In case you are wondering, it’s called ‘Ruby Star Sparke’ and it does indeed sparkle…the cameras in the first three prints are printed in metallic silver ink, as are the last three. Also, the floral print with the ladies has a gold metallic text overlay. METALLIC TEXT!!! In person it’s FREAKING AMAZING!!! Honestly, I’m not sure if I could choose a favorite print because I love them all so much!!
1. Your fabric lines all tend to deal with themes from very specific time periods. What things from real life inspire these designs? What has been inspiring you lately that might end up in future designs?
In my first fabric line, I got super-excited when looking through some vintage catalogs, and wanted to draw portraits of the ladies and then create little stories about their lives. So, all the objects in the designs belonged to the larger story, down to the text on the view finder reels. For the next fabric collection, I did something completely different by using the insects, but I still combined them with vintage-inspired prints and color palettes. After that, Kokka has been pretty insistent that I put the vintage objects in my designs, and luckily I love them, so I’m happy to comply.
I’ve been having a pretty silly and entertaining twitter exchange with Katy from Fat Quarterly Magazine and Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics about doing metallic insects in my spring collection next year. We’ll see what happens when I actually sit down to create the line 🙂
2. I feel like the color schemes that you use also seem to accentuate the idea of a certain place in time. How do you choose the colors that you use in your fabrics?
3. You use a lot of props in your booths, which I have really not seen from any other fabric designers at Quilt Market. Why is this important to you, and what do you think it helps add to the strength of the fabrics?
4. Majority of your lines feature a panel print. What does the panel print in your new line showcase, and why are you interested in designing panel prints for your lines?
5. What is your favorite part about being a fabric designer?
And here’s a picture of me and Miss Letter M…seriously, she is the most adorable person ever! I got to meet her husband as well, and he is incredibly nice! Stay tuned for the next 2 blog posts, I’ll be showing myself wearing the Melody Miller dress, and also I have an announcement about a Melody Miller sew along that I’m participating in!! Ruby Star all around!