Traditional Quilts

Log Cabin quilt with saturated rainbow colors. Outside is blue square, next is read square, then yellow and orange on point square, then pink square in center of green field. Finally, there is a purple square in the center.
Lifesaver by Allison Wilbur 2020 80 x 80


We all dealt with the isolation and stress the pandemic in different ways. I chose to focus on using up scraps from over 20 years of quilting and color. The repetitive motions of creating 80 log cabin blocks with a focus on precision and pattern were a way of asserting control in a world where nothing felt normal or joyous. This has become my new favorite quilt as it is a history of all my previous quilts and a joyous riot of color. The best medicine ever for a frightened brain.

Chained by Allison Wilbur


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.

African Jewel by quilt Allison Wilbur made with African wax textiles and dark blue indigo fabric.
African Jewel by Allison Wilbur 2020 63 w x 63 w

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.

Antique Red and White Appliqué quilt with green leaves added with fabric paint. The quilt is heavily quilted with micro quilting patterns.
Red and White Sampler by Allison Wilbur 2019 45 x 56

Red and White Sampler

This quilt began its life decades ago as an appliqué quilt with red “flowers” on a cream background. I studied the pattern of the shapes for a long time and finally realized that by adding vines and leaves I could create a center medallion. The vines, leaves and berries were stitched first and then painted with fabric paint. So much easier than appliqué! The surface is covered with micro quilting and has become a wonderful reference piece when I am trying to decide on which fill patterns to use. 

Traditional quilt with Missouri Puzzle pattern and rainbow colors.
New England Thrift by Allison Wilbur 2018 63 w x 74 h

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.

Rock Wall by Allison Wilbur 2020
Rock Wall by Allison Wilbur 2020 31 x 39

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.

Ra Sun God by Allison Wilbur
Ra Sun God by Allison Wilbur 2012 47 w x 48 h

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.

Celebration by Allison Wilbur 2013 81 x 98


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.

Jazz Jewels by Allison Wilbur
Jazz Jewels by Allison Wilbur 2005 73 w x 57 h

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.