Hello to Ann Kelle - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Hello to Ann Kelle

Today we have a very special guest who is also a first timer at the Jolly Jabber. Kelle Boyd of Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman is here for a lil Q&A session!  Make sure you stay tuned because there is a very generous giveaway carrying on Kelle’s 8 weeks of Christmas at the end!  

How did you get into designing fabric?
I started out in the stationery industry. In the summer of 2008, I was in a boutique that carried some of my stationery. During a conversation with the boutique owner, she said she could see my designs on children’s clothes. That statement sparked something inside. I then began contacting fabric companies. I received a couple of noes and a couple of yeses, in the end I decided to go with Robert Kauffman.

Tell us about your current line(s)? 
I have two new lines that are coming out. Izzy Flannel, consists of lots of florals with fun color combinations. (I have a thing for flowers). This line is different from my other lines in that it is a little bit more sophisticated, I think. My other line is Ready, Set, Go, is a super fun line on organic cotton. It’s a transportation line with cars, trains, helicopters with lots and lots of bold colors.

What are you working on now? 
We’re working on wrapping up my next line that comes out in the spring, and I am beginning to design for new lines for the latter part of 2011.

What inspired Urban Zoology?
I don’t know? Typically I like designing stuff with flowers, but I’m entering into a new phase where I really enjoy drawing animals and character. I do know that the whale design was inspired by a sweater Natalie wore on the “Facts of Life,” an 80s sitcom. As for the owls, I was seeing owls everywhere and I wanted to do my take on them.

What has inspired your color palettes? All of them seem to be very bold, do you think you will always stick with that? 
 I pull a lot from things in my childhood that made me happy. I love happy colors.

Thank you Kelle for joining us today and donating for the giveaway, you are such a sweetheart!  Now time to announce what exactly that is….!

You have a chance to win one of 3 Remix Roll Ups!  All you need to do is *Like* Ann Kelle on Facebook, then comment on this blog post telling us you did so. Contest closes Monday, January 3rd @ midnight CST so… Get ready… and GO!

** To answer some confusion, yes, her real name is Kelle Boyd and her company name is Ann Kelle Designs. **


  1. I bought fat quarters of Remix in every color way I could find when it first came out. She appeals to the Hello Kitty loving part of my brain!!

  2. hiyall,
    I have 'liked' Ms Ann! love the bright and cherry colors. hard to find those in alot of fabric lines! keep up the great work!
    (mauh) Liz

  3. I liked Ann on her Facebook Page….And I am a fan of her work…love the colors and the shapes she uses….simply awesome….my daughter says that they are DEL-I-Cious …. grin….

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    Shannon Margaret
    Shannon . Margaret . Brott (AT)(DOT) com

  4. I already 'like' Ann Kelle! Very much too 🙂
    I have 2 boys, so I love how versatile all of the patterns are!
    Thanks for the chance!
    hugs, margie

  5. Yes, I did a like on the fabric line and told her how much my granddaughters would ooh and ahh over this fabric…..I can see bags skirts blankets and oh so much more!

  6. I "like" Ann Kelle on Facebook and subscribe to her blog. But I'm confused – are Kelle Boyd and Ann Kelle the same person? Is Ann Kelle Kelle Boyd 's professional name???

  7. This issuch a bright and happy fabric collection, just love it. Have just clicked the 'like' button on her facebook page. Fingers and toes crossed.

  8. I've "liked" Ann Kelle on Facebook. I've been loving her colors and designs ever since I first saw her work. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of her fabric!

  9. I "like" Ann on FB. Wow! Love the look of her fabric. Izzy Flannel sounds interesting. Thanks for introducing this designer to us!

  10. I 'liked' her on FB. Her fabrics make me look forward to spring and after the abundance of early snow this year, it can't come soon enough!

  11. Margaret and Marcia "like" Ann Kelle on Facebook. Kelle's bright colors are wonderful for quilts. Thanks for the giveaway of the jelly rolls. Happy New Year. Alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  12. Added her to my list of designers I like on FB. Would love make a quilt for the grandbaby with her cute, cute colored fabric.

  13. Love urban zoology line – the colourways are so fun!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I have liked her as requested, and i am so glad you told me of this.

  14. I've liked Ann Kelle on facebook for a while now. Her colours really stand out. I can see myself liking her stationery too! I'm a secret notebook addict.

  15. Was on Ann Kelle Designs Facebook page. Love the Remix and Izzy Flannels. Would love to win some. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  16. I admit Ann is new to me but her colors are fresh and bold which I like. I will start following her and thank you for a chance to win!

  17. What's not to "like" about this wonderful designer? She is on my facebook "like" list. My new grandbaby is due in June and I would love to use her fabric in clothing and quilts for the baby.
    Sandy Corey

  18. I'm sad that I don't have a facebook! Is there a way to sign up without one?

    Love her designs! Love her "take" on the owl! So cute!


  19. What a cool story ~ her transition from stationery design. Thanks for sharing so much about how designers come into doing fabric design, it's very interesting to me to learn more about the people behind the fabrics. I 'liked' Kelle on Facebook. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of her gorgeous fabric. ~~Lisa

  20. Love Anne's comments on face book.
    Love her new line of fabric, can't wait to see her spring line. Hope to win!!!!

  21. Love Anne's comments on facebook.
    Lover her line of fabric, and can't wait to see the spring line.

  22. My first time on Jolly Jabber. Love it! Love Ann Kelle. I saw her owls just this week and must have ASAP!! I now 'like' her on FACEBOOK! Thanks for the opportunity to win some of her artistry!

  23. I'd not even heard of Anne Kelle before, but I LOVE what I've seen. No problem liking her on Facebook!