Welcome to the Mouse House

Next up on our Pop Rox round-up is Welcome to the Mouse House who made the Pop Rox dress, a version of the Caroline Party Dress.  The. cutest. dress. ever.  I am a huge fan of Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House.  And her website/blog is cool–its a  mix of interior design, decoration, sewing, craft and cooking–all kinds of DIY.

There are home projects and redecorating–think light, clean, airy and original. There are tutorials on sewing, embroidery, home decor, wall art, hair accessories, and craft projects.  Yes, and of course I will show you some pictures of a few ones I think are pretty cool to give you a taste.

The pattern for The Pop Rox dress, a version of the Caroline Party dress can be found in  the Etsy shop Mouse House Creations, along with some other yummy yummy patterns.

But first let’s see the Pop Rox Dress.  AND let me say here that an unexpected joy about designing fabric is connecting with so many great crafters, quilters, bloggers and creative business people. It opens my world and is such a gift.

Pop Rox dress by Welcome to the Mouse House

Pop Rox dress by Welcome to the Mouse House

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Pop Rox Dress by Welcome to The Mouse House

Pop Rox Dress by Welcome to The Mouse House

Pop Rox Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House

Pop Rox Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House

Welcome to the Mouse House

Welcome to the Mouse House

United Colors of Love by Welcome to the Mouse House

United Colors of Love by Welcome to the Mouse House

Rainbows and Kitty Cats Birthday Party by Welcome to the Mouse House

Rainbows and Kitty Cats Birthday Party by Welcome to the Mouse House

The Norah Dress and Tunic by Welcome to the Mouse House

The Norah Dress and Tunic by Welcome to the Mouse House

The Apron Dress Tutorial by Welcome to the Mouse House

The Apron Dress Tutorial by Welcome to the Mouse House

Puppet Theater Cabinet by Welcome to the Mouse House

Puppet Theater Cabinet by Welcome to the Mouse House

The 30 Minute Easter Skirt by Welcome to the Mouse House

The 30 Minute Easter Skirt tutorial by Welcome to the Mouse House

Roderick Kiracofe and Ben Venom at Stitch Modern

Well, a few weeks back we were treated to am amazing slide show presentation by artist Ben Venom, who “juxtaposes traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society” and whose “work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed”. I have to quote his website since I cannot describe it sufficiently myself.  He is an amazing energetic presenter and we were all entranced and invigorated. Unfortunately I have no pictures!  So you are going to have to click on the image below to get to his website. This is something else.  Color me inspired.

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

After Ben, we changed courses and were treated to a viewing of a stream of quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection while he discussed them.  I got a photos of a few of them to share with you.  Amazing. Most of them were from quilter unknown, from many a decade gone by. They were priceless and Roderick’s passion for his quilt finds was palpable, as was the audience’s response! Pretty exciting to meet him and pretty scary that I know now one could actually COLLECT quilts. Oh, no, hold me back!

Roderick Kiracofe is an art and quilt collector, accomplished author, curator, and consultant. A good summary of his books and accomplishments can be found HERE (why reinvent the wheel!)  Truly a joy to see some of his collection and hear the stories behind them. Several are going to be in his new book Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, Abrams, Autumn 2014.  Currently available by Roderick on Blurb are Quilts and Quilts 2, and on his Amazon page one can find a number his books including the amazing and well-known The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950 and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries.

Without further ado, take a gander at some of these finds of Rodney Kiracofe. Apologies for my less than stellar photography due to viewing circumstances, but still well worth a look I think.

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Next up at The Plaid Portico will be curated coverage of the big show of the East bay Heritage Quilt Guild, and a project round-up for Pop Rox which is just starting to hit stores now.

Sugar Pop Quilt

Well, the Sugar Pop Quilt is finally finished. I had time to sew the binding on over the holidays and good timing too! This quilt is a homage to the original inspiration for my new fabric collection Pop Rox, with Andover Fabrics.  And I JUST received the first yard of Pop Rox production!  Sneak preview of that with the next posting!

Just how is it inspiration?  Don’t laugh.  Every year I do extensive color trend research for one to two years out and build palettes to work from, at least as a starting point. When I actually build the palettes in Adobe Illustrator, they look like little horizontal lines with squares of colors. After I group colors together, I always arrange them in an order that makes sense to me. And lo and behold, after a day of making palettes, I woke up with this image of a palette repeated vertically in the colors of this quilt, against a light milk chocolate background. I have no idea why!

Then I sort of said to myself, hmmm, what else can be done with these “wands” and I pictured them in all sorts of different sequences and added circles. With a big magic marker over then next week I sketched out about forty different concepts. Then eventually I started to build the ones I liked best into designs in Illustrator, and then created several colorways.  There are about thirteen designs in the collection and six of them we put into the fabric collection with 2 colorways.  One is in this colorway but against a white background, and another is in handsome neutrals, brown and blacks.  Can’t wait to show them to you!

In the meantime, here is the “Sugar Pop Quilt”.  It is my third quilt, and the second quilt that I quilted myself.  It was a mixture of a quilt design from a sketch and improvisational quilting for the top and bottom bits. I was going to try to free motion quilt it, but two things: I didn’t want to ruin it since I am such a beginner, and when I decided to do the vertical curvy lines, a walking foot seemed to fit the process best. I know when I get to be a better quilter and sewer I will cringe that I posted my beginning quilts, but I live to laugh and someone has to share what it is like to start to quilt–with all the imperfections!

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Front of the Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

detail of Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt in Action

Here is the quilt back. I did originally make a different one, but several people suggested it should be its own quilt, and when I realized that the quilting pattern I wanted to do for the front design wouldn’t look very good on that back, I decided to make a new one. Indeed, I have saved the original one to be its own quilt top. I put this together one Sunday afternoon and thought it fun to really capitalize on the pink/brown color combos.  It’s simple but sweet. The old back is more greys, greens and blues.

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

And may I add, Best wishes for a Fantastic 2014 to you all!

Quilts from Quilt Market Houston 2013 #9

Finally we have our last Quilt Market report. Little bit of a gap here as we dealt with the holiday.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. And last but not least, my final picks from the many, many quilts in the exhibitions at Quilt Market Houston 2013, and some of my absolute favorites for different reasons:

The Pink Candle, Organic Log Cabin #5 by Jennifer Emry

The Pink Candle, Organic Log Cabin #5 by Jennifer Emry

 

The Pink Candle, Organic Log Cabin #5 by Jennifer Emry

The Pink Candle, Organic Log Cabin #5 by Jennifer Emry

 

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

 

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

 

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

Tuning Fork #11 by Heather Pregger

 

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

 

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

 

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

 

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

Together in a Friendship World by Geta Grama

 

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

 

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

 

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

 

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

Jeweled Diamonds by Christina Belding

 

Quilts from Quilt Market Houston 2013 #8

One more batch of quilts after this, then…sigh, it will be the end of my Quilt Market coverage for 2013.  Enjoy these beauties.

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

 

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

 

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

Gathering Hearty Roses by Aiko Miyata

 

Bits and Pieces by Gail Abel

Bits and Pieces by Gail Abel

 

Bits and Pieces by Gail Abel

Bits and Pieces by Gail Abel

 

New Glory by Scott Hansen

New Glory by Scott Hansen

 

New Glory by Scott Hansen

New Glory by Scott Hansen

 

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

 

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

 

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

 

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

Yin Yang by Annette Valtl

 

Galactic Nebula by Jean Smith

Galactic Nebula by Jean Smith

 

Galactic Nebula by Jean Smith

Galactic Nebula by Jean Smith

 

Electric Eclipse #1 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Electric Eclipse #1 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 

Electric Eclipse #1 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Electric Eclipse #1 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 

Fibonacci Series #13 By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Fibonacci Series #13 By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 

Fibonacci Series #13 By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Fibonacci Series #13 By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

 

Cattywampus Log Cabin #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert

Cattywampus Log Cabin #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert

 

Cattywampus Log Cabin #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert

Cattywampus Log Cabin #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert

 

Quilts from Quilt Market Houston 2013 #6

And more quilts. A mixed bag of styles and techniques that caught my eye…

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

Something More Magical Than It Ever Was by Judy Martin

 

Windfall by Libby Lehman

Windfall by Libby Lehman

Windfall by Libby Lehman

Windfall by Libby Lehman

Flotgam by Libby Lehman

Flotgam by Libby Lehman

Flotgam by Libby Lehman

Flotgam by Libby Lehman

Deluge by Libby Lehman

Deluge by Libby Lehman

Deluge by Libby Lehman

Deluge by Libby Lehman

Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin, quilted by Debbie Loeser

Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin, quilted by Debbie Loeser

Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin, quilted by Debbie Loeser

Dandelions by Kathleen McLaughlin, quilted by Debbie Loeser

A Ripple in Time by Jackie White

A Ripple in Time by Jackie White

A Ripple in Time by Jackie White

A Ripple in Time by Jackie White

Summer Garden by Sylvia Naylor

Summer Garden by Sylvia Naylor

Summer Garden by Sylvia Naylor

Summer Garden by Sylvia Naylor

 

The Shoulders I Stand Upon by Carmen Huggins

The Shoulders I Stand Upon by Carmen Huggins

The Shoulders I Stand Upon by Carmen Huggins

The Shoulders I Stand Upon by Carmen Huggins

Allowing by Maggie Vanderweit

Allowing by Maggie Vanderweit

Allowing by Maggie Vanderweit

Allowing by Maggie Vanderweit

 

More Quilts from Quilt Market Houston 2013

And more quilts from the IQA Judged Show: A World of Beauty. This is a HUGE exhibition, and I only took pics of a few of the quilts that I really liked, so you are subject to my curatorial view. It is really amazing. I have more I will be posting in the next few days…

Antelope Canyon quilt by Kimberly Lacy

Antelope Canyon quilt by Kimberly Lacy

Antelope Canyon quilt by Kimberly Lacy

Antelope Canyon quilt by Kimberly Lacy

Brown Planet, a collaboration by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis

Brown Planet, a collaboration by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis

Brown Planet, a collaboration by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis

Brown Planet, a collaboration by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis

Jet Trails quilt by Marcia DeCamp

Jet Trails quilt by Marcia DeCamp

Jet Trails quilt by Marcia DeCamp

Jet Trails quilt by Marcia DeCamp

Shattering the Blues by Tuulikki Murremaki

Shattering the Blues by Tuulikki Murremaki

Words in the Forest by Betty Hahn

Words in the Forest by Betty Hahn

Words in the Forest by Betty Hahn

Words in the Forest by Betty Hahn

Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey

Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey

Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey

Roses in the Window by Carol Morrissey

Finding North by Beth Shibley

Finding North by Beth Shibley

Finding North by Beth Shibley

Finding North by Beth Shibley

"…Tan Callando" (or "At Last Beholding" by Cecilia Koppman

“…Tan Callando” (or “At Last Beholding” by Cecilia Koppman

"…Tan Callando" (or "At Last Beholding" by Cecilia Koppman

“…Tan Callando” (or “At Last Beholding” by Cecilia Koppman

Carnival Winds (Aires de Carnaval) by Cecilia Koppman

Carnival Winds (Aires de Carnaval) by Cecilia Koppman

Carnival Winds (Aires de Carnaval) by Cecilia Koppman

Carnival Winds (Aires de Carnaval) by Cecilia Koppman

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

Log Cabin versus Skyscrapers by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas

More booths from Quilt Market Houston 2013

Nel Whatmore

Nel Whatmore

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Monaluna

Monaluna

Monaluna

Monaluna

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Quilt Market Houston 2013: booth pics

So much to see! Here are some installations or booths I enjoyed enough to snap a pic. My favorite booth was this soft and textured mega pillar by Fairfield. Maybe it was because all the white and ivories were such an oasis amongst the other booths filled with mega color.  I’ll even show you several sides.

Fairfield booth at Quilt market

Fairfield booth at Quilt Market

Fairfield booth at Quilt market

Fairfield booth at Quilt Market

Fairfield booth at Quilt market

Fairfield booth at Quilt Market

And someone creative is booth designing at Timeless Treasures. LOVE the shark tops. Don’t quite get it but I love it anyway. And more…

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market

Check out the flatty cats (yes I have a weakness for cats) and cool pincushions at La Todera

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

La Todera booth at Quilt Market

Alexander Henry always good for some Day of the Dead and Halloween designs, this year making it part of their booth decor.

Alexander Henry booth at Quilt Market

Alexander Henry booth at Quilt Market

Alexander Henry booth at Quilt Market

Alexander Henry booth at Quilt Market

 

Seven Islands/ Echino Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands/ Echino Booth at Quilt Market

 

Seven Islands/Kokka Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands/Kokka Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands Booth at Quilt Market

Seven Islands Booth at Quilt Market

 

Love these balloons decorating Fish Stick Design‘s booth.  Plus really enjoyed my conversation with Bonnie Ferguson.

Fish Stick Designs

Fish Stick Designs

Fish Stick Designs

Fish Stick Designs

Really fell for this recycled silk sari yarn from Leilani Arts.  Sumptuous..

Leilani Arts, recycled silk sari yarn

Leilani Arts, recycled silk sari yarn

Leilani Arts, recycled silk sari yarn

Leilani Arts, recycled silk sari yarn

A bit disappointed about the Michael Miller blue booth.  Yes, its gorgeous, they always have a gorgeous booth. Whine… but I was going to do a blue booth for an upcoming show. Now I maybe will, maybe I won’t.  Guess its a different audience so maybe I will…

Michael Miller Fabrics

Michael Miller Fabrics

LOL…Shannon Fabrics Dude Ranch

Shannon Fabrics

Shannon Fabrics

More booth coverage coming up and lots more exhibitions quilts too…

 

The Downton Abbey Schoolhouse: Quilt Market Houston 2013

Well, schoolhouse started off with a one of a kind event. There was only one room open: the ballroom. Instead of people all milling around to twenty or so different simultaneous sessions, Andover Fabrics made a big splash with a Downton Abbey special, featuring appearances and talks by the award winning Costume Designer for the series, Caroline McCall and Production Designer Donal Woods (who also does Homeland and did 24).

Hearing them talk about the design process and decisions on set was cool. There was a sizzle reel of season 4 snippets and pics of a visit to the castle and the set by Andover president David Weinstein and design director Kathy Hall. We loved hearing what it was like behind the scenes.  It was…fun. And different. And well done. Show biz meets Quilt Market.  Here are pics of projects using the fabrics from the Downton Abbey fabric collection from Andover.  There are collections within the collection for the Dowager Countess, Lady Edith, Lady Mary and Lady Sybil.

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Downton Abbey nesting oval boxes and storage boxes by Quilted Koala

Downton Abbey nesting oval boxes and storage boxes by Quilted Koala

Authentic 1920's Hat and One Hour Dress Patterns by eVINTAGEpatterns using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

Authentic 1920’s Hat and One Hour Dress Patterns by eVINTAGEpatterns using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

Abbey Star Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

Abbey Star Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

detail of Abbey Star Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

detail of Abbey Star Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabrics by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Counterpoint Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Counterpoint Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of Counterpoint Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of Counterpoint Quilt by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

9 Easy Pieces quilt pattern by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

9 Easy Pieces quilt pattern by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of 9 Easy Pieces quilt pattern by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

detail of 9 Easy Pieces quilt pattern by Mountainpeek Creations using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Edith's Grand Entrance Quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Edith’s Grand Entrance Quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Edith's Grand Entrance Quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Edith’s Grand Entrance Quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Regal Mary Quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey Fabrics by Kathy Hall

Regal Mary Quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey Fabrics by Kathy Hall

Regal Mary Quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey Fabrics by Kathy Hall

Regal Mary Quilt by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey Fabrics by Kathy Hall

Birds of a Feather Quilt by Lucy A. Fazely using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

Birds of a Feather Quilt by Lucy A. Fazely using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

detail of Birds of a Feather Quilt by Lucy A. Fazely using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

detail of Birds of a Feather Quilt by Lucy A. Fazely using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

Simply Sybil Quilt using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

Simply Sybil Quilt using Downton Abbey by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Ladies of Downton Abbey quilt pattern by Tiffany Hayes using Downton Abbey fabric by Kathy Hall

Lots of bags! Including Tahiti Tote, Manhattan Handbag, Tuscany Tote by Pink Sand Beach Designs

Lots of bags! Including Tahiti Tote, Manhattan Handbag, Tuscany Tote by Pink Sand Beach Designs

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The Kathy Hall, designer of the Downton Abbey fabric collection

The Kathy Hall, designer of the Downton Abbey fabric collection

Downton Abbey

There was a HUGE crowd. I heard 1000, and then I heard 1500. The seats started filling up at 9:15, and the house was pretty full full at 9:45. We were captivated from 10-11, transported to Highclere Castle.  And then there was the filing out where everyone got a  tote bag. (even me and I don’t usually go for those things..)  All I can say is I can’t wait for the next season to start!Downton crowd-01