Artist, Teacher, Longarm Quilter

Hollyhocks by Allison Wilbur 2015

My love of quilting has many inspirations. My mother was a watercolor artist and taught me a love of color. My father is a cabinet maker who taught me to value geometry and symmetry. My years of study and travel around the world have exposed me to color combinations, patterns, and motifs that are reflected in my work. More importantly, they have helped me find a way to use my love of quilting as a voice to raise awareness about the lives of women around the world and hopefully to inspire other quilters to find a way to get involved in bringing about positive changes for women.

Fiber Retreat, October 13 – 15, 2017

I’ll be holding a three day Fiber Retreat at the Reynolds Art and Wellness Center in Bristol, RI where my studio is located. Give yourself a three day mini vacation and time to work on holiday gifts or whatever other creative pursuit you like. Four meals and snacks included, movie night on Saturday night, and lots of friendship and fun. Click on the form below for all the info. Sign up early – space is limited to 20 participants and it will fill up quickly!

Fiber Retreat reservation form 2017-AWQ

Sea Turtle - Bounty of the SeasFiber Artist
I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and the co-rep for the Massachusetts/Rhode Island regional SAQA group. I am most comfortable in the intersection between art and quilting and enjoy dyeing fabric, creating my own designs, and using surface design techniques and embellishments to create fiber art. My work has been exhibited in museums, fine art galleries and at quilt shows. To see a selection of my fiber art, please visit my gallery.

Hand and machine sashiko workshop with Allison WilburTrunk Shows and Workshops
I lecture and teach workshops with a focus on foreign inspirations and machine quilting. If your guild is looking for a trunk show – please suggest my name! Two very popular trunk shows are Trip Around the World and Quilting as a Design Element. I have a new lecture for fall 2017 – Japan: Tradition and Inspiration.


Sewing Sister by Allison Wilbur 2013Quilt for Change
I am Co Founder of Quilt for Change. We create challenge art quilt exhibits for display at the United Nations and venues across the U.S. The challenges are themed on issues important to women around the world and are a call for awareness and action to improve the lives of women everywhere.


Nolting Pro 24Longarm Quilting
I am a professional  longarm quilter (you bring me your pieced or appliquéd quilt top and I quilt the three layers together). I specialize in semi custom quilting designed to be affordable and to complement your piece work. My studio is in Bristol, Rhode Island. If you would like me to quilt a top for you, please contact me as soon as possible and add your name to my list. Typical wait time is about 2 months – but is well worth the wait!!

Machine Trapunto Feathered Wreath class with Allison WilburQuilting Classes

I teach Machine Quilting at Knit One Quilt Too in Barrington, RI, a nine session class that gives you a solid foundation in machine quilting on your home machine and a large library of design choices. I will be teaching longarm quilting at my studio in Bristol, RI starting fall 2017. For a list of classes and lectures, check out my schedule or contact me for more info.

vending trim and notionsStudio and Vending

My studio is located at 235 High St in Bristol, RI and is open by appointment. This is where I do my longarm work, create my art quilts, and teach some classes. I sell an array of foreign fabrics, patterns, and vintage lace, trim, ribbons, buttons and fabric – a wonderful assortment of embellishments that work beautifully not only for quilting, but also scrapbooking, doll making, and fashion. If you have a group that would like to come visit me, please contact me through the contact form. I also vend at select quilt shows.


Allison Wilbur PhotoHow can you contact me?

To contact me about any of these services, please use the Contact Me form on this website.



“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with last night’s speaker. She has definitely lived a very heartfelt life using textiles as her vehicle for good will and charity. As I said … at the completion of her talk, she deserved a standing ovation. How nice of her to share her love of fabrics and handwork with all of us. I, for one, loved seeing her collection.”
– Dotty Morris, Cabin Branch Quilters, Woodbridge, VA

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