What Does “Downton Abbey” Have To Do With Quilt Market?

I confess I am a diehard “Downton Abbey” fan–so much so that I have spent a good number of months trying to cajole our Quilts Inc. staff to dress up as the cast for Halloween at Quilt Festival and promenade down “Main Street.” I personally dreamed of dressing up as Carson the burly butler. He really is so cute…


How much fun would it be to don furry eyebrows and be cloaked in Edwardian livery?


Unfortunately, all my cajoling and coaxing went to no avail–I couldn’t win the staff over–but I have great news in that “Downton Abbey” (the real “Downton Abbey”) will be making a presence at Quilt Market!  Andover Fabrics has an event planned for all of us anglophiles in attendance:


Andover Fabrics is coming out with a Downton Abbey fabric collection!


From Andover Fabrics:

Please join us at International Quilt Market in Houston on Friday, October 25th at 10AM for a historic schoolhouse event!

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE SCHOOLHOUSE – Join members of the Downton Abbey production team as they give insight into their award-winning show and the inspiration behind Downton’s premier fabric collection. The first 1,000 attendees to pick up their schoolhouse registration package and class program will receive a coupon for a Downton Abbey tote bag, to be given out at the end of the schoolhouse session. As if that weren’t enough excitement, we’ll also be airing a sneak peek of the upcoming season of Downton Abbey!

The event will be held in Ballroom C of the George Brown Convention Center, immediately following Karey Bresenhan’s and Marti Michell’s opening remarks. We hope to see you there!


I think it’s pretty cool the actual production team from the show will be coming to Quilt Market, and I will be curious which fabric line will be the most popular. Will it be the Dowager Countess, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, or Lady Sybil?


Fabric collection inspired by the character of Lady Mary.


I have seen all four and they are terrific, but I am partial to Lady Mary, mostly because I want to raid her wardrobe.


I hope the first collection is so successful, that they come out with a second, and include a fabric line inspired by Shirley MacLaine’s character, the American spitfire Martha Levison. I can just imagine the fun the production team would have creating fabrics that represent such a bold, outspoken (and in the Dowager Countess’s eyes–crass) character!

8 responses

    • Hi Denise,

      I am not quite sure what you are referring to when you say “little art quilt competition.” Do you mean the “Art Miniature” category in the “World of Beauty” Judged Show put forth by the International Quilt Association? If this is the case, you can find more information on that specific site: http://www.quilts.org. If you are referring to something else, please let me know. Thanks!

  1. I love that show and I just love the clothing. This is is awesome that they are bringing out a line of fabric. MAKE MORE!

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