Traditional Quilts


The blocks in this quilt may be traditional, but the color scheme and layout are a call for change. The center blocks are drunkards path and the outer border is double wedding ring. The images created by the layout of the blocks and the color scheme of black, white and red tell the deeper story. The inner circles represent faces and the outer border chains. Until our society breaks free of the false concept of racism, we are chained and constricted in a bloody loop. In so many ways people of color are disproportionately negatively affected by the systems and norms that have existed for far too long. Until we can truly be the land of freedom and equal opportunity, we will all suffer.

Chained by Allison Wilbur

African Jewel

African Wax Textiles are full of vivid color and bold texture. This quilt was designed to highlight the wide variety of bold colors and motifs. The indigo of the background fabric was dyed in Mali and makes a perfect setting for these dramatic fabrics.

African Jewel by Allison Wilbur 2020
African Jewel by Allison Wilbur 2020 63 w x 63 w African Wax Textiles, Indigo dyed in Mali, wool batting, beaded circles from Uganda, machine pieced and quilted

New England Thrift

All those ziplock bags of little calico squares people gave me over the years saying, “My grandmother used to quilt. You can use these!” went into this quilt. Individually I did not like the fabrics, but together, they sing. Look carefully and you will see that the individual blocks are color studies using complementary colors. The pattern, Duck, Duck Goose, is a Linda Hahn interpretation of Missouri Puzzle.

New England Thrift by Allison Wilbur 2018
New England Thrift by Allison Wilbur 2018 63 w x 74 h commercial cottons, machine pieced and quilted

Rock Wall

A simple charm pack of coordinated colors was used to create this sampler for machine quilting. I teach machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine. This piece showcases a number of simple and versatile quilting motifs.  The colors of the fabric reminded me of an old New England stone wall with moss and shadows.

Rock Wall by Allison Wilbur 2020

Ra - Sun God

Metallic fabrics make this New York Beauty quilt radiate warmth and light. The machine quilting repeats the motifs in the piecing to for a harmonious composition.

Ra Sun God by Allison Wilbur
Ra Sun God by Allison Wilbur 2012 47 w x 48 h Commercial cotton, wool batting, foundation pieced, machine quilted


Created in celebration of my 50th birthday, the yellow and blue of this quilt represent the sunshine and shadow of life. The pattern is a Judy Martin pattern called Shakespeare in the Park.

Celebration by Allison Wilbur
Celebration by Allison Wilbur 2013 81 x 98 commercial and hand painted batiks, machine quilted

Jazz Jewels

An early foray into color work, I completed this quilt in 2005. The instructions for the mystery quilt class were to bring three colors. I’m glad a I was a bad student. I love the way the straight icing creates the illusion of curved lines. 

Jazz Jewels by Allison Wilbur
Jazz Jewels by Allison Wilbur 2005 73 w x 57 h hand dyed cottons, machine pieced and quilted