Some quilts take a long time to come to fruition. Many years ago, I visited the famed Keepsake Quilting shop in New Hampshire. Overwhelmed by the hundreds of bolts of beautiful fabric, I managed to settle on just a small pack of pre cut batik flowers and some batik charm packs, more a momento of […]

Joy Read More »

Art quilt by Alilison Wilbur with traditional shhofly blocks on the tops and bottom with embroidered quote. The center third of the quilt is a collage of the embroidered figure of a woman in quaker dress, a painting of the Mass State house a stitched quote, and other elements

Stand Up, Speak Out

Stand Up, Speak Out was created for the exhibit Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes, Women’s Rights which is on display at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas from September 2022 to April 2023. This quilt honors sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke who were active members of the abolition movement and became some of the

Stand Up, Speak Out Read More »

Art quilt by Allison Wilbur of a bamboo grove with a brightly colored stepping stone path.

The Illuminated Path

The Illuminated Path by Allison Wilbur 2021 As a quilter, I think of our society not as a melting pot, where everything blends together and becomes amalgamated, but as a quilt. Each individual brings their own ancestry, cultural traditions, and view of the world. This multiplicity enriches our community by bringing a wide variety of

The Illuminated Path Read More »

Tecumseh by Allison Wilbur 2021


“Tecumseh” is a commission for a woman living in New Hampshire. Susan recently purchased her home  and wanted artwork that reflected the beautiful scenery outside her windows and would fill a large space created by a cathedral ceiling. Susan knew of my work through her brother, Jay McKay, a painter who had a studio in

Tecumseh Read More »

Art quilt by Allison Wilbur Painting egret in white with a background of leaves and a foreground of lily pads. The great has caught a frog

Evening Meal

Evening Meal Predator and prey live in balance, both sustaining and ending life. This whole cloth quilt began as a drawing, was shaped with machine quilting, and brought to life with fabric paints. I began work on this quilt with a study of water lily pads and a lotus bud. I was working from a

Evening Meal Read More »

Art quilt of a great horned owl in flight against a dark green background. The owl is constructed from shibori dyed blue and white fabric.


“Incoming” is a great horned owl that grew out of a pile of shibori dyed fabric. Pole wrapping (arashi shibori) creates feather like patterns, which got me to thinking about birds. Arashi shibori is created by wrapping fabric around a pole and scrunching it up before dipping it in the indigo dye. I started by making a

Incoming! Read More »

Life Long Friends Art quilt by Allison Wilbur of Japanese Crane, Turtle, Peonies and wisteria

Lifelong Friends

An old Japanese tale tells the story of two unlikely friends, a turtle and a crane, who stand by each other throughout life’s trials and tribulations. During a flood, the turtle lets the crane rest on his back and later, during a drought, the crane picks up the turtle and transports him to a lake.

Lifelong Friends Read More »

Art quilt "Bounty of the Seas" by Allison Wilbur depicting a coral reef with a sea turtle, fish and coral reef

Bounty of The Seas

Created for the Quilt for Change Water is Life exhibit, this quilt highlights the effects of global warming on coral reefs. As sea temperatures rise, coral reefs are being affected. So many coastal areas rely on the abundance of sea life for food. Reefs also serve as protection in major storms and provide critical science

Bounty of The Seas Read More »