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Are You Looking for Some Quilty Fun to Chase Away the Winter Blues?

Have You Always Wanted to Make a Mystery Quilt, but Didn't Know Where to Begin?

Do You Want to Join a Community of Quilters Who Are Also Fans of 'Downton Abbey'?

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Hi, I'm Ebony Love, and I'm excited to tell you about a wonderful quilting event, the English Manor Mystery Quilt Along, that's set to being on January 4th, 2015. It's themed around the show 'Downton Abbey," but you certainly don't have to watch the show in order to have a great time and play along.

Last year’s mystery quilt along attracted nearly 3,300 participants from 50 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 24 other countries around the world. We expect the excitement to continue with the next quilt along, and we hope you'll join us for this one too!

I know what you're thinking. "Mystery quilts scare me!" Maybe you've had a bad experience before, or you feel hesitant to start something without knowing where it will end up.  Trust me, I know how you feel, and I've worked hard to design a program that's easy to follow and is sure to result in a beautiful quilt that you'll be proud to own.

Each week during the mystery, I release a new set of blocks for you to work on, complete with a PDF pattern, full-color photo tutorials, and even videos and live webinars to help you as you go. We also have a very active and supportive Facebook group with nearly 2,000 members. Add to that the 30+ participating quilt shops and our customer service line, and you'll see that there's a great network of support that's committed to your quilting success.

Here's what a few people had to say about last year's program:

"I enjoyed the pace of the quilt along. The weekly block assignments were manageable. It was easy to keep up. The most satisfying part of this project was seeing the beautiful blends of the fabrics come together to make wonderful squares. At first I was reluctant to start the quilt along because I was not so sure I liked the fabric. But I am so glad that I did, because when put together, the fabrics are awesome...The directions for this pattern were the best I have ever worked with. The pictures provided complemented the directions."
 
"I really enjoyed this quilt along. It’s the first one I’ve ever done and my favorite part was probably the mystery. I’m a beginner and I don’t think I would have attempted this quilt if I had seen the blocks ahead of time. Now I know I can make a quilt like this and I learned so much."
 
"I had an absolute blast working on this mystery quilt. My mom and I both decided to do this together to keep each other going and to have someone to bounce questions off of. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your email every week as Sunday approaches."

 

The quilt itself has been meticulously designed and tested, and is available in three stunning colorways.

The Fun Begins January 4th!

The mystery quilt along runs over a 12-week period, with a new block pattern released each week. Here's the full schedule you can expect when we launch in January. Blocks are released on Sunday mornings, and are available in a secure, private classroom on our website.

Date

Episode

Activity

September, 2014

n/a

Signups begin, fabric requirements available

January 4, 2015

Episode 1

Block 1

January 11, 2015

Episode 2

Block 2

January 18, 2015

Episode 3

Block 3

January 25, 2015

Episode 4

Block 4

February 1, 2015

Episode 5

Block 5

February 8, 2015

Episode 6

Block 6

February 15, 2015

Episode 7

Final Assembly

February 22, 2015

Episode 8*

Quilt Backing

March 1, 2015

n/a

Team Cora Revealed

March 8, 2015

n/a

Team Carson Revealed

March 15, 2015

n/a

Team Rose Revealed

* The full schedule of Season 5 has not yet been posted, but we'll just keep going anyway!

 

So How Does this Work?

 

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  1. You visit our website, and sign up for the quilt along. You'll need to pick a "Team" that represents your chosen colorway. Don't worry if you're not sure or if you change your mind later; everyone receives all patterns for all colorways.
  2. Checkout through our shopping cart. You'll create an account during the payment process.
  3. Each week, a new pattern and tutorials will be posted to the private classroom, and you'll log into your account to access them.
  4. You can even sign up for email updates to be reminded when new blocks are released.
  5. Fabric and other supplies can be purchased from a participating shop.
  6. Best of all, the patterns and tutorials are available to you 24/7, for as long as you need them, and you can log in at any time and work at your own pace.

As with any "surprise" that you don't want spoiled, if you're working a little bit behind, or you've joined the quilt along after it's started, you'll want to resist the urge to peek in the places where you might come across finished blocks that have already been revealed. You can keep the quilt a mystery for yourself for as long as you need to; the blocks are segregated in the classroom and you won't see them revealed unless you visit the page they are stored on.

 

Ready to Register?

We wanted to make it such a no-brainer to participate that we're offering the quilt along for a one-time fee of $23.95. This gets you access to the private classroom, weekly PDF patterns, and unlimited access to the videos and tutorials. Plus, you get access to our Classroom Help, which is a direct line to me, Ebony Love, if you need more help or have questions.

Choose Your Team from Three Different Colorways

The quilt has been designed to take advantage of the luscious line of Downton Abbey fabrics produced by Andover Fabrics in collaboration with the costume designer from the show.  When you pick your Team, you're choosing one of three colorways: Team Cora, Team Rose, and Team Carson. The finished quilt is 72" x 92". There's not really a border on this quilt, but you're welcome to add one or more to make your quilt larger. You'll need to pick your colorway when you sign up, but we don't care which one you make. You'll get all three colorways in your pattern, and you can make as many quilts as your heart desires.

Here's a look at the three colorways side by side.

And if you want to use your own fabric? Go ahead! We just recommend that you pick a colorway that's close to the values/hues that you want to use, so you can follow the instructions based on that colorway.

Do You Die-Cut Your Quilts?

If not, no problem! Our patterns are written for rotary cutting, but they also include an easy-to-learn die-cutting notation system for those who are interested in cutting their quilt that way. If you do plan to die cut, you'll find ample assistance to make sure you're successful and minimize waste when cutting.

If you're not familiar, EDeN stands for Equivalent Die Notation System, and it's a way of standardizing common quilt shapes across all cutting systems to make it easier for people to know what tools they need to cut their quilts.

If you are going to die cut, you need to familiarize yourself with EDeN. You can download a complete EDeN Chart over at the EDeN website, but a specific chart for the quilt along is available when you purchase the quilt along.

In terms of dies, if you participated in last year's quilt along, you probably have most of what you need.  Here are the list of dies used through the project (refer to the EDeN Chart in the Classroom for specific dies):

HST-2

QST-4

SOP-6

SQ-2

STR-2

HST-3

QST-5

 

SQ-4

 

HST-4

QST-6

 

 

 

HST-5

 

 

 

 

 

Low Pattern Fees

We're only charging the one-time fee for the pattern, but there may be other fees to keep in mind:

  1. The one-time pattern fee. The cost is $23.95.
  2. Your fabric. I won't be providing quilt top kits this year, so you'll need to shop your local quilt shop or favorite online dealer for a kit. I have a list for you so you know what shops are participating.
  3. Shop fees. Some shops charge an additional program fee to participate in their events.
  4. Supplies.  If you need dies, rulers, thread, etc. those must be purchased separately.


Don't Take My Word For It

Listen to what these other participants had to say about their experience:

"My neighbor got me into quilting during a very stressful time in my life. It was fun to have someone to shop with and to work on projects with, pass ideas around, etc. Unfortunately, my neighbor has returned to Tampa and now it is just me. This quilt along as help me to find some other “kindred spirits” who not only love quilting, but are happy to share ideas and patterns and anything else that is quilting. Also nice to know that we share a love of great television and tea!!!"
 
"When I stumbled here, I had never heard of Downton Abbey and wondered what all the hooplah was about. I found the series on Amazon Prime and was hooked from the first episode!
 
In addition to the lovely fabrics and colorways from Andover and detailed instructions from Ebony, what I love most about this QAL is learning about the EDeN system. After seeing it, I want to use it for every quilt I piece! A big THANK YOU Ebony and your focus group for devising a standard system that works!"
 
"I have loved this QAL! You have found you to be thorough, organized and consistent. I have been involved in other QAL and left because they were not “mysterious” enough or the directions were inadequate. Yours has called to me each Sunday afternoon. But, it has also prompted me to watch DA. Yes, I was a hold out, but am no more! I am obsessed with the show."
 
"This is my second mystery quilt with you, Ebony, and I must say…this one has been such a joy! First, being able to collaborate with my sweet daughter-in-law…Thanksgiving with their visit to our home, then when we traveled to Denver to be with the family at Christmas. Coordinating this with the wonderful DA program was genius! The enormous response from all the participants is amazing."
 
"This was my first mystery quilt along and I am in LOVE. You are amazing, Ebony. I have followed your blog and YouTube videos for a while (for the dies and long arming). It is obvious that you take pride in what you do and you do it so well."
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some other questions people have been asking, to help you get more acquainted with how we do things here!

How do I access the private classroom?

It's easy, but the main thing to remember is that you must be logged into your account to see it. To access the Mystery Quilt Along, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account by clicking the  "Login" button in the upper right corner.
  2. Click the “My Classes” link in the status bar (just below the Customer Service button in the upper right corner, where it says "Howdy, <your name>!")
  3. Click on "English Manor" to load the classroom.

What type of kit should I get?

Participating shops may be offering 2 types of kits: complete yardage kits, and weekly block kits. Complete kits would have the total yardage you need for your quilt top, while weekly kits would have only the fabric you need to make that week's block. Some shops may also provide binding fabric in your kit.

My suggestion would be that if you are rotary cutting, either kit will work for you; if you are planning to die cut, you should purchase a complete yardage kit, so that you can cut your fabric based upon the dies you have available.

Fabric requirements are based on the assumption that you do not have leftover fabric after cutting each block, so some people may have more fabric leftover than others. I love piecing those extra bits into my backing, so you might want to wait until the end to purchase your backing fabric, unless you plan to do the special backing I've designed.

What if I’ve never seen Downton Abbey?

Well, we're not the television police, but personally I think you're missing out. I understand the urge though to keep NOT watching - why break your streak, right? After all, I'm still a holdout for Star Wars - haven't seen any of it, and I'm on a pretty good roll now. However, I do know who Han Solo and Princess Leia are, I know the difference between an Ewok and a Wookie, and that James Earl Jones was Luke's father, whatever that means. All I'm saying is... if you're not gonna watch, then just soak up some details so you're not completely at a loss.

I want to give you money now. Where do I sign up?

30+ Shops, Ready to Support You

We've got shops positioned in North America to provide you with fabric, notions, and other help. For our far-flung international customers, many of these shops are happy to help you with an international order and shipment.

United States

Canada

Alabama

Huntsville Sew & Vac
200 Oakwood Ave. NE Unit L
Huntsville, AL 35811
(250) 656-1268

 

Georgia

Little Quilts
1450-C Roswell Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 578-6727

Idaho

Madsen's Crafts
2125 W Broadway
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 523-6074

The Quilt Crossing
10959 W Fairview Ave
Boise, ID 83713
(208) 376-0087

 

Illinois

Quilter's Quest
7440 Woodward Ave. Suite M
Woodridge, IL 60517
(630) 969-2205

 

Iowa

Expressions In Threads
208 S. Cody Rd.
LeClaire, IA 52753
563-289-1447

 

Kansas

Prairie Flower Quilt Co.
102 South Indian Road
Leoti, KS 67861
(620) 375-2044

 

Louisiana

Quilted Owl, Inc.
4600 Jefferson Hwy
Jefferson, LA 70121
(504) 733-0993

The Quilt Corner
13579 Hooper Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70818
(225) 315-7285

 

Maine

Mariner's Compass Quilt Shop
190 Front Street
Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-2900

 

Minnesota

Pine Needles Quilt & Sew
1300 Salem Rd SW, Suite 250
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 226-8480

 

 

Missouri

Winston's Sewing Center
2772 Muegge Rd
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 447-5554

Nebraska

Claus ' En Paus Quilt Shop
2510 13th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
(402) 564-1618

New Hampshire

Four Pines Quilting
38 Summer Street
Claremont, NH 03743
(603) 543-3311

 

New York

Patchwork Garden
6281 Transit Rd.
E. Amherst, NY 14051
(716) 810-9088

Patchwork Plus
2532 Route 20
Marcellus, NY 13108
(315) 673-2208

North Carolina

Shoreline Handwerks
4250 Maritime Woods Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2271

 

Ohio

From Past to Present
139 W. Main St
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
(740) 526-9371

 

Pennsylvania

The Quilting Needle
3394 Saxonburg Blvd Ste. 550
Glenshaw, PA 15116
(412) 767-5500

 

Virginia

Nancy's Calico Patch
21 Hidenwood Shopping Center
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 596-7397

Patchwork Plus
17 Killdeer Lane
Dayton, VA 22821
(540) 879-2505



South Dakota

The Pin Cushion
117 N. Lawler St.
Mitchell, SD 57301
(605) 996-0947

 

Texas

Fabrics Etcetera
571 W. Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598
(281) 338-1904

Fat Quarter Shop (online only)
PO Box 1544
Manchaca, TX 78652
(866) 826-2069

Happiness is Quilting
217 N. Kentucky
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 542-8839

 

Washington

Bayside Quilting
225 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 357-2000

 

Wisconsin

Buttons and Bolts Fabric & Quilting Supply, Inc.
27642 75th Street
Salem, WI 53168
(262) 586-2522

Sew 'n Save Of Racine, Inc
3701 Durand Avenue
Racine, WI 53405
(262) 554-8708

Alberta

Beaver Creek Mercantile
355018 RR 6 2
Caroline, AB CA T0M 0M0
(403) 722-2050

Creative Klutter
4907 50 Street
Irma AB CA T0B 2H0
(780) 754-2227

My Sewing Room Inc
148 8228 Macleod Tr SE
Calgary AB CA T2H 2B8
(403) 252-3711

Nuts for Bolts Etc.
1428 TWP  381,  R.R.1
Red Deer, AB CA T4N 5E1
(403) 887-5467

Peaceful Patch Quilt Shoppe
Bay 2, 5049 Parkwood Rd
Blackfalds, AB CA T0M 0J0
(403) 600-0025

 

British Columbia

Stitch in the Ditch (online only)
637 Burne Ave
Kelowna BC CA V1Y 5P3
(250) 448-6806

 

Ontario

Quilters by the Square
32 West St.
Goderich, ON CA N7A 2K3
(519) 524-4333

I still have more questions that you haven't answered yet!

Perhaps your question is addressed in our private quilt along area, which you'll have access to once you register? We'll update this page with general information of course, but the deep, burning, meaning-of-life questions & answers are reserved for our paying guests. If you're still not sold, you can sign up for updates, and hear about all the fun the rest of us are having!