Bounty of the Seas by Allison Wilbur 2015
This quilt was created for the Water is Life exhibit organized by Quilt For Change in Cooperation with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and American Exchange Rome.
Haru – Spring by Allison Wilbur 2016 The center crane is Japanese obi fabric, surrounded by kimono fabric. The borders are quilted with sashiko motifs, beaded and embellished with fabric paint.
East Meets West 2013
41 x 41
The center of this piece is a hand embroidered block from India. I created an Amish inspired pieced pattern to surround it using the colors and motifs from the center piece. I love to use textiles from other countries to help me stretch my color and design sense into new areas.
Green Tara 2013
51 x 79
The basis for this quilt is a preprinted panel from India of a Green Tara. The Tara is known as the bodhisattva of enlightened activity and holds many of the qualities of feminine compassion. I quilted this quilt when caring for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s. The image gave me strength and comfort. The quilt is embellished with shiva paint sticks, beading and extensive machine quilting.
Sewing Sister 2013
72 x 72
Sewing Sister was created for the Solar Sister exhibit under the auspices of Quilt for Change. When I first met Katherine Lucey, Executive Director of Solar Sister, she told me the story of Teddy the Tailor. Before she purchased a solar light, Teddy Namirembe would walk to the nearby village in Uganda to work at night, leaving her three daughters at home. The simple purchase of a solar light brought so many positive changes to her life and her business – she has extra time to work since she does not have to walk to the village and back and so her income has increased 30 percent. She is safer for not having to make the walk and her children are not alone at home. Her children also share in the use of the light to do their homework. She is not paying for renting a work space or for expensive kerosene and they no longer breathe in the kereosene smoke. Like most women, Teddy turns the extra money she makes (she sews school uniforms) back into her family and her business. As the owner of a small quilting business, I can relate to Teddy. I choose to work at home so I can be available to help my children with their homework and take care of my parents. The hours I have to work after dark, after the work of caring for my family is done, are vitally important to my business. Solar Sister is not only important to the entrepreneurs who sell the lights, but to many others who buy the solar lights and phone chargers as a part of their small business.
Entry in the Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.org) quilt challenge exhibit “Women, Peace and Security” organized in conjunction with UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund). Displayed at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2011 and at the UN in New York in March 2012, the Houston International Quilt Festival in November 2012 and with Mancuso Quilt Festivals in 2013.
Gifts A Mother Passes on to Her Child 2009
Challenge quilt entry for Quilt for Change exhibit in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland in 2009, and at seven Mancuso Quilt Festivals across the U.S. in 2010 as well as at the MQX East show in Providence, RI in 2012.
Dragon Clan 2012
The center panel is an Indonesian batik and the surrounding fabric is an Alexander Henry fabric – a great combination.
Carpe Diem 2014
Made for Shannon Shirley’s Book, Celebrate the Day, this quilt celebrates World Oyster Day which is May 5. It plays with the Shakespeare quote, “The world is your oyster,” and instructs the viewer to “Carpe Diem.”
Fantasy Fish 2004
Done in a Susan Carlson workshop – it was so much fun to see the wide variety of fish we created using this great fused fish and organza overlay technique.
Hope is the Thing with Butterfly Wings 2006
42 x 39
Entry in the Cabin Branch Quilters Guild Challenge in which you had to take a quote, change it somehow, and put it into your quilt. I took a line from an Emily Dickinson poem, “Hope is the thing with feathers, which perches in your soul.” and changed it to read, “Hope is the thing with butterfly wings.”
Deep Autumn Woods 2012
Done in a Pat Bruno workshop with her pattern, my woods were meant to have the feel of a late in the day walk in the woods in the fall.