilts on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @bottletrees

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #scrappybitsappliqué

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie



28 things i love

August 19, 2014

Posted by in bonnie forkner

birthday flower

today is my birthday (!) and i’m reflecting on all the things that i love so dearly. i am filling this day with friends and family, laughter and fun. (over the last few years i’ve also shared 26 things about me and 27 things i’m thankful for!)

28 things i love:

– my sweet baby bear
– a husband who brings me wildflowers
– vegetables from the garden
– a simple flower patch
– the last book i read: show you work by austin kleon
– the next book on my reading list: artisan soul by erwin mcmanus
– the color mint
– wildflowers
– creativity that flows
– a close-knit family
– creating pretty patterns
– teaching what i know
– learning new things
– a new iphone case
– inspiration for new things
– bluegrass music
– firefly nights
– eating outside
– long chats with my mom
– coffee and tea
– vegan eats
– going to bed early
– lots of pillows
– plenty of plants
– cooking every night
– baby snuggles
– friends who make me laugh
– YOU!

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capturing creativelive (8)

hi everyone! i’m back from teaching designing surface patterns from scratch at creativelive and can’t even begin to tell you what an incredible time i had. i feel so grateful for the opportunity to share with you what i love and i have creativelive to thank for every moment of it. last week was the most incredible week of my professional career to date. i’m so happy that i was able to connect with so many of you, and i am still in awe of your sweet messages, encouragement and beautiful artwork. thank you for inspiring me at the very depths of my creativity!

if you missed the course, don’t worry! it is now available to purchase for $79 for lifetime any-time access. this way, you’ll be able to download the courses to all of your mobile devices and really take the time you need to dive in and learn the material. you’ll also have until september 15th, 2014 to enter the design challenge (more details covered throughout the course).

here’s just a quick recap of my week and glimpse into creativelive‘s studio in san francisco. it’s beautiful and will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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all pictures taken by my amazing mom, maxie makes!

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surface pattern design challenge!

hi everyone! i’ll be teaching designing surface patterns from scratch for creativeLIVE in just two days! words can’t explain how excited i am to share this course with you. it’s going to be so much fun!

today i’m sharing with you about the design competition i’ll be hosting during the course, and offering a copy of the class as a giveaway for one of you! keep reading for details. :)

note: this is the fourth (and final!) installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part, second part and third part). it starts in just 2 days!! (ee!)

during designing surface patterns from scratch, i’ll be hosting a design competition for anyone who would like to join in. the winner will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course.

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
– 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
– 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
– stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

be sure to tune in to the course for more details on how to join and share your work with us!


enter to win: a free copy of my designing surface patterns from scratch course

deadline: giveaway will end sunday august 17th at midnight est

to enter: RSVP for designing surface patterns from scratch, then comment on this post letting us know you did so. 

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and creativelive on facebook

>> share course on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and  @creativelive

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #creativelive

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

‘see’ you there!

i’m going to be taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but join us on our trip over on instagram!



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alation free quilt pattern by bonnie christine (1)

today i get to share with you one of my all time favorite quilts. it’s called alation which means ‘the state of being winged’, which goes perfectly with my new fabric collection, winged for art gallery fabrics!

click here to download the free quilt pattern!

note: we’re working on kitting this quilt with pre-cut squares. stay tuned!

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i had SO MUCH FUN designing this quilt. i wanted something feminine, unique and whimsical and i’m so happy with the outcome! my mom, maxie makes, and i collaborate on all of our patterns- i design and illustrate, and she sews. so, this is her beautiful work!

to construct the quilt, we used fusible grid interfacing (we recommend using bosal’s 2.5″ fusible interfacing) which makes this go together quickly and easily! just place your squares on the grid and iron them in place. then, all you have to do is zip up and down to secure your seams. we didn’t use a single pin. easy peasy!

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quick note: i stumbled across this giant pom pom trim at a local thrift store a few months ago (don’t hate me!). it was pretty much the best day ever.

alation - free quilt pattern!

you can choose to make the quilt in either the northern migration colorway or the southern migration colorway (instructions included for both). i had a hard time deciding, but we chose to make it in the northern migration. i think this colorway is so soft and dreamy!

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you can find winged by checking your local quilt or fabric shop, at a stitch in time or by checking these online stores.

finally, share your winged projects using the official hashtag #wingedfabric

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