Kay Streit Whitt is an amazing pattern designer and we are so blessed to have her in the quilting world! We are so lucky she decided to use our wonderful prints for her most recent pattern. I get so excited whenever she uses our fabric for one of her designs. She knows how to fit people and she knows what they want. Kay is the owner of Sew Serendipity and we are so excited by her new Tara Dress pattern that can also be a top.(as seen below) She uses our recent border print Valerie from Beauty Queen and we are loving the results. She also used Beauty Queen Linky Love to contrast the wonderful details. Kay is the real deal I remember her at one of my first quilt market and I was so excited to see quilting fabrics used for apparel. Thanks for doing it so beautifully Kay. We appreciate you and your talents!!! Follow her and get to know her. She has a bajillion books and sewing patterns that will excite you! Enjoy!!
So when I went to Springs Creative to visit I stayed in the historical Homestead built in 1790 by John Springs and saw first hand the rich history that Springfield Plantation held, I was overcome with emotion. A shack with Cotton written in white paint reminded me of all that came before me and the ancestors that grew cotton to support a thriving mill industry. As Americans we are all part of that amazing legacy when America reigned supreme in the manufacturing of cotton. The Homestead Still owned by the Springs family was beautifully maintained and I couldn't help but realize how well preserved and how reverently everything was kept. I saw slave quarters which is a very big part of the cotton history at that time. The Springs Family are ambassadors to protecting and preserving the rich history of cotton.. A Beautiful library of books with famous authors of the 18th and 19th century are immaculately kept. Letters from the 1500's are documented. Rooms full of fabric and pieces from the earlier Springs collections are beautifully kept in their archives. I tell you they are amazing stewards of the Fabric manufacturing in this country. I loved being in the presence of such enormous knowledge. So when I came upon Nora Mae and they told me she was the oldest living employe I was struck hard by all she'd seen in her long life. The tales this woman could tell. All the wonderful knowledge of the bygone years. She saw manufacturing go overseas, I can't imagine what that must have done overtime to these folks. She saw an amazing bustling city time go dormant, Mills emptied out, buildings sold off. How had she managed? I knew shortly after I left South Carolina that I wanted to name a fabric line for this beautiful woman. I was stunned by her lovely welcome and that southern charm as only someone of her upbringing would know. I am blessed she loves the fabric line named for her. It is my tribute to her and to everyone who ever worked at Springs. I salute you, all of you. Thanks Nora Mae for being so beautiful to a girl on her first visit to your wonderful land. Happy Land that is. Nora Mae is sold under the Jenny Eliza brand for Joann's all done by Me, Jennifer Paganelli.
Working with fabric designs on a two-dimensional level is always incredibly fun and rewarding, but there is nothing in this world like opening a box with the actual materials there for you to hold and touch and hug! Just when we can't imagine it getting any happier or more exciting, we begin building meaningful little dresses, pillows and trinkets out of these fabrics and that is when the true magic happens. Watching Jenny Eliza come to life is incredible -- the scale and the colors are a treat to the soul, and the way they bounce and play with one another is simply the best eye candy a gal could ask for. July is just around the corner, when these fabrics will be available in JoAnn Fabric and Crafts.... and then we get to watch all of YOU work your magic!
One of my favorite folks is in the very first US Edition of Mollie Makes and she utilized Beauty Queen in the sweetest of ways..Look at these Yummy sachets. Kim Layton is just the kindest and sweetest girl on the planet. Truth be told she had 20,000 followers on twitter and she actually acknowledged me when I reached out. Sometimes folks can get way to important about the numbers and the followers and forget they are actually real people following them. I think its so important to acknowledge folks cause really people all want to be seen. I have never forgotten her for that. We have become good friends and I love how she educates Etsy sellers on her blog Everything Etsy and shows ways for sellers to showcase and promote their product. She and her husband do tutorials and sort through all the Etsy information to bring you ways to reach your Etsy audience. They are just a couple of good folks and I was so happy they were in Mollie Makes first US edition. So get your copy and pour through the wonderful inspiring pages of Mollie Makes found here.
Jenny Eliza was my mom's nick name for me and it always made me feel sooooooo good. Mom's nick names had a way of doing that. With that in mind Jenny Eliza for JoAnn's has the same feel good character that describes that cozy feel mom communicated every time she chirped my name. I love Jenny Eliza, the scale, the colors, all perfect for quilting, and sewing beautiful clothing and home designs. Madeline captured the happiness in this cool graphic below with this wonderful layered dress. She's so cool!!!! I hope you'll be standing by when this arrives at your local store!! We hope that it tickles your soul and inspires you to do pretty!!! Please follow Jenny Eliza on facebook for the latest updates. ...as always thanks for dropping by we are so happy to have you!!
Ok it's no secret. I just love her heart and her ability to make you feel welcome and part of something great. She is so super excited about life, about love, about quilts!! Most of you know her through her show Quilty on PBS. Recently I had the good fortune to meet Mary when she came to my home about two months ago and I tell you It was if I knew her my whole lifetime. It was girl talk central and I just so enjoyed her company As well as my all around Gal Pal Susan Morgan who introduced us. Believe me an overnight was not out of the question but they had plans the next day. .... I pictured us in (what else) Pajamas getting CRay CRay. What can I say? I actually had the opportunity to fly to Iowa yup with Springs Creative for the Jenny Eliza Brand for JoAnns Fabric and Craft and tape a PBS show for Fons and Porter..yes!! in the same exact room as Marianne Fons and Liz Porter, I know I know I know...so giddy and trying to act professional when inside I was like Check Me Out!!!!! So Mary has just come out with an amazing Quilt Book called Make + Love Quilts and will be signing May 20th at City Quilter in NYC from 6-8!! That's a big deal and a big honor for anyone. She is so approachable so fun and so easy to be with oh and did I say her quilts are divine?? I meant to open with that. Please go to her facebook watch her gorilla marketing style video for Make + Love Quilts and her opening a fedex package with her book inside and then you will see why I love her so much. Like all of us in the SisBoomer Jenny Eliza Family we know how to have fun...Fabric and quilts just make us fun to be with!! Oh and get a daily dose of Mary at her blog PaperGirl !
It is always fun to see someone famous wearing our fabrics. Even if it's a swatch we get very excited and grateful to be part of the action. We adore this amazing tutu for Moxie and Mabel Design. Lindsy in Blue from Circa makes its red carpet debut on the sweetest of little girls Dannielynn Birkhead who posed with father Larry at the Moet & Chandon bash at the 140th Kentucky Derby in Louisville Saturday. She be represent en!!! We are so delighted That Moxie and Mabel have used our fabrics in their creations. See there site for more precious finds.
Forgive me I got everybody goofed up on Facebook. The deal is if you like Jenny Eliza on Facebook and leave a comment here that you liked the Jenny Eliza page and we will enter you to win 1/4 yards of each fabric..that's 14 1/4 yards. Quite the deal and I cut generously!! So please tell us that you love Jenny Eliza and like her on Facebook. JoAnn's is gearing up!! We are all so excited and can hardly believe we are less than two months away from launch. It is the very nicest quality of fabrics they are called Designer fabrics and will be front and center in your local JoAnn's when they launch!! Look for my logo and face!! That be me!!