Downton Abbey Quilt Finished
When I saw this fabric at my local Quilt Shop, I didn’t know much about the PBS series known as “Downton Abbey”. I did however, fall in love with the fabric. I loved the vintage appeal of each of the different prints and I knew I wanted to showcase them with a modern quilt design. I had just purchased the book, “Growing Up Modern” by Allison Harris of CluckCluckSew and there are many great patterns in this book. I chose the pattern “Tagged”, as it would allow for the Downton Abbey fabric to standout as the block centers.
The Downton Abbey fabric by Andover Fabrics is The Women’s Collection with color and design palettes inspired for the women upstairs: The Dowager Countess, Mary, Edith and Sybil – the lead female characters in the PBS series.
Violet, The Dowager Countess of Granthama is a contemporary of Queen Alexandra, is an Edwardian lady, she is immaculate, and wears a lot of silks in somber colors because she was a widow.
Middle sister Lady Edith is the supposed “ugly duckling”, but the costume designers never saw her that way. Her look has changed the most during the series because she always is dressing to allure someone—her look changes based on who her object of interest is: whether she is dressing older or in working gear when she’s keen on a farmer. She becomes her own in season 3 after she’s jilted. Her colors though have been constant with coral and green with lots of prints.
Lady Sybil, the youngest and most free-spirited and modern, wears a lot of teal. Sybil’s fabric is very modern for the times, her fashion followed the movement of the arts.
I really love this easy quilt pattern and how you can showcase the actual fabric. Of course, I chose a blue to frame each print and chose a grey solid to link the fabric blocks and tie in the fabric line.
This now is one of my quilts that actually gets a home in my house and is already getting a lot of use. I am excited to keep a quilt for a change.