girl friends doll sewing panel FAQs

September 21, 2017

Thank you so much for all your kind comments about the Girl Friends doll sewing panels. I thought I’d do a follow-up post with more specific information regarding the doll panels. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

 

Here’s a few sewing tips for the panels from some of my sewing friends:



 





(all photos by Kelle)

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where to buy the doll panels

September 12, 2017


I’ve received a lot of inquiries on where to purchase the Girl Friends doll sewing panels. A great starting place is to check the Robert Kaufman’s ‘Where To Buy’ section to locate stores nearby that you can contact to see if they are carrying the fabric panels.  There are also online fabric stores that are carrying them. I’ve listed a few stores below.  I’m sure there are stores that I’ve missed. If your store is not on the list, please leave a comment or email me. I’m happy to add your store to the list. Some stores have already sold out.

Gotham Quilts
Crosscut Sewing Co. (and here)
E-Quilter (and here)
Fabric.com (and here)
Fabric Shack Stores (and here)
Fashionable Fabrics
Firecracker Fabrics
Over The Rainbow
Sew Creative Petersfield (UK)
Strawberry Quiltcake
Studio Jespen
Stitch Stash Diva (and here)
Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop
Fabrications
Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop
Quilt N Things
I Love Kutchi 

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the girl friend dolls

July 25, 2017


Say “hello” to the Girl Friends’ Doll Sewing Panels. Man, do I love these girls! The Girl Friends are an adventurous group of friends. Their very first fabric release was in 2012 as mermaids. Since then, they traveled the world as princesses, ballerinas, fairies, superheroes, school kids, athletes, career girls and astronauts. Many of you have joined the Girl Friends’ fabric journey making some of the most amazing goodies. You’ve even reached out to me personally to express appreciation for the girls and share how much they mean to you. Despite following along with their adventures in the world of fabric, a mystery still remains. Who are the Girl Friends? What are their names? Who’s the red head? Do they have any hobbies? Well, the time has come for you to TRULY meet them. So, grab a glass of lemonade, pull up a seat, and allow me to introduce you to the Girl Friends.


Say “hi” to Zoe. Zoe is my lifelong pal. As a nine year old, drawing her never got old. Always sporting a pink tutu with a top bun, Zoe is unapologetically spunky and quirky. Favorite accessory? Her superhero cape, of course.







This is Molly.  Molly has a gentle boldness about her. She is a girl about action. A few of Molly’s favorite things include the color yellow, crafting and sewing.



Meet Elle.  Elle is a perfectionist and a true pet lover. Just ask her pet bird, Charlie! Elle has a huge heart for helping her human and animal friends. When Elle grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian.


Next up we have our girl, Lucy Claire. The culinary genius of the Girl Friends, Lucy Claire believes that life’s menu includes loud laughs with friends, skateboard adventures and a basket of baked goods. You can always count on Lucy Claire to come up with the coolest cookie flavors. This girl’s favorite accessories include her pink and yellow mixing bowls, polka dot apron and her super special skateboard.




XO (pronounced like the letter “X” and “O”) is the new girl on the block in the world of the Girl Friends. XO is wise beyond her years and has a heart of gratitude. XO has a sense of awe and wonder about the world.  She looks forward to having more adventures with her cousin, Zoe, and the other Girl Friends.




Lulu is our quiet adventurer.  A songwriter, Lulu is often chosen to be team captain and is never short on sport analogies that she uses to motivate her friends including her best friend, Zoe.




Full of fun and moxie, Ginger is our resident red head. Ginger is the playful prankster and loves making her friends laugh. She feels like life’s greatest gifts are the moments and memories we share with friends and family. Recently, she and Lulu started a band, however her role in the band is yet to be determined because with Ginger . . . you never know what you’re going to get.



Artist, writer, poet, that’s our girl, Kat. While XO exudes wisdom beyond her years, Kat is the nostalgic old soul in the group.  She enjoys handwritten letters, thank you notes and colorful stationery with matching stickers. Kat loves color and words and is ready to use the world as her canvas.



A special thanks to all the adorable models + Moms. You guys were great to work with and did an awesome job!

(all photos by Mary Craven Photography, except for animated gifs and photos 5, 13, 17, 22, 27, 30, 35, 40-41)

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lets chat about the girl friends

April 06, 2017

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane! My Girl Friends fabric collection is one that is near and dear to my heart. Although, their very first fabric collection debuted in August 2012, I had been drawing one of the girl since I was eight or nine. I would draw her over and over again. She was a ballerina, wore her hair in a top bun and always had on pink. It’s honestly crazy cool to see her on fabric.

The other girls in the fabric collection came a bit later in life. Through the years, I’ve been fortunate to have some really great friends. The type of friends that have your back no matter what. We’ve been there for each other through those gut-wrenching, devastating times and those truly awesome “I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening times.” We each have our own personality. Some have short hair, some long. Others rock fros and then some of us have super straight hair. We’re all different, but the same. Those types of friends are a God-send. And my Girl Friends collection is based on those friendships. We live in different cities, but each time we’re together, new memories are formed and adventures are shared, as shown in the Girl Friends line.

 

The Girl Friends first adventure was being mermaids.

Next up, they put on their tutus and gathered their hair in top knots as ballerinas.


Then, they were elegantly dressed in gowns while jeweled crowns adorned their heads, as princesses. (April 2013)

The put on their wings and flew around as fairies in January 2014.

Showing a bit more of their personality, they explored careers in April 2015.

They’ve also made appearances in other fabric collections. They were super heros in Super Kids (June 2013), school girls in Back to school (April 2016), dressed in costumes in Pumpkin Fun (March 2016), played all types of sports in Sports Kids (March 2016) and became astronauts in Space Explorers (November 2016). They’re a busy bunch of girls.


There are seven main girls in the group. Each of them has them has a name and their own personalities. And very soon, I’m SO excited to share, that you’ll learn a bit more about them.

(photos by Kelle)

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the girl friends tutorials

March 15, 2016

Robert Kaufman Girl Friends Super Stars Quilt

Looking for some cute tutorials for the newest Girl Friends “Career” fabric? Well, look no further. Here are some great tutorials that will add lots of colors and happiness to your home.  The Star Quilt and Pom Pom Pillows are also a kit over at Craftsy. You can find the Rainbow Building Blocks free right here.

Robert Kaufman Girl Friends Pom Pom Pillows Kit

Girlfriends_Rainbow Building Blocks copy

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the girl friends / christmas caroling

December 21, 2015

the girl friends / ann kelle / merry christmas

(January / February / March / April / May / June / July / AugustSeptember / October / November)

For the past year, I have shared monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. Today marks the 12th illustration! There were months that I wasn’t sure I would be able to do an illustration, but I thankfully, I was able to contribute to the monthly series (even if it was very last minute). I hope you’ve enjoyed them! You might see some of them in the future! To review all the post, I’ve included links above.

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happy thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

thankful / ann kelle

I’ve been waiting for Thanksgiving since . . .  well, since last Thanksgiving. It kicks off my favorite time of year. And although I try to practice gratitude everyday, it’s nice to have a time that’s all about thankfulness. There’s so many things I’m thankful for. This year hasn’t been without the “not-so good things.” But, there have so many really great things. So much so, that my eyes fill with tears and my heart is filled with gratitude to God. I’m thankful to and for God for so much. He’s a good, good Father. I’m thankful for my family. My friends. God’s love. His peace. Hope. And because they’re thankful too, the Girl Friends wanted to be in on this post. (See below.) I can’t believe it’s already November, friends. This year I’ve been sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. I only have one more to go! I hope everyone in the States has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

we are thankful / ann kelle

(January / February / March / April / May / June / July / AugustSeptember / October )

copyright 2015 Ann Kelle

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the girl friends / costumes + pumpkins

October 31, 2015

pumpkin and costume fun / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends. See all of them here: January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August/September)

Umm, how is it already the last day of October?  For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to pick pumpkins, while dressed in costumes.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / ballerinas

September 29, 2015

girl friends / ballerinas / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here:  January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August)

For this month’s illustration, the girl’s gathered together to take a ballet class.

(copyright 2015 Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / at the beach

July 31, 2015

girl friends at the beach / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here:  January / February / March / April / May / June)

The girls headed to the beach for my July illustration of the “Girl Friends”! Swim, surf, build sandcastles, play in the sand, repeat.

(illustration by Ann Kelle’s / 2015 Copyright)

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the girl friends / donut fun

June 05, 2015

donut worry be happy / ann kelle

(This year I’m sharing monthly illustrations of The Girl Friends.  See all of them here: January / February / March / AprilMay)

Happy National Donut Day! Donuts are one of my favorite sweets. I’ve eaten them, thought about them, drawn them, and even floated in them. So, with today being “donut day”, I thought it would be fun for the girls to get decked out in their donut attire complete with hair clips and sunnies.  I hope your day is full of lots of sprinkles and maybe even a donut. Have a great day!

(illustration by Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / bloom

May 26, 2015

the girl friends bloom / ann kelle

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the girl friends / dance

April 28, 2015

ann kelle's girl friends

It’s been fun sharing monthly illustrations of my Girl Friends. (See all of them here: January / February / March). For this month, I thought I would also share the inspiration behind the drawing with you.

Several years ago, my friends and I (whom the Girl Friends collection is based on) were together in New York City. It was our last evening and we decided to do some “touristy” type of things and walk through Broadway Street. All of a sudden, without warning, it started pouring down rain. (Like “cats any dog” kind of rain). If you know New York, you know that Broadway Street is a super busy area.  We tried rush to the nearest shelter, but with the crowds, it was nearly impossible. So, there we were. Drenched. From top to bottom.  We couldn’t get out of the rain and there were crowds of people everywhere! With the sound of taxis honking their horns, lights from the buildings glaring into our eyes, and loads of people on the sidewalks, I was about to panic. We looped our arms into each other so we wouldn’t be separated from the enormous crowds.  Somewhere, in the midst of this stormy, chaotic situation, one of us made a joke. Instead of being annoyed at the situation or mad that our hair and clothes were soaked, we laughed. I remember laughing so hard, I could barely walk. I forgot about the downpour. I looked up at the sky and let the rain pour down on my face. And instead of running from the rain, I embraced this moment with my friends. There’s going to be storms in life, but God always seems to make it better. Maybe it’s through good friends and laughter or perhaps a stranger provides an umbrella. Whatever it is, He’s always there. And instead of hiding from the rain, you’ll want to dance!

(artwork by Ann Kelle / copyright 2015)

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sneak peek: girl friends

April 15, 2015

ann kelle / girl friends fabric

I’m so happy to introduce you to my new Girl Friends fabric prints. Can you believe we’re on the 5th release? (Sixth if you count Super Kids.) The theme of this fabric collection is careers. It was so, so hard narrowing down the careers. (Maybe there should be a part 2?) My hope for this fabric line is that when little girls see this fabric, they know anything is possible. When it comes to selecting a career, there’s so much you can do . . . from a veterinarian to an artist to a contractor! And sometimes, you might do several things in a lifetime. Included in this fabric group are panels, as well as the regular all over design. It comes in two color ways. This fabric collection ships to stores July 20th.

the girl friends fabric careers/ annkelle

Here’s run down of the careers: chef/baker, photographer, doctor, astronaut, artist, musician, teacher, sewer, scientist, veterinarian and contractor.

ann kelle girl friends

We’re also releasing bundles of the entire Girl Friends collections (mermaid, ballerinas, fairies, princess and careers)!

ann kelle / girl friends fabric

the girl friends fabric careers/ annkelle

(photos by Lulu)

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the girl friends / birthday

March 24, 2015

girlfriendsbirthday

Birthdays are the best.  But, birthdays with friends are even better!  So all the Girl Friends, including their turtle and birdie friend, are here to celebrate.

(artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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the girl friends / valentines day

February 14, 2015

annkelle/ The Girl Friends Valentines day

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s not just a gushy-kinda-romantc love day.  It’s a day to throw heart-shaped confetti in the air. Share a cupcake with your best friend. Wear the color pink from head to toe (actually, you should do that everyday). It’s the perfect day to make a handmade card for someone you care about.  We hope you have a very happy Valentine’s Day –  from your friends, The Girl Friends.

(artwork by Ann Kelle)

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the girl friends / a snow day

January 31, 2015

ann kelle / the girl friends / a snow day

Starting this month, I’m going to share with you illustrations of the Girl Friends along with a little story.  So, before January is over and done with, here is my story/illustration for this month . . .

Snow days are the best! You get to sleep in, cozy up to a warm cup of hot coco and of course, play in the snow. Once bundled up and outside, you can make snow angels, build a friendly snowman or have a snow ball fight.  You can even lace up your ice skates and take a twirl on the ice. Snow days are random, special days. But, the best thing about them is when you get to share them with friends.

(story and artwork by Ann Kelle / Copyright 2015)

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sneak peek: super kids

June 17, 2013

super kids by ann kelle

I couldn’t be more happier to share with you my newest fabric collection, Super Kids. I love super heros . . . I actually think each of us has a super hero in us. We’ve made a super hero cape tutorial, I’ve talked about them, and drew them. But, this fabric collection is here because of you.  Initially, I had drawn these little characters for stationery. A couple of you mentioned I should put them on fabric. (Thank you, Brooke and Laurie!) So, we did. But, my collection wouldn’t complete without my girls. Girls are super heros, too. So, I drew them and a couple of other characters. I love this collection. It makes me giddy inside, especially the girls. Stores will be able to order Super Kids on July 3 and shipment to stores begins August 20th. So, be sure to tell your local quilt shop to be on the lookout.

super kids by ann kelle

super kids by ann kelle

super kids by ann kelle

super kids by ann kelle

super kids by ann kelle

super kids by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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sneak peek: girl friends

April 08, 2013

girl friends princesses / ann kelle

I’m so happy to share with you my next adventure for my girls. The friends are gathering together for the royal treatment . . . princesses. I can’t believe we’ve released three prints for the Girl Friends collection.  This fabric will be released this month. What will you make with it? 

See other Girl Friends prints here:
Girl Friends “Mermaids”
Girl Friends “Ballerinas”

girl friends princesses / ann kelle

girl friends princesses / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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sneak peek: girl friends

January 28, 2013

girl friends / ann kelle

I’m so excited to share with you the next adventure for my “Girl Friends” fabric collection. You may remember, I started drawing one of the girls as a ballerina when I was eight or nine. So, it was only natural that the next journey for the girls would be ballerina dancers.  I’ve always had an admiration for ballerina dancers and gymnasts. I recently asked a Julliard graduate (now a teacher)  if it was too late for me to pursue ballet. She kindly replied it wasn’t . . . although, I know better. Instead, I’ll happily live through my girls in this fabric collection. This fabric collection starts shipping to stores in February.

girl friends / ann kelle

girl friends / ann kelle

girl friends / ann kelle

girl friends / ann kelle

girl friends / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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new collection: girl friends

August 13, 2012

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

I’m so happy to share with you my new line of fabric, “Girl Friends.” The inspiration behind this line comes from my closest friends, a group of five girls. We live in different cities, but each year we get together. New memories are formed and adventures are shared, just like my new line Girl Friends. Their first adventure . . . mermaids.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

There’s seven main characters of the collection, each with their own little personality.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

I started drawing this girl when I was eight or nine years old. I would draw her over and over in my sketch pad. She was a ballerina, always wore her hair in a bun and loved the color pink. It’s such a sweet feeling to see her on fabric.

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

mermaid fabric / ann kelle

Fabric shops can order beginning mid-September. It will start shipping December.

(photos by Kelle)

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