dubstepper (free pattern)

February 19, 2014

Beatbox Bag / ann kelle

The cassette tapes is one of my fabric prints from the Beatbox collection.  So, I was pretty excited when they made a bag out of it. The Robert Kaufman team worked with Amanda to make this cool messenger bag. Make your own with this free pattern.

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girl friends quilt (free pattern)

February 17, 2014

girlfriends quilt / ann kelle

Lookie at this cheery quilt! Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting did a superb job combining all of my the prints and various color ways  of the Girl Friends into one quilt. There’s mermaids, ballerinas, princess and the newest print fairies. She also used Remix and Kona solids. It’s such a bright+ happy quilt. To get a free tutorial, head here.

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hello, friday

February 14, 2014

we're a perfect match / ann kelle

{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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I was looking back at my past blog posts and I noticed that I posted something with hearts in almost every post this month. So, hopefully, you’re feeling lots and lots of love from me. I hope your day is full of sweetness, hugs and high fives. Here are some things I’m thankful for this week:

- traveling with my sister
- answered prayers
- trees the size of skyscrapers
- wisdom
- a good message at church
- no delays

(homemade valentines via Real Simple)

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new baby shower invitations

February 10, 2014

baby shower invitation / ann kelle

New baby shower invitations I designed for Tiny Prints. Find these two here and here. There’s also matching address labels and thank you notes.

baby shower invitation / ann kelle

 

(photos by Kelle)

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heart clutch tutorial + giveaway

February 10, 2014

heart wristlet clutch tutorial / ann kelle

Today I have a wonderful tutorial to share with you by Mandy of Fabric Paper Glue. I “heart” hearts. Seriously, I’m gaga over just about anything with hearts . . . heart sunglasses, heart rings, heart pillows, pants with hearts, heart shirts, and now clutches. There are lots of cute heart clutches out there. (Have you seen this one? It’s SO perfect!) Clutches are great for when you don’t want to carry a lot, but need something to carry your little necessities (i.e. cell phone, lip gloss, etc.). Well, I teamed up with Mandy to make this tutorial (she’s got a thing for hearts, too!) Head to Fabric Paper Glue for the tutorial. For an added bonus, I’m not only sharing a FREE tutorial, but I’m giving away one of the clutches. To enter simply leave a comment. A random winner will be selected on Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 14th). UPDATE: Congratulations to Jacelyn! You were selected as the random winner.

heart wristlet clutch tutorial / ann kelle

heart wristlet clutch tutorial by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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hello, friday

February 07, 2014

dream big / ann kelle

{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.}   Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

(photo found here)

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fabric heart brooch tutorial

February 05, 2014

fabric heart brooch tutorial / ann kelle

We made a bunch of these easy-to-make heart brooches for Valentine’s Day. They’re not perfect, but I  like that about them. I think this would be a great tutorial for a child. We used my Remix fabric with Kona solids on the back. After making the hearts, I noticed that there are actually several things these hearts could be used for. You could make them into garland, a necklace or even a shoe clip . . . lots of options.

fabric heart garland / ann kelle

 

Here’s what we did to make the fabric hearts:

1. Select your fabric (at least 6 x 6 inches)
2. Print out the heart template and cut it out
3. Lay the fabric face up on top of each other
4. Pin the heart template to both pieces of fabrics and then cut it out
5. Sew (1/4 seam allowance) around the edges of the heart leaving 3/4 inches at the bottom of the heart unsewn
6. Stuff the the heart with pillow stuffing
7. Sew the bottom part together
8: Hand sew a safety pin backing to the heart
9. Do a little dance with your heart!

fabric heart brooches

(photos by Kelle)

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fabric sighting: bright hearts

February 03, 2014

hearts fabric sighting / ann kelle

My Remix bright hearts always put a smile on my face. I rounded up some really great handmade goods featuring my cheery hearts. Hearts for the win!

(1. colorful hearts zipper pouch by Sunny Sky Designs  2. rainbow heart jumper dress by Palm Valley Kids 3. softie stuffed plush dog by Friends of Socktopus 4. remix bright hearts baby bib by My Handmade Loves)

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hello, friday

January 31, 2014

love you more tassel / ann kelle

 

{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’s a few things I’m thankful for this week.

- prayer really does works
- getting lost in a book
- God’s constant, unyielding love
- loads of creativity from Be Crafty
- sitting in front of a warm fire
- saying goodbye to fear

(photo via Be Crafty)

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tiny cards for valentines

January 29, 2014

kids valentines classroom card / ann kelle

Designing kids valentines cards is always fun!! Memories flood my mind of me as a little girl in grade school stressing about which Valentine’s Day card to send out. I didn’t want anything too mushy or anything that would have my classmates thinking I had a crush on them. Picking out my valentine’s card was SERIOUS business. So, I always keep that in mind while designing for kids classroom cards for Valentine’s Day. See all my cards here and may the force be with you!

kids valentines classroom card / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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quilting with a modern slant

January 27, 2014

ann kelle in modern slant book
Quilting with a Modern Slant
by Rachel May is a new book that is just hitting book stores.  The book includes interviews from the people from the quilting community, projects and tons of inspiration, not to mention there’s some pretty gorgeous quilts featured. There’s so much inspiration in the book and it’s really interesting to read the stories of so many people in the quilting community. Rachel interviewed me for the book and boy, was I nervous.  My interview is found in the the “For the Love of Color” section . . . because I really love color. I talk about my “story” in starting Ann Kelle . . . which always makes me weepy (in a good way)   Kelly made this AWESOME heart quilt for the book.  She used kona solids and prints from my Remix collection. We sat in a coffee shop to discuss the layout and pick out the colors, fabrics, etc . . . I always like picking out the colors and prints. To read more about the book, head here or purchase one here . Thank you, Rachel for including me in the book. I’m quite honored.

ann kelle heart quilt

ann kelle quote

(photos by Kelle)

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hello, friday

January 24, 2014

love / ann kelle

{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’s a few things I’m thankful for this week.

- a day out in the sun before the temperatures dropped
- God’s wisdom
- a bright light to keep scary things away
- those that sacrificed for my freedom
- hearts, love and sweetness all around in preparation for Valentine’s Day
- cozy winter nights

(“Love” photo found here)

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sneak peek: wonder

January 22, 2014

wonder by ann kelle

Another fabric collection being released this month is, Wonder. I’m so excited about this fabric line! Wonder is a place full of happy. I’m a child of the 80s, which I’m sure has a lot to do with my inspiration behind this line.  I remember loving unicorns as child, but I have to be honest . . . I’m still a big fan. This happy fabric collection ships to stores this month.

wonder by ann kelle

wonder by ann kelle

wonder by ann kelle

wonder by ann kelle

wonder by ann kelle

(photos by Kelle)

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sneak peek: beatbox

January 20, 2014

beatbox by ann kelle

I’m so happy to share with you my new fabric collection, “Beatbox.” The inspiration behind this line comes from my childhood. My Dad worked for a radio station for over 30 years. He started out spinning records but went on to do everything from managing a radio station to being a radio talk show personality. Needless to say, we grew up surrounded by music and developed an early appreciation of music. As children, my sister and I played “DJ”. We had a microphone and would make mix tapes, which would include us introducing the songs,  interviewing make-believe guests, reading the news and other silly antics. We also had a mini record player and a boom box, as well as a bunch of little musical instruments. I remember visiting the station (sometimes we got to be in the commercials!), going to concerts, etc. (The first concert I remember attending is Kool and the Gang when I was four.)  Music was a huge part of my childhood and I’m honored I get to share this through my artwork. ”Beatbox” is being released this month. This line features boom boxes, cassette tapes, and headphones. It’s available in two fun color ways.

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

 

Above are some of the records from my sister and my collection. I still have the huge box of the records we played as a kid.

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

beatbox by ann kelle

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hello, friday

January 17, 2014

hello, friday / ann kelle

{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.} Thank you for your sweet words about my new Girl Friends prints. Next week I plan to share two more fun collections. Here’s some things I’m thankful for this week:

- watching a lilac sunset
- a fun trip to the local art store
- giggling
- good customer service
- pretty bows
- yummy food
- music

(confetti by The Simply Chic Shop)

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sneak peek: girl friends

January 15, 2014

girl friends / ann kelle

My girls are back again for another adventure. This time as fairies! I think I’ve said this before, but I LOVE drawing these girls. They’re so special to me, so it’s an absolute honor that I was able to add another print. This makes print 4 or 5 (depending upon if you include Super Kids). See my other girl friends prints here: Mermaids, Ballerinas, Princesses, and Super Kids. This fabric groups ships to stores this month.

girl friends / ann kelle

girl friends / ann kelle
girl friends / ann kelle

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infinity scarf tutorial

January 13, 2014

infinity scarf / ann kelle

My best friend found this easy scarf tutorial and made a bunch of scarves out of my Remix flannel. Once you make one, you’ll want to make a ton! Find the easy tutorial she used here by Sew Creative.

(fabrics used: Remix flannel “pepper” dots, Remix flannel “pepper” chevronRemix flannel “silver” argyle, and Remix flannel “sunshine” chevron)

(photos by Kelle)

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hello, friday

January 10, 2014

you are awesome / ann kelle

{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.}

How has your new year been? There’s something in the air about 2014 that has left me giddy and full of excitement. Here are some things I’m thankful for:
- spending time with my family over the holidays
- insight + wisdom
- not letting not-so-good news ruin the holidays
- a spontaneous road trip
- a super, duper New Year day
- those that share joy
- taking time to celebrate those you love
- awe inspiring nature
- newness

(You Are Awesome print by Inspire Lovely)

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new slicker

January 08, 2014

slicker fabric / ann kelle

We add two new slicker prints. I was so happy that we were able to add my ballet flats, which is also available in cotton fabric. This is one of my favorite prints.

(photos by Kelle)

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fabric sighting: baby goods

January 06, 2014

augie and lola baby goods / ann kelle

I’m REALLY into the colors black and white these days. So, I was totally excited when I found Augie and Lola. They have a TON of handmade goods for babies. They also have other colorful items, such as my heart print, chevrons and mermaids. Cuteness overload!

(photos by Augie and Lola)

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2014 is gonna be great!

January 01, 2014

happy 2014 / ann kelle
Happy New Year! I hope this year is full of nothing but the best for you in 2014.  Lots of love, laughter, peace and lots and lots of sparkle.  See more of my New Years cards here.

happy new year / ann kelle

(top photo via Tiny Prints / bottom photo by Kelle )

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a very merry break

December 20, 2013

merry christmas / ann kelle

Hi Friends! As we approach the holidays, I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for each of you. I never would have dreamed that my full-time job would be drawing!  Thank you for visiting this space. I’m so appreciative to your support! The blog will be silent until after the new year. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Big hugs, Kelle

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free shell clutch pattern

December 18, 2013

free shell clutch pattern / ann kelle

The other day while at Target, a woman stopped me to ask for my opinion on a gift she was purchasing for her 16 year old daughter. I gave her my little opinion. Then, another stressed woman came up and I helped her pick out several outfits for her young adult daughter. I was there awhile. Helping these women shop for their daughters. And no, I don’t have a part-time job at Target. Well, if these women sewed, this clutch would be something I would tell them to make for their daughters. It is so, so pretty. The fabric used in this clutch is my metallic chevron, which comes in lots of yummy colors. It would be perfect for a holiday party. My friends over at Robert Kaufman have a FREE tutorial which you can find here. Happy sewing and try not to stress over the holidays!

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fabric sighting: holiday decor

December 16, 2013

christmas fabric sightings / ann kelle

I rounded up a couple of great ways to add a little “Ann Kelle” to your holiday decor.

(1. fabric garland by Bam Crafty Mamas 2.christmas reusable napkin by Just Jill Handmade 3. christmas owl stocking by Nanna Made 4. christmas tree skirt tutorial by Made by Cola)

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