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Jane Austen At Home Boxed Quilt Kit - PREORDER end of June or later

Updated August 19th 2021: About 60% of the kits came in and most of them have went out. There are still a few that will be going out in the next day or two. The rest are set to arrive to Riley Blake in September. If you have any questions about your order, please call 740-985-4417 or email

Update July 10th 2021. Riley Blake says that the kits are still stuck in customs and have backed the ship date up to the 3rd week of August.

I am closing orders on this to make sure that I don't oversell. I do believe that I will have some extras, so please call the shop at 740-985-4417 or email at to get on the wait list. Thanks!

Updated June 7th, Riley Blake says that the kits are stuck at the Border in Customs and should be arriving the end of June or later. I will be shipping them as soon as they arrive. I understand this is frustrating.

Updated May 18th- Riley Blake says that the kits are set to arrive to them May 27. They will then be getting them out to quilt shops and as soon as they arrive, I will be shipping them. Thank you so much for your patience!

Updated Feb 19th, 2021: Riley Blake has contacted shops to let them know that this kit is now pushed back until the end of May. There have just been too many delays at the mill. Please note, that if ordered with wide backing, it will ship together as soon as it arrives you notify that you need the backing sooner for some reason.

Update: February 8th: Riley Blake says that the kits are not set to arrive in March. I know this is frustrating, but this kit is worth the wait!

Riley Blake has updated to say the the kits are still to arrive the end of January to them and then they will be getting them out to quilt shops. I will update with any more information as I receive it.

 Any orders placed after noon on November 5, 2020 will ship in the second order or kits, not arriving until at least the middle of January, but very well could be later based on the current customs delays. A ten dollar restocking fee will apply to any requested refunds.


Any pre-order cancellation will incur a $10 fee.

From Riley Blake Designs
By Austen, Jane
Jane Austen At Home Collection

Item Description: The Jane Austen Coverlet Kit includes pattern, fabric, and acrylic template for quilt top and binding. Backing not included. Fabric featured is Jane Austen at Home. The coverlet is a reproduction of the one made by Jane, her sister Cassandra, and their mother. It is a medallion quilt with a large central motif cut as a diamond. This is surrounded by a 232 smaller diamonds and interconnected by spotted sashing. The outer border contains over 2500 smaller diamonds. The kit comes in a keepsake Jane Austen box. Finished coverlet size is approximately 80" x 100". Box size is 4" x 12" x 18".

Link for wide back is on the bottom of this page. Suggested yardage is 2.5 yards.

Jane Austen was both an accomplished novelist and expert seamstress. She mentions household sewing as well as trimming and retrimming her hats, bonnets and gowns several times throughout her letters. Many of her pieces of fine work survive and can be seen in the displays at her home, Chawton Cottage, in Hampshire. Among these are a white indian muslin tucker, a white embroidered lawn handkerchief and a patchwork quilt which was made by herself, her sister, Cassandra, and her mother in the early part of the nineteenth century.

In May 1811, Jane asked her sister Cassandra, “have you remembered to collect pieces for the Patchwork? — we are now at a standstill.” When viewing this quilt, now displayed on a period bed in Chawton, it is easy to see why the Austen’s needed more fabric! This quilt uses 64 different patterns over its several hundred diamond shaped squares. It is amazing to think of the Austen ladies bent over their needles sewing every stitch by hand! The pattern used by the Austens is called an English medallion, that is, “a quilt with a central motif, surrounded by multiple Borders. The center is often a large square on point.”

The Austen quilt is made up of a variety of Chintz (printed or painted cotton fabric) fabrics, each one specially cut to show off the pattern to it’s best ability. Chintz fabric were first imported from India in the 1600’s. While early prints were based on fashionable Indian patterns, though they were later designed after English floral prints in order to appeal to the wider European market.

English wool and silk manufacturers, concerned about the grwoing popularity of these imports, soon used their influence to enforce a ban on the importation and production of printed cotton fabrics in England as well as her colonies. Eventually techniques were developed to allow British textile manufacturers to create their own chintz like patterns. In an attempt to keep the technology a secret, skilled workers were not allowed to emmigrate from the country. Many did manage to leave, however, and soon, production was in full swing in the American colonies, as well.

Still the fabric was quite expensive and women might only be able to afford a yard or two of a favorite print. In order to extend the fabric over a greater area, it was often cut into pieces and featured in a quilt. The basket of flowers centered in the Austen’s quilt is a prime example of this technique. These finished quilts were sometimes called “one-yard quilts”.

Often the other fabrics used came from the scrap pile or worn out clothing that was no longer needed by the family. It is fun to imagine where each of the prints used by the Austens originated.

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