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Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 1 – Getting Started

Posted at November 10th, 2013
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It’s time! The moment you’ve all been waiting for!  The start of the Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along!

I am so excited about this quilt along that I am literally shaking. Not sure if it’s the nerves, or the nail-biting wait for fabric, or the anxiety caused by 1,000 sets of eyeballs watching this space and praying that I don’t screw up. What I can tell you for sure is that it has definitely taken my mind off of Series 4! (I’m also doing a little jig because I can’t sit still.)

So hi quilt alongers! Hi awesome quilt shop owners! Thanks for joining my little web quilting party! Here’s to a great 9-weeks and a lot of fun making quilts.

If you’ve never done a quilt along with me before, let’s cover off some of the basics so you know what to expect.

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I write cutting instructions using the Equivalent Die Notation System (EDeN).

If you’ve never heard of EDeN, that’s okay. It’s not a hard system to learn, but it helps me to make sure that no matter what cutting method you are using, I only have to write one set of instructions. The fabric requirements chart that you will download today has a handy EDeN Chart just for this Quilt Along. (If you’re looking for the download, please remember you need to register to get this stuff!)

Those of you who are rotary cutting your quilt might have a bit of a learning curve (because it’s probably really unfamiliar to you), but it’s really easy to use once you familiarize yourself with the abbreviations.  Here are a couple of tips to make the most of your experience, no matter how you are cutting.

  1. Visit http://equivalentdienotation.com to learn more about this system and how cuts are notated.
  2. Remember that EDeN is always expressed in FINISHED measurements. So an SQ-2 indicates a finished 2″ square (that you would cut at 2-1/2″.)
  3. When you print the EDeN Chart, highlight your cutting method so it’s really clear what you are cutting.
  4. If you are die cutting, locate the dies that you own and write the EDeN Number along the spine on the die.  This will be helpful as you will return to some of the same dies in subsequent weeks.
  5. If you are rotary cutting, highlight the Rotary Cut column.  The seam allowance is already added in, so the instruction listed there is your cut size.

 

If you have a question, please post it in the comments for that week’s post. Like this one!

There are over 500 1,000 of you quilting along with me plus dozens of shops and THEIR quilters, so I’m sure if you have a question, someone else has it too. Please try not to send me emails individually unless you’re reporting an issue that needs my immediate attention.  Really.  Really, really. Read the main page, read the FAQs. Read the stuff I send you via MailChimp.

Choose to email me wisely, grasshoppers. There’s one of me, hundreds of you, and only so many hours in a day. And I guarantee you that very few of those hours will be dedicated to answering email about Downton that I’ve already spent countless hours writing about.

 

Warning: Snarkiness Ahead (and Behind)

My sense of humor isn’t for everyone. If you haven’t laughed out loud yet or had an urge to do a cartwheel in your driveway, there is something seriously wrong with you.

If you’ve met me in person, you know I’m all bubbles and smiles and mean you no harm. And if you haven’t had that opportunity yet, well, you should just know that anyway. But I’m only mildly joking about the emails, y’all. I can’t tell you how many I’ve had to cheerfully answer already, and that cheer wears off into snark after about email #15.  Don’t be THAT guy.

Still, I’m here to have fun, I want YOU to have fun, so let’s just keep laughing and cracking jokes and poking fun at the next 10 people who will email me anyway despite my protests to the contrary.

 

Fabric Requirements and List of Dies

Did you register?  If so, you should have received an email with the link.  I’m not linking it here because I want everybody to make sure that they are getting emails and the downloading function works. Last call, y’all!

If you are looking for the specific Downton Abbey line of fabrics, check here to see if your local quilt shop is participating with us.  If you can’t find anything locally, our sponsor The Fat Quarter Shop has yardage up for sale and will be happy to help you.

 

About the Quilts & Pattern

I (and several of my friends) pieced and quilted for weeks to make each version of this quilt and test the cutting instructions to the best of our abilities, so that you can feel confident that the mystery quilt you are about to begin will finish up beautifully. Still, sometimes errors and omissions occur, and I hope that you will forgive any mistakes that invariably creep into such a huge project.  If you notice anything wrong, please bring it to my attention so I can correct it as soon as possible.

Each quilt is based on the same underlying pattern, but color placement is very specific to each individual character.  When the patterns are emailed each week you will receive the cutting instructions for all four characters, plus a piecing diagram to help you assemble it.  In addition, I will post a photo tutorial on the blog for Mary’s colorway.

If you decide to use your own fabric, or to create a quilt using a mixture of character fabric, I suggest that you at least follow the pattern placement of light, dark, and medium tones using one of the characters as inspiration.

 

Helpful Tools and Tips

You don’t really need anything super-special to make this quilt, but there are some tools and notions that I recommend to make your piecing life a little easier.  Some of these recommendations happen to be sponsors, but regardless of their sponsorship level, I’m gonna tell you about them anyway.

  1. Use a great piecing-weight thread, such as Aurifil 50wt Cotton Mako thread.  A nice neutral works just fine.  You could also use a 60wt thread like Superior Masterpiece. The point is, a thinner thread helps you achieve a more accurate seam allowance.
  2. Use an awesome piecing needle, like Schmetz 75/11 Quilting. Thinner needles equal less space taken up in the seam allowance.  A great needle/thread combo makes for spot-on seams.
  3. For piecing HSTs and QSTs (half-square and quarter-square triangles) a scant seam allowance is best. The thing about triangles is that smart mathy people figured out the right size, and decided to round the measurement up or down so we could use the 1/8″ markings on our pretty rulers. That’s great, except do you know how off a rounding can be when you’re dealing with 1/4″ seams? Anyway, what’s a scant seam allowance? It’s basically one or two threads shy of 1/4″. Blech.We’ll talk about it later.
  4. For cutting HSTs and QSTs, if you aren’t die cutting, I recommend finding a method that helps you minimize waste. There are also other awesome tools out there;  this tutorial from Connecting Threads shows some really great alternatives for cutting HSTs and QSTs.
  5. More about triangles? Sheesh. Well, our die-cut triangles already have points trimmed, so they are easy to align, but if you aren’t die cutting, trimming those points before you stitch can really help your accuracy. Fons & Porter have a set of triangle trimmers just for trimming HST & QST units.
  6. Pay attention to directional fabric or non-symmetrical shapes.  I won’t say any more on this topic right now, but just take my word that if you are at all OCD about stripes running the same direction, you’ll take the time to cut them properly.

 

Will I really be Quilting Along?

Even though I technically have made this quilt four times already, I’m still going to do the quilt along with you!  I’m making a version in solids, plus I have local friends who are quilting along and it just wouldn’t seem right for me to sit around watching them sew.

 

About the Giveaways

We have an awesome, awesome list of prize sponsors, and I have to thank them for being most generous with you.  In addition to weekly prizes, there will also be prize drawings at the end for everyone* who finishes their quilt top by the end of Season 4.

* Remember that “everyone” means those who are eligible to win based on my Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Tune in Next Week!

Your very first clue will be posted next week!  Make sure you have registered for the quilt along so that you get an email when the first clue is posted. I also invite you to rewatch Season 3 with me starting next Sunday so we can get completely caught up on the action when Season 4 begins!

Oh! One more thing.  The US version of Downton Abbey has 7 episodes, and the UK version has 9. So if you’re watching the UK version, there are a couple of weeks where you will need to double up on episodes. Boo-hoo, right?

 

Trivia and a Giveaway!

This little game has been making the rounds on the internet, and I thought you’d have fun playing. It’s the DA MBTI Personality Chart, and you can figure out which Downton character best describes you based on your personality. Go ahead, take the test, and leave a comment here telling us which Downton character you are.  I’ll draw a winner for a Downton Abbey tote bag.  Entries accepted until 11:59pm on Saturday November 16th, and remember those pesky Official Sweepstakes Rules for entry requirements.

I took the test and discovered that when I’m feeling all people-oriented and outgoing, I’m Lady Mary, but when I just want to be by my lonesome, I’m more of an O’Brien.  Fancy that.

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251 Responses to “Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 1 – Getting Started”

  • Rick

    Are all the quilt shops having the same issue with fabrics being back ordered? Sounds like some quilters are able to keep up. Our quilt shop said they do not expect (two) of the back ordered fabrics until mid-December. Hopefully they have kitted up the rest of the fabrics and will have them ready to go quickly. Definately at a disadvantage as far as keeping up.
    Looking forward every week to the revelation of the next block though.

    • Ebony

      There were some shops who placed orders when the fabric was first released back in May or very early in the summer. So those shops who ordered early had a higher likelihood of having their orders filled complete. The quilt along was announced in September, and so shops that didn’t place orders until September/October/November were not guaranteed complete shipments. Also… most shops when they placed early orders did not order multiples of the beige or black Flourish, so those shops selling kits will be able to sell a few but will start to run short after 8 or 10 kits. If it makes you feel better, I haven’t started my solids version yet. :)

  • Summer

    OMG!! I’m so excited! I’m making this quilt for my mother in law for mother’s day. She is a HUGE Downton fan. BTW, I love your snarkiness sense of humor, and I have laughed out loud several times! Thank you for all of your hard work so we all can enjoy this project:)

  • Carolynt

    Three squares down one more to go! Woo hoo!!

    • Jan

      OK – for all you ‘together’ gals, I am really struggling with the patches per block. If I count the number of patches on the schematic, I don’t come up with the same number as in the total patches per block. Are we making more than 1 block of each? Sorry for the stupid question!

      Jan

      • Ebony

        Jan – if you look underneath the picture of the block in your pattern, it tells you how many blocks you are supposed to make. :)

  • Em

    Tom – and this is my first mystery quilt along, very excited, CANNOT wait for the next season to air!!

  • Siobhan

    I am not much of a tv watcher (I can maybe work at half an episode at a time…), but my friends all love DA. It’ll be fun to put together a mystery quilt! Thanks for organizing this! And and I’m O’Brien. Hope she’s a good’un! :)

  • charlotte bradford

    I would like to join the Dowton Abby quilt along I live in Fayetteville NC and belong to the Loving Stitches group

  • Penny Wilson

    I did not receive the week one fabric requirements email.

    • Ebony

      Did you get the Week 2 email? If so, there’s a link to stuff you missed. It’s right where the bright red text says, “Missed Something?” :)

    • Barbara Rothe

      I’m registered thru The Joyful Quilter Store in Glenville ,NY 12302. I didn’t get a pattern for week 1

  • Pat

    I think I’m more like Edith and I’m doing her quilt. It’s hard to tell which person I am as I could be all of them on any given day.

  • Naomi

    I’m O’Brien.

  • Ceidys

    I’m Mrs. Hughes!

  • Beth Kocak

    Mrs Crowley is mine:)

  • Kim F.

    I am Carson, who knew!! I can’t wait to start the mystery quilt, my first!

  • Marilyn

    Interesting that I seem to be Rose – and that’s the name I married into.

  • LaVerne M

    I’ve done my homework. This evening I have join in too….. my 1st ever M.Q.A., however I hope it won’t be my last. I contacted my somewhat local Quilt shop here in Pennsylvania only to get word that the D.A. fabric collection hasn’t arrived yet. I also took the test and being a Taurus the Bull and Confident Beginner with quilting I find myself a split up the middle of an Anna/Violet personality. It didn’t surprise me.
    Thank You and I love you for doing this. DOWNTON ABBEY mystery quilt along around the world event. Wish you well, and good luck to everyone quilting right along with everybody else. Quilting with Love at it’s very best.

    • Ebony

      Welcome LaVerne! Glad to have you along. :) Isn’t this exciting, to have so many people around the world who love the show, working on a project together? It’s just fabulous!

  • Geralyn morales

    I’m lady Mary . I’m new to this and a beginner quilter. Hope I do okay.

  • Connie Cain

    I am Mattew and it’s funny how it really fits.

  • Amy

    I ended up a Lord Grantham! Who knew?! Funny :)

  • Rick

    You are one busy lady! Running a quilt shop, a mystery quilt-along, long arm quilting (I assume), travel. and you still have time to review and respond to comments on the blog. In depth review and response as I see you redacted part of one!

    Curious how many other men quilters you have participating, and how many states/countries are represented?

    Thanks Ebony

    • Ebony

      My quilt shop is only online, but I do have a full-time job besides. I try to make sure the comments are clean and don’t have series spoilers in them so we don’t ruin someone’s fun as they catch up with us.

      I didn’t collect gender demographics from the 1,800 participants, but I know there are at least two men (ha). There are 18 countries, all 50 US states except North Dakota (what?), and 4 military bases. :) New York has the highest representation at 150 participants, and 243 declined to give their address. :)

  • Linda Gabrielse

    I’m Anna. I love this!

  • Vonda

    I’m a Lady Grantham all the way.

  • Sheri

    OK I will try again, The Html said I.m Anna,which I agree, but I also feel I’m also some of Rose, Sybil,and Edith

  • Sheri

    I still don’t see my character post from Friday others posted I’m I doing something wrong

  • Trish

    Mr. Bates?? Really? Sigh….rescuers tend to get in trouble…

    I am intrigued and excited to be a part of this – I am a Downtown Abbey addict and somewhere between a beginner and intermediate quilter. Only started quilting a few years ago but I love it too – so what could be better than combining two passions? Discovered this project when I was looking for the fabrics online. Way too awesome!

  • Ann Woodhead

    I’m Anna!

  • Michele

    I just picked up the fabric today for my mother in laws quilt and mine. SCREAM!!! I am just flipping giddy about it. I talked my LQS into participating and they gave me permission to register them. I noticed on the FAQ’s it said they should contact you directly since they are showing up late for the party (I’m paraphrasing). Anyway, I just wanted to make sure quilt stores can still participate before I send an email on their behalf.

    • Ebony

      Hi Michele,

      Yes shops can still register, but I really need the shop to be the one to make contact. In the end, they have to sign themselves up because they have to confirm their shop email address.

  • Nancy B.

    True to the description – I’m Edith (the artist), quiet, shy and loyal. I’m really looking forward to this fun-filled mystery. Thank you!

  • Wendi

    I am Mary and my hubby is a true Matthew. Love the show, fabric and mystery quilts.

  • Samantha Ewers

    Apparently I am a Lord Grantham or Carson. Too much of an introvert to be my favorite character, Violet.

  • Ursula D

    Guess I’m Carson. Who knew.

  • LaNam

    I’m more like Lady Edith and that was the color wave I chose…how interesting!

  • Linda D

    I have been searching for 15 minutes – how do I start with week one? I have registered and oh my gosh, I can’t figure out where to start!!! Thanks for any info you can give me!!!!!

  • Chris T

    I’m Mathew Crawley! OMG! That means I’m …..! Oh wait! I can’t tell you! There are still watchers out there who haven’t finished Season 3.

    Still, Mathew???!!!! you know what this means, right? I have to make a quilt using ALL the fabrics. Mathew is the uniter.

    Well, doesn’t THAT solve a huge problem. My local shop, Mama’s in Independence, LA is waiting for her shipment to arrive and has FQs of the whole line on hand. I went Wednesday to preview & choose which character I was going to use and just couldn’t make up my mind! Now, I have the answer.

    Thanks Ebony!

  • Karen Jordan

    Turns out I’m Sybil, but I LOVE Maggie Smith so I’m going to choose Violet instead. :-)

  • Angie

    Lady Crowley. Cut the xxx and get on with it. Then Bates. Maybe I’m me.

  • Deni Kea

    I’m Lady Grantham!

  • Julie B

    Not surprised to find out I’m like Carson! See things in black and white and a perfectionist in theory (not reality!). BUT, bendable, caring and devoted! Looking forward to week 2 of the DAMQ. :)

  • Kathy

    I purchased my fabrics today, I am so excited! Woot! Woot! They are beautiful, I can’t wait…

  • Susan

    I’m an Isobel Crawley…..just get out of my way and let me get things done…Rules…what rules?

  • Alicia

    I’m a toss between Lady Grantham and Sybil…both seem to fit me.

  • Lois Davis

    Hello ,

    I took the test and am closest to Matthew…. (redacted) I am really looking forward to joining everyone in my first quilt along.
    LD

  • Cheryl

    Well, I’m either Violet or Mary, it seems. Let’s go with Mary since that’s the quilt I’m making!

  • donna

    I’m Carson or Violet, just depends if I feel like being around people or not

  • Hi Ebony,
    Several people have asked why there are different total yardages for each character when the quilt is the same. Thanks!

  • Linda B

    No surprise that I turned out to be Violet! I adore her asides and wish that I could be so bold sometimes!

    I am watching Season 3 now and delighting in every moment. My local quilt shop is having a tea on Sunday and I can hardly wait to see the fabric. Hard choice for me to decide whether I wish to do Lady Mary or Lady Sybil.

    This is great fun and a very welcome stress reliever for me from my job! Thank you!

  • Joanne VanHise

    I’m Anna…that was my Mom’s name. Posted earlier but can’t find it….probably issues with my internet connection, hope this works. Ordered most of my material on line…getting the rest from my local quilt shop….they didn’t order a lot…thank God UPS knows where I live!

  • Tammy

    I am Violet (ESTJ).

  • Joleen

    I am a Matthew. This is my second Mystery Quilt. Lady Mary is my fabric of choice.

  • Parthena Wollen

    I’m Matthew (INFP). The idealist. Sounds like me.

  • Mary

    I would have to say I am definitely a Mrs Hughes. I am still trying to catch up on back episodes.
    Just starting season 2 and thoroughly enjoying it.

  • Sandi

    O’Brien?!? Never would have picked her.

  • Patti Alfano

    Definitely Mrs. Hughes !! No doubt about it.

  • Diane Ryks

    You mentioned that you will be quilting this quilt using solid colors. Would you be willing to post a quick picture of the colors you are using? I think that it would help those of us who aren’t using the DA fabrics right now. (Maybe I’m just a little snoopy :))

  • I’m not so sure how I feel about being an OBrien, but I do sometimes think of myself as the mastermind–lol!

  • Shawn

    I think I’m an O’Brien. I haven’t watched any of the DA shows yet. I guess I can watch them for free being an Amazon Prime member. I’m leaving for Jamaica in a few days so I’m going to start out being behind. I’m a new quilter so this is a little frightening to me. The first and only other quilt I’ve done was the last quilt along. Thanks to Ebony’s excellent instructions it turned out great. Thanks for doing this again Ebony!

  • Daphne

    I’m Violet! I just started watching Downton at Ebony’s suggestion. This is now my favorite show and Violet is my favorite character. Thank you Ebony for all you do!

  • Wanda

    After taking the test I believe I am Edith. Her description is what I believe myself to be most like. I am have much fun with this. Thanks..

  • I am Mr. Bates!!! I love mr. Bates!!! – Insert high pitched girly squeel and enthousiastically flapping of hands followed by a philosofical spree about my disturbing love for fictional characters – :D

    Anyway, I just stumbled om this site, first I discovered the Downton Abbey fabric line, phoned all the local quilt shops (no, it won’t be in the Netherlands for several weeks/months, if it comes at all :( ), then I went online to see if I could order it, didn’t order it because of the extra 25 dollar tax fee and the high shipping costs. That was a bummer. But then I discovered the mystery quilt and signed up immediatly, only seeing that I am two days late…

    So please please please is there a way I can still get the first part? Because I’m in love with Mr. Ba… Downton Abbey and am really excited about this even though I have no idea what this technique with rotary cutters and die-thingies is?

    • Ps: kudo’s for inserting the Meyer Briggs system here! I think it’s sooo interesting… It made me understand people better! Especially myself lol, being ome of the rarest personality types.. That was quite a revelation :)

    • Ebony

      Hi Monique! Welcome to our little quilting party! When you sign up, you will get a welcome email with links to the download that you missed. Also, if you scroll to the bottom of this post (above the comments) there is a listing of previous posts to tell you how this all works. :) The welcome email should arrive soon, but check your junk mail or spam folder to make sure it didn’t get filed improperly.

    • Dawn C.

      For the die cutting go to Accuquilt.com or Sizzix.com (look under quilting section). This will give you a general idea. You will need a machine to cut the dies.

      Ebony’s book “The Big-Little Book on Die Cutting Tips” is the BEST Book on the market about all of the different systems, what you need, how to choose, how to care for blades, how to mark, cut, line up fabric, etc. etc.

      Also go to Ebony’s “EDEN chart” she has listed. I’m new to quilting and have just used the die-cuts. I got started after reading Ebony’s book. The rotary is a blade, used with a mat and ruler. Hope this helps some.

  • I am a combo of Edith and O’brien. Who knew. My first quilt along and mystery quilt. Very excited!

  • Roxane Ashby

    This is my first time getting involved in a mystery quilt-a-long. I’m really excited!!

    So as far as the character test….looks like when I’m feeling overwhelmed and just want time to myself I’m definitely a Mrs. Hughes. When I feel like getting out and being around others, I’m a Lady Mary. Go figure! I like the fabrics of Lady Edith, however, after I go to the quilt store tomorrow, I might change my mind after I get the fabrics in my hands!! Can’t wait to get started!

  • Connie Hendryx

    Edith!! Though, is it sacrilegious that I haven’t watched Downton Abby (yet!)?

  • Linda Christianson

    I am The Crafter it fits me to a tea!

  • Cathy McCabe

    I’m Edith the artist. I don’t understand why some people can’t accept the opinions of others that disagree with them. I don’t really like conflict. I believe everyone should be able to do their own thing as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.

  • Lynda

    I’m Violet and prefer Lady Mary’s fabric line.

  • Diane

    I see myself as Violet (the quilt I chose!), but the chart says I’m Anna…go figure!
    Looking forward to this Mystery.

  • Dottie Jensen

    I’m probably a Lady Grantham or Sybil.

  • Evelyn Lee

    I’m Violet. :)
    My first time participating in a Mystery Quilt Along. Woo-Hoo!!!

  • Christy

    I’m Lady Mary. That is the line of fabric I picked…

  • Yola Galvin

    I have never watched a single Dowton Abbey episode! Ever! I’ll explain – with four foster boys my daughter has taken in and her work schedule – it does not leave a lot of time for me to watch any shows all the way through or even on a regular basis. (It sometimes does not leave time for quilting!) So, I know what Dowton Abbey is; just have not watched it regularly! However, after reading the personality chart, I would say that I am a cross between Mrs. Hughes and Violet with a little of Lady Grantham thrown in for good measures! I can’t wait to get started on this quilt – hopefully I will have a little time each week to work on it! Good quilting to all!

  • Niki

    I’m a Violet/Lady Grantham combo! This is going to be sew fun!!

  • Karen

    Turns out that I’m Mary. How odd that she happens to be my favorite character also!

  • Gina

    Looks like I’m an O’Brien with Violet occasionally taking over! LOL

  • Michele

    I’m Lady Sybil. She’s my favorite character. I’m sure if I took this on a different day, I would be a totally different character. Fun.

    • Cheryl

      I see you that way as well, Michele!! (my daughter-in-law)!!
      I think I am an Edith at times….not sure about other times!!! But, I chose the Lady Mary fabric..so go figure!!

  • Deb

    Lady Grantham. Would you care to come to tea?

  • Evelyn T

    my first time mystery quilting … hope to keep up with all y’all … haven’t taken the quiz yet but from the colors expect to be Lady Mary. There are so many exceptional characters and the series is done exceptionally well; this is a great way to bring to life all that is good about these personalities. Can’t imagine all the hours and the intense work that has gone into planning such a project! You are terrific and service oriented and you are a blessing to many. Thank you for your dedication to doing this for all of us.

  • Well…I just settled on that I was definitely an I and a P with combos in between so I’m just the whole second row depending on the day…which get rather confusing at time let me tell you…
    Just call me Mrs. Edith Matthew-Tom!

  • Vicki

    I am Lady Grantham. This is my first quilt along and I am very excited to be participating.

  • Karen McMahon

    I am a Tom. I got my e-mail and the links work. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Kathy Young

    Looks like I’m a Mrs. Hughes…and I would agree with that!

  • Karen

    Happy Monday. Looking for the link to change my email address and can’t seem to find it. Thanks.

    • Ebony

      Karen, it’s at the bottom of every email message that gets sent out. It’s also in the original confirmation email.

      • Karen

        Found it, changed it and got an email from Mail Chimp so I don’t know whether it worked or not. I guess I’ll find out come Sunday AM! Have a great week.

  • Sheryl

    I’m Violet. Of course I am, LOL!!

  • Hoovie

    Isobel Crawley, that’s me.

  • Linda

    Mrs. Hughes for me!

  • MeredithV

    Hmm I appear to be most like Carson. Not sure if I like that or not. :)

  • I am Lord Grantham most days, but Matthew on others….LOL I think this is halarious!!!

  • Nena Cunningham

    I guess I am Anna which isn’t really surprising as I cannot imagine myself as being served as Royality. Thanks for the fun Ebony!

  • Sarah Thornburg

    Mrs. Hughes!

  • Dorothy Clark

    I am O’Brien and I don’t know exactly how I feel about that, lol: )

  • Emily Batista

    I am lady Sybil, so I am planning to use that colorway! How fun!

  • Jean Davidson

    I’m Lady Grantham with a close second being Violet. I had a hard time choosing between the thinking/feeling factor. I am really looking forward to this adventure!

  • Lori

    Carson (or I see Violet if I’m in an outgoing mood!) hmmmm. Something to think about! This is so fun Ebony. Thanks for all your hard work to make this possible for the DA crazies out there!

  • Rebecca H

    I am Violet- so happy to be like her as she is my favorite person on the show & her fabric is my favorite.

  • carolhgore@gmail.com

    I am Mary. Thought I was Sybil. Can’t wait for all this fun to begin.

  • Michelle Hahne

    I am a Mrs. Hughes. Really looking forward to this QAL!

  • How funny! I am Mrs Hughes, the Crafter. Well I guess some days that may fit, others not so much. Thank you so much for the quilt along – and give away!

  • Heather

    I thought I was a Mrs. Hughes and I am! Her description fits me perfectly.

  • Roxana

    Can I change my registration to another character? I just found out what fabrics my local quilt shop is getting! …. I’m going to have to watch this show from the beginning.

    • Ebony

      Yes you can Roxana! Read the post titled, “Your Questions Answered About the Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along!” for instructions on how to do that. :)

  • Dawn C.

    Surprise – I came out Mathew! Too bad there’s no fabric of him to cuddle up to. haha (redacted)

    • Ebony

      Normally I don’t edit comments, but please be mindful not to post spoilers of what happens in the series. Many people are watching for the first time, and haven’t seen everything. We don’t want to spoil their enjoyment of the series. Thanks!

  • Lynn

    I am a Matthew….(redacted) I have quilting to do

    • Ebony

      Normally I don’t edit comments, but please be mindful not to post spoilers of what happens in the series. Many people are watching for the first time, and haven’t seen everything. We don’t want to spoil their enjoyment of the series. Thanks!

  • Erin Breth

    I am Lady Edith, Yep thats about right. My first fabric choice is Dowager countess and then Lady Mary. I am so excited for this to start!

  • Kathleen

    Hmmm, I seem to be Violet.

  • BJ

    It appears I am Tom,
    I should have read the descriptions first to sway my answers..

  • Sandra

    I’m a Mary. So looking forward to this project. Thank you

  • Kaye

    Mr. Bates, here, and that’s fine by me. I think he’s one of the best men in the show. Can’t wait to start!

  • Leslie Porter

    I appear to be a Carson, not sure how I feel about that. Thanks Ebony for your efforts, I am excited to begin the quilt journey with everyone.

  • Nicole

    I guess I’m a Lord Grantham, though that’s not what I would have expected.

  • Chrissy

    Bates or O’Brien, I am equally T or F for the third letter. It’s almost a curse. I am definitely not an E–it is painful even to write this reply. (I’m only kidding a little).

  • Shelley D

    I’m definitely O’Brien. Don’t know if that is good or bad. Haven’t watched this show yet. Guess I’d better get busy!

  • Jeannie Horton

    I am Mr. bates. But, I knew this as I was very empathetic with him!

  • NancyZ

    Seems I might be Mrs. Hughes! LOL

  • Debbie

    I am Lady Mary and Violet. What Fun!

  • Brittany

    I am a Tom. I think my friends would agree!

  • Rick

    Carson to a tee! Have taken that personality evaluation before and I am a confirmed Carson!

  • I knew there was a reason I liked Carson! :)

  • Shelley Gordon

    While, of course, explored different options -my first set of answers let me to be the Dowager Countess.

  • Lois Gilstorff

    Depending on the day and events, sometimes Carson, sometimes Lady Mary. I’m excited to get my fabric and get started. Thanks for all your hard work putting this mystery quilt together for us!

    Don’t like to wish my life away, but can’t wait for January and the new season of Downton Abbey to begin!

  • Jo McMurray

    Definitely Carson, I have been ISTJ for years. Would make a great butler. Finally found a quilt shop in my area that will be carrying the fabric. Wahoo!

  • Wendy

    I’m Matthew… Interestingly, he is one of my favorite characters. :) However, I am only in season 2. I am looking forward to catching up and being on the same episode as everyone else very soon.

  • Glenna Dameron

    I am an Anna all the way and oddly she is my favorite character.

  • Pam Barman

    I’m Rose! That’s me….just a good-time girl who loves being around others!

  • Lee

    I am definately Lady Grantham (the Provider). I thought I was, took the test and yes I am definately her.

  • I am a combo of Mr Bates and Lady Edith. Surprises me. I am going to do Lady Mary.Like the colors.

  • Mary K

    I seem to be an Anna

  • Sherri

    I have not began the series yet. I have heard so much about it, I figured its time to get on board! :)
    So, I just ordered Seasons 1,2 and 3 from Amazon. Looks like I’ll have that marathon weekend.
    I am so excited. I even got my daughter interested in making the quilt with me, finally!
    I appears I would be a Mr. Bates or an Edith.

  • Mary K

    Just signed up. Can’t wait to start. Seems I’m an Anna.

  • Tristen

    I’m Violet! This is my first quilt along. Looking forward to participating.

  • Dee

    I’m Carson. Looking forward to getting started!

  • Michelle J

    I m Lady Edith, total surprise I would have thought Mary or Anna.

  • Betty Liehr

    Definitely, no doubt about, 99% true – I’m a Carson. Love me those rules and logical actions/reactions.

  • Debbie S.

    Hmmmm. Eve (remember the movie…Three Faces of Eve?) has nothing on me! I’m the whole cast! Just ask my daughter! The Mrs. Hughes in me is so looking forward to the quilt along. Or is it Mary? :)

  • Dot West

    Looks like I am a Mary.

  • Patricia

    Looks like I’m Mrs. Hughes!

  • Sue Hilton

    According to the WETA quiz, I am a Robert! LOL Perhaps I should change my answers to see if I could be a Sybil? Oh well. I like the fabric line for Mary. Perhaps it is multiple personality time. (I took the Myers-Briggs a long time ago and don’t remember my score.)

  • Jennifer

    Looks like I am more like Carson!

  • Brandie Stewart

    Anna for sure!

  • Brandie Stewart

    Seems I am Anna, no wonder I love her. HA! Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for all your hard work Ebony.

  • Janell

    Appears to be Edith!

  • Mona Keegan

    Truth told, ESTJ! I am Lady Violet! Do love her and I am considered a pretty tough cookie by all. So excited that we are getting started on DAQA.

  • Diane

    I’m Violet!

  • Dorothy C.

    I am Lord Grantham but not sure I like that!

  • Colleen

    Put me down for Violet. All the way……LOL

  • Becki

    I am a Rose, but with another name….A rose is a rose is a rose….

  • The staff at The JQ just took the test and the results were “spot on”.
    Today Anna, Bates and Lady Gratham are working together and getting along famously! :)

  • Kate

    When I took the MB test, my E and I scores were almost identical, so I consider myself a E/INTP, so I guess that makes me either Tom or Thomas, which suits me just fine because they are two of my favorites.

  • Paula Crook

    It appears that I am a good fit for Edith. I’m excited to get started on this quilt along. It will be my first.

  • I’m a Lady Grantham with a toss in of Violet for the Thinking/Feeling part. I do tend to try everyone’s patience with my lists and schedules but sometimes I just go with my emotions. Which seems to usually get me in hot water. I’m loving your jokes and snarkiness btw. So excited to be part of this qal.

  • Kara

    It looks like I’m a Carson. How funny. This is my first quilt along and I’m already having fun.

  • Patricia

    In my mind I am Lady Mary…..LOL….But taking the test I am Violet. It really does make sense but I am not admitting it!!

  • Janeen

    Silly question and maybe you have already mentioned it and I just didn’t notice. I am finding there are several color ways I like so I can see making more than one. Is the pattern itself the same it is just the placement of the color ways that creates the quilt that suits the specific character?

  • Theresa C

    What a fun test that was. I am an ANNA! Love it. It describes me perfectly.

  • Ann B

    I’m Isobel or Mrs Hughes. Am doing Mary’s colors.

  • Jean

    Mrs. Hughes/O’Brien – I’ve never taken the actual test so maybe that would clarify, but it depends on the day.

  • Rhonda

    I am most like Edith. Her colors are the ones I chose use to make my quilt. I am so excited to get started.

  • marcy

    i’m a Matthew!!

  • Deb

    I’m a Bates. I was a little surprised at that.

  • Barbara Gardner

    I am an Anna usually, but some days Mrs. Crawley.

  • Sue H

    I’m O’Brien … really? Who knew???

  • Linda Jensen

    Lord Grantham or Lady Grantham, depending on the day, lol.

  • Kathie

    I’m a Lord Grantham. I would have never thought of him but after reading the description, I guess that’s me! Thank you for the incredibly organized QAL :-)!

  • Kelly

    I’m a Matthew.

  • Emma

    Lady Mary on a good day…..O’Brien at my worst! Thanks for your hard work putting this QAL together.

  • Marlys

    I’m a Sybil/Anna combo.

  • Terry C

    Mostly Mr. Carson but a bit of O’Brien when I stop over-thinking things and just go for it!

  • Amanda Walters

    I’m either a Lady Grantham or Sybil. Now I really need to remake my netflix account so that I can watch the series.

  • rhoda

    I notice in the cutting instructions it doesn’t tell you what fabric to cut? Will that appear with the next instructions? I would be Lady Edith.

    • Ebony

      Rhoda, there are no “cutting instructions” this week; what you got were yardage requirements for each fabric that you need, based on the character quilt you are doing. I’m not sure what you are missing?

      • shirley s

        But are there specific dies for those of us who like die-cutting, but are building our stable? I am sure I can mix and match, but would LOVE the excuse to buy some more ‘to help me out”

        • Ebony

          Shirley,

          The specific dies you need for the quilt along are listed in the EDeN Chart, which is in the download with the fabric requirements.

    • Ebony

      Ok we figured it out! Remember the EDeN Chart is like a glossary or a dictionary; it’s your guide throughout the quilt along. This will make more sense when you actually get a block to cut. :)

  • rhoda

    I would be lady Edith.

  • Laurie

    I am most like Edith.

  • I’m mainly Violet with quite a bit of Isobel Crawley thrown into the mix.

  • Renee

    Now, see there. I had the same question Diane Ryks had but like a good student I didn’t post the question again. I read the comments and got my answer. Rule follower, that’s me. So why did I test out as Branson or Thomas!!!!!???

  • Joanne

    I came out as Anna…interesting fact is that was my Mom’s name.

  • Shirley Shingara

    I am a Matthew! I hope that is not foreboding for my Quilt-a-Long participation!! Dancing right along with you in anticipation of the quilt and new season.

  • Valerie

    I am Isoble. Looking forward to getting started and of course always anxious to see the end results!!!

  • I am Sybil and Lady Grantham!

  • Becky

    I am most like Lady Edith, although she makes some bad decisions that I don’t think I would make.

  • Viola

    Matthew, yup, that sounds about right!

  • Brenda

    I am Mrs. Hughes and eager to start this project, but must finish the current UFO first.

  • I am 100% Lady Grantham – spot on! This will be my first ever mystery quilt along – I’m nervous and excited. Can’t wait for my fabrics to arrive. I hope to treat this as sort of a college course with real deadlines to keep myself on track with everyone. I work best with deadlines and this time of the year with the holidays coming I seem to have millions! I’m so glad to be participating. Thanks Ebony!

  • Sherry

    It appears that I am a good mix of Anna and Carson..this was good fun and interesting to come face to face with your personality traits! I am so excited to be a part of this fun!

  • Nicole Wyler

    I Am Lord Grantham!

  • Mary G

    The test says that I am Carson – Actually, that’s probably very accurate !

  • Charr

    I’m Mr. Bates and Sybil. I didn’t realize that I was such a cheerleader! :-)

  • Lady Mary. Identify a problem, fix it and smile and maintain eye contact while doing so.

    Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this event – I’m excited!!

  • kath

    I am Sybil, (not Lady Sybil) but my grandmother’s name was Edith and I like her colors so I will be quilting Edith.

  • Brenda

    I am Anna/ Matthew

  • Tina

    I would say I am a combo of Mrs. Hughes, Lord Grantham and Mr. Bates.

  • Pat Jackson

    Can’t wait to get my fabric kit! Collections are all so pretty it was hard to decide which one to do-the Dowager won. I’m definitely a Lady Mary-good, bad or otherwise!

  • I am mostly Lady Edith…with a bit of Mr. Bates thrown in. :)

  • Leanne

    I am O’Brien. I have taken the Myers-Briggs test and know that I am an INTJ. Looking so forward to this project. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Barbara Bennett

    I think over all I most resemble Mary.

  • Ann

    I cant’ wait to get cutting…Definitely a Lady Mary…and yes, that’s LADY Mary to you.

  • Colette K

    Totally Violet!

  • Paula Portanova

    I just noticed mama’s quilt shop is involved that is where I go so I am excited.

  • Sue Wickert

    I am Anna or Sybil.

  • Marra-Lynn Rodriguez

    In Extrovert moments I am Anna, but in Introvert moments I am Bates. Does that mean two sides of the same coin?

  • I am Lady Grantham. Thank you

  • Marie

    I’m like Tom, I guess!

  • Beverly Jefferies Vance

    I am a Sybil, with a little Mr Bates!!

  • Karen

    I’m a combination of both Lord and Lady Grantham- can’t be all bad :-)

  • Beth

    Well! I’m Anna, and it’s funny because my middle name is Anne! What a fun chart – will definitely share with my Downton Abby fans.

  • Diane Ryks

    A quick question: You referred to the differences in the EDeN cuts made vs. finished. As one who will be rotary cutting and is not into die cutting (yet), I use the exact measurements you listed for cutting in the rotary column? I don’t have to add seam allowances? (I’ve not participated in a mystery quilt-a-long. I’m excited to start.) Thanks.

    • Ebony

      Diane, YES. The EDeN number is the finished size, so use the cut sizes that are listed in the Rotary Cutting column. The seam allowances are already included.

      • Erin Breth

        Thank you I was about to ask same question. Will try to get acquainted with the charts on EDen. Thank you Ebony for all your hard work on this for all of us to have fun and enter the story of Dowton Abbey ourselves! Let the journey begin! EB

  • Jill

    This is great, I go from Carson to Mary, depending on the day.

  • Diane Ryks

    I’m a Lord Grantham or a Mrs. Hughes. I suppose it depends on the day. I think I’m more Mrs. Hughes.

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