Allison Wilbur

Hollis Chatelain – Artist and Activist

by Allison Wilbur on November 25, 2016

Luana Rubin interviewed artist Hollis Chatelain at the Houston International Quilt Festival about her work, about water issues, and about using her voice through her art to raise awareness and bring about change.

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Water is Life Video from Italy Exhibition

by Allison Wilbur on November 22, 2016

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Luana Rubin to Give Exhibit Tour in Houston

by Allison Wilbur on October 31, 2016

If you are planning on attending the Houston International Quilt Festival this week, be sure to stop by the Water is Life Exhibit. Our wonderful sponsor, Luana Rubin, of EQuilter.com, (who also has a piece in the exhibit), will be giving walking tours of the exhibit on Thursday, Nov 3 at 1:00 and 6:00. The […]

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Seeking Water – Jeanne McAfoos

by Allison Wilbur on May 16, 2016

  Seeking Water Jeanne McAfoos – Rome, Italy   Artist’s Statement: In using the traditional pattern called Storm at Sea, I selected various colors to represent the search and hardships of finding clean water by the women and children of the world. The color burgundy represents the dangers involved in finding drinkable water. The orange […]

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            The Solar Sister Exhibit was on display at the Narragansett Bay Quilters’ Association (NBQA) bi-annual quilt show in Kingston, Rhode Island April 23-24.  The quilts were seen by over 1000 visitors and elicited praise for their artistry, content and commitment to women’s empowerment. Solar Sister Exhibit quilters Lorraine Landroche, […]

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Quilt for Change Banner

by Allison Wilbur on March 1, 2016

Quilt for Change Banner   A great big thank you to Kelly Neeley for quilting a fabulous Quilt for Change banner to accompany our exhibitions. It has also inspired us to change our logo to include our whole name just like she did because it looks so fantastic. So many friends have been supportive of […]

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Malala Yousafzai to speak in Providence

by Allison Wilbur on February 11, 2016

Girl in Hijab Jodi Scaltreto 17.5″ X 19.5″ I am so excited to hear that Malala Yousafzai will be coming to Providence to speak this summer. Tickets are not on sale yet, but I certainly hope to be there to hear her. She is an amazingly inspirational speaker. This announcement reminded me of a quilt […]

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Women, Peace and Security Quilts at Gender Conference

by Allison Wilbur on November 17, 2015

Dick and I are both graduates of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (in fact that is where we met!). We recently learned that the Fletcher School will be holding a conference on gender December 4 -5, and so we contacted the organizers and offered the Women, Peace and Security Quilt Exhibit for display. The […]

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Advocacy Quilts Needed for Lowell Exhibit

by Allison Wilbur on February 11, 2015

As you know, advocacy quilting is the heart and soul of what Quilt for Change is about.  Over the last few years we have not only curated our own advocacy exhibits but worked with other organizations to unleash the power of quilting in support of women’s empowerment.  One such organization is The Advocacy Project (http://www.advocacynet.org). […]

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Lutheran World Relief 2013 Quilt Campaign

by Allison Wilbur on April 23, 2014

Imagine 486,000 quilts donated to be distributed around the world.  What an impressive campaign Lutheran World Relief  ran in 2013 (so close to their goal of 500,000)!  The quilts are starting to be being distributed in 16 countries around the world to those in need due to war, disaster and poverty.  What a fabulous way to […]

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Mancuso Quilt Festivals will be displaying the “Solar Sister: Empowering Women through Clean Energy” Challenge Exhibit at all seven of their venues starting this week with the Quilt Fest of New Jersey at the Garden State Exhibit Center March 6 – 9. We  hope you will get to one of the venues to see the […]

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“Where is the Balance?” by Diana Ferguson

by Allison Wilbur on February 3, 2014

We are starting a series of blog entries with quilts sent to us by artists who are conveying a socially conscious message through their quilts. If you have a quilt you would like to share, please email us at quiltforchange.org. And thank you to all the artists who are sharing their work!!   This quilt […]

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Quilt Highlighting Gun Violence at New England Quilt Museum

by Allison Wilbur on December 12, 2013

  The anniversary of the Newtown school shootings is on all our minds, as is the pain that all families of victims of gun violence feel at what should be a joyous time of year.  This powerful piece titled “Bang You’re Dead” by Jacquie Gering of Chicago is part of the Roots of Modern Quilting […]

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Quilts Beyond Borders

by Allison Wilbur on November 23, 2013

Quilts Beyond Borders  is working to gather 300 quilts to send to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to  give to Syrian children. I know that international aid is a complex issue, but considering how long the conflict has been raging in Syria, and the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian children who […]

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Trials and Tribulations

by Allison Wilbur on October 5, 2013

I have heard a lot of talk lately about how important it is to fail; that all successful innovators have to be willing to fail. But on the failure days, it feels a bit discouraging. As we have progressed with our exhibits for Quilt for Change, we have met with many challenges, and even some […]

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  Let There Be Light Jennifer Day Santa Fe, New Mexico   “Let There Be Light” is a quilt based on a photograph taken by Solar Sister. This organization graciously agreed to allow me to use this image in my quilt. I love the look of joy on the woman’s face as she holds a […]

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  Power is Knowledge Lea McComas Superior, Colorado   For want of a light the lesson was lost. For want of a lesson the student was lost. For want of a student the teacher was lost For want of a teacher the school was lost For want of a school the village was lost. For […]

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  Lucina Lighting the Way Mary Vaneecke Tuscon, Arizona Lucina was the Roman goddess of light and childbirth – she who brings children into the light.  Here, Lucina is pregnant and holds a golden orb.  The lively color scheme and bright shapes evoke a hopeful spring.  This quilt is a tribute to our modern-day Lucinas, […]

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  Weaving Together Hope  Shannon Gingrich Shirley – Woodbridge, Virginia Can you find all of these words in the quilt?: ENTREPRENEUR, SOLAR SISTERS, SOLAR POWER, OPPORTUNITY, DIRECT SALES, COMMUNITIES, SUSTAINABLE, NON PROFIT, EMPOWERS, NETWORK, BUSINESS, CONNECT, BENEFITS, TRAINING, EDUCATE, HOLISTIC, RECRUIT, ENERGY, DONATE, FUTURE, INCOME, WOMEN, AFRICA, INVEST, FAMILY, RURAL, LAMPS, STUDY, LIGHT, HOPE, NEED, […]

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  The Giving Circle  Lorraine Landroche West Warwick, Rhode Island I heard about this Quilt for Change challenge from my local quilting guild and was inspired by further readings on energy poverty to create “The Giving Circle”. I ran across a commercial fabric that seemed to cry out to me to answer the call. The […]

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