The Makower website describes these colourful prints as celebrating the good life … home grown vegetables, chickens, fruit trees and sunflowers … a perfect range for making garden or kitchen accessories, and bags for your market shopping. As they do with many of their fabric ranges, Makower have provided a free pattern download designed for this range. In this case it is a shopping bag designed by Janet Goddard, that makes good use of the variety of fabrics.
I was lucky enough to be given a sample pack of all eleven different fabrics to review. One fabric is quite a large scale farmyard garden print with a pattern repeat that was a lot bigger than the 10 inch square I received (and with more image than is shown in the picture of the fabric range), so it would probably be big enough to use as a feature panel. I’m not an expert on fabric analysis, but to me it was a good quality quilting weight fabric, equal to anything else I have used recently. It wasn’t overly stiff, but ironed and cut easily and accurately. It was also quite compatible in weight and weave with the plains from my stash. The pumpkin prints seemed to be printed fairly accurately and square with the weave of the fabric, so shouldn’t cause any issues if anyone was needing to cut a long strip for a border. The prints were colourful and had really good detail which also added to the impression of quality.
I decided put these together as a picnic blanket sized quilt, with minimal cutting to show off the fabrics. To keep the summery feel, I selected a plain yellow from my stash to use as sashing. If you were buying yardage, this range does have a really good variety of patterned and plainer coordinating fabrics, so you could use some of these (for example those pictured below) quite effectively as sashing and borders and not have to add any other fabrics.
The fabrics are definitely summer garden/farm colours, but there is enough coloured detail in some of the prints that you could use a fairly wide range of complementary or bright colours with them as these other bright plain fabrics I have pulled from my stash (pictured below) show.
I really enjoyed working with these fabrics and could see myself getting more and making things like bags, aprons, kitchen accessories or small picnic blankets or lap quilts for my garden loving friends. Thank you Makower for giving me the opportunity to work with samples of the fabrics before release.
This fabric range is a lovely representation of the “Good Life”. These fabrics are scheduled for delivery in August 2018, so contact your local quilt shop and get your requests in now, as I imagine they will be much in demand.
There’s the Goodlife Bag pattern in the free download section of this website for you to enjoy too.