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The final session of Pattern Camp is coming, January 27-28

Hi friends!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2018?

One of my intentions for the year is to blog more. I got completely out of the habit when Coen was born in 2015 (new motherhood is intense, y’all), and I want to start putting more attention here again.

So today I want to tell you about my online course, Pattern Camp.

It’s time for Pattern Camp to enter phase 2.0, so I’m running the final course in the current intensive-weekend-style format on January 27-28, 2018.

When I first launched Pattern Camp in October 2014, I offered it at an inaugural price of $129. So many budding pattern designers signed up for that first session and it was an absolute blast for everyone!

So in the spirit of that first Pattern Camp excitement, I’m happy to tell you that you can sign up for that very same price for this final session.

For 3 days only, from January 8-10, 2018, Pattern Camp is $129. Simply use discount code finalsessionhurrah when registering.

 

 

A bit about the course:

In Pattern Camp you’ll learn how to design your own unique repeating patterns using both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

If you’re new to the programs, there are primer videos in both Illustrator and Photoshop that you’ll be able to watch before class begins, to begin familiarizing yourself with the programs. Countless Pattern Camp students have been brand new to Illustrator and/or Photoshop and have successfully completed the course. You will, too!

The live weekend portion of Pattern Camp is Saturday + Sunday, January 27-28, 2018 from 8am-4pm PST both days. Again, you do not have to participate live unless you want to. (It is very fun to participate live!)

During the live weekend I am available for technical support 100% of the time that class is in session. You do not have to participate in the live weekend in order to take the course; not everyone does, depending on schedules, time zones, etc. The course lessons will be available to you forever afterwards, so you can work through the lessons at your own pace, revisit them, etc, as needed.

You will be invited into our thriving private Facebook group as part of the course – it’s the best group on the internet! So supportive, uplifting, encouraging, and inspiring. You’ll love it!

The course takes place in a private classroom area of the Pattern Camp website. You’ll create your login info when registering and will have immediate access to the classroom once your registration is complete. Before class begins on January 27th you’ll be able to watch the primer videos as well as 6 video interviews with inspiring creatives that are included as part of the course.

There are many more course details + answers to questions on the Pattern Camp website.

 

 

If pattern design is calling your name, come join in this fun and final session of Pattern Camp! Now is the time to say YES to your creative dreams and come join the pattern party. I promise, obsession is waiting for you.

Remember, for 3 days only, from January 8-10, 2018, Pattern Camp is just $129. Same as it was for the very first-ever session. Simply use discount code finalsessionhurrah when registering.

Hope to see you there!

xo
jess

 


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Utility Style Quilts for Everyday Living Blog Tour

I was invited to join fellow Art Gallery Fabrics designer Sharon Holland’s blog tour for her new book, Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living, and I was so happy to say yes and have an excuse to spend some time sewing.

Now, I am not a quilter, and in fact I wouldn’t even consider myself a very skilled sewer. For better or for worse, my mom taught me a style of sewing in which I just wing it and figure out what I’m making as I go along, so that tends to be the way I sew to this day. I chose the Pixel quilt from Sharon’s book and made it my own by using a couple of the quilt blocks she created to form a pillow (because making a whole quilt still seems wayyyy too scary!).

I used my upcoming Tallinn fabric collection (my debut collection with Art Gallery Fabrics). What a joy to sew with my own fabrics!

Sharon’s instructions were so easy to follow, even for a winging-it-style sewist like me. :)

Here’s the fabric assortment I decided to work with:

I decided to make 2 full blocks for the pillow, and to combine it with 2 solid squares, to make a sort-of checkerboard pillow.

The first thing I did was cut a bunch of 2 1/2″ squares. Because I didn’t properly read the instructions before beginning to cut (typical), I saw each block as having 25 squares rather than noticing some pieces were actually 2 1/2 x 5″ rectangles. No matter! I could sew 2 squares into rectangles later.

So, I cut fifty (50) 2 1/2″ rectangles from my fabric assortment. (There were 16 pink squares, which would form the rectangle pieces.)

Next I cut two (2) 10 1/2″ squares from this light blue Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements solid:

The next step was sewing all but the pink squares and two pieces that would be the center square in each block into pairs of two (I used a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout):

After sewing I pressed them each flat.

I didn’t pay too much attention to what I was pairing together, as I wanted the design to be random. Once they were sewn, I started laying it out into the two different blocks:

Next I sewed each quadrant into a square of four (4) squares, pressing them flat when I was finished (I pressed the seams open in the back, too, which you can see here in the bottom right square):

Then I sewed the pink squares into pink pairs of two (this is how I corrected my cutting mistake!):

Then I sewed the top 2 quadrants and the top pink rectangle together to form a row:

I then sewed the middle and bottom rows together, pressed each section flat, then sewed all three rows together, and pressed them flat again:

After following those same steps to finish the second block, I laid out the pillow. As you can see, my blocks don’t match up perfectly and are a little wonky… this is where my lack of skill and precision really shows. Oh well! Gotta learn somehow, right?

I sewed the two right and left pieces together, then the bottom right and left pieces, pressed them both flat, and then sewed them together along the center line, so all four quadrants were connected in one big square, which would become the front of my pillow.

I cut a piece of batting to be just slightly larger than my pillow front, which was measuring about 20×20″, and placed the pillow front on top of it:

Then it was time to quilt! I admit, I have no idea what I’m doing and have zero skills or tricks to share as far as how to quilt anything. The way I thought about it was that I just needed to attach the batting to the fabric in some way, and the sky was the limit. When I first starting thinking about this project, I thought I’d just do some simple straight lines to quilt it, but apparently my creative muse had other ideas for me when the time came:

I had fun sewing lines and diagonals and triangles and seeing what happened! Here’s how it turned out when I was done quilting:

Then it was time to turn it into a pillow. Since I don’t really know how to sew a zipper (and am intimidated by it), I opted for a simple overlapping pillow back.

I cut two (2) pieces from the same light blue fabric measuring 20×14″ each. I folded one edge of each piece over twice to create a “hem” (I folded it down about 1/4″) and pressed flat, then sewed along the edge and pressed again. I layered the pieces (right side down) on top of the quilted pillow front (right side up) so the edges matched up and the overlap was in the center:

Next I sewed all around the edges and snipped each of the four corners:

I turned the pillow cover right side out next, popped in a pillow form (the one I had available was 18×18″, and my pillow cover ended up being about 19 1/2×19 1/2″, so I could’ve probably gotten away with using a 20×20″ pillow form for a tighter fit), and voila! The finished pillow:

I’m pleased with how it turned out, given my beginner skills, my lack of following directions, and my knack for winging it and figuring it out.

Plus, I think it looks kind-of coo with the pillows that are currently on my couch, so that was a nice bonus. :)

Signed copies of Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living can be purchased by US residents directly from Sharon in her new online store, and you can also get the book through Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit the whole tour! Yesterday Sarah from Designs by Sarah J posted a lovely project from the book, and tomorrow Lisa from Love to Color My World will be sharing her creation for the tour.

Also, here’s the full line up in case you want to look back or ahead on the tour:

Monday 12/4  Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt
Tuesday 12/5  Amy Friend – During Quiet Time
Wednesday 12/6  Maureen Cracknell – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Thursday 12/7  Amber Johnson – Gigi’s Thimble
Friday 12/8  Karen O’Connor – Lady K Quilts Designs
Saturday 12/9  Kori Turner-Goodhart – Olive Grace Studios
Sunday 12/10  Silvia Sutters – A Stranger View
Monday 12/11  Sarah Maxwell – Designs by Sarah J
Tuesday 12/12  Jessica Swift – Jessica Swift
Wednesday 12/13  Lisa Ruble – Love to Color My World
Thursday 12/14  Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorfullife
Friday 12/15  Eleri Kerian – Sew and Tell Project
Saturday 12/16  Anjeanette Klinder – Anjeanette K
Sunday 12/17  Stephanie Kendron – Modern Sewciety
Monday 12/18  Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter
Tuesday 12/19  Susan Playsted – Hopewood Home

Enjoy!


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13 Guiding Nights

GUYS! I’m running a FREE 13-day email series called 13 Guiding Nights that begins on December 26, 2018.

 You’ll be guided through 13 nights of choosing a card from my Animal Allies oracle deck and discovering your animal allies/guides for each month of 2018.

It’s said that the veils between the human and spirit realms are the most thin at this time of year, so it’s a wonderful time to set intentions, reflect on your past year, and call in your guides and helpers for the year to come. This is something I do each year beginning on December 26th with various oracle decks that I own and love, and I’m really excited to do it with my very own deck this year. I hope you’ll join me!

Sign up here

If you already have a deck, go sign up if you want to join in! If you need to order a deck, you can order a copy right here and then sign up. I’ll be shipping orders right up through December 23rd, so you’ve still got time to order.

Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! It’s going to be so fun!


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2018 Goal + Intention Kit is now available

Hi guys!

It’s December today, which means it’s almost 2018 (what?! How.Did.That.Happen.), and the new 2018 version of my Goal + Intention Kit is officially ready.

Here’s a peek at a few of the pages:

 

 

The kit is 38 pages of printable planning goodness, all wrapped in prettiness to make it feel more fun.

Why not schedule a retreat day for yourself, head to your favorite coffee shop, and lay out all the dreams and goals you’ve got for the coming year? (I’m doing that on Monday and I can’t wait.)

What’s inside:

– 38 printable pages of goal and intention setting goodness including:

– 4 pages of 2017 review – so you can get clear on what went well, what was challenging, and what it’s time to let go of.

– 1 How I Want to Feel in 2018 worksheet

– 1 worksheet to figure out your word / theme for the year

– 12 calendar pages where you can schedule in all the goals + intentions you’re setting

– 4 quarterly check-in pages, so you can keep track of your progress

– 1 sheet to fill in ideas you don’t want to forget (because they might float away otherwise)

– Monthly intention-setting spaces

– 3 Goal-setting worksheets (where you’ll work backwards, acting as if you’ve already achieved you’re goal – it’s totally fun!)

– space to list your 2018 money goal, personal goals, and career/work goals

– 1 big dreaming + possibilitizing worksheet

– a reminder cheat sheet where you can write all the goals and intentions you identified – print it out, fill it in, and hang it on your wall as a reminder each and every day to help you focus on your plan

– download it instantly once you’ve purchased and paid (the link will be automatically emailed to you) – so you can start using it right away

– And this year it’s just $10!

 

Happy December, and happy planning!

xo
jess

 


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Black Friday Weekend Sale

Hi friends –

Happy day after Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States, and happy Friday to everyone else!

For the next 4 days, November 24-27, 2017, any oracle deck purchase will come with a free 5×7″ animal totem print of your choice.

The paper size is 5×7″ and the image size will be 4×6″ – these small prints will fit perfectly in a 5×7″ frame (with or without a mat) and will make wonderful holiday gifts!

Here are a couple examples, in a simple, lovely, and affordable IKEA Ribba frame:

  

Aren’t they cute?!

(Please note: free prints with deck purchase do not include mat or frame.)

How it works:

1. Purchase your oracle deck(s) here.

2. Choose your print(s) here.

3. Let me know in the ‘notes’ section when checking out which print(s) you chose. No code needed!

4. I will send everything to you together, asap.

 

 

The oracle cards are wildly popular so far. Join the fun and get a deck for yourself and for the people you love!

From a happy customer:

“I can’t express how much I adore your Animal Allies deck! Really, the images make me feel beyond happy! First, the quality of the deck is outstanding – a joy to shuffle and handle and the printing and color excellent. I own many, many decks. Yours is top notch. And the box! The details and surprise messages inside are lovely.”


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Animal Allies Oracle Cards are here!

My Animal Allies Oracle Cards are finally here!

I spent several full days last week shipping our pre-orders, and I’m so happy to report that people are absolutely loving the deck so far. (Yippee!)

Here’s a bit from a happy customer: “The quality of the deck is outstanding – a joy to shuffle and handle and the printing and color excellent. I own many, many decks. Yours is top notch. And the box! The details and surprise messages inside are lovely.”

The deck is made up of 60 cards, each a different wild animal. A fold-out sheet with descriptions of each animal’s unique energetic qualities is included, to help guide you in understanding what the card you pulled is about and how it might apply to your current life/situation.

The holidays are coming and I personally think this deck is going to make a really wonderful gift this year – perfect for animal lovers, mystics, tarot enthusiasts, believers in magic, children (buy two and turn it into a memory game!), people who are looking for some hope/support/guidance/love…. everybody could benefit, really. :)

You can grab your own copy of the Animal Allies oracle deck right here.

(If you’re an Amazon Prime member, they’re also available there, fyi.)

I hope you love them! I’m so proud of this project and how it turned out; if you decide to pick up your own copy of the deck, I hope it makes its way into your daily life in a powerful and positive way.

Big love!

 


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Quilt Market – Houston 2017

A couple weeks ago I debuted my brand new fabric collection called Tallinn with Art Gallery Fabrics at Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. This is my first collection with AGF and to say I’m excited about it is an understatement. This was my first time exhibiting at Quilt Market (I’d been to the show a couple times before, but never with my own display like this), and it was quite the undertaking. 6 talented and amazing sewists helped me make products for my display – quilts, tote bags, dolls, garments – and I spent a lot of time sewing myself, too. I lost myself in the making in a way that I haven’t in a while; it felt so good. I can’t wait to sew more once I get more of my fabric in – I’ve always loved sewing but haven’t ever had a great excuse to spend a lot of time doing it (since I always have so many other things going on), so I’m happy to have the excuse now.

It was also the first time I’d been apart from my sweet babe (who’s 2 now – how did that happen?!), so that made the whole undertaking a bit more stressful and emotional, but everything turned out just fine and we all survived. I even got 3 good nights of sleep while I was away!

Here’s are a few of the pillows I made:

My mom was a doll-maker when I was young, so I obviously enlisted her help. She made 5 adorable dolls for me (thanks, Mom!). Here’s one of my faves:

These adorable vintage suitcases really helped bring the booth to life:

And that quilt, oh my! It was made by Isabelle Selak.

My pal Bonnie Christine and I stayed together and had a blast. This is the first time we’d actually met in person, which is crazy. She’s a kindred spirit soul sister for sure:

It was so great to meet and spend time with everyone at Art Gallery Fabrics, including all these incredibly kind, welcoming, talented designers:

It’s Bonnie, me, Bari J, Maureen Cracknell, and Dana Willard above. Such fun ladies. :)

I even got to match my booth one day! Eleri Kerian made this adorable Bondi top for me:

My Tallinn fabric collection will be shipping to stores in February 2018; I’ll be sure to keep you updated when it’s available and I’ll share a full peek at each fabric in the coming months, as soon as I’m able!


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How my Animal Allies Oracle Deck emerged out of the murky + magical waters of new motherhood

On January 1, 2016 I began a daily project. The hashtag was #dailyanimalart on Instagram, where I shared them each day. Baby C was just 13 weeks old. The idea was to create an animal a day. Some days I knew I might only have 5 minutes. Other days I might get lucky and have an hour or two. Some days it would be somewhere in between. I knew I’d probably miss some days, too, but I made that an ok part of the plan, too. I tried to be gentle with myself but also to hold myself to my commitment, so I could stay in touch with my creative self while swimming through the murky, mysterious, intense waters of brand-new motherhood.

Some days were easier than others. Some days were practically impossible.

Badger welcomed in the project, in a quick 10-minute sketchbook painting, on January 1, 2016:

A longtime companion of mine, Badger helps me focus and find the space, the quiet, intense energy, and the determination I need when creating goals and commitments in my creative life. I don’t think it’s surprising that he is who emerged first in the animal series.

Just 3 days into the project, on January 3, 2016, a Fox painting emerged out of nowhere that lit me up inside in a way I hadn’t felt inspired creatively for quite some time. That’s her above. I remember I got to spend about an hour working on this one, part of it while Coen was sleeping beside me in our little rock n’ play, part of it while I held him on my lap as he watched me paint. It was fast and free and one of those magical times that a painting seemed to come through me rather than from me. I still feel a bit goose-bumpy when I look at this painting, which now sits on the mantle above the fireplace in our living room.

I consider this Fox painting the catalyst for the series as it continued for the remainder of 2016.

20 days into the project, on January 20, 2016, a Hummingbird emerged (she is so pretty that I decided to put her on the front of the deck box!) and lit the way for the rest of the project.

This was the first time I’d added the animal name underneath the painted image, and this sealed the deal for me. I continued to create animal paintings in this format for the rest of the year, and I ended up painting 164 of them in all! (There were 242 animal paintings total in 2016; I still headed to my sketchbook on some days when I didn’t have it in me to create a more robust painting.)

Hummingbird energy is all about JOY. Tapping into and appreciating the sweet nectar of life. Accomplishing the impossible. Saying YES to yourself, your life, your dreams. She teaches you to seek out and appreciate the magnificent beauty in all things.

Fox is about Invisibility, adaptability, keen senses and awareness of your surroundings. Camouflage. Cunning, charm, and magic. Shape-shifting and blending in, which will allow you to see and hear things you might otherwise not, to receive messages from Spirit, and to discover hidden truths. Fox is also a protector of family and home, always returning from her magical adventures to the warmth and safety of the den. She teaches you to follow your natural instincts.

Fox and Hummingbird. Two animal allies who’ve walked with me for some time. I didn’t actually realize until this moment that these two allies are the ones who held my hand through this project, beckoning and inspiring me to move forward, even on the days when I didn’t want to because I felt tired, lost, broken, or uninspired, depleted, or simply at the end of my rope.

I never set out to create an oracle deck. I think the oracle deck set out to find me, with the help of Fox and Hummingbird. I’m so grateful I listened, because now I hold this beautiful deck in my hands and it seems that I did accomplish something sort-of impossible. The fact that the images in this deck were created in tiny pockets of time during my baby’s first 15 months of life is magical to me. I’m feeling tearful and filled with gratitude and wonder at the parallel growth of my most magnificent creation to date – my child (who turns TWO tomorrow!) – and this deck, which is my most favorite and precious art project to date.

Everything is intertwined. We are not alone. Help and guidance are available in unexpected places if your heart is open for it (and sometimes even when it’s not open for it).

All this to say: this sweet precious deck is now available for pre-order.

The decks will be arriving here in early to mid-October, and your deck(s) will be lovingly shipped to you just as soon as I’ve got them in my eager hands.

I hope you’ll find comfort, support, beauty, magic, hope, JOY, and whatever else it is that you need in this deck. Your animal allies are waiting for you inside. I promise.

 

xo
jessica

 

 


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Introducing my Animal Allies Oracle Cards (!!)

Friends!

Today is THE DAY. I am thrilled and proud and excited and filled with joy to finally share my oracle deck with you. It’s been a long time in the making, and today I’m howling at the moon over getting to officially introduce you to my Animal Allies Oracle Cards. They’re real!!

And, they’re available for pre-order this week.

Everyone who pre-orders a deck this week will also receive a free 8.5×11″ animal totem print of your choice. 

Order two decks, receive two free prints. Three decks, three prints. You get the idea. (Perfect time to start your holiday shopping, perhaps?)

Simply put your deck(s) in the shopping cart and then let me know your free print(s) choice in the ‘notes’ section when checking out. Super easy.

The decks will be arriving in early October and I will lovingly ship them to you as soon as they are in my hands.

  

So. Today is about singing up to the sky and out to the world, announcing that the deck is HERE!!

On Wednesday I’ll tell you the sweet story of how this deck came to be (and show you some more sneak peeks of the cards, of course!)

Click here for full details about the deck and to order:

 

May you have a magic-filled week!

xo
jessica


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If you’ve been waiting for my animal totem oracle deck…

… then it’s time to get excited, because you’ll be able to pre-order one starting on Monday!

More details to come on Monday (including the big reveal of the deck’s name and box design), but just wanted to give you a heads up that you’ll be able to hold this magical deck in your hands very, very soon.

Eek!!


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