About

sisterschoice_allison

Allison Rainboth here. I grew up in southern California and moved to Wisconsin in 1992 when my husband took a position at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  I own and operate Sisters Choice Quilting Service from my new basement studio at my home in Berlin, Wisconsin. After many years in a storefront in downtown Berlin (2003 through 2015), I’ve taken advantage of the new space we built to put all my activities under one roof! It’s great working from home. I work by appointment only, so please email or call me to set up a date and time for drop offs and pick ups.

I offer longarm quilting services using a Gammill Classic Plus with an IQ computer. I have a huge variety of edge to edge designs and can help you choose something that will really give your piece flair without breaking the bank. If you desire custom quilting, such as alternate block designs, separate border designs, or work around appliques, I can do that also. Please be aware that because my time is more limited, I am only booking one custom piece per month. I do not quilt for show. If you have a piece you’d like to enter on the show circuit, please let me refer you to someone who can meet the special requirements of those venues. I have completed more than 3,000 pieces since starting my business in 2003. Let me help you get your quilts FINISHED!

I’ve been quilting since the mid 1980s, right about the time the rotary cutter was introduced, and sewing since I was 10. I have a strong interest in quilt history and lecture frequently on Civil War era quilts (and other topics). I’m a member of the American Quilt Study Group and the Wisconsin Quilt Study Group. A current project involves researching quilts and quilt patterns associated with the temperance movement. This will debut as a presentation to WQSG in March of 2017.  I can help you make decisions about what to do with family quilts, explain how to care for antique and vintage pieces, and do light repairs such as replacing bindings.

I have trained to appraise antique, vintage and contemporary bed and wall quilts, and can write appraisals for insurance purposes. I do not appraise art quilts at this time. They sell in a different market. Again, I can refer you to some experts in that area! Appraisals can be done at my home or yours, and start at $40 for a complete written appraisal for insurance purposes.

My latest undertaking is judging at quilt shows. In 2014, I was accepted into the National Quilt Association’s Judging Certification Program. NQA folded in 2015, but the program lives on under the auspices of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. I am a candidate in their program to become a Certified Judge. There are less than 100 CJs nationwide.  Receiving certification is a lengthy and rigorous process. Candidates are required to shadow actively working judges, work as aides at shows around the country, and complete other assignments to demonstrate expertise in the analysis of the work of others.  I am about 2/3 of the way through the process. I am actively judging in venues around the state, and am on the Wisconsin list to judge at fairs. If you need someone to judge your guild show, please give me a call…I’d love to speak with you about it.

I love to talk to guilds about a variety of quilt related topics such as batting, choosing quilting designs, or quilt history. I’ve lectured around the state, and also at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts University Days and Quilt Expo in Madison.

In my free time, I love to cook and read. My husband and I are owned by two Scottish Terriers and three cats who keep us busy. I love to travel and meet new friends in quilting!