Allison Wilbur is an award winning longarm quilter and quilt artist. Her work is rooted in her life experiences as the daughter of a watercolor painter and a cabinetmaker, and the wife of a diplomat. Wilbur was originally drawn to traditional quilting for its combination of color and geometry. Decades of living overseas in Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and Switzerland, and travel to many other countries has added elements of textiles, color combinations, and design elements from other cultures. Often these elements are paired with traditional American piecing to create collaborative work that celebrates the international language of fiber shared by women in so many cultures around the world.
Wilbur lectures on textiles from around the world, quilting techniques, and art quilting to regional quilt guilds. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the New England Quilt Museum, in major national quilt festivals, art galleries and museums.
Together with her husband, Dick Wilbur, she manages 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.
Allison is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the past co-rep for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island regional SAQA group. She is most comfortable in the intersection between art and quilting and enjoys dyeing fabric, designing patterns, and using surface design techniques and embellishments to create fiber art. Her work has been exhibited in museums, fine art galleries and at major and regional quilt shows and is in private collections around the world. To see a selection of her art quilts, please visit her gallery.
Trunk Shows and Workshops
If your guild is looking fora dynamic program, contact Allison to schedule an informative and inspiring lecture and workshop combo designed to interest quilters of all levels. Wilbur’s trunk shows are engaging for all levels and the workshops help build skills and techniques that appeal to a wide variety of interests.
Quilt for Change
Allison and her husband Dick are cofounders of Quilt for Change. They 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.
Allison specializes in semi custom quilting designed to to complement piece work. Her studio is in Warren, Rhode Island. Her customer’s quilts have won numerous awards in local guild shows and Viewer’s Choice at the Best of New England Guilds exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum.
Allison teaches 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. (No classes in Fall 2018)
Occasionally Allison conducts three day retreats. The retreats are creative 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 her monthly newsletter to find out about future retreats
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