Well if any of you know me in person, watch my FB feed or anything you know that I absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey. I love British TV most….I love Call the Midwife, The Paradise ( so sad that it is not being re-newed for a season 3) ….I am starting a few other series as well. When I first started watching DA….I knew it was going to be something that I couldn’t resist and it would be so great as a quilt. I started plotting & planning. Well then I heard they were coming out with a line of fabric. My shop was a little late to the DA scene and they just bought 2 of the people….( 2 of the color ways) I was going on a fabric fast when it finally arrived I couldn’t buy any…but I did happen to get a bit of the main piece. Through the year a friend of mine gifted me some of the DA abbey line..I was so happy to get some..:)
Well that was so popular Andover decided they would come out with another line of DA fabric with new people ( color ways) for this year. So I decided I wasn’t going to miss out again. I am signed up for the Love Bug studios mystery quilt and I bought a kit for that event. But then my LQS had a special for the 12 days of Christmas and one of the gifts was 20 DA fq’s and a DA cookbook. I bough them. After getting them home…I realized that there were lots of backgrounds and mediums…only two darks. It was going to be difficult to come up with something.I thought if I found something small to cut them up it would be fine.
But also I wanted to be able to use one of those label fabrics. What is the point of using DA fabric if nobody knows what it represents, right? My friend Sally..was also trying to find her pattern so we were texting back & forth trying to find designs we liked.
This is how much TV and movies impact my life….A few Christmas’ ago I watched Lincoln at the Theater and there is a scene in the movie where Tommy Lee is in bed with his wife…and I immediately noticed the quilt. I loved that pattern. I promised myself I would duplicate that quilt some day. I saved the image on my pinterest. Here is that image:
Now I am not one who looks at Civil war era quilts…particularly. It’s not that I don’t like them….they just haven’t been quite on my radar. I like everything and appreciate any quilt. I think the emotion of the movie got me caught up in the moment….but also the extra wide sashing and the simplicity of it all…I don’t know I just liked it. I have to say I love a 9 patch. some people love a log cabin, churn dash, whatever….I think there is always that simple-traditional block that we see and it stays with us. Mine will always be a 9 patch.
Here’s the problem….. even though I duplicated the pattern of that quilt…I hate my version. I am still going to make this quilt again. The colors the prints everything that appeals to me about the above pictures quilt is not represented in my quilt. I also had to add lots of fabric from last years line to make this quilt because I just didn’t have enough to make all of my stars. Those stars are all 5.5 inches finished.
My fabrics are to medium …they have too much of a pattern and it just didn’t work out well for me. It’s a huge quilt and at least now I know what to look for in the next batch..I know all of the measurements I need and its ok…because I still have another DA quilt to make that will hopefully turn out better than this one. 🙂 Hopefully. 🙂 Not so muddy.
The sashings are little Castles with DA written under them.
I have to admit that if it wasn’t “Downton Abbey” Fabric I probably wouldn’t have bought this years line of fabrics. But I like the novelty of it all. which is why I needed to use the label fabric in the sashing. Lessons learned….and it’s perfectly imperfect. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I have been on vacation…and I feel bad that its over in a few days. But looking forward to the new Season of DA!! YAY!