Sharing a bit of what I have learned

There are many things that I like about my job, but one of them is that I never stop learning new things. Every day there is something for me to learn, it could be a new way to advertise the shop, or a quilting technique, or what people like or don’t like.

A few weeks ago I went to the Festivals of Quilts at the NEC with Fiona Pullen from The Sewing Directory, and I took a few fabric bundles to giveaway. The feedback that I got from the visitors was great, but I was surprised that above all the fabrics from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane collection were the most popular. Let me explain this last bit a bit better (before I get into trouble!). I love the Nicey Jane fabrics, green and blue are two of my favourite colours, and the design has a retro feel but they are still quite contemporary which makes it ideal for many types of project. So why I was surprised others share the same idea than me? Quite simply people were just not buying them, so I thought nobody liked them.

I thought I would introduce you to some creative souls that have made some really cool stuff with these fabrics (in case that you haven’t met them in blogland or Flickr yet).

Beth from Project: Project made this sweet dress with Dream Dot. I don’t know about you, but I think using a darker colour on the top of the dress with the spotty fabric is such a clever thing but I’d have never thought about it. It you get a chance, check Beth’s blog, you might get a feeling that she makes things faster than you can blink!

If you want to see simple designs transformed into gorgeous things then you must check Meg’s blog. She has used Hop Dot in Sky and Lindy Leaf in Blue to make this everyday dress into something quite special. Meg plays a lot with colours and is not afraid of using fabrics from different collections in the same project, sounds like an easy thing to do but takes a skill to master it.

Now, our next guest is Ivey and she is also VERY talented. I can’t encourage you enough to check her Flickr account, but if you don’t have time here is just a brief peek of what she has done with Dream Dot and Slim Dandy. Aren’t they just great?!?! The little details in both dresses are both very clever and cute.

Let’s move on from children’s clothes to something more grown-up, Corinnea’s dress is something that I would love to make, it reminds me a bit of this dress (but we can talk about that particular one some other time). Corinnea told me that Ms Bailey inspired her to reinvent this pattern, but I bet she is inspiring more people than she realises with such a lovely dress! You can read a bit more about this dress, pattern and other lovely things she has made in her blog.

Check this apron, isn’t it great? This apron would certainly brighten up washing the dishes! This apron was made my Nicole Owens using Lindy Leaf and Pocket book in Moss . Nicole’s blog is full of beautiful photographs and lovely creations. In one of her latest post she has a picture of a baby blanket using Nicey Jane fabric, make sure you check it out.

And last but not least is something for the house. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have come across Anna’s blog already; it is full of inspiration, tutorials, she has an amazing family, just like all the other ladies in this post. Anna used Lindy Leaf to make these roman blinds; she has used also Hop Dot in Olive as part of a patchwork pillow.

The copyright of all of the photos shown above belong the the writer of each blog and I have been given permission to publish them here. Beth, Meg, Ivey, Corinnea, Nicole and Anna have not only taught me how one design can be used in so many different projects and to fall in love with this collection all over again; but they have also taught me that the craft network is such a beautiful group regardless of where we are and what we do, we are always here to help each other, even when we are incredible busy or in the middle of our holidays. Thank you Girls!!!

Lizzet xx

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