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Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along!

The Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along Begins November 10th!

If you love fabric, and you love Downton Abbey, you are in for a treat this fall!

Click the pic to register!

Everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of Series 4 of Downton Abbey. It doesn’t come here to the US until January, and that’s just a really long time to wait! So I thought a Quilt Along to pass the time would be really great, and with Andover Fabrics releasing a line of Downton-inspired fabrics, the timing couldn’t be more perfect! I’m sure you have a ton of questions, so let’s get going!

 

What is a Mystery Quilt Along?

Well first, let’s talk about what a quilt along is, and then I’ll explain the mystery part.  I’ve designed a quilt based on Downton Abbey, and I think lots of people would love to have a quilt to curl up in to watch the show.  So I’m inviting you to join me in making the blocks for the quilt. I’ll be posting instructions and tutorials for you on my blog, and the awesome thing is that you can make the quilt in the colors/fabrics inspired by your favorite character. As I post each block, you’ll see the blocks colored in different colorways so you can adapt it to suit your tastes.

I’m known widely as a die-cutting quilter, and therefore all my quilts & instructions are written for die-cutting, but rotary cutting instructions are always included. No matter how you plan to cut, all are welcome!

Now what makes this a Mystery Quilt Along is that you will only see the quilt one block at a time! So you won’t know exactly what you’re making until the very end. This is exciting for some, and fear-inspiring for others, but rest assured that many of my trusted advisors (as well as Andover) have seen the quilt designs in all four colorways, and everyone loves them.

 

When does the Mystery Quilt Along start?

You can register now, but the actual Mystery Quilt Along begins on November 10th, once the Downton Abbey fabrics start shipping to stores.  I’ll be posting the fabric requirements, full schedule, and details on how to join the live Google/Twitter chats.

 

How long is the Mystery Quilt Along?

Here is the beautiful thing! I’ve planned the Quilt Along in two parts – the weeks leading up to Series 4, and the weeks following the series premiere.  We’re starting with enough time for us to rewatch Season 3, so there will be a block revealed every week for 7 weeks.  The finished quilt top will be revealed on January 5th, the day that Downton Abbey Series 4 arrives in the US.  It seems like a long time for a quilt along, but if you are waiting for Downton Abbey, I think you’ll find the time more bearable if you’re quilting.

After the series premieres, you can also join in for a live Google Hangout and Twitter chat to watch the episodes every Sunday and work on finishing your quilt.  I’ll host the live events every Sunday throughout the season.

What if I miss a week or fall behind?

I’m releasing new blocks once a week on Sundays, so it’s up to you how you want to manage your time.  Feel free to work at your own pace!  The only date that you need to pay attention to is January 12th; on that date, all the instructions will be taken down & will only available as a single paid download or offered to shops as a Block of the Month.  After all, once the quilt is revealed, the mystery is over!

Even if you can’t make the block that week, I highly recommend you download the instructions so you don’t have to pay for it later!

Here are the links to posts I’ve written about the Quilt Along in case you missed anything!

Date Post Title
EVERGREEN Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along Main Page
September 9, 2013 Register Now for the Downton Abbey Quilt Along!
October 15, 2013 Your Questions Answered About the Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along!
November 10, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 1 – Getting Started
November 17, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 2 – Titanic
November 24, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 3 – Pre- & Post-War King’s Crown
December 1, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 4 – Mary’s Block
December 8, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 5 – Castle Garden
December 15, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 6 – British Wedding
December 22, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 7 – Violet’s Dream
December 29, 2013 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 8 – Upstairs Downstairs
January 5, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Week 9 – Quilt Revealed & Season Premiere!
January 12, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Lady Sybil Explored
January 19, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Let’s Talk About Backing and Batting
January 26, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Dowager Countess Explored
February 2, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Lady Edith Explored
February 9, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Let’s Talk About Thread and Binding
February 16, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Let’s Talk About Labels and Sleeves
February 23, 2014 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along: Lady Mary Explored

 

How do I get the Downton Abbey fabric?

Lots of local quilt shops will be carrying the Downton Abbey fabrics, so check with your LQS to see if they will have them.

If you can’t get the fabric locally, there are also several places online (like The Fat Quarter Shop) who will carry the fabrics.

To make it super-easy for you though, I’m also offering a very, very limited number of kits cut especially for the quilt along.  You can reserve your kit by visiting my Etsy shop.  Choose the character you want (Dowager Countess (sold out),  Lady Edith, Lady Mary (sold out), or Lady Sybil) and the type of kit (yardage only, or die-cut blocks.)  I also have backing kits available as well. The backing kit is sold out!

Quilt kits are anticipated to begin shipping the week of November 18th.

 

Do I have to use the Downton Abbey fabric in my quilt?

It’s your quilt. Do what you want!  I just think it is really cool to have a Downton Abbey quilt made with Downton Abbey fabrics.

 

Are there prizes?

Of course there are prizes!  There will be weekly prizes, as well as prizes at the end, but what the prizes are you’ll just have to wait until we start to find out.  I do want to take the time to shout out and thank our fabulous sponsors for providing prizes for the Quilt Along.  Current prize sponsors include:

  • Andover Fabrics
  • Fourth Corner Quilts
  • Generation Q Magazine
  • Joyful Quilter
  • Kai Scissors
  • Pellon Products
  • Quilter’s Dream Batting
  • The Fat Quarter Shop

 

What if I’ve never seen Downton Abbey?

Oh, honey.  You poor deprived creature.  You should start watching now.  Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, your local library, a good friend – all good options.  Just no more excuses, okay? It’s one of the best series on television, and even if you think you’re not into period dramas, this one is worth watching.  Start with Series 1, Episode 1, so you don’t get confused.  You can watch the whole thing in a weekend.

 

What about the legal mumbo jumbo?

Oh there is always that.

First, to be eligible for prizes, you’re governed by my Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Second, if you are gonna use my blog badge, you have to link it to this page and leave it 100% intact, especially the part that says:

These images can only be used for the promotion and sale of the Andover Fabrics Downton Abbey collection. 

Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2013

Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Third, you need to know that there will be information printed on the right selvedge of every running yard of fabric:

DowntonTM and Downton Abbey®© 2013 Carnival Film & Television Ltd. All Rights Reserved Under License To Andover Fabrics.

 

How do I sign up?

Just fill out this form to let me know you’re joining!

 

I’m a shop owner, and we want to participate too!

Hey, contact me separately. You’re pretty far behind, and I want to make sure you will be ok catching up.

 

List of Participating Shops

Country Province/State Shop Name Website Contact Information In Store Event
Australia Victoria A1 Craft and Quilting http://www.a1craftandquilting.com.au 681 Ararat-St.Arnaud Road Crowlands Victoria 3377
Australia
Canada Alberta Chicken Feed Quilts http://www.chickenfeedquilts.com 1401 20 ave
Coaldale AB T1M 1A2 CA
403-345-4048
Canada Alberta Creative Klutter Quilt Shop http://www.creativeklutter.ca Box 105
Irma AB T0B2H0 CA
780-754-2227
Canada Alberta Earthly Goods Quilting http://www.earthlygoodsquilting.com 4115-106 Street
Edmonton Alberta
T6J 2S3 CA
780-433-7179
New Zealand Waikato Grandmother’s Garden http://www.grandmothersgarden.co.nz/page/5-home 1042 Gordonton Rd RD1 Hamilton Waikato 3281 07-824-3050
United Kingdom Great Britain Quilter’s Haven http://www.quilters-haven.co.uk 68 High Street
Woodbridge
Suffolk IP12 1SS GB
United States California Always Quilting http://www.alwaysquiltingonline.com/ 4230 Olympic Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
650-458-8580
United States California Quilter’s Paradise http://www.quilters-paradise.com/ 339 Pollasky Ave
Clovis, CA 93612
559-297-7817
United States Colorado High Country Quilts http://hcquilts.com 4771 N. Academy Blvd Colorado Springs CO 80918 719-598-1312
United States Georgia Little Quilts http://littlequilts.com 1450-C Roswell Rd.
Marietta GA 30062
770-578-6727
United States Idaho Alley Fabric Nook http://www.alleyfabricnook.com 6485 Harrison St. Suite 102
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
208-255-6827
United States Idaho Madsen Crafts and Framing http://madsencraftsandframing.blogspot.com 2125 West Broadway
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
208-523-6074
United States Idaho The Quilt Crossing http://www.quiltcrossing.com 10959 W Fairview Ave
Boise ID 83713 208-376-0087
United States Illinois A Touch of Amish http://atouchofamish.com 130 Applebee Street Barrington IL 60010
847-381-0900
United States Illinois Quilt Play http://quiltplayshop.com/ 1170 E Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
847-548-4967
Quilt & Tea Club
Sundays 1-3PM
Nov 10 – Jan 5
$25 registration only
United States Illinois Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop http://www.piecefulgathering.com 106 Northwest Hwy
Fox River Grove IL 60021
847-516-7911
United States Indiana Back Door Quilts http://www.backdoorquilts.com 2503 Fairview Place, Suite W
Greenwood, IN 46142
317-882-2120
United States Kansas Prairie Flower Quilt Co. http://www.prairieflowerquilts.com 102 South Indian Road
Leoti KS 67861
620-375-2044
United States Louisiana Mama’s Quilt Shop http://www.mamasquiltshop.com 15111 Catfish Farm Rd. Independence LA 70443
985-878-6396
Downton Open House
November 24th 2-5PM
United States Louisiana Quilted Owl http://quiltedowl.com/ 4600 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson, LA 70121
504-733-0993
United States Massachusetts Quilter’s Way http://www.quiltersway.com 340 Great Road
Acton MA 01720
978-635-1177
United States Massachusetts The Quilted Crow http://thequiltedcrow.com/ 61 Stow Road
Boxborough, MA 01719
978-266-9104
United States Maine Mariner’s Compass Quilt Shop http://www.marinerscompass.com 190 Front Street
Bath Maine 04530
207-443-2900
United States Minnesota Bear Patch Quilting Co http://bearpatchquilting.com 2199 4th St
White Bear Lake MN 55110 651-429-1039
United States Missouri Homestead Hearth http://www.homesteadhearth.com 105 N. Coal
Mexico MO 65265
573-581-1966
United States Nebraska Calico Annie’s Quilt Shop http://www.calicoanniesquiltshop.com 210 Broadway
PO Box 661
Fullerton, NE 68638
308-536-2925
United States New York Eden Creative Sewing Center http://www.edensewingcenter.com 8386 N. Main St.
Eden NY 14057
716-992-4364
United States New York O’Susannah’s Quilts & Gifts http://www.osusannahsquiltshop.com/ 111 W Fourth
Watkins Glen NY 14891607-535-6550
United States New York Quilters Corner http://www.e-quilterscorner.com/ 518 W. State St.
Ithaca NY 14850
607-266-0850
United States New York The Joyful Quilter LLC http://www.joyfulquilter.com/ 19 Glenridge Road
Glenville NY 12302
518-399-0128
Downton Abbey Club
Sundays
Nov 10 – Jan 5
$25 registration + $18 weekly kit fee

United States New York Patchwork Plus http://patchworkplus.com 2532 Route 20
Marcellus New York 13108 315-673-2208
United States North Carolina Beginnings Quilt Shop http://beginningsquiltshop.com/ 1032-c Greenville Hwy.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-693-6622
United States North Carolina Loving Stitches http://www.lovingstitches.net/ 7076 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville NC 28311
910-630-3912
United States Ohio From Past To Present http://frompasttopresent.com 139 W. Main St.
Clairsville OH 43950 740-526-9371
United States Ohio Lavender Street http://www.lavenderstreet.com 9405 Montgomery Rd Cincinnati OH 45242
513-407-3319
United States Ohio The Polka Dot Pincushion http://www.pdpincushion.com 4131 West Streetsboro Road Richfield OH 44286
330-659-0233
United States Pennsylvania Ladyfingers Sewing Studio http://ladyfingerssewing.com/ 6375 Oley Turnpike Rd
Oley, PA 19547
610-689-0068
United States Pennsylvania The Round Bobbin Quilt Shop http://www.roundbobbinquilts.com 1126B Horsham Road
Ambler PA 19002
215-367-5596
United States South Dakota Quilter’s Corner http://quilterscornersd.com 148 8th Ave. S
PO Box 8
Faulkton, SD 57438
605-598-4425
United States Texas CJ’s Quilt Shop http://www.cjquilting.com/ 5529 FM 359
Suite E
Richmond, TX 77469
832-222-2033
Kits available – call the shop!
United States Utah Sisters & Quilters http://www.sistersandquilters.com/ 702 S 500 E
Providence, UT 84332
435-753-5393
United States Virginia Quilt With Me http://www.quilt-with-me.com 1574 Holland Rd
Suffolk VA 23434
757-539-0009
United States Virginia The Quiltery http://www.quilteryonline.com 5661 N. Lee Highway Fairfield Virginia 24435
540-377-9191
United States Washington Bayside Quilting http://www.baysidequilting.com 225 State Ave. NE
Olympia WA 98501
877-357-8822
United States Washington Fourth Corner Quilts http://www.fourthcornerquilts.com/ 1844 N State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-714-0070