In Person and Zoom Lectures and Trunk Shows​

If your guild is looking for a dynamic program, Allison offers several informative and inspiring lecture and workshop comboinations designed to interest quilters of all levels. The workshops help build skills and techniques that appeal to a wide variety of interests. In the age of COVID, most lectures and workshops are Zoom ready. Each participant will feel like they have a front row seat at the guild meeting and the guild will save on travel costs. Contracts can be drawn up to include both options – in person and zoom – and we can decide together as the months progress what will work best for your guild.

Hover quilt by Allison Wilbur

Machine Quilting - the Basics and Beyond

A broad overview of the basics of machine quilting, including sewing machine features and set up, key materials (thread, batting, needles), and basic and versatile motifs (cross hatching, variations on meander and continuous curve). This lecture is full of practical tips and inspiring suggestions to help quilters of all levels. Follow on workshops of Machine Quilting Part I and II are recommended.

Quilting as a Design Element

How do you choose quilting designs? With the explosion of machine quilting, new design ideas are everywhere. Whether you are hand or machine quilting, Allison helps you explore ideas on how to find quilting designs that complement, not cover, your piecing. As an award winning long arm quilter and a teacher of machine quilting on a domestic machine, Allison shares a wealth of ideas on building a design library and talks about how to apply these ideas to make your own quilts sing. She brings lots of examples to help you choose designs and plan from the very first steps of choosing your pattern and fabrics. Excellent when combined with the half day workshop of the same name where guild members bring in quilt tops and we discuss quilting motifs.

Broken Star NBQA 2015 raffle quilt, pieced by Sharon Meyers
Haru - Spring 2016 33 x 52 Center is obi fabric surrounded by kimono silks, outer border cotton with machine stitched sashiko patterns

Japan: Tradition and Inspiration

Did you know that Japan is home to the second largest quilting community in the world? Delve deeply into the Japanese aesthetic and learn about the many different traditional Japanese textiles traditions including cotton yukatas, silk obis, shibori dyeing, and sashiko stitching. See an array of quilts which incorporate these beautiful fabrics and motifs and entice you to step into the world of Japanese inspired quilting. Allison Wilbur is an award winning quilter who has traveled the world and lived in Japan. Many of her quilts focus on Japanese fabrics and design principles. This slide show and trunk show combination will leave you with a greater understanding of the special fabrics made in Japan and how to use them in your quilts. Pairs beautifully with the half day workshop on  Sashiko or the full day Hand and Machine Sashiko workshop. 

Trip Around the World

Learn about quilting, appliqué, and patchwork traditions in other countries and how to enhance your experience as you travel with a “quilter’s eye.” Allison shares textiles and quilted pieces from Japan, Oman, India, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Thailand, Myanmar and many other countries. She also shares some of her quilts made with global fabrics and talks about Quilt for Change, a project she founded which uses the art of quilting to inspire social change. Allison’s collection comes from years of living in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Fabulous Fabric Selection

What factors are important in choosing fabrics that will work well together in a quilt? Allison talks about color, value, scale, repetition and the many elements that are key in making your quilt sing. This is a great lecture to help you use your stash and learn to branch out in your fabric combinations. Pairs nicely with the half day workshop in color.

What quilt guilds say about Allison

Allison has  depth of knowledge and a calm, organized teaching style. She is clearly passionate about what and how she teaches. I hope she travels far and wide to share her talents with quilters. I would highly recommend her to guilds who are looking for a capable and fun teacher.”  
– Ann Standish, President, Champlain Valley Quilt Guild, Essex Junction, Vermont

“On behalf of the members of the Hannah Dustin Quilters, we want to thank you once again for coming to speak at  our June luncheon yesterday. The breadth of knowledge about your subject is truly amazing, and the trunk show was one of the largest (and most varied) I have seen. You brought us on an international tour with your work, and each of us left the brunch with a deeper understanding of our place in the greater quilting community.  You were definitely worth the wait, and very, very well received.”
– Linda Pearl, Program Chair, Hannah Dustin Quilters
The PatchworkPearl.com

I wanted to share with you how much I enjoyed your quilting class this weekend.  I learned so much and you’ve opened my eyes to all the possible ways I can finish my quilts.  Amazing!  Your teaching style was relaxed, concise and informative. Coupled with lots of hands on time in-between slide shows and videos was the perfect way to learn quilting techniques.  I look forward to many happy hours of practicing my quilting skills and to the finished quilts I have in my future.” 
                                         — Barbara Kozenko, Chelmsford Quilters Guild, Massachusetts

Fees and Expenses

To book a lecture, trunk show or workshop, please contact me using the contact form on this website. I am happy to work with you to find the perfect trunk show and workshop combination. To check to see my availability, please check my schedule below. 

In Person Lectures – $375   

Zoom Lectures $300

Half day workshops (3 hours) are $350 ($300 by Zoom)

Full day workshops (6 hours) are $500

Travel Expenses
In addition to lecture/workshop fees, I charge the current government mileage rate for the round trip mileage. Guilds must provide lodging at locations further than 80 miles away from my hometown of Barrington, RI.


If you book a trunk show and workshop together, there is $50 discount for the group.  If I have previously presented at your guild and the guild books a return visit, there is a $100 discount if you book a lecture and workshop combination. 


I can also bring a great selection of patterns, trim, fabric and vintage buttons to vend at your meeting in conjunction with a trunk show or workshop.