The Mystery is Over, but You Can Still Participate!
Hi, I’m Ebony Love, and I’m excited to tell you about a wonderful quilting event, the Hampshire Holiday Christmas in July Mystery Quilt Along, that’s set to being on July 12th, 2015. It’s themed around the show ‘Downton Abbey,” but you certainly don’t have to watch the show in order to have a great time and play along.
Our winter mystery quilt along attracted nearly 1,300 participants from around the world. We expect the excitement to continue with the next quilt along, and we hope you’ll join us for this one too!
I know what you’re thinking. “Mystery quilts scare me!” Maybe you’ve had a bad experience before, or you feel hesitant to start something without knowing where it will end up. Trust me, I know how you feel, and I’ve worked hard to design a program that’s easy to follow and is sure to result in a beautiful quilt that you’ll be proud to own.
Each week during the mystery, I release a new set of blocks for you to work on, complete with a PDF pattern, full-color photo tutorials, and even videos and live webinars to help you as you go. We also have a very active and supportive Facebook group with nearly 2,500 members. Add to that the participating quilt shops and our customer service line, and you’ll see that there’s a great network of support that’s committed to your quilting success.
Here’s what a few people had to say about last year’s program:
The quilt itself has been meticulously designed and tested, and is available in 6 lessons, on a secure, private classroom on our website.
So How Does this Work?
- Checkout through our shopping cart. If you have an account, login to checkout using your existing account. Otherwise, you can create an account during the payment process.
- Fabric and other supplies can be purchased locally or online (please note: the Downton Christmas fabrics may no longer be available; please select your own fabrics for this quilt.)
- Best of all, the patterns and tutorials are available to you 24/7, for as long as you need them, and you can log in at any time and work at your own pace.
As with any “surprise” that you don’t want spoiled, if you’re working a little bit behind, or you’ve joined the quilt along after it’s started, you’ll want to resist the urge to peek in the places where you might come across finished blocks that have already been revealed. You can keep the quilt a mystery for yourself for as long as you need to; the blocks are segregated in the classroom and you won’t see them revealed unless you visit the page they are stored on.
We wanted to make it such a no-brainer to participate that we’re offering the quilt along for a one-time fee of $19.50. This gets you access to the private classroom, weekly PDF patterns, and unlimited access to the videos and tutorials. Plus, you get access to our Classroom Help, which is a direct line to me, Ebony Love, if you need more help or have questions.
Use Our Colorway, or Make Your Own
The quilt has been designed to take advantage of the luscious line of Christmas-themed Downton Abbey fabrics produced by Andover Fabrics in collaboration with the costume designer from the show. The finished quilt is 65″ x 82″. There are borders on this quilt, but you’re welcome to add more to make your quilt larger.
Here’s a look at the fabric chosen for this quilt.
And if you want to use your own fabric? Go ahead! We just recommend that you pick fabric that’s close to the values/hues that you want to use, so you can follow the instructions based on our colorway.
Do You Die-Cut Your Quilts?
If not, no problem! Our patterns are written for rotary cutting, but they also include an easy-to-learn die-cutting notation system for those who are interested in cutting their quilt that way. If you do plan to die cut, you’ll find ample assistance to make sure you’re successful and minimize waste when cutting.
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.
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.
Low Pattern Fees
We’re only charging the one-time fee for the pattern, but there may be other fees to keep in mind:
- The one-time pattern fee. The cost is $19.50.
- Your fabric. Shop at your local quilt shop or favorite online dealer for a kit. I have a list for you so you know what shops are participating.
- Shop fees. Some shops charge an additional program fee to participate in their events.
- Supplies. If you need dies, rulers, thread, etc. those must be purchased separately.
Don’t Take My Word For It
Listen to what these other participants had to say about their experience: