I fell in love with Alison Glass fabrics when I first started quilting. Her prints are always my top choice for any important quilting project and I always feel inspired when I quilt with them. So getting the chance to work with her new lines Insignia and Seventy Six before they ship to stores has been one of the most exciting things to happen in my quilting career (thanks again Alison and Chen!).
As I continue to grow as a quilter, I'm realizing that my personal style is simple. I like to use a lot of dark solids that make prints and colors pop. I love every print in Alison's new lines, but I was most drawn to Insignia, her near-solid line that coordinates with her prints. Insignia is so cool you guys, the line has little designs that are spaced very far apart which means that when you cut it, you might get a block of solid or you might get an adorable bee, bird, or geometric design. I pulled out some black Essex Yarn Dyed Linen and the combination of those fabrics got me really excited to design something new!
My musical inspiration for this quilt is "Punchlines," one of my favorite songs by Mates of State. Released ten years ago on their excellent album Bring It Back, "Punchlines" highlights husband and wife team Kori Gardener and Jason Hammel's talents. The vocals, synthesizers, and drums are killer and this song always makes me want to dance (I'm literally listening to it as I type and it's taking forever because I'm having my own dance party!). I started listening to Mates of State a million years ago when I was in college, and their music has always brought a smile to my face, which is also how I felt about Insignia.
So what does this song look like to me? I read reviews of the album Bring It Back as I worked and thought about why I have loved Mates of State for so long. As both creative and romantic partners, Kori and Jason's work inspires major relationship goals. For proof, please check out this music video inspired by and staring their daughters. I mean, COME ON.
I think the AV Club review of Bring It Back described this song best though: "A song like the punchy 'Punchlines,' with its shifting tempos and call-and-response verses, definitely celebrates the sound of two voices working alone, and working as one." I started thinking of these two punctuated triangles as the song's vocals, working beautifully together and as one, and highlighting something that always makes me happy. And here's what I made!
I am crazy about this quilt. It turned out exactly as I envisioned it, and the little designs mixed with the occasional solid color block gives it more visual interest. This quilt is simple, beginner friendly, and a great way to showcase an entire collection you love.
I'll have to wait to quilt and bind this quilt until I can get some more fabric, so you'll see more of "Punchlines" in the future! For now, go buy Bring It Back by Mates of State and have a dance party on me the next time you're quilting!