It’s back to school season! Our schools have been back in season for a couple of weeks now. In celebration of all the hard working teachers and school staff, I thought I would put together an inspiration board full of apples, one my favorite things to draw and eat!
Hey! Looking for an easy sewing project for the weekend? How about a pillowcase? As many of you know, American Patchwork and Quilting has a One Million Pillowcase Challenge. It’s so awesome to see that over half a million pillowcases have been donated so far. I designed a pillowcase a couple of years ago, so I was totally on board to contribute again. I kept it simple with this pillowcase this time around using the Basic Pillowcase pattern. I wanted to use something bright and fun for the fabric. So, I chose my Urban Zoologie lions, along with a blue Kona solid. I’m going to donate my pillowcase to a local children’s shelter. On September 20th, American Patchwork and Quilting is hosting their first ever One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24-Hour Sew-a-thon in Des Moines, Iowa at their headquarters. Everyone is invited to attend! Supplies will be provided and it sounds like it’s going to be a bunch of fun! If you’re interested, you can read more about it here. If you aren’t able to swing a trip to Iowa, shops and groups across the country are hosting their own sewathons. Find shops in your area here! They also have a cute video (which features my Dessert Party fabric!). Have a wonderful weekend!
I’m pretty excited about my new Urban Zoologie flamingo print. I fell for flamingos a couple of years ago. I’m sure it’s their bright pink color that has me totally smitten with them.
Say “hello” to my two new friends, Katie Kitten and Tommy TRex. My friends over at Bit of Whimsy Dolls made them special for me out of my fabric. And they are SO cute! They joined me at my photo shoot last month, and the girls just LOVED them as much as I do. (Remember my tea party I had a couple of years ago with some Bit of Whimsy dolls?) Well, I was looking through their site the other day and was totally surprised when I found some of the dolls made with my fabric. So, I thought I would share some with you.
These little dudes look so spiffy in my Urban Zoologie and Remix prints! And I love the little girl’s two buns below. Bit of Whimsy has such a great variety of doll sewing pattern, be sure to visit them soon!
(Top photo by Simple M photography, all other photos via Bit of Whimsy Dolls /// Links to patterns: Katie Kitten // Tommy TRexboy // Girl Baby Doll kit // Boy Baby Doll Kit // Boy Baby Doll Kit // Jean PDF Doll Pattern )
Happy Friday, guys! I did a bunch of traveling this past week. I took my laptop along so I could still work. But, I definitely need to work out some kinks when traveling + working. Like, I need to get a laptop book bag, figure out the wi-fi thing and some other things. I also need to learn how to pack smarter. Anyhow, it was cool switching up things for a bit. Hey, don’t forget you’ve got a couple of more days to enter the knits fabric giveaway. The winner will win 5 yards of my new knit fabric, plus a $50 gift card to Little Lizard King. Here are some things I’m thankful for:
- safe travels
- a pretty blue sky
- good conversation
- carrot cake
- cut off jean shorts
- Target is open until 11:00 pm (I always forget something and have to stop by a Target when traveling)
- watching a fawn play in a field
- God is great
(handrawn type by maddy nye for Design Love Fest)
A few of my new Urban Zoologie prints are going to be available on Slicker (laminated cotton). In stores soon!
(photo by Kelle)
Twirly dresses and skirts are the best! And Little Lizard King has a plethora of twirly goodness in their sewing patterns for children’s clothing. They made a couple of adorable garments using their patterns. (Both of which are perfect for twirling). When I first saw the Homegrown Tank dress, I wanted one for myself. It’s so dainty and sweet. The Homegrown Tank dress features my new floral knit and the pink houndstooth. It’s such a pretty combination. And I love the jade straps! They also made a super fun skirt from their Everyday Play Skirt pattern. The waist is made of knit and the bottom is woven fabric. See all of the Little Lizard King patterns here. In celebration of twirling, knits and just because, we’re hosting a giveaway. One random winner will be selected for a total of 5 yards of Ann Kelle knit fabric. (You’ll get to choose which prints you want). Plus, my friends over at Little Lizard King are offering a $50 gift card. Sa-weet! Enter below. The deadline to enter is Sunday, August 17th at midnight. UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! Congratulations to Jody R. for being selected as the winner!
Skirt Fabrics: remix blue floral skirt / yellow knit waist band
Dress Fabrics: laguna Jersey floral / remix pink houndstooth / yellow knit waist band / cherry knit ruffles / jade straps
Fabric Patterns: Homegrown Tank Dress / Everyday Play Skirt
(photos by Simply M Photography)
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a guest on a podcast episode of Modern Sewciety. I had a lot of fun talking with Stephanie Kendron. She’s so easy to talk with. (I think I was kinda chatty). I listened to the podcast this week. It was awhile before I even realized it was me talking. During the podcast, I share my story, talk about new fabric lines and other random things. You can listen to my episode (34) here. Here are some things I’m thankful for:
- answered prayers
- God’s voice
- clean water
- new seasons
(photo by Kelle)
Another new fabric release coming out soon is Cool Cords. Yep, more of the soft, comfy corduroy. Included in this group are my cats and new foxes. I also drew some simple tulips, a new chevron pattern and houndstooth. Are you ready for Fall? I see lots of cute Fall jumpers and skirts in the future. This fabric collections ships to stores in August.
A great thing about this fabric group is that you can mix and match the prints.
We included my current color crush of purple in many of these designs.
There are three different options for houndstooth in the cords, multi color, blue on white and black on white.
A surprising little detail in the chevrons are the little dots within the lines. Hope you enjoy the sneak peek! These prints will be in stores soon!
(photos by Kelle)
Summer means beach time for me. This year we jumped in the car and headed to 30A. I took lots of naps, got in the water everyday and just chilled. It was nice.
And this year, I also took my fabric with me to the beach.
I walked to the beach everyday.
I ate donuts every morning and floated in one, too.
I took not one, but 3 beach bags with me to the beach made of fabric. I need options:) I carried one everywhere I went.
In this beach community, everyone bikes everywhere. It was nice to park the car and either walk or bike everywhere. I really wanted a pink bike, but the place we rented them from only had black bikes.
My Mama snapped this photo of my towel (featuring my sunnies) on a walk to the beach.
Peace and quiet, which was a nice welcome.
There was also so much beauty + inspiration. I found the coolest tile one day. Doesn’t it look like a pinwheel quilt?
I also wore a hat everywhere. Humidity + my hair = very bad hair days for me.
Overall, it was such a great trip! I came back home energized, inspired and ready to create. To make your own beach bag and towel, below are links to the free tutorials.
Happy first day of August! The summer has just zipped on by, huh? Last week I went to the beach. I had such a great time that it’s left me thinking about the beach EVERYDAY and missing it like crazy. Needless to say, many of the things I’m thankful for have to do with the beach. Below are a few of them. I’m going to share more about the trip soon. Also, thank you so much for all your sweet comments about my new Urban Zoologie prints. I can’t believe we’re on the fifth release!
- being able to say “hello” to the beach everyday
- bright colors
- bike riding
- swimming (or floating) everyday
- collecting seashells
- walks on the beach
- eating REALLY great food
- getting to see my brother
- God’s faithfulness
Today I’m so happy to share with you my new Urban Zoologie prints which include six new animals. I can’t believe this will be our 5th Urban Zoologie release. Every animal that I drew for this group has a story behind it, from the Mr. Frog to Mother Hen. When I see the little critters, my memory is instantly filled with the story behind the design. I love it when I can trace back to why or when I drew something. This group ships to stores in October.
(photos by Kelle)
Happy Friday! Today is the release of my two new fabric collections – Urban Zoologie and Cool Cords. (The picture above is a sneak-sneak peek). Next week I’m going to share more pictures. I pinky-promise. Have a great weekend!
(photo by Kelle)
One of the things I was most excited about with my new Urban Zoologie panels, was that you’d be able to make softies. I had a couple made . . . okay, more than a couple, to give you an idea. This is a pretty easy tutorial. But, to see if this would be a kid-friendly sewing project, I gave a panel to eleven year old, Abby (daughter of The Southern Institute). She was able to sew a few softies (not pictured) without even using the tutorial! Abby’s main tip: Make sure you give yourself plenty of room around the animal, especially around skinny areas, such as the legs or tails. Otherwise, it can be hard to stuff. Great advice! Find the free tutorial here. They make really great gifts for kids. I babysat for friends a couple weeks ago. And let me tell you, the baby just stared and stared . . . and then of course, put it in his mouth.
(photos by Kelle)
Summer is just flying by! This week I received my samples for my two new fabric collections. I’m going to share pictures soon, but in the meantime I took a snapshot of a couple of “clues” as to what’s included in these lines. Any guesses? Have a great weekend and here’s some things I’m thankful for:
- God is so faithful and good.
- I’m REALLY into the color lilac these days. (which means you’ll be sea seeing more purple in the future).
- Trying something new.
- One day this week it was in the 70s or 80s. It was like a preview to Fall and such a welcome change to the hot humidity of Nashville weather.
- Seeing people walk in love. True love.
- a comfortable pair of shoes
- shelter in a storm
- evening summer walks
(photo by Kelle)
Say hello to my newest quilt. Isn’t she fun? When I saw Kelly’s “The Crossing Quilt“, I knew this would be a great pattern for my Remix prints. So, I asked Kelly to make one for me! She has a FREE tutorial on her blog, which you can find here. We used my Remix prints, as well as Kona solids for this quilt. One of my favorite things about this quilt is the oversized cross on the back. You can’t see it in the picture, but it’s made up of my Remix cross prints. I wasn’t feeling well over the weekend and I cuddled up with this quilt everyday. This quilt has quickly become my go-to comfort quilt.
The binding is a mix of the different Remix prints. Scrappy-happy!
(photos by Simply M Photography)
Things have been pretty busy around here. I’ve been working on new fabric collections, as well as new stationery designs.
Right smack in the middle of my design deadlines, I had a big photo shoot on Monday. Photo shoots are so much fun, but require A LOT of work. Thankfully, I had some great people that pitched in to help.
I’ve been seeing some really awesome things being made with my newest Remix prints. My new fabric collections for the July release are coming out soon, which I hope to photograph and share soon. I’m wrapping up designing soon and will hopefully will be able to kick my feet up and enjoy the summer a bit. Fingers crossed.
(top and bottom photo by Kelle / middle photo by Simply M Photography)
Happy Summer! How was your first week of summer been? I hope you’re enjoying it and it’s full of lots of sunshine and making happy memories! Speaking of happiness, did you hear that the Fat Quarter Shop is running a special ALL Ann Kelle fabrics! You receive 40% OFF ALL Ann Kelle fabrics, using code: ANNKELLE (offer ends this Sunday). Here’s some things I’m thankful for this week:
- focusing on the good and not the bad
- a friendly + warm smile
- Lemon sorbet
- Design days. If things get quiet around the blog, it’s because I’m super busy working on new designs! I can’t wait to share them with you!
- the smell of honeysuckle
- sweet potato fries
- it’s summer!
(photo found here)
Turning one is such a special milestone. One that should definitely be celebrated in a BIG way! If you have a little guy or gal that’s turning one year old, I’ve designed a couple of new birthday invitations with your special child in mind. See all of them here. And check out the back of the “Number One Kid” invite, which also comes in hot pink!
(number one kid photos by Kelle)
(photos by Dakko Baby)
Every week I share things I’m thankful for in a column called “Hello, Friday.” Whether it’s a list, a story or a picture, always at the heart of it is thankfulness. Here are some things I’m thankful for this week:
- a comfortable pair of shoes
- my job
- good work meetings
- lots of sunny days this week
- finding fun prints like this on Pinterest
- the color yellow
(“be silly, be honest, be kind” print by kensie kate)
Rubyellen Bratcher of Cakies has a brand new book out called, Let’s Sew Together. I’ve read Rubyellen’s blog for YEARS, watching her family grow and seeing all her cute crafts. When she announced she had a book coming out, I was so happy for her. I pre-ordered the book! The book is full of easy to hard sewing projects. Below is a video of the book which features some of the projects. Congrats, Rubyellen! I’m so very happy for you!
(photos by Kelle ; video via Cakies)
My laguna jersey knits are starting to pop up in stores! In celebration, we’re giving away this adorable dress made by Ramona Rose. It’s a size 18 months and oh, so adorable dress! Those little pockets are so fun! If you’d like to make one, there’s a pattern for the dress, which you can find here. (There’s also some incredible cute photos of Ramona’s daughter modeling the PE Play Dress). Enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below. The deadline to enter is Friday, June 20th at midnight. Hip, hip hooray for knits! UPDATE: Congratulations to Shannon C. for being randomly selected as the winner. Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway and all the sweet comments! And a huge thank you to Ramona for the sweet dress!
Every week I share things I’m thankful for in a column called “Hello, Friday.” Whether it’s a list, a story or a picture, always at the heart of it is thankfulness.
It’s Father’s Day on Sunday! If you’re looking for a couple of great last minute DIY gifts, I have a couple of ideas . . . all of which feature my fabric! A Spoonful of Sugar made these really cool men’s shoe bag with my new houndstooth fabric. (I’m going to make for myself for my next trip). Or how about a cool apron? My Dad would totally wear this. And there’s always a comfy pair of lounge bottoms. My Dad wore proudly wore his (read here for the details). I hope all you Dads have a very Happy Father’s Day! Here’s some things I’m thankful for:
- waking up to the sunshine
- watching the lighting bugs on summer evening walks
- design days are the best!!!
- work hard, play hard
- taking time to show others you appreciate them
- my Dad. I’m so very, very thankful for him.
(Father’s Day Fondant Cupcake Topper by Lenas Cakes)