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Dream Job

I love design, pattern and quilt fabrics. So when Gaye Grant of Irish Quilt and Craft Magazine asked me to come and meet her to discuss elements of her magazine it was like letting a child loose in Hamley’s toy shop. Gaye is an established quilter who runs a very successful business called The Fennel Shed in Buncrana, Co Donegal. A few years ago she was producing a little information newsletter for her quilting contacts, the interest in her quilt projects grew and grew and, hey presto, she ended up editing a fully blown magazine which now is being distributed throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and Australia….blimey! I am currently involved in doing the styling and art direction of some of the main shots that are being used in the magazine. I have taken on Mari from letspose photography to do the pics and we are doing our second shoot next week. I will post some of the new shots when we do them but these are just a few from the last issue.



You know the old saying ‘If you want something done you should do it yourself’? Well that’s what I think I’m going to do with regard to the fabrics for my personalised toy range. A year or so ago I was in contact with a fantastic company called Spoonflower, who are based in the US. They’ve set up a super eco friendly textile printing service but the key factor of this company is that there is no minimum order. Most fabric printers insist on a very large minimum order which puts it out of the reach of small producers and designers, like me. But recently I started thinking again about Spoonflower and I figured that it would add another unique touch to my little people (personalised toys) if I used customised Ruby Rose Creative fabrics that I had designed. So I think I’m going to bite the bullet and do it. It is a long time ambition of mine to eventually release a range of fabric and wallpapers (don’t tell anybody :-)) but in the meantime I’ll print a few yards to use on my design works and see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted! Some samples of beautiful Spoonflower fabrics below.

The pick of the bunch

I am in the development process with some delightful (if I do say so myself!) little personalised soft toys to add to the Ruby Rose range. The problem I am faced with is choosing fabrics to use for them. There are so many gorgeous fabrics out there that as soon as I’ve chosen one I then spot another one that would look beautiful. Well, there’s only one thing for it…I’ll have to get one of everything!!! If you take a look at fabric sites such as Volksfaden you’ll see why I’m having such a dilemma. I’ll feature some of the new toys in the coming months and I am very excited about this new range. I’m also going to be introducing customised mixed media personalised canvases which are handpainted and a delicious addition to a nursery or room in your home. So much to do…I wish there were 48 hours in a day and I swear I could fill them all up and still need more time!

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