Isn't it wonderful to sew with gorgeous fabrics and notions? I was at a Ricky Timm's seminar at the beginning of the year in Oldham and watched all his amazing hand-dyed fabrics being snapped up almost immediately. By the time he got to mentioning them in his talk they had all gone!
Looking at Ricky's work its easy to see the difference those fabrics make - from something which would be special anyhow to a really amazing piece.
If you're looking for something different to sew with (and can't get to the US for some of Ricky's!) why not try out Maryke's Bali Batiks and Japanese beads? She also has a wonderful gallery area on her site to give you inspiration on how to use them.