Allegra Brelsford was born in New York City and moved to Vermont as a child where living on the land while making and working with one's hands became a way of life. She has studied dance, theater, painting, drawing and music throughout much of her life. She began her formal art training at The Putney School and Marlboro College, where she earned a Bachelor's in Theater (Directing), before completing her Masters in Arts at Smith College in Theater History, Literature and Criticism. She began making quilts in 1995 and soon after was seeking out teachers who could help her translate the medium to fine art. She has studied art, design, and quiltmaking with Nancy Crow, Rosalie Dace, Lisa Call, David Hornung and at local universities and art centers.


Allegra Brelsford has shown and sold her work at many exclusive fine craft shows in the northeastern United States, through the Studio Art Quilters Association, and online. She is a member of The Textile Study Group of New York, Studio Art Quilters Association, and the American Craft Council.  Currently Allegra works in her main studio on Long Island Sound in Connecticut and in New York City, using collage and her own hand-dyed fabrics to design and build her often large, colorful, and finely-textured two-dimensional work.