Allison Jensen is a lifelong creative who grew up in California as the oldest of 6 girls. She dabbled in every kind of artistic endeavor including drawing, baking, photography, lettering, painting, decorating and various needlecrafts before landing on quilting in 2013. She was pregnant with her second son and decided to learn how to make him a quilt, which she did through library books, YouTube videos, and trial and error. Since then she has made hundreds of quilted projects, including quilts of all sizes, and her very favorite thing to make- throw pillows! You can see some of her pillows here.
In 2016 she started a quilting business called Woodberry Way, named after the street in London where her grandparents live. She sells digital copies of her original designs in her shop, and is in the process of making them all available in paper form for wholesale as well. Allison’s patterns are all traditionally pieced, and feature classic, orderly blocks. Her work has been published in various magazines including McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, and Modern Patchwork. She particularly loves the fabric pulling process of quilt making, and shares her ideas under #wwfabricpulls, combining prints from all designers and manufacturers into delightful color combinations.
Some of her favorite projects include- making the classic “Swoon” pattern by Thimble Blossoms in “strawberry lemonade” colors and adding big stitch quilting, which you can see here. Another favorite is the first pattern she ever released- “First Snow”, a design featuring snowflake blocks. A recent favorite is “Summer Blossoms”, a floral block quilt in colors inspired by a trip to Florida and the Bahamas. Allison loves to gather inspiration from travels to new places, the beauties of nature, and her childhood.
Allison lives in Northern California with her husband and 4 sons, ages 7 down to 3 months. Though she loves being a “boy mom”, she appreciates that quilting gives her a place to return to her roots and explore all things floral, calming, and pretty. It also makes her feel connected to her paternal grandmother Vela, an avid quilter, as well as her maternal great grandmother Greta, who was a creative extraordinaire.
You can often find Allison chatting about Woodberry Way’s current projects on Instagram and sharing finished items on her blog.