I have never seen the show and probably wouldn't have taken notice when a local quilt shop announced Downton Abbey fabrics are in stock. However, my daughter likes the show, so it got my attention. I googled and learned this British period drama is set in the early1900s, and the styles of that era are classic, so I went to see the fabrics. They are lovely(!) and I bought 2 fat quarters (below) just because I like them. However, not only are there fabrics inspired by this show, but there is a whole line of additional items for *each* of the 4 main characters -- patterns for quilts, bags, and more may be coming. I came away loving my fat quarters but muttering something about "commercialization". THEN in my mailbox this morning was a promotion for a "Downton Abbey Quilt Retreat". Only $165.00 for 3 days at a hotel (overnight room not included) working with the special fabrics in 2 classes to make a quilt and a bag. Sewing with others is always fun (includes meals), but I'm still muttering "Bah, commercialization". However, to be fair, if the show wasn't a commercial success, none if these lovely fabrics would exist. Hmmm...I might start to watch the show.