Designer Tidbits: Ann Kelle, GIVEAWAY CLOSED - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Ann Kelle, GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Welcome to the bright and colorful world of Ann Kelle! This year, Kelle debuted a fabulous new version of Jingle that is perfect for everyone who wants to add a splash of color to their Christmas decor. Today we are welcoming Kelle to chat with us about Jingle AND offering up a giveaway. Keep reading for more!

Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for this collection?
A:My new Jingle designs came from my ongoing love of Christmas.

Q: What was your โ€œahaโ€ moment in designing this collection?
A:My “aha” moment was when I added hats to my owls and birdies. They’re Santa’s little helpers.

Q: How do you decorate your home for Christmas?
A:I have a white Christmas tree, with colorful ornaments that are pops of color like pink, mint and yellow. I actually made my own Christmas bulbs this past year.

Q:How do you plan to decorate using Jingle this Christmas?
A:I’m not sure about home decorations, I’m a slow home decorator. But, I would really like for my family to have lounge pants made out of Jingle for Christmas morning.

Q:What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
A:Christmas breakfast after opening presents!

Q:When designing a new collection, how does your surroundings affect your direction?
A:I like to have a visually calm, peaceful environment while designing.


Q:What is your favorite print in the collection?
A:Hmm . . . the wreaths. But, I also think Santa is funny. It looks like he has his PJs on!

Q:Where do you find the inspiration for your illustrations? Are they usually people you know or figures you dream up?
A:I find inspiration from all around, but typically things from my childhood.

Q:What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A:Deciding on the final colors . . . I usually want to have a million-and-one color ways.

Q:Your use of color is very fresh and unique. Tell us about your approach to color, what colors you cling to and what colors you shy away from.
A:I love color! Typically I try to put pink in all my designs. These days I’m big fan of the color mint. One of the new color ways we’re introducing in the Jingle prints is the “vintage” color way, which includes a mint-ish color.

And as a special treat, we are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Jingle! For a chance to win, take a look at the full Jingle collection and let us know which print is your favorite! A winner will be chosen on July 3, 2013. Good luck!

UPDATE! Shawn, who loves the Cobalt Festive Owls, is our lucky winner! We have sent you an email to claim your prize! Thanks for playing, everyone!


  1. After changing my mind a few times, I have decided my favorite design is the Jingle Green Festive Birds.

  2. I LOVE the whole collection!! But if I have to choose it would be the snowmen, I love all things with snowmen:) but really don't like snow..

  3. I love them all but I have to say my absolute favorite is the wreaths on black. The bright colors just pop off the fabric.

  4. I love the penguins with the blue background…. super cute! Would make some great pajamas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I have no luck winning but I had to leave a comment … this line is stinkin' cute. I think my favorite print is the birdies with the Santa hats in any colorway.

  6. I'm in love with this line! Soooo cute!! I think my favorite is the Light Blue Festive Penguins – penguins are extra festive with hats!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I love them all….But beign forced to choose oneit will be the white christmas trees. What a great line…Beautiful colors abound.

  8. I love them all so much! My fav is the owls on aqua background. Super cute. I will be collecting them all for sure. Thanks for the chance to win. fingers crossed.

  9. It's hard to pick a favorite since they are all so cute but…the teal festive snowmen are adorable. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  10. I love the Festive Penguins but that's probably my favorite because I always get my son something with penguins on it for Christmas.

  11. So hard to pick one! Love the festive birds, I ve always been a fan of the spring birds line for kiddie quilts!

  12. I adore the Teal Festive Owls print, cuz I love owls in general!! This line would be TOO much fun to make a Christmas quilt with!!

  13. The birds with the hats are so cute. My granddaughter is going to love this! patseidle(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Oh my it's hard to pick just one. I like several of them. I would say the Teal Festive Snowmen! Thanks for the chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the Jingle collection!

  15. First, I have to say — Christmas morning lounge pants idea is AWESOME!! I like the pop of the colorful wreaths on the black. My kids are excited by the penguins.

  16. I love the red polka dots! and the green ones, and my daughter would love the orange dots, and my granddaughter would love the owls with hats. It's a wonderful collection!

  17. TOss up between the owls and birds but my little girl and I are VERY into owls these days sooooo I think they win ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ What a FUN collection!

  18. I Love the owls with the Santa hats and antlers!!!! I am starting to collect owls to go with my quilting business and this fabric would be perfect for a Christmas Quilt – Deckade the halls perhaps? Love this! Hope you pick me.

  19. As much as I love the lime scatter dots I'm going to pick the Jingle green festive birds. They're so cute with their little hats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. If I have to pick just one favorite, then I'd have to say the snowmen. But those penguins on the light blue background is a close second.

  21. Jingle green festive penguins is my favorite. I think my baby grandson would love something fun made with this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I simply love this collection of fabrics. They are all so adorable. My favorite is the Jingle white festive Elves however.

  23. What adorable fabrics! I can just imagine a quilt made from all of them. However, the santas and the owls are my faves. Would be hard pressed to choose only one!

  24. The little Christmas birds in their Santa hats…I really love it all to be honest!!!

  25. I LOVE the entire collection!! If I had to choose, I would probably choose the wreaths on the black background. Thanks for a chance to win these incredible fabrics!!

  26. All of the prints are cute but the
    Jingle Cobalt Blue Festive Owls are jumping out of the collection for me. I started looking for cute owl fabrics a few years ago for my mom, but now that she has passed, I still enjoy them.

  27. This whole set is super cute but I think my favorites are the festive elves on white and the festive birds!

  28. I love Santas of all kinds and this one is no exception. My favorite one is the santa print followed by the snowmen.

  29. Picking just one is awfully hard! My favorite is the birds with owls second. They are all so adorable! How can anyone resist this temptation?

  30. My favorite is the white festive birds – and second favorite is black wreaths! (If only there were black festive birds… I'm with Kelle, I'd love more colourways!)

  31. I can't wait for Christmas! If I had to pick a favorite it would be Festive Green Birds. I love the little Santa hats!

  32. Oh my gosh – this is the cutest, sweetest collection I've seen in a long time!!! I love them ALL, but if I'm "forced" to choose, I would have to say the owls on blue – they are so cute!!!!


  33. i've never really been a fan of owl fabrics but the Jingle Teal Festive Owls is just too cute not to love. The way those big owl eyes peek out from under santa hats… adorable

  34. I love them all! The Festive Birds in all the colors are fabulous. I can see using the Remix Red Scatter Dots in lots and lots of projects. Thanks for the chance to win!

    nkadenver at
    Nancy in Denver

  35. No fair, you want us to pick one?? I love them all but will give my top three favorites. I love pink, so my first would be the pink birds. Second is the Santa and elves, I have three boys and the elves remind me of them. Lastly would be the owls, they are very popular now and Christmas themed ones are a twist on the season.

  36. I like the Jingle White Christmas Trees. They just seem to brighten up the Christmas season. I also like the Festive Birds with Santa Hats. Again the colors and addition to each makes for a brighter Christmas Season. Good Job!

  37. Do love this whole collection, so cheerful! Love the colors and the funky characters. My fave is Jingle Tan Festive Elves Yardage because it has a slight retro 70s vibe, with these colors and the elves clothing.

  38. I agree this is adorable line of fabrics. I really like you sharing with us how they come up with the ideas for fabrics. Hard to pick one from this line. But I love Jingle Teal Festive Snowmen and Jingle Light Blue Festive Penguins.
    Thanks for a chance.

  39. Adorable line ~ I would have to choose the "Jingle Tan Festive Elves". I think that would go wonderful in my sewing room as that is the only room in my house that doesn't have it's own decorations. Love the idea also of pajama bottoms for my grand daughters.

  40. Good morning! It's a toss up between the birds on the green background and the trees, although all are so cute.

  41. Jingle Cobalt Blue Festive Owls Yardage SKU# 13590-195 Jingle by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
    This is our favorite print but really, how can just one of all these cute prints be selected as all are delightful. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

  42. I am in love with this collection! If I must choose only one print as my favorite, it would be the cobalt blue festive owls. I love the expression in their eyes.

  43. I agree with every one else, they are all beautiful, my favorite is the wreaths with the black background.

  44. I really can't decide!! I love the trees on the white background, but the little penguins on blue are so cute with their little scarves. Thanks for the chance to win such a great bundle.

  45. Oh my goodness, I love it all but if I have to pick one it would be the blue cobalt festive owls!
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  46. I am loving all the prints in this line! It's what I've been looking for to make quilts for the little ones in my life. Thanks so much for designing it!

  47. I always love a little black in my creations, so I am going to pick the sweet little wreath fabric in black.
    The black really makes the wreaths pop,

  48. Such a cute collection! I think my favourite is the little birdies with santa hats.

  49. But they're ALL my favorites! If I have to pick, tho, it'd be the Jingle White Christmas Trees. What a cute line!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. The wreaths are so adorable and my absolute favorite! It is collections like this that keep me quilting for Chtistmas all year long!

  51. I love the wreaths w/the black background, cuz I think it really makes the colors "pop". But the elves are pretty cute,too. Oh me, oh my.

  52. I absolutely LOVE this entire line! It's impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I guess I pick the little birds on greed or the wreaths on black or the penquins on blue or the multicolored trees on white. I really do love them all though!

    Thank for this opportunity!

  53. Love them all! The penguins and the santas are probably at the top of the list.

  54. I know black isn't traditionally linked to Christmas, but the wreaths on black really pop and I just cannot wait to use this fabric! X

  55. I love the JINGLE white Christmas trees…..just think what creative combos you could create by combining Remix with it!

  56. I love the Christmas Trees on white! (Well actually I love it all!) Kathryn thorburns(at)pacific(dot)net(dot)au

  57. Love those birdies with hats on. So cute! I have a birding aunt who would love a Christmas apron out of this print.

  58. My favourite is the jingle white Christmas trees. I'd love to pair it with the green wreaths and red polka dots ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Ilike the festive birds with the santa hats, cheerful colors to make pillowcases for the children in hospital for Christmas..

  60. I love all the non-traditional colors you used in your Christmas/Jingle collection! I especially love the penguins, but a close 2nd is the bird print–I love their little hats!!

  61. I love the hats on the owls BUT my favorite fabric from your Jingle collection is Jingle Black Wreath. Thank you for the chance to win!

  62. Jingle Green Festive Birds FOR SURE!
    Such a stinkin' cute collection of fabrics. I would SO love to win this and my customers would LOVE it too!

  63. That's such an adorable holiday collection. AND a very tough choice choosing my favorite. I really love the birds with the stocking hats, but my favorite has to be Jingle Light Blue Festive Penguins. I LOVE penguins and those are just super cute.

  64. How can I possibly pick just one favorite when I really like the Cobalt Blue Festive Owls and the Green Festive Birds. I guess I'll have to use both for the grandkid's Christmas vests this year!!

  65. tangerine dots! I'm mad for orange and dots so that is perfecto. And also the birds- haha I can't pick just one…

  66. My favorite is the Jingle Festive Green Birds! However the cute White Festive Elves/Santas are a close runner up! This is the CUTEST Christmas fabric I have seen in a very long long time! Thank you & Merry Christmas in July!!!

  67. I love the wreaths on black. But I love them all. And so adorable. My kids would love them made into pillowcases to sleep on for Christmas night/morning. Please pick me. April lauer 6 @

  68. Love the birdies as santa's little helpers. What a fun Christmas fabric. Filled a need for, cute and whimsical. I see Christmas dresses in my future

  69. I love this collection!!! I love them all but I did manage to narrow it down to two…Green Festive Penguins and Teal Festive Owls. That's the best I can do. I absolutely cannot narrow it down to just one!!!

  70. I LOVE, LOVE all of them, but if I have to pick just one to enter the fat quarter bundle contest, I'd have to say the light blue festive penguins – too cute!!
    Thanks for the contest!

  71. I like… I like…. I like … All of them, but if I have to choose , I'd say that my favorite one is the birds on the green background !