It was about this time four years ago when I was putting together my very first fabric collection. Once the designs were ready to go, I bought myself a plane ticket to Houston. I was going to shop my book around Quilt Market and try to get a fabric line. It's funny to look back at that early work...
I called that first group "Ruby Star Rising". When Kokka officially asked me to design for them, I strayed away from most of the original designs for my first collection, but decided to keep the name. It hit market the very next year.
Remember this one?
In the blink of an eye, it's six collections later, and I've decided to say goodbye to Ruby Star.
I've loved designing for Kokka, and attending Market, and making booths. I've spent a lot of time thinking about my career and how to survive in this industry, and how to flourish. I've gone to Surtex, and with my lovely friend Allison, I've written a book. I've talked about collaborations with some people who would make you weak in the knees.
Originally, I thought fabric might be a piece of my puzzle, but I thought I'd be doing a lot of other things in addition. I've tried (and enjoyed) many other options, but by the end of last year, I realized fabric wasn't a thing for me, it was the thing.
And this year, I decided it was time to take a leap. I had some ideas about where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to be doing. I asked myself tough questions, and I forced myself to answer. I let myself paint a picture; I got very specific about what I would most like my life to look like, and do you want to know something? I went out and found it.
So, goodbye, Ruby Star. And thank you to everyone who has supported my work with Kokka. I look forward to all our next adventures together. We'll certainly be seeing each other around.