“It’s the Great Pumpkin!”

October 31, 2014

the great pumpkin / ann kelle

Every year I watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on television.  Even though I own the DVD, I have to watch it when it comes on TV, because it feels like the rest of the world just may be watching it with me.   The thing I enjoy most about “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is it takes me back to my childhood.

It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown. AnnKelle

I love all the characters and their personalities.  As an illustrator, I appreciate the simple illustrations with pops of color. (And of course I love the use of the color pink throughout “The Great Pumpkin”).  I am “Team Charlie Brown” all the way.  And although, I’ve watched the Charlie Brown television special (Thanksgiving and Christmas included) every year,  I always find myself waiting with Linus for The Great Pumpkin to show up and always hoping Charlie Brown will not fall for Lucy’s trick to kick the football! And hoping that this may be the year that Charlie Brown will get candy instead of a rock. Have a great day filled with treats and no tricks!

its the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Ann Kelle

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peter pan collars are the best

October 29, 2014

tee times blank slate patterns / ann kelle fabric

I like anything with a peter pan collar.  Whether it’s a dress or shirt, it’s gonna get get a thumbs up from me. But, this shirt gets two thumbs up. Maybe its the pink color or the sweet peek-whole back.  Whatever it is, it’s adorable! We used the Blank Slate Pattern Tee Times 3. You can also make the shirt with short sleeves. We used my new houndstooth knit to make the shirt. Three cheers for peter pan collars! Find the pattern here.

tee times 3 blank slate patterns / ann kelle fabric

tee times 3 blank slate patterns / ann kelle fabric

tee times 3 blank slate patterns / ann kelle fabric

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the friends book

October 22, 2014

the friends book / ann kelle Liberty Worth made this  fabric book featuring my Girl Friends prints, as well as some of my other fabric collections such as WonderUrban Zoologie and Remix. It’s such a sweet book and a great way of incorporating all the different Girl Friends prints.   Read more about how Libery made the book here.

the friends book / ann kelle
the friends book / ann kelle
the friends book / ann kelle

 

(photos by Kelle)

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the geranium dress with cool cords

October 22, 2014

ann kelle fabric / geranium dress by made by rae

This sweet dress was made using my new cord fabric.  We used Made By Rae’s Geranium Dress Pattern. It’s such an adorable and versatile dress. It’s one of those dresses that you can play in, twirl or curtsy, if you’d like. Add a cardigan or long sleeve top and you’re all ready for cooler weather!

ann kelle fabric / geranium dress by made by rae

ann kelle fabric / geranium dress by made by rae

ann kelle fabric / geranium dress by made by rae

ann kelle fabric / geranium dress by made by rae

(photos by Simply M Photography)

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(new) urban zoologie flannel

October 20, 2014

urban zoologie flannel by ann kelle

We’re adding more of my Urban Zoologie prints to flannel! These flannel prints are great for cozying up to during the colder season. Also, check out this FREE quilt pattern featuring the new flannel prints. I got to visit this little quilt last week while in LA and I noticed that flannel really makes for an extra soft and cozy quilt.  This fabric ships to stores today, October 20th!

(photo by Kelle)

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(new) halloween invites

October 15, 2014

new halloween invites / ann kelle

Here’s a couple of new Halloween invitations I designed for Tiny Prints. You can see all of them here. My inspiration for these invites was my endless admiration for sweets. I also had been watching a certain movie on repeat, which showed up in my work. I also designed a couple of kids classroom cards, which you can see here. You’ll find plenty of non-gushy options for the kids!  new halloween kids / ann kelle

 

(photos by Kelle)

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leggings sewing pattern

October 13, 2014

 leggings sewing pattern / ann kelle fabric

Leggings are the one of the most comfortable things to wear. We took some of my newest knit fabrics and made a couple of pairs. One of the great things about leggings, besides them being super comfortable, is they are so versatile! You can wear them under a skirt, under an oversized sweater or even under a dress! We used Figgy’s Sunki Legging pattern to make these. I think they turned out pretty great! (Oh, and the cute little flower dress is Ramona Rose’s PE Play Dress!)

 leggings sewing pattern / ann kelle fabric

ann kelle leggings / sewing pattern

 leggings sewing pattern / ann kelle fabric

 leggings sewing pattern / ann kelle fabric

Ann Kelle Knit Fabrics: Anchors “Indigo” // Anchors “Black” // Flowers “Sorbet” // Flowers “Multi” // Houndstooth “Tropical” // Houndstooth “White”
Photos by: Simply M Photography
Legging Pattern: Figgy’s Sunki Legging pattern
Flower Dress Pattern: PE Play Dress
Sewn by : Leggings sewn by Amanda Hall of The Craft Junky

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“giggle” free download

October 06, 2014

"giggle" free download by ann kelle

Happy Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week full of lots of smiles! Download this FREE printable art that I made here.

(art by Kelle)

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(new) ready, set, go

September 29, 2014

ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

I’m so excited to share with you my new fabric collection, Ready, Set, Go (Part 2). You may remember that several years ago, I released Ready, Set, Go. Well, we’re adding a bunch of new prints to this collection. This collections is all about transportation, from dump trucks to taxis to bikes. The inspiration from this line comes from several places, but mostly from my childhood. Memories of playing with my matchbox cars to riding my bike every single day! Oh, and my little brother had this HUGE yellow and gray dump truck. So, it was fun incorporating those in this collection.

ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

It comes in three color ways,  Primary, Retro, and Bermuda (shown below)

ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

This color group will match with some of the old Ready, Set, Go prints.

ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

I’m really liking this new color way option, Retro (shown above).

dumptrucks ann kelle
ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

After a trip to New York, I came home and drew taxis. It was fun adding them to this collection.  ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle
There’s also a panel that’s included in this fabric collection (available in all three color ways). There’s a TON of things you could do with this panel . . . endless possibilities!
ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

UPDATE: This fabric collection ships to stores December 20th.

ready, set, go fabric by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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fabric party hat tutorial

September 24, 2014

fabric party hat tutorial by ann kelle

 

Celebrations are big around here! Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or someone just had a REALLY great day, we like to take time to celebrate. Thankfully, now I have these cute fabric party hats on hand in the studio. We used my Remix fabrics and Kona solids in these fun hats, which are suitable for adults and kids. Find the free tutorial here and party on!

fabric party hat tutorial by ann kelle fabric party hat tutorial by ann kelle

(all photos by Kelle, except gif photos by Simply M Photography)

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(free) economie zoologie quilt

September 22, 2014

economie zoologie quilt ann kelle

My friends over at Robert Kaufman have this AWESOME free quilt pattern. I picked and arranged all the prints found in this colorful quilt. I’m so happy with how it turned out! It reminds me of a quilt my Grandma made for me. Find the free tutorial here.

ann kelle economie zoologie free quilt pattern

And how cute are the little models? A special thanks to Amanda for allowing her sweet daughters to model for me.

ann kelle colorful quilt

I used my newest Urban Zoologie prints, as well as Remix and Kona solids.

ann kelle economie zoologie free quilt pattern

(photos by Simply M Photography)

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1st birthday party invitation

September 17, 2014

first birthday invitation / ann kelle

Here’s a new birthday invitation I recently designed for Tiny Prints. This personalized birthday invitation features fun shades of blues for your big boy who’s turning one! I also designs a girl’s version, which you can see here.

(photo by Kelle)

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{free pattern} table runner

September 09, 2014

piece of cake table runner free pattern / ann kelle

My friends over at Robert Kaufman have this colorful, FREE table runner pattern on their website that was too yummy not to share with you. It features my cake design. The bright kona solids really make this table runner fun and energetic. It would be so sweet for a birthday party, don’t you think? It’s also reversible. Click here to see the other side, which is equally cute.

piece of cake table runner free pattern / ann kelle piece of cake table runner free pattern / ann kelle

Oh, and don’t forget that this cake print comes in two different color ways.

piece of cake table runner free pattern / ann kelle

Look at all those sweets! It probably wasn’t the best thing to take home all the sugary-props.
piece of cake table runner free pattern / ann kelle pattern:  Robert Kaufman Piece of Cake Runner
fabric used: Ann Kelle “Cakes” 
designed by: Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting
photos:  Simply M Photography

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hello, friday

September 05, 2014

pantone / ann kelle

This week I worked on new designs, which I can’t wait to share with you! It’s been awhile since I posted a list of things I’m thankful for. So, here we go! Lots to be thankful! Have a wonderful weekend!

- traveling and being inspired by new environments

- prayer

- taking a deep breath

- coffee, even if it’s decaf

-  hope

- my little brother being in town for a visit

- getting to hang out with friends

- celebrating with friends that said “I do”

-  heels that don’t hurt after wearing them all day

- God’s love

(iphone photo by Kelle)

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sewing for boys: coat

September 03, 2014

coat sewing pattern / ann kelle

Another great look I have to share with you is a classic coat! We used my “Foxes” in cord for a totally unique and unexpected fun twist! The pattern for this coat is found in the book Sewing for Boys. As you can see, we also reversed the coat for a completely new look! This would be the perfect coat for the Fall season!

boys sewing patterns / ann kelle coat sewing patterns / ann kelle coat sewing patterns / ann kelle coat sewing pattern / ann kelle boys sewing patterns / ann kelle

pattern found in book Sewing for Boys by Shelly Figueroa and Karen LePage
fabric used: Ann Kelle Cool cords “Foxes”
cardigan sewn by: Andrea of Knitty Bitties
photos:  Simply M Photography
* special thanks to our handsome models and their mama Sara Rose.

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cardigan sewing pattern

September 02, 2014

ann kelle mustache cardigan

With back to school season here and fall just around the corner, I’m going to showcase children’s clothing sewing patterns for the next couple of weeks. First up, we had this adorable dress from Little Lizard King featuring my knew knits and cotton fabric. This second look is for the little mister in your life. This fun cardigan features my knit mustaches.

ann kelle cardigan

We used a pop of color with the black and white mustaches, which really adds a fun twist. Paired with a tie, some sporty shoes, rolled up cutoff jeans and suspenders, you’ve got one stylish little boy! (And isn’t he the cutest?)

ann kelle / the green point cardigan

I wasn’t sure how our model would like the tie, but once he put it on, he didn’t want to take it off! You could easily pair the cardigan with a tee and some pants. You can find the cardigan pattern by Hey June here.  Another awesome things about this pattern is that it’s also for girls!  ann kelle / greenpoint cardigan pattern

Oh, and on a side note, I had the honor of working with some adorable little guys for this photo shoot.  A very, very special thanks to our handsome models and their mama Sara Rose.

ann kelle boys sewing patterns

Above is a sneak peak at another look for your little guy. Stay tuned for more this week.

pattern: The Greenpoint Cardigan by Hey June
fabric used: Ann Kelle mustaches
cardigan sewn by: Ramona Rose
photos:  Simply M Photography

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my favorite things: apples

August 25, 2014

apple of my eye / ann kelle

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!

Items featured: apple crochet garlandann kelle apple fabric / apple lamp / striped apple pillow / freshly picked apple pillow / eco apple baby  blanket / apple clock

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the one million pillowcase challenge

August 22, 2014

pillowcase challenge / ann kelle

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!

pillowcase challenge / ann kelle (photos by Kelle)

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inspired by . . . flamingos

August 20, 2014

flamingos / ann kelle

flamingos / ann kelle

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.

(flamingos // soft pink flamingos)

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my two new friends

August 18, 2014

bits of whimsy / ann kelle

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.

bits of whimsy doll / ann kelle

Bit of Whimsy has all sorts of sewing patterns from animal patterns to girl and boy dolls. They also have finished dolls and doll kits.

bit of whimsy / ann kelle

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!

bits of whimsy doll / ann kelle

(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 )

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hello, friday

August 15, 2014

let the good times roll / ann kelle

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)

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(new) urban zoologie slicker fabric!

August 13, 2014

urban zoology slicker

A few of my new Urban Zoologie prints are going to be available on Slicker (laminated cotton). In stores soon!

(photo by Kelle)

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knits + little lizard king giveaway

August 11, 2014

ann kelle / lizard king dress giveaway

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!

ann kelle lizard king dress

ann kelle knits giveaway lizard king skirt / ann kelle

ann-kelle-remix-outfit ann kelle remix skirt

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ann kelle knit giveaway

Skirt Fabrics: remix blue floral skirt /  yellow knit waist band
Dress Fabrics: laguna Jersey floralremix pink houndstooth / yellow knit waist band / cherry knit ruffles / jade straps
Fabric Patterns: Homegrown Tank DressEveryday Play Skirt

(photos by Simply M Photography)

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hello, friday + modern sewciety

August 08, 2014

modern sewciety / ann kelle

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

– health

– fireflies

– clarity

(photo by Kelle)

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