The presentation was so interesting. Dennis told us about the history of his company and a thumbnail sketch of how the fabric is made. Andover oversees every step of the production and purchases their cotton in the US. Unfortunately, the rest of the process is completed out of this country. He told us how the company obtained the license to produce the fabric for Downton Abbey and the future of the collection.
Dennis showed lots of clips from the show as well as photos he had taken when he visited the set. He said the program is set to film for several more years and the fabric line and patterns will be expanded each year. He said that NBC actually owns the rights to the show and they are being very hands-on about the fabric line and patterns.
Dennis told us to watch for quilts in the show next year made from their fabric.
Anyway, it was an informative and fun afternoon. We each received 2 FQ's of Downtown fabric and a spool of Sulky thread and a small seam ripper in our goody bag along with a 25% off coupon for the Downton fabric purchased that day. I also won a charm pack of the fabric (37) pieces. I gave the charm pack to my friend and I don't know why I didn't give her the FQ's as well.
This was the 50th show Dennis had done and his last for this year. If you are interested, you might ask your LQS to look into hosting a trunk show for the new additions next year (starting in January along with the new episodes).
I also purchased a 1/2 yard of faux leather to use in making purse. I think I will use a 3 yard pack with zippers that I purchased at the Houston show several years ago as accents.
I finished my mug rugs and they will be in the mail tomorrow to my swap partner. I used about 1/2 yard in the process.
Fabric added this week 1 yard
Fabric used this week 1/2 yard
Fabric added this year 2 1/2 yards
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