Allison Wilbur

Welcome – I love to share my love of quilting and art. Whether you are perusing my galleries for inspiration, reading my blog for tips and happenings, or looking for a trunk show or workshop for your group, I hope you enjoy my website. If you have any questions – just click on the contact form and get in touch!

 

About

My work is rooted in my life experiences. My mother was a watercolor painter and my father is a cabintmaker. I was originally drawn to traditional quilting for its combination of color and geometry. Layered on these influences are decades of living overseas in Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and Switzerland, and travel to many other countries. I often combine textiles from other cultures with traditional American piecing to create collaborative work that celebrates the international language of fiber shared by women in so many communities. Japanese design principles have a major influence on my work. My latest series combines stitched lines and textile paint and celebrates the natural world.

I lecture on textiles around the world and quilting techniques to regional quilt guilds. My  work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Together with my husband, Dick Wilbur, we manage a project, “Quilt for Change,” which uses challenge art quilt exhibits to inspire social change. The exhibits have been displayed at the United Nations in Switzerland and New York, have traveled with major quilt shows in the U.S. and at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA.

 

Sea Turtle - Bounty of the SeasFiber Artist
I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the co-rep for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island regional SAQA group. I am most comfortable in the intersection between art and quilting and enjoy dyeing fabric, creating my own designs, and using surface design techniques and embellishments to create fiber art. My work has been exhibited in museums, fine art galleries and at quilt shows. To see a selection of my fiber art, please visit my gallery.

Hand and machine sashiko workshop with Allison WilburTrunk Shows and Workshops
 If your guild is looking for a great program, contact me to schedule an informative and inspiring lecture and workshop combo for quilters of all levels. My dynamic talks are fun and informative and the workshops help build skills and techniques that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

Sewing Sister by Allison Wilbur 2013Quilt for Change
I am Co Founder of Quilt for Change. We create challenge art quilt exhibits for display at the United Nations and venues across the U.S. The challenges are themed on issues important to women around the world and are a call for awareness and action to improve the lives of women everywhere.

Nolting Pro 24Longarm Quilting
I specialize in semi custom quilting designed to  to complement your piece work. My studio is in Bristol, Rhode Island. If you would like me to quilt a top for you, please contact me as soon as possible and add your name to my list. Typical wait time is about 6 months.

Machine Trapunto Feathered Wreath class with Allison WilburQuilting Classes

I teach Machine Quilting at Knit One Quilt Too in Barrington, RI, a multi session class that gives you a solid foundation in machine quilting on your home machine and a large library of design choices. For a list of classes and lectures, check out my schedule or contact me for more info.

Quilting Retreat, Spring 2018

The Spring retreat on May 4, 5 and 6 was a fabulous creative fest. The three day retreat was both productive and relaxing, with delicious healthy meals included, lots of room to work on projects, and relaxing optional activities like mini massages and yoga lessons. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to find out about future retreats

vending trim and notionsStudio and Vending

My studio is located at 235 High St in Bristol, RI and is open by appointment. This is where I do my longarm work, create my art quilts, and teach some classes. I sell an array of  patterns, machine quilting notions, vintage lace, trim, ribbons, buttons and fabric – a wonderful assortment of embellishments that work beautifully not only for quilting, but also scrapbooking, doll making, and fashion. If you have a group that would like to come visit me, please contact me through the contact form. I also vend at select quilt shows.

Allison Wilbur PhotoHow can you contact me?

To contact me about any of these services, please use the Contact Me form on this website.

 

 

“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with last night’s speaker. She has definitely lived a very heartfelt life using textiles as her vehicle for good will and charity. As I said … at the completion of her talk, she deserved a standing ovation. How nice of her to share her love of fabrics and handwork with all of us. I, for one, loved seeing her collection.”
– Dotty Morris, Cabin Branch Quilters, Woodbridge, VA

Schedule

Workshops, Lectures, Exhibitions and Classes

Please use the contact me form on this website to set a date for me to come speak at  your guild.

2019

March 12 &13, “Fabulous Fabric Selection” lecture and “Color in Quilting” workshop, Ninigret Quilters, Westerly, RI.

April 14, “Quilting as a Design Element,” Cornerstone Quilters Guild, Charlton, MA.

May 9th & 11th, “Japan, Tradition and Inspiration” Lecture and Sashiko Workshop, Merrimack Valley Quilters, Haverhill, MA.

June 5, “Japan: Tradition and Inspiration” Lecture and Trunk Show, Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild, Pepperell, MA

June 18 & 19 “Trip Around the World” lecture and “Color in Quilting” workshop, Cocheco Quilters, Dover, NH.

2018

Jan 22, “Quilting as a Design Element” Lecture and Workshop, Shining Tides Quilt Guild, Mattapoissett, MA

Jan 23, Lecture, “Quilting as a Design Element,” Crosstown Quilters, Weymouth, MA

Feb-Apr, six-session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too quilt shop,  Barrington, RI

February 20, “Japan: Tradition and Inspiration” Lecture and Trunk Show, Crossroads Quilters, Beverly, MA

March 17, “Japan: Tradition and Inspiration” Lecture and Trunk Show, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

April 4, Lecture, “Quilting as a Design Element” Lecture, Hammersmith Quilters Guild, Saugus, MA

April 21-22, Vendor at Narragansett Bay Quilters Assocaition Quilt Show

August 4-15, “Something Boro’d Something Blue” exhibit, The Brush Art Gallery & Studios, Lowell, MA.  Two pieces accepted: Tsukimi (Moon Viewing) and Enso (Zen Circle).  Artists’ reception Saturday, August 11, 2-4 p.m.

August 11-September 15, “Interplay: Fiber and Art Quilts” exhibit, Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA.  “Evening Meal” accepted.  Artists’ reception Saturday, August 11, 2-4 p.m.

September 5, “Trip Around the World” Trunk show, Essex County Needlecraft Guild, Topsfield, MA

September 8-October 31, “Stepping Inside the Outside: a SAQA MA/RI Regional Exhibit,” Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA.  “Barnacle Bill” accepted.  Artists’ reception Sunday, September 9, 1-3 p.m.

September 25, “Trip around the World” Trunk Show, Nimble Thimblers Quilt Guild, Wakefield, MA

Sept 29, “Painting with Tsukineko Inks” Workshop, Nimble Thimblers Quilt Guild, Wakefield, MA

October 17, “Japan: Tradition and Inspiration” Lecture and Trunk Show, Concord Piecemakers Quilting Guild, Concord, MA

November 14 & 15, “Japan: Inspiration and Tradition” Lecture and Trunk Show and “Sashiko by Hand and by Machine” workshop, Farmington Valley Quilters, Simsbury, CT

November 19, “Quilting as a Design Element” Lecture, Chelmsford Quilters Guild, Chelmsford, MA

November 27, Rising Star Quilt Guild, Arlington, MA, “Trip Around the World.”

December 1, Rising Star Quilt Guild, Arlington, MA, “Surface Design Introduction”

2017

Jan – March, nine session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

Feb 25 Quilting as a Design Element Lecture and Workshop, Linsey Woolsey Quilt Guild, Attleboro, MA

March 4 Opening, Water is Life Quilt for Change Exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

March 15, 2016, Trip Around the World Trunk Show, Clamshell Quilt Guild, Waterford, CT

March 16 & 18, Quilting as a Design Element, Lecture and workshop, Narragansett Bay Quilters Association, East Greenwich, RI

March 31, Art Quilting Techniques workshop for Quilters by the Sea, Allison’s Studio in Bristol, RI.

April 6, Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, “Machine Quilting an Art Quilt” at the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

April 10 – June 12, nine session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI (full)

May 4, Trip Around the World Trunk Show, Cranberry Quilters, Plymouth, MA

June 10, “Sashiko Stitching” talk and demo at the Quilting and Fiber Arts Day at the Windham Textile & History Museum 411 Main Street Willimantic, CT 06226

Sept – Dec, Longarm Quilting Class, AWQ Studio, Bristol, RI

Sept – Nov, nine session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

Sept 26, Painting with Tsukineko Inks, AWQ Studio, Bristol, RI

October 5, “Japan, Tradition and Inspiration” Trunk show, Quilters by the Sea, Portsmouth, RI

Oct 13 – 15, Fiber Retreat, Reynolds Art and Wellness Center, Bristol, RI.

2016

Jan – March, nine session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

April 14, Lecture, Burlington Quilters’ Guild, Burlington, MA

April – June, nine session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

April 30, Sashiko Workshop, Mothertown Quilters Guild, Lancaster, MA

May 3, Lecture, Thames River Quilt Guild, Gales Ferry, CT

May 6, All day workshop in Landscape Quilts, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington , RI

May 17, Lecture, Yankee Quilters, Medway, MA

June 11, Lecture and Vending, Windham Textile Museum, Willimantic, CT

August 4-6, Vending, Bayberry Quilt Show, Harwich, MA

August 7, Opening Reception “Currents” SAQA regional exhibit at the Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA

August 13-14, Machine Quilting Mini Retreat, Knit One Quilt Too Barrington, RI

August 25, Solo Exhibit, East Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Warren Art Night, Warren, RI

September 8-Dec 15, Eight session Advanced Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

October 25, Trip Around the World Lecture, Artful Hands Quilt Guild, Mansfield, MA

November 9, Quilting as a Design Element Lecture and workshop , Ladies of the Lake, Wolfboro, NH

November 11 Quilting as a Design Element, Chickadee Quilters, Bridgeton, Maine
November 12 Machine Trapunto Workshop, Chickadee Quilters, Bridgeton, Maine

2015

January – March, Eight session Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too,  Barrington, RI

January – March, Quilt Challenge Class for advanced quilters, Knit One Quilt Too Barrington, RI

March 16  Lecture, Wayside Quilters Guild, Sudbury, MA

March 18 – May 3, Exhibition, “Advocacy Quilting” at the New England Quilt Museum,  Lowell, MA

April 2, “Quilting for a Cause” Brown Bag Lunch lecture at the New England Quilt Museum

May 7, Vend at Quilters by the Sea monthly meeting

May 12 Lecture, Mothertown Quilt Guild, Lancaster, MA

May 28, Exhibition, Featured Artist, East Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bristol, Warren Art Night

June 1, Lecture, Hannah Dustin Quilt Guild, Hudson, NH

June 20, Vend SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) Regional Meeting, Pro Chem, Fall River Ma

September 2 – 28, “Quilting for Change: An Exhibition of Solar Sister and Advocacy Project Quilts” at the Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland. Gallery Reception, September 12, 5 – 8 pm.

September – Dec, Machine Quilting Class, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI (full)

September – Nov, People and Pets Portrait Class, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington RI

Sept – Nov, Quilt Challenge Class, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI

September 17, vend Narragansett Bay Quilters Association monthly meeting

October  Holllyhocks at “Art as Quilt” exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum, Worcester, MA

2014

January 13, Workshop “Painting with Tsukineko Inks” Narragansett Bay Quilters Association

January – Feb and May – June, Eight session Machine Quilting Class at Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI

May 19, Lecture, Silver City Quilt Guild, Taunton, MA

June 2,  Shoreline Quilters Guild, Branford, CT

June, Introduction to Hand Sashiko Class, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI

August 7-8, Machine Quilting Retreat, Knit One Quilt Too, Barrington, RI