In person and Zoom workshops

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.

Machine Quilting Workshop

Machine Quilting Basics I & II

This two part class is designed to help quilters review or build  machine quilting skills. Allison’s many years of teaching machine quilting on a domestic machine have helped her create a class full of information and practical sewing time. Topics include materials (thread, batting, needles), machine set up, walking foot designs, meandering variations, feathers, machine trapunto, continuous curves, micro fill and design elements. Slide shows, videos and on-machine exercises help teach concepts in a variety of ways to solidify your understanding. Learn to respond to tension problems under the guidance of an experienced teacher. Part I and II can be scheduled together in the same weekend, or on separate weekends. If scheduled in the same weekend, a special, additional power point and video presentation can be given on Friday evening at no additional charge. Excellent offering for a retreat setting!

Each workshop is  6 hours/full day

Quilting as a Design Element

Do you struggle with that awful phrase, “Quilt as desired”? Are you looking to move beyond stitch in the ditch and meandering? This workshop complements the “Quilting as a Design Element” lecture and helps students find a wide range of options for all levels and styles of quilting. Students bring quilt tops and we discuss design options to suit the use, style, and design of the quilt. This is a great guild activity and will help all levels of quilters  including domestic machine quilters, hand quilters and longarmers. This is a design class and no sewing machines are required. The more quilts students bring in, the more samples we will have to talk about quilting! 

3 hour/half day workshop

Broken Star NBQA 2015 raffle quilt, pieced by Sharon Meyers
Machine Trapunto Feathered Wreath class with Allison Wilbur

Machine quilting and Trapunto Feathers

Bring your quilting to the next level! Feathers are elegant and sophisticated. Trapunto adds dimension and texture. Using your domestic sewing machine, learn to make fabulous feathers then combine them with machine trapunto to make a beautiful pillow. Allison breaks feathers down step by step and walks you through how to draw basic feathers and move into fancier variations. Learn to use the right combination of batting to get optimal puff in your trapunto. Recommended for intermediate machine quilters.

6 hours/full day workshop

Color in Quilting

Do you puzzle over which green to pick? What makes a great accent color for blue? Do you wish your quilts had that special spark of color you have seen in many quilts you love? This fun interactive workshop makes a great whole guild activity or works for a smaller group. After a run through of color theory with many examples, you start playing with colored charm squares to get a hands on understanding of how colors play off each other and effect one another. Gain confidence in selecting fabrics in a way that will make your next delve into your stash or trip to your local quilt shop more informed and fun.

3 hour/half day workshop

Sashiko 2016 27.5 x 29.5 Traditional sashiko pattern surrounded by vintage indigo kauri and irate fabric

Sashiko - by hand and machine

Learn about the traditional Japanese art of sashiko – white stitching on indigo fabric.  Allison starts off with the history of sashiko in Japan and a sampling of traditional patterns. She then teaches you how to transfer patterns, how to start and end stitching when stitching by hand, and more complex forms of sashiko. In the afternoon you learn to make the stitches using your domestic sewing machine. Allison brings a variety of samples that show how you can use sashiko stitching to embellish your quilts and to make a number of beautiful handmade gifts. Students complete a pillow sized piece in the three hour workshop. A perfect workshop for all levels.

6 hours/full day workshop

Big Stitch Japanese Style - Sashiko and Boro

Learn about the traditional Japanese techniques using big white stitches on indigo fabric – sashiko and boro.  Allison starts off with the history of sashiko and a sampling of traditional patterns. She then teaches you how to transfer patterns and demonstrates a more complex form of sashiko. Next she talks about Boro – a stitched patchwork technique that combines simple patches and big stitches. Allison brings a variety of samples that show how you can use sashiko and boro to embellish your quilts and to make a number of wonderful handmade gifts.  A perfect workshop for all levels.

3 hour/half day workshop

What quilt guilds say about Allison's workshops

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

Allison’s Sashiko workshop is a thorough introduction to the art of Sashiko. Allison gives a brief history of Japanese Sashiko from the purpose of the stitch, meaning of the designs and the evolution of the process to current trends. How to transfer designs to fabric is also discussed. A hand-stitched project along with machine bobbin work projects showcase the possibilities of this technique. Even if you have some knowledge of Sashiko, you will benefit from this workshop. I’d highly recommend it, if you have the opportunity to explore Sashiko with Allison.” – Kathy Maxwell McLaren, Cabin Branch Quilters, Woodbridge, VA

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.