Like many quilters, I love fabric. I have enough to last me some years, so have made the decision to buy very little fabric this year. However, this resolution does not stop me from receiving fabric, and I was only to glad to be of service when the Bloggerati were asked if anyone wanted to review some fabric! In fact, I positively jumped at the chance.
When I heard that the collection was the Makower Jungle Friends range – which can be seen here, I was delighted, as I knew what I would make with the collection. It would be a quilt for Project Linus.
The range consists of 14 coordinating fabrics, featuring stripes, animals, numbers, patterns and hexagons, and also includes a scenic panel in two colourways, and an ABC panel. The colours are ideal for children – not overly bright, certainly not garish, but not muted either, with blues, greens, oranges and yellows. The designs and colours are sure to appeal to both girls and boys.
When I received the fabrics I was immediately struck by the range of animals featured on the fabric – I was delighted to see a sloth or two hanging around, as well as giraffes, elephants, zebras and hippos to name a few. I received 14 10 inch squares. It was clear to me that I needed a design that would showcase the fabrics, so that the cute animals would not get lost.
The fabric sews beautifully without fraying – which is what we have come to expect from Makower. The designs and colours complement each other; when you see a collection like this, you know that you can put the fabrics together in any combination, and they will not look out of place.
In order to showcase the fabrics, I chose a brick wall design; this simple design allows the fabrics to speak for themselves. The collection is perfect for introducing numbers and letters to children – and would work well with a game of I-Spy. I chose a large meander to quilt the piece, so as not to detract from the fabric. I added a white on white inner border and teal outer border, using fabric from my stash.
This range can be found in fabric shops now, so be sure to visit your LQS for the collection. It is also worth visiting the Makower website, as you will find information about the range, and also some projects using this range; not one, not two – but four – projects: a quilt, cushions, a tote bag, and a young girl’s dress but check the Free Pattern Download section here on the website first and you might find it there too.