Designer Spotlight: Ann Kelle

Designer Spotlight: Ann Kelle


Shannon Fabrics Cuddle® minky fabric has long been a favorite for its ultra-soft feel and quality, and now we’re excited to present a collaboration with fabric designer Ann Kelle that’s one of the most irresistible collections to date! Available just in time for the cooler months, this playful and colorfully-illustrated collection includes 22 designs of not just Ann Kelle’s popular classic prints, but she’s also included some new designs and large-scale prints made specifically for Cuddle® fabric.

Watch her interview below


When did you realize you had a passion for art and design?

I first realized I had a passion for art when I was a child. I was always drawing and coloring. When I was nine years old, I wanted to be a children’s clothing designer. I would cart around sketches of my own line of children’s clothing in my backpack.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.

Colorful, happy and playful

image of fabric swatches

What was the inspiration behind your latest fabric release?

My designs are inspired by all that we have always known and loved…from dad’s tie, spring flowers, ice cream, our favorite rock band, and even the sweaters we wore in the second grade. All the things we loved as kids.

What’s unique about your latest collection?

For the new Cuddle fabric collection, we included some past Ann Kelle favorites. But, I also created new art specifically for cuddle fabric. Many of the prints are larger scale, which works perfect for Cuddle fabric.

cuddle project

If you had to choose one favorite fabric from your entire line, what would it be and why?

A few of my favorite cuddle prints are the hearts, flowers and veggies with silly faces. I like the bright and bold color, as well as the large scale of the prints. My Hear Us. See Us. Love Us print is also very special to me.

What projects are on your “must make” list right now, especially with this collection?

  1. A blanket to cuddle with
  2. A fun pillow
  3. baby toy

images of Cuddle fabric

What do you love most about creating a DIY project with your fabric (or seeing customers creating DIY projects with your fabric)?

One of my favorite things about being a fabric designer is seeing what people make with the fabric.

What’s next for you? What’s inspiring your next projects or fabric release?

My newest fabric release is Farm to Table. I had so much fun dreaming up and drawing this fabric collection. It will be in stores in November 2021.

farm to table collection

What do you love to do when you are not designing and creating?

When I’m not designing or creating, I love traveling, exploring new cities/countries, swimming, nature walks and getting lost in a good novel.

Tell us one thing people might not know about you.

I try to sneak the color pink into all of my art.

pink wall fabric swatch

Explore The New Collection

The Cuddle® X Ann Kelle collection is available exclusively on, and is perfect for anything from apparel like jackets and scarves, to throw blankets, quilts, accent pillows and more!

Shop Ann Kelle prints on Cuddle / Shop Ann Kelle prints on Quilting Cotton

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