I’m always delighted when the Elves at UKQU HQ ask if I wouldn’t mind taking a look at a new fabric range and writing up a little review. And when I received a bundle of 10′ squares from Lynne Goldsworthy’s new range I was thrilled. Available in two colour ways the Ellie range is perfect for almost anything. The brighter prints are summery, vibrant and so cheerful, but my eye was drawn to the softer more gentle tones of the second colour way, which feel a little more autumnal.
With elephants, butterflies, hearts and floral designs this range would make wonderful baby quilts, decorative pillows and even clothes for both young girls and boys. Personally, I would use the soft teal colour way for a sweet gender neutral baby quilt. The Sage, Straw and Old Rose shades of Makower’s Linen Texture range are perfectly gentle and soft and the Ellie’s are simply adorable. The brighter range would be perfect for little skirts or a fun party dress for any little ladies who like to twirl and dance. The blenders of Peacock, Sunshine and Shamrock would be enough to brighten any day!
So I got to work with my little bundle. I alway know I can depend on Makower fabrics and these did not disappoint. I picked a few of the bright prints to make a sweet pencil case using an old favourite pattern. This is a quick an easy make and one I can almost sew in my sleep now.
With the softer colour way I decided to make myself a little pouch to hold all the reciepts from my Christmas shopping, you know the ones you keep in case something doesn’t fit or isn’t quite right. Having them all in one place will be perfect until I know everyone is happy with their gift on the big day!
Finally I got to work on a small drawstring bag, using a pattern from Issue 50 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. These little bags are so handy to have ready made, just add a few small treats and they are a perfect gift for any occasion.
I think if I had to pick a favourite it would be the scenic print from the soft colour way and the hearts from the brighter line, although I am drawn to a nice stripe and the dotty stripe here would make a lovely binding too!
All in all the fabrics are just what you would expect from such a long standing brand as Makower. Easy to work with, lovely prints and great quality.
Makower have also released both a quilt pattern and a messenger bag as free downloads to go with this lovely range and you can find them here.