Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery

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Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery is for everyone who is interested in Jane Austen and the famous patchwork.

48 pages, softcover

ISBN: 978-0-9810994-6-0 SKU: JAPM Listed under: , ,


Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery was published in 2009 and is still the first and only accurate pattern for the quilt. It includes everything you need to make a replica of the famous patchwork by hand or by machine.

Postage is exactly what I pay without a handling fee. I can often fit two or three different books in one flat-rate Priority envelope to make maximum use of postage. Mailed from Niagara Falls NY.

Jane Austen Quilt

If you are like me, you find everything about Jane Austen endlessly fascinating.

You can make a replica of the Jane Austen coverlet with just this book, but it is far easier with the Jane Austen Patchwork shape collection (download), so you can print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

The shape and size of the diamonds and sashing are tricky for modern quilters. The few patterns which appeared over the years simplified the numbers to avoid measuring in eighths and sixteenths of an inch or cutting odd angles. That added another layer of confusion. There was no way to reconcile the sizes and angles in the various sources.

Some of the diamonds in the original were fussy cut and you can fussy cut with Inklingo (2 methods).

Features of the Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery

  • information about Jane Austen
  • close-up photos of the coverlet
  • fabric notes
  • instructions for English Paper Piecing, hand piecing, machine piecing, and strip piecing
  • notes about fussy cutting with Inklingo
  • notes about design variations
  • fabric requirements
  • notes about pressing and finishing
  • shapes to trace for templates
  • shapes fit on Jelly Rolls and small scraps

Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery was made possible with the gracious assistance (and detective work) of

  • Mr. Tom Carpenter, Trustee of the Jane Austen Memorial Trust
  • Louise West, of Jane Austen’s House in Chawton
  • Sarah Howard, Hampshire County Council Museums

simplified Jane Austen Patchwork quilt design

There is a simplified border on the small quilt on the back cover of Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery. I pieced this quilt top by machine except for the small diamonds for the inner border.

Reasons to buy BOTH this book and the downloadable PDF:

  • The illustrations in the book are beautifully printed for you
  • The book is a lovely keepsake to save with your quilt
  • The book includes a pattern for a smaller version
  • The book includes more information about Jane Austen
  • The book includes instructions for strip piecing
  • The book includes more about the mysteries concerning the patchwork
  • It is easier to make the quilt with the Inklingo shape collection than with the book alone

I first saw the patchwork coverlet in Jane Austen’s bedroom at the house in Chawton before I was a quilter, and it has fascinated me ever since. It is the inspiration for five of my books: Quilted Diamonds, Quilted Diamonds 2, Jane Austen’s Writing Table Quilts, Jane Austen Patchwork (downloadable pattern), and Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery.


I sign every book when I mail it.  If you would like the autograph personalized, please make a note when you place your order.

Why quilters love Inklingo for the Jane Austen Patchwork

Thanks to Inklingo it is easier than ever to make a replica quilt that is as “Light & Bright & Sparkling” as the novels. Don’t settle for less than the best!

You can make a replica of the Jane Austen coverlet with just the JAPM book, but it is far easier with the Jane Austen Patchwork shape collection (PDF), so you can print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

Print diamonds for Jane Austen Coverlet

1. Choice of Methods

When the Austen ladies were stitching their patchwork at Chawton, there were no sewing machines. English Paper Piecing (EPP)was a favorite choice.

However, Inklingo’s precise lines for stitching and cutting—perfectly printed on the fabric by the hundreds—make it easier than they could have imagined in the early 1800s.

Jane Austen did not have a choice of methods. This Jane Austen quilt pattern includes everything you need to sew by hand or by machine or a combination of both.

If you prefer English Paper Piecing, you can print the Inklingo templates without seam allowances and cut several layers of paper at a time with a rotary cutter. (In addition to the shapes to print on fabric, every Inklingo shape collection includes the shapes without seam allowances for templates.)

I do not recommend English Paper Piecing for this design because it is faster, easier, and more precise to sew this design by machine in diagonal rows, using the illustrated instructions in Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery.

2. Fussy Cutting!

You can Fussy Cut with Inklingo (Video)

3. Simple to Decide How Much Fabric

There are diagrams in every shape collection that show how many shapes you can cut from a yard of fabric.

4. Easy to Cut

No measuring. No templates. With this Jane Austen quilt pattern, “The only difficulty . . . was in concealing the excess of her pleasure.” (Northanger Abbey, Ch 14).

Use a rotary cutter or scissors. No expensive cutting machines are required—and there are stitching lines and matching marks printed on every shape!

5. Print on scraps and Jelly Rolls

Monkey shows you how to print on Jelly Rolls in the Top 10 Tutes on the blog.

6. Even more reasons!

  • Some quilters want to cut with scissors.
  • Quilters love the accuracy of perfectly printed shapes without measuring.
  • Quilters love having matching marks and stitching lines on every piece, so they can
  • hand piece when they are on the go, and machine piece when they need speed.
  • Quilters love the way Inklingo helps them use scraps.
  • Quilters love the way Inklingo helps them estimate how much yardage to buy.

“It was a plan to promote the happiness of all.” (Emma, Ch 53)

Fabric for the Jane Austen Patchwork

New fabric 2020

Inklingo is perfect for a replica. Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery (2009) and the Jane Austen Patchwork Inklingo shape collection (2008) provide the first and only accurate, detailed pattern and instructions for this wonderful design.

3 reviews for Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery

  1. Leanne (verified owner)

    I bought this book to make my own version of this fabulous coverlet. It is wonderful that it has the history and interesting facts but such clear instructions make this less daunting to actually sew

  2. Jillian (verified owner)

    What a beautiful book this is! I love Jane Austen and it was great to read about this Patchwork. No wonder it’s been impossible to do an accurate reproduction of this piece until now–it certainly has odd sizes and angles to it. How interesting the details of the sashing. And what an accomplishment the border diamonds are! Never appreciated those details until this book.

  3. Cathi (verified owner)

    A fabulous book with some absolutely gorgeous shots of the original Jane Austen quilt as well as information to assist one in making a reproduction.

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