Our Song, in Kaleidoscope by Alison Glass

Earlier this year, designer Alison Glass released her line of shot cotton solids, Kaleidoscope. I had the privilege of exploring these saturated colours in a second version of Our Song, Your ReflectionThe result was a blazing sunset on a contrasting cool colour palette for the water. This quilt is all about texture, texture, and more texture.

Listen to Meaghan Smith’s song that goes with this quilt.

Quilted by Sheri Lund of Violet Quilts. Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

The Our Song, Your Reflection pattern releases October 11, 2018. Be the first to know about its release by signing up for the newsletter!

A shot cotton is a woven fabric which uses one colour for the threads of the warp and another colour for the weft. Depending on how the light catches the fabric, the colour appears differently. This particular line of shot cottons — aptly named Kaleidoscope — range from solid-looking to quite textured. The subtle shifts in colour add so much to the lone star design.

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

So as to not use both the white (“Daisy”) in both the swan and its reflection, I inserted some Alison Glass Mariner Cloth for the reflection to “muddy” up the reflection. It adds more variation in texture. I really admire the way Alison Glass as a designer explores different substrates and weaving methods to bring us sewists a new way of looking at what we create.

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

The backing for this quilt is yet another fabric designed by Alison Glass, from her garment specific line “Adorn.” It’s a cotton lawn – very soft and delicate. I love the reverse border print and sliced it in half and inserted a sampling of Kaleidoscope shot cottons to widen it.

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

The binding is made up of small swatches of the warm palette from the top half of the quilt and the cool palette from the bottom half. I used the Mariner Cloth for the rest of the binding as well, all in the name of texture! I often see wonderful uses of striped fabric for binding and this woven stripe brings that idea to a whole new level.

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

The Our Song, Your Reflection pattern releases October 11, 2018! Be sure you’re signed up for the newsletter so you’ll be the first to know when it’s available.

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

Our Song, Your Reflection in AG Kaleidoscope

  • Upper Lone Star: Citrus, Goldenrod, Sunflower, Poppy, Salmon, Strawberry, Peony, Pomegranate, Urchin, Raisin, Beet
  • Lower Lone Star: Periwinkle, Hydrangea, Blue Jay, Dragonfly, Beetle, Peacock, Bluebonnet, Indigo, Sapphire, Charcoal, Raven
  • Swan: Daisy, Indigo, Charcoal, Raven, Carrot
  • Swan Reflection: Mariner Cloth in Raven, Periwinkle, Hydrangea, Blue Jay, Beet
  • Sky: Pomegranate, with varied stars
  • Water: Indigo, with varied stars

Photograph by Quilt Photography Co.

28 thoughts on “Our Song, in Kaleidoscope by Alison Glass

  1. Denise :) says:

    This is spectacular … the colors and design just sing together and make beautiful music! My daughter’s community has a lake and this year the homeowner’s association introduced two pairs of swans; the grandgirls have been completely captivated by the four waterfowl! I’ll be watching for when the pattern is released — what a fun quilt this would make for them to capture their summer memories! 🙂

  2. Roseanne says:

    Hi Andrea! WOWEE!!! This quilt is beyond words. Beautiful, stunning just do not capture all of its essence. What a fabulous job you did on your color placement in both the reflection and the sunset version. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Q&B says:

    I couldn’t resist looking at this quilt. The detail, the thought, the love that went into designing and making this quilt – absolutely shows. Congratulations!

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