Seventy Six by Alison Glass

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Inspired by words like Harmony, Renewal, and Goodness, the idea for the patterns in Alison Glass‘ Seventy Six for Andover Fabrics was born. Seventy Six is a versatile collection of thirty fabrics. Ten of them are especially useful neutrals ranging from white to dark grey in a perfect scale for quilting. Images of birds and bees mix with stars, flowers, and pretty line-work in lovely harmony. The colors, saturated and complex, represent a more controlled AG palette, sure to make for beautiful patchwork. Alison’s coordinating thread collections offer a wonderful range for sewists and quilters. The Large collection features a mix of colors in 50wt. The Small collections are broken out into Warm, Cool and Neutral tones, each with 5 colors in both 50wt and 28wt.

Read on for all sorts of thread info, an interview with Alison, info about her fabric and embroidery designs and of course… a GIVEAWAY!

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Seventy Six Large Collection
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 – 5015
5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 – 6722 – 6736alisonglass-sevetysixlg

Seventy Six Small Collection, Warm Palette
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 (50wt) 4030 – 2588 – 4020 – 5002 – 2235 (28wt)alisonglass-seventysixwarmsm

Seventy Six Small Collection, Cool Palette
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
5015 – 5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 (50wt) 5015 – 5022 – 2910 – 2815 – 2525 (28wt)alisonglass-sevetysixcool-sm

Seventy Six Small Collection, Neutral Palette 
Small, 50wt (220yds/spool) & 28wt (109yds/spool)
6722 – 6736 – 2021 – 2615 – 2784 (50wt) 6722 – 6736 – 2021 – 2615 – 2784 (28wt)alisonglass-seventysixneutralsm

To view this info on our website, click on any of the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you background in home décor inspire and guide your journey in textile design?
About 8 years ago, I started a business doing organization and decorating for clients. I dropped the organization component after about a year to focus on space remodels. I began using fabrics from the quilting industry in client’s homes because the fabric was more in line with what I was looking for, interesting design with bolder colors, and overall just different from a lot of the home dec fabric available. Through working with these fabrics, I became very interested in the idea of designing fabric and eventually did design my first line that ended up being produced by Andover Fabrics.

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Do you come from a creative background and how did that influence your path?
My mother’s mother sewed beautifully, really truly very talented, but I didn’t know her well, so anything from her would be in the genetic category. My mother also was very, very talented at a lot of things, including sewing and color. I do remember sitting by her and watching her sew and I remember her telling me things about how to use the machine, etc., but she passed away when I was nine, so to say that she taught me to sew wouldn’t be true. I’m sure she would have, we just didn’t get to it. She still is one of my greatest influences though, in immeasurable ways. I did take a class when I was around twelve, which was mainly useful in learning how to thread my sewing machine (a Bernina that had belonged to my mom that is still the main machine around here), and from there I just kind of sewed and figured it out.

[Matchstick Quilt Straight line quilting by Mary Menzer.]

How you first got started in the world of sewing and quilting?
I guess like both my mum and her mum, a lot of the sewing I started out doing was out of a practical desire of wanting things for my home, and because I could. I mainly sewed home décor items such as pillows and slip covers. Then when I started having kids I made nursery things. From there, I started to create things for other people which helped to grow my business. I also sew because I love fabric and always have. It is strange to think back and see a path leading to fabric design, but it all makes sense.

Bungalow Quilt

Bungalow Quilt

How did you first connect with Andover Fabrics and what do you love most about working with them?
Working with Andover is very collaborative and I love that. They are great at listening and and we really do work together to grow in ways that are best for the whole. Andover is also extremely committed to quality in everything they produce, as am I, so that works out well for all of us and for the people who end up using the fabrics. They are also kind, nice and a lot of fun! We have a good time and it feels like a positive group project where everyone contributes.

Seventy-Six and Insignia are your latest collections with Andover. What inspired these lines and what do you love most about how the two coordinate?
Seventy Six is inspired by historic celebrations and focuses on themes of renewal, goodness and harmony. It’s a very personal line and for sure a favorite of mine. I love how the colors work together and I think it represents and important shift in my thought process as a fabric designer. Insignia fills a need for solid fabrics that coordinate with my prints. The saturation of the colors is amazing. The mill did such  great work with the printing and the texture of the fabric shows so beautifully. I love how Insignia works with Seventy Six, and really all of the fabrics, to give some needed space to the busy. Both of these lines are for sure favorites of mine.

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Cobblestone Quilt

You work with an amazing and diverse group of makers to showcase your fabrics. What is it like to see your fabrics come to life in the hands of these talented women & men?
That’s true, everyone that helps by making is amazing. I’m extremely lucky to have a large group of tallented people interested in the work and willing to make things with it. It’s not something I take lightly or for granted at all. Every person that helps to show what can be done with the fabric is immensely important to getting the work out and seen so that others can continue in their own making. I appreciate every piece and truly love being in the position to make a raw good that others can use to create their own heirlooms. I have a certain capacity for imagining uses, but it’s so small compared to what others choose. It’s truly a favorite part of the job.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them? Do you have a favorite color/weight?
Aurifil first is a super group of hard working people making a superior product. I simply first discovered Aurifil at my first or second Quilt Market by walking past their booth and seeing a wall of amazing brilliant color. That is what drew me in, then learning about the quality sealed the deal. I have tons of colors I love, but one that stands out is 5022, it’s a personal favorite that has ended up in multiple AG collections. It’s a beautiful chartreuse color that I’m personally very drawn to. I love the matte finish of the threads and again the wide range of gorgeous colors.

How did you go about selecting threads for your latest Aurifil collection, and how would you want to present them to all of the makers out there?
The collections fall into two categories. The three small boxes (Warm, Cool and Neutral) each have five colors in two weights. I chose the two weights so that people would have colors that work well with the fabrics, but also choices for uses. The 50wt is great for piecing while the 28 is super for visible colorful quilting, a concept I love and am hoping to share with other through these collections as well as some of our newer patterns. The Neutral box is particularly  useful. Each of the five weights/colors would cover the majority of needs. While the colors are chosen to work well with Seventy Six and Insignia, the reality is that they blend beautifully with the majority of my fabrics (and others). The large box is 12 useful colors that go great with the fabrics, but are also chosen to use with my machine embroidery collections for Bernina and OESD. I have a new (really fun!) machine embroidery collection and these threads are chosen specifically to make for a great outcome for those designs.

[Attacus Linework Moth & Attacus  Linework Crewel Style Moth by Nydia Kehnle.]

THE SEVENTY SIX EXPERIENCE
Alison Glass isn’t just a designer, a quilter, or an artist… she is a story-teller. With each collection release, she tells a new story, adding to her rich history. Seventy Six isn’t just a group of thread collections or a new fabric line (partnered with Insignia) for Andover… It isn’t just a new set of embroidery designs with OESD or a set of fabulous temporary tattoos. It is the works of art that come from it all, the new projects that are thoughtfully created by so many talented makers. Alison inspires people to dig deeper into their own creative instincts and the results are always stunning. We couldn’t help but share a few examples here.

THE FABRIC
Seventy Six & Insignia by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics

THE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS
Seventy Six Embroidery Designs by Alison Glass for OESD
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THE GIVEAWAY
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To enter-to-win 1 Fat Quarter Bundle of Seventy Six by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, 1 Large Seventy Six Thread Collection by Alison Glass for Aurifil and one Embroidery Designs disc by Alison Glass for OESD, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, December 16! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, December 17. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Emily C!

ANOTHER FAB GIVEAWAY!!
Also, don’t miss out on this AMAZING giveaway going on now over at Andover Fabrics! Click here or on the image below for more information. Giveaway runs through Tuesday, December 15th at 5pmEST.screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-33-40-pm

ABOUT ALISON
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Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Aspiring to create a career for herself, Alison started a design business in 2007 focusing on space remodels and custom home decor pieces. Her love of color and shape and the combination of the two eventually lead to making the decision to step back from the local design business and work toward her goal of creating artwork for surfaces. She is thrilled for the opportunity to design fabric for Andover.

Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is, being increasingly comfortable with ambiguity, and continuing to move forward and live in the new. She loves to talk about these ideas, as well as art, design, architecture, color, kids, okay, pretty much anything, with anyone who cares to talk! She is incredibly grateful to her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the amazing varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities.

[bio & photos courtesy of Alison Glass. Many photos by Love Knot Photo. Feature showcase photos by Nichole VogelsingerKarie JewellJamie Swanson, Kate BastiWendy Bermingham, SARIELLA Studios, Kitty Wilkin, and Kristy Sachs.]

165 thoughts on “Seventy Six by Alison Glass

  1. What would I do with Seventy Six…first I would pet, fondle and admire it for a couple weeks and then I would make a scrappy Churn Dash quilt that I’ve been contemplating using Alison Glass fabrics for a long time!

  2. I love mixing fabrics and embroidery designs into quilts, so I am really excited that there are embroidery designs! So a quilt it is!

  3. I just used some of your 2016 sun collection. Love the clear colors! My bucket list has 1 yard of all your fabrics! Can’t say enough about the wonderful texture and colors of your fabrics!

  4. I love the idea of machine embroidery! My favorite is embrodery-I try to put hand embroidery somewhere on all my quilts-machine embroidery intrigues me and what wonderful colors these are! Thank you, Susan

  5. Love the saturated colors–I will make a quilt with them after carefully studying them to figure out which of the designs on my “to-do list” I would choose.

  6. I love making lap quilts and those colors would make a beautiful quilt to snuggle under. AND those Aurifil threads are the best! Great colors and what I love to use in my quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

  7. What a fabulous giveaway. I would make a wall quilt for sure. My quilt hanger is visible as soon as you walk in our front door so the fabric would be oohed and aahed over for a long time, before and after being made into a quilt.

  8. I am a HUGE fan of Alison Glass, and yhough I quilt every single day and shovel out quilts left and right…i STILL don’t have one of my own quilts except) minis on my sewing room wall. Shameful. Well, I do an awful lot of charity quilts and the rest are gifts and for family so maybe not SHAMEFUL. But depressing for sure, so I would make a quilt for myself. Finally! This mother of six and grandma of 4 deserves one by now me thinks.

  9. Such gorgeous color! First, I’d just want to hold it and pet it for awhile then I’d make a quilt just for me to snuggle under on my side of the couch!

  10. The first thing I would do would be to get my hands on the Insignia collections and whichever other Alison Glass fabrics I could. Then I would love to put them all together into a joyous, simple quilt like the Cobblestone quilt you picture. Then I would wrap myself in it and think happy thoughts!

  11. I would make a quilt for my granddaughter, who will be graduating from high school this coming spring. She would love the colors of the fabrics.

  12. Love, love, love these colors and designs! I would make a beautiful throw for my sofa in the den. It would really make a statement! Thanks for sharing.

  13. How timely is the release of this stunning fabric collection. I have just completed a quilt top which took me most of this year to make and I am itching to start a new quilt in 2017. This collection has my heart and my imagination racing.

  14. I love the beautiful colors of the fabric and thread. A quilt is always my first go-to. The saturated colors of the fabric line would certainly make a cheerful quilt to pick up the winter time doldrums.

  15. I love all these strong colours. I’d use this fabric in many different ways. A lap quilt for winter evenings would be my first quilt with it.

  16. If I won, I’d scream, cry, and furiously cuddle and pat the bundle. Then after I calmed down I’d make a gorgeous quilt for myself, so I can stare at that beautiful fabric forever!

  17. I just joined a virtual quilt bee and one suggestion for bringing cohesion to the blocks is to use one fabric line. This would be perfect!

  18. Well, the possibilities are endless. Just finished a wall quilt for my daughter using 28 wt. Thread for the first time and was very pleased with the results. More colors would mean more options. Have also recently come across 31st least 2 Alison Glass patterns I couldn’t live without.

  19. I have been a fan of Alison Glass for a long time and love everything she does! I would make a lovely set of placemats and a matching table runner with this fabric! My guests would hate to cover them with their plates!

  20. This past year I have been planning/designing a quilt (my first to keep, and not give away!) with Alison Glass fabrics… Those wonderful rich saturated colors (!!!) of SunPrints, with fabrics from Alison Glass Abacus line!… I had it all planned…. *Then*, I saw Alison’s Seventy Six and Insignia!!!!
    Now, I want to include these new lines in my “keeper” quilt, too!!
    (Knowing me, I won’t be able to resist gifting it… So I’m already planning to make several variations of my idea… Perhaps I’ll get to keep one, after all!)
    Pat T.

  21. I would definitely make a Beautiful quilt..to show off these Gorgeous colors! Looove this Bundle!! And I would use every bit of scraps too!
    Thank you for chance to win your Awesome Give-a-way! 😀

  22. I would make an awesome wall quilt to hang near my front door for all my friends to see when they visit. I want them to have a virtual feast of color when they walk in the door…and if they are coming for dinner? I’ve already served up the appetizer, we just need a little vino!!

  23. Stunning! I would interpret my granddaughter’s art into a quilt with these amazing fabrics adding texture and drama with fabulous threads.

  24. The fabric colors are so bright and cheery—truly they are “feel good” fabrics! The thread colors are absolutely gorgeous—but that’s what I’ve come to expect from Aurifil threads…rich, saturated colors that are divine!

  25. I would use it to make various pouches and bags. I would love to use it in patchwork to make a maker’s tote. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  26. What would I do? Aside from stroke it lovingly? I would finally make a quilt out of the Alison Glass treasure bin I have my other bits and pieces in combined with this beautiful line! Just amazing.

  27. Talk about eye candy, oh my those quilts are beautiful!!! It would be fun to design a quilt with all those wonderful colors. Happy Holidays

  28. I would make a quilt for my new great grand baby, the colors are so bright and beautiful, you can’t help but smile and feel good and creative when looking at the fabric and threads.

  29. 76 is just stunning ! I’m a novice free motion quilter so I’d practice more and then quilt a runner i have awaiting in Alison’s “Abacus” village print. Thankyou.

  30. I can easily see all of these spectacular fabrics and threads being used to create quilts and fabric crafts throughout the year; well if they could last that long. Every single tiny scrap would be used without any doubt! Another part of this whole process that I can see the fabrics and the threads inspiring me to do, once again, is Free Motion Machine Embroidery! Thank you for this magnificent opportunity! Have a fantastic creative day!

  31. I have a quilt pattern that would fit perfectly with these vibrant fabrics. So beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  32. What a wonderful giveaway … I’d have to decide on a pattern to showcase these beautiful fabrics and threads, but what a happy decision that would be! Thanks for sharing with us and Happy Holidays!!

  33. Alison makes such beautiful fabric. If I were to win I would use the fabric to make either the Alison Glass quilt “Spectrum” or the “Tesselation” by Allison and Nydia. Both beautiful quilt designs I still need to make!

  34. Your fabric is so colourful and bright I would have to do some thinking on this to come up with something very special to use this fabric on.

  35. I would make my first ever quilt and would display it proudly and use it in my very bland living room to make it buzz with color and fun!

  36. I would make everything with Alison Glass’s Seventy-Six and Insignia. Her color use in tandem with the prints both subtle and bold is phenomenal, not to mention they soothe me. There will be quilts, pillows, bags, gifts, and selfish sewing; lots of selfish sewing. 🙂

  37. What would I do with seventy – six? Make a quilt of course! Honestly I would probably pet it for awhile, and stare at it, and then pet it some more. Alison Glass is one of my favorite fabric designers! This is amazing!

  38. i would make a queen sized quilt for my bed! alison glass is the first quilt designer i noticed and then got into quilting because of!

  39. I would make a quilt or bags, a NCW or a Sew Together Bag. I’m not exactly sure what kind of quilt though, maybe a Marigold by PenandPaper because I’ve been waiting for a good fabric to make one with, or a Swoon quilt…so many options!

  40. Did you announce the winner. I never did see anything saying who won. Whoever it was is a lucky, lucky sewistbut I was just curious where exactly we are supposed to look for winner announcements. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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