Bounty of the Seas – Allison Wilbur

by Dick Wilbur on March 25, 2016

Today’s “Water is Life” quilt was submitted by Allison Wilbur of Barrington, RI. Allison is Co Founder of Quilt for Change, along with her husband Dick Wilbur.  If you would like to read about the creation of  Bounty of the Seas, please visit her blog post on

Bounty of the Seas by Allison Wilbur


Artist’s Statement:

Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor and yet they are home to 25% of marine life, comprising the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem on earth. In coastal populations women are protected from storms by reef barriers, which lessen damage from extreme tides. A wide variety of medicines derive from coral reef helping women during labor and delivery, as well as in treatments for cancer, arthritis and heart disease, to name a few. Tourism focused on reefs offers women employment and income.

Without vibrant, healthy coral reefs, women worldwide will struggle to feed their families, their homes will be threatened and they will miss out on the medicinal benefits derived from reef plants and creatures. We must all come together to reverse eminent climate changes, decrease carbon dioxide and stop overfishing thus protecting the invaluable bounty of our precious coral reefs.


Biography: Allison Wilbur

The daughter of a painter and a cabinetmaker, Allison has found her home in quilting, a medium that combines color and geometry. The Alzheimer’s Quilt Initiative exhibit had a profound affect on her artistic vision shifting her work to become a medium for storytelling and awareness raising. Allison lectures on quilting, teaches machine quilting classes, longarm quilts for customers, belongs to several quilt guilds and is a regional rep for the MA/RI chapter of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). Her quilts draw on her life experiences living in Russia, Japan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and Switzerland. To learn more about Allison, visit her website,


Bonnie J. Smith March 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Allison, that is one beautiful art work! I love the ocean, any ocean and I just love artworks with a water theme!

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