beach days + tutorials

August 04, 2014


beach days / ann 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.

beach towels and bags

And this year, I also took my fabric with me to the beach.

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I walked to the beach everyday.

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I ate donuts every morning and floated in one, too.

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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.

bike / ann kelle

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.

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My Mama snapped this photo of my towel (featuring my sunnies) on a walk to the beach.

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Peace and quiet, which was a nice welcome.

alys-beach pretty tiles / ann kelle

There was also so much beauty + inspiration. I found the coolest tile one day. Doesn’t it look like a pinwheel quilt?

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I also wore a hat everywhere. Humidity + my hair = very bad hair days for me.

ann kelle beach towel tutorial

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.

Just Beachy bag tutorial featuring Ann Kelle Remix fabric + Kona solids
Just Beachy Towel tutorial featuring Ann Kelle “Sunnies

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hello, friday

August 01, 2014

la la love you print

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

(art print by Sparkle Power)

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(new) urban zoologie

July 28, 2014

ann kelle urban zoologie

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.

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(photos by Kelle)

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a sneak peek

July 25, 2014

ann 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)

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DIY: Urban Zoologie softies

July 22, 2014

ann kelle softies tutorial
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.

urban zoologie softies / ann kelle

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(photos by Kelle)

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hello you

July 18, 2014

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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)

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the crossing quilt

July 15, 2014

the crossing quilt / ann 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 crossing quilt / ann kelle

the crossing quilt / ann kelle

The binding is a mix of the different Remix prints. Scrappy-happy!

the crossing quilt / ann kelle

the crossing quilt / ann kelle

the crossing quilt / ann kelle

(photos by Simply M Photography)

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around the studio lately

July 11, 2014

watercolors

Things have been pretty busy around here. I’ve been working on new fabric collections, as well as new stationery designs.

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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.

fabric 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)

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hello, summer

June 27, 2014

ice cream / ann kelle

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

- today

- 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)

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birthday invitation: number one kid

June 25, 2014

number one kid birthday invitation / ann kelle

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 birthday invitation / ann kelle

(number one kid photos by Kelle)

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fabric sighting: summer hats

June 23, 2014

summer sun hats / ann kelle

I found these cute little reversible sun hats by Dakko Baby featuring some of my Remix fabric prints and Fun Bots. See them all here, as well as some super cute newsboy hats.

(photos by Dakko Baby)

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hello, friday

June 20, 2014

be silly, be honest, be kind by kensiekate

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:

- podcasts

- 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)

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let’s sew together

June 18, 2014

lets sew together / ann kelle

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!

lets sew together / ann kelle

(photos by Kelle ; video via Cakies)

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PE play dress {Giveaway}

June 16, 2014

PE Dress Pattern / ann kelle

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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hello, friday

June 13, 2014

dad / 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.

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

- productivity

- 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)

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fabric sighting: mini makeup brush roll

June 11, 2014

mini makeup vinyl brush roll / ann kelle

I’ve featured adorable little crayon rolls in this space before. But, this little roll is for us grown-up kids. This makeup brush roll is so clever and perfect for traveling! The back is covered with vinyl for easy cleaning.  Etsy shop, Paper From Heaven, has a ton of other cute organizational rolled up goods in their shop. So, be sure to visit them here!

mini makeup vinyl brush roll / ann kelle

(photos by Paper From Heaven)

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ann kelle aurifil thread kit

June 09, 2014

ann kelle aurifi thread kit

I have some exciting news to share with you!  I created a custom Aurifil thread kit, full of my favorite colors! Aurfil has SO many gorgeous colors, so it was kinda hard narrowing down the colors. For a couple of seconds, I considered having an all pink kit, but I thought that would be totally unfair to my other color friends. In the end, we decided to coordinate the kits with my Remix prints. There are two sizes to choose from. The big set includes 12 colors (1422 yards each) and the small set includes 10 colors (220 yards each).  The kits are popping up in stores. Be sure to ask your local quilt shop about them!

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hello, friday

June 06, 2014

I Love Pretty Things Pencils by A Blissful Nest

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 was a good week. Not perfect and full of bumps, but still a good week. Some things I’m especially thankful for:

- today my parents are celebrating another year of marriage

- God’s perfect timing

- new friends

- patience

- letting go

- light bulbs

(pencils found here)

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birthday party invitations

June 04, 2014

ann kelle birthday party invitation

Birthdays are a big deal around here! We pull out the decorations, plan lots of fun activities and of course eat our favorite birthday sweets. I was looking through some of my birthday party invitation I designed for Tiny Prints. (These are just a couple of them. You can see all of them here). I still remember my birthday celebrations as a kid, whether it was a party or just cake and ice cream with the family, it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. And today, I’m so happy, I get to be a part of many families special day through my artwork on birthday invites.  xo, Kelle 

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new cuddle fabric

June 02, 2014

cuddle fabric / ann kelle I’m happy to share with you that we’re releasing more Urban Zoologie prints with new colors on Shannon Fabrics “Cuddle”.  Included in this release are my owls in new colors!  Cuddle fabric is so, so soft. Seriously. While taking pictures of this fabric to share with you, I found myself wanting to stop and completely wrap myself in this soft-cuddly fabric and take a nap.

cuddle fabric / ann kelle

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hello, friday

May 30, 2014

DIY Photo Booth by Studio DIY / 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.

So, this week zipped on by. I took off from work on Memorial Day. Like completely took off and didn’t work. It was great. I plan to do that more often. However, I was confused for the rest of the week. I thought Tuesday was Monday, Wednesday was Tuesday, etc. I also forgot to blog on Wednesday . . . oops! Anyhow, here are some things I’m thankful for this week.

- Last weekend was my best friend’s birthday. It was a full day of celebrating and so much fun!

- I purchased Snapdragons for the first time this week. I was confused, because they didn’t look anything like a dragon to me, until some showed me how to make them talk

- banana taffy

- my Daddy’s barbecue. It’s so, so good!

- little brothers that check on their big sisters

- God’s goodness and faithfulness

summer days

- going forward, even in fear

(photo by Studio DIY)

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fabric sighting: reversible headbands

May 26, 2014

reversible headbands / ann kelle

Little Birds Boutique online shop is full of cute handmade items. I founds these little reversible fabric headbands, which would be ideal for summer.  See more of their cute good here.

(photos via Little Birds Boutique)

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hello, friday

May 23, 2014

dorothy's ruby shoes / 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.

This week kinda flew by! I missed seeing everyone at Quilt Market. For most of the week, I was in New York. Traveling always leaves me in a place of gratitude . . . arriving to my destination safely, a place to sleep, etc. and left thinking “there’s no place like home.” Here are a couple of other things I’m thankful for this week:

- my booth at Quilt Market had pink walls

- the Robert Kaufman team

- New York City in the evening. It sparkles. 

- holding a newborn baby

- eating French food almost EVERY day!

- seeing old friends

- being back in Nashville

(photo found here)

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fabric sighting: super girl

May 21, 2014

super girl / ann kelle

I first saw this cutie girl in this cutie skirt on Instagram. She’s wearing a super hero skirt by Augie and Lola, who happens to have an over abundance of adorable things in their shop.

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