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The 2015 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along Begins January 4th!

 

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We're coming back with another mystery quilt especially for fans of Downton Abbey! And even if you're not a fan, you can still play along.

Last year’s quilt along attracted nearly 3,300 participants from 50 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 24 additional 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!

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 new quilt based on Downton Abbey, and I think lots of people would love to have a quilt to remind them of the series they love. So I’m inviting you to join me in making the blocks for the quilt. 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 advisers (as well as Andover) have seen the quilt designs in all three colorways, and everyone loves them.

When does the Mystery Quilt Along start?

Registration is now open! Here's how it works:

  1. Visit the website and add English Manor to your cart.
  2. Review your cart and checkout (You must create an account so you can access the event materials anytime you want!)
  3. Access the virtual classroom (This is where everything will be posted, and there's good stuff waiting for you there!)

If you need help, there's a step-by-step guide for you to download, which covers how to Sign Up for Classes & Events at LoveBug Studios.


The actual Mystery Quilt Along begins on January 4th, once the Downton Abbey series airs in the US. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting more details, the full schedule, and details on how to join the live Google/Twitter chats.

What does the quilt look like?

I can't tell you how many people ask this question, and I always say, "It's a mystery!!!" But I will tell you a few things about the quilt so you can start planning. There are three colorways you can choose from: 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.

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, don't you? The fabric requirements are available when you purchase the quilt along.

Will the pattern have EDeN Instructions like last year?

Yes and no. I’m known widely as a die-cutting quilter, but I know that most quilters are not. So this year, the patterns will be written primarily for rotary cutting but include die cutting instructions for those who choose to cut that way. No matter how you plan to cut, all are welcome!

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. Last year's pattern was written primarily for those who die cut, and rotary instructions were included. It turned out though that 90% of you ended up rotary cutting your quilts. With that in mind, this year's pattern will be primarily written for rotary cutting, and the die cutting instructions noted.  This will be a more natural way of reading the pattern I think. If you're rotary cutting, you can just ignore the die-cutting notation.

Well, I'm going to die cut. What dies do I need?

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:

HST-2

QST-4

SOP-6

SQ-2

STR-2

HST-3

QST-5

 

SQ-4

 

HST-4

QST-6

 

 

 

HST-5

 

 

 

 

How much does it cost?

There are a couple of cost components to keep in mind:
  1. The pattern fee. If you sign up by November 30, the cost is $18.95. Signups after that date go up to $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'll 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.

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 does the pattern fee include?

  • Digital patterns for the colorway you have selected, and non-expiring access to the files. (That means even if you sign up late, you'll have access to everything that's been revealed as of your signup date, and you'll be able to get back to them at any time.)
  • Rotary and die cutting charts tailored to the quilt along.
  • Block tutorials, videos, and other content to assist in the construction of the quilt.
  • Access to a private forum where you may post photos, questions and comments during the quilt along if you need additional assistance and want to interact with other participants.

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?

Go here now!

What shops are participating?

Shops will continue to sign up through the fall, but we have a partial list of shops already signed up.  The complete list is available when you register.

United States

Canada

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

Iowa

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

 

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

New York

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

Ohio

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

 

Virginia

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

Texas

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

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

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!

If you're a shop owner who wants to participate, sign up here - there's a special list just for you!