Allison "Allie" Aller has been stitching, sewing, knitting, and writing since she was a child....and that child is alive and well in the joyful work she creates today as a quilter.
After earning her degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University in 1977, Allie has been quilting non-stop. She made bed quilts, Broderie Perse, stained glass quilts, and landscape quilts for two and a half decades...then, for the next fifteen years, the sumptuous and liberating genre of crazy quilting was her focus and became the first of her three books with C&T Publishing, Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting in 2011. She then became fascinated by the confluence of vintage traditional quilting and crazy quilting. Her second book, Quilting….A Little Bit Crazy, co-authored with fellow crazy quilter Valerie Bothell, was published in May 2014 and addresses this subject. Most recently she turned her attention to stained glass quilts, with her new book, Allie Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined: Fresh Techniques and Design, released in April 2017.
Her work has appeared in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, American Quilter, the $100,000 Quilt Challenge, NeedlepointNow, and the Way to Womens Wellness Art Bra Calendars (cover, 2007), and as a "guest artist" in several books. Allie is an instructor for www.Craftsy.com and teaches "Crazy Quilting" online for them and has appeared on ‘The Quilt Show’ with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims twice. She has also received numerous awards for her endeavors.
Allie has been blogging steadily since 2005 and invites you to visit her blog, AlliesInStitches, where she posts works-in-progress photos, tutorials, and links to other fine stitchers' works. She has served on the board of the ‘Quilt Alliance’ (formerly the Alliance for American Quilts) a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and sharing the work and stories of quilters around the world. Allie has been to Lincoln, NE once before when she attended a ‘Quilt Alliance’ meeting held here.
Allie enjoys teaching crazy piecing and embellishment, and now stained glass quilts - both functional and decorative. She loves meeting other quilters and stitchers all over the country at both national conferences and local guilds. Her other passion is gardening, which she shares with her husband, Robert, in their country home outside of Portland, Oregon. They have two wonderful grown sons, and a fabulous daughter-in-law.