I have followed it from the beginning and was so enamored with it, that when Andover Fabrics produced its first collection of Downton Abbey fabric over a year ago, I immediately ordered a quilt kit featuring the Ladies of Downton Abbey fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop. ( I don't believe the kit is still available, but they have more recent fabrics from the Downton Abbey line.)
Even before the fabric had arrived in quilt shops across the land, my pre-order was in and I was anxiously awaiting its arrival. Fast forward over a year, and this luscious fabric that I so adored was still sitting in a tote in my sewing corner. With the Christmas holidays a distant memory, and the beginning of Season Five of Downton Abbey last week, the fabrics have now come to life in my upstairs sewing room.
Although a pattern called Ladies of Downton Abbey arrived with the fabrics, I liked it, but I didn't love it.
However, I am in love with a free pattern that I found online designed by Wendy Sheppard for RJR Fabrics called Towne Square. The pattern features fabric designed by Lynette Anderson but I see quite a similarity in the colour families of both collections so I think it will work.
I can just picture the Ladies Mary, Edith, and Sybil strolling along in the Towne Square, of course being chaperoned by Countess Cora and the Dowager Countess of Grantham, all wearing their elegant dresses of blues, greens, lavenders, and burgundies, with Lady Sybil's dress always being a little bit more modern!
I really like this pattern because it is scrappy, uses a variety of quilt blocks including the Ohio Star, the Shoo Fly, and the Square in a Square and is a good size at 77" x 77".
You'll see that the centre of the quilt is a great mix of fabrics, with sashing that features scrappy cornerstones. The fabric includes tone on tones, small prints, large prints, bold prints, and pale prints, perfect for a scrappy quilt.
I have a good start on three Ohio Stars.
I love how a larger block is then created by adding 3 1/2" strips to the top and sides of the star...
or is the bottom and sides?
Of course, I did finish a few smaller projects last week. I made some nifty little fabric trash bags for the cars. Each has a stiff liner inside so you can put a plastic grocery bag or a large zip lock bag inside and fold over the liner to hold in place.
I used some coffee themed fabric for two of the bags. After all, don't we usually need to find a place for our fill our empty coffee cups?
I made the smaller middle bag with iron-on vinyl to make the fabric waterproof. It turned out OK, but it lost the look of a brand new project...kind of wrinkled by the time I finished it. I kept this one for me and the others have new homes in Alberta and New Brunswick. The trash bags hang from the gearshift in the car on the passenger side.
My DD had pinned the bag on Pinterest and I was able to find the tutorial with the instructions HERE. Designer Stephanie Hughes also sells her finished Designer Car Bags in her Etsy shop, Green Goose, right HERE, if you'd rather buy than make. Thanks, Stephanie, for a great tutorial!
As always, it is a great day for quilting!