Programs & Workshops

Thanks so much for considering me for a workshop or program with your group. I really enjoy sharing the creative spirit and offering nuggets of inspiration! Please feel free to email me with questions or requests. I am eager to put together a program that will fit the needs of your group.


Stitching, Symbols, Signature Style

Deborah shares her most recent art quilts and talks about developing her own personal style. Tons of examples of her favorite techniques, materials and themes. Deborah includes many symbolic shapes in her art quilts and she’ll discuss how those came to be. She’ll tell stories about exciting collaborations, surprising discoveries and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

All About Art Quilts

What exactly is an art quilt? What can you look for in the art quilt category at a quilt show? What can you talk about when someone says they are an art quilter? Deborah will share a fun overview of art quilting including lots of pictures and examples. This is a great program for guilds who want to get a taste of the art quilting world… even if they make mostly traditional quilts.

Captivating Compositions

A lively introduction to design and composition. Deborah introduces eight classic compositions and shares inspiring examples from traditional, modern and art quilting. Plus examples from fine art, architecture and more. Learn how using these compositions can generate ideas for fabulous, original work. The presentation is enthusiastic and approachable… not dry and academic. A fresh look at design and composition. (Also a great program for non-art-groups who want a lively, inspiring presentation about creativity and art appreciation.)

Developing Your Creative Voice

Want to make quilts that are uniquely yours? Deborah shares ideas about fully utilizing your head, heart and hands to create original work. Lots of tips for generating ideas, developing a body of work and exploring themes. Plus bonus examples from experts about productivity and creativity. Get inspired and leave with action items to get to work in your own studio.

Inspiration and Meaning: Personal Symbols

Deborah often includes personal symbols in her art quilt collages. In this lively presentation, Deborah talks about bowls, ladders, houses, stones, and other symbols. She’ll share stories from her life and creative journey plus details about the techniques she uses to create these symbols with fabric, paint, and stitching.

The Path to Art Quilting (Jump start your creativity!)
Deborah started as a traditional quilter making pieced quilts from patterns. Twenty years later she rarely sews a quarter inch seam, but she creates award-winning art quilts built on her early love of traditional quilts. In this inspiring presentation, Deborah shares her path and the journey of several other art quilters who began with patterns and now create one-of-a-kind art with fabric and stitching.
All programs include a digital slide show and a collection of actual art quilts. Digital slideshows allow for sharing of a wide variety of images, inspiration and process photos, but there is no substitute for seeing quilts in real life so Deborah always brings some along!  


Art Quilt Collage
Super fun, improvisational workshop exploring a variety of ideas and techniques to create a dynamic fabric collage filled with layers of design, texture and detail. Great for building creative confidence, trying new things and “seeing what happens.” We’ll talk about finding inspiration, choosing fabrics, easy ideas for composition and creating details with stitching by hand and by machine. One to four-day workshop. Appropriate for all levels.
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Cups, Vases and Bowls — Art Quilt Collage
Create an art quilt collage with a unique vessel at the focal point. Learn surface design techniques to create original patterned cloth. Learn composition tips for effective design. Explore different ways to create detail and add texture including hand embroidery. One or two day workshop. Appropriate for all levels.
Captivating Compositions for Art Quilts

Deborah introduces eight design guides that get the creative juices flowing. Look at examples of captivating compositions from fine art and the quilt world. Create a “sketch” for each of the design guides using fused fabrics. Learn to edit, audition and improvise using a super helpful design checklist. Explore adding details with machine and hand stitching. Your completed set of fabric sketches can be used as instruction and inspiration for future art quilts.

One day workshop. Kits can be provided. Appropriate for all levels. Supply List. 

Watch a short video about the Captivating Compositions workshop.

Creativi-Tree Art Quilts

Create a small art quilt with a beautifully original tree using a simple formula and interchangeable patterns. Explore layers of design and innovative stitching. Deborah will share several options for edge treatments and finishing techniques. Super fun, uncomplicated process and patterns make this a great project for enthusiastic beginners.

One day workshop. Appropriate for all levels. Supply List.

Watch a short video about the Creativi-Tree workshop.

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Personal Symbols for Art Quilt Collages

What symbols and personal themes will you incorporate into your small art quilt collages? Houses, leaves, bowls, ladders? Deborah will guide you through exploring and creating shapes and symbols that have personal meaning. Create 5×7 fabric collages highlighting personal symbols using composition templates and inspiring fabrics. Embellish with machine and hand stitching. Learn simple finishing techniques and mount your art quilt collage on mats ready for framing.

One or two day workshop. Appropriate for all levels. Students may bring their own supplies or kits can be provided. (I strongly recommend kits! It allows students to get straight to creating with a beautiful pre-fused fabric palette.) Supply List.

Watch a short video about the Personal Symbols workshop.

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Techniques with Paint and Ink

Simple techniques and supplies, stupendous results! Cut freezer paper stencils, create foam stamps, print with found objects and make marks with pen and ink! We’ll talk about shapes, pattern, repetition, and color. Students will leave with a beautiful stash of original fabrics ready to be used in art quilts, collage or mixed media.

Half or full day workshop. Great to combine with Techniques with Fabric and Stitch and Art Quilt Collage. Appropriate for all levels. Supply list.

Techniques with Fabric and Stitch

Explore several techniques for creating interesting shapes, patterns, symbols by manipulating fabric, thread and embroidery floss. Explore free-cut fused shapes, learn to outline for emphasis, create layers with sheer fabrics and add glitz with foil. Plus, options for unique stitching by machine and by hand. Students will leave with a collection of inspiring examples to add to their own creative process.

One day workshop. Great to combine with Techniques with Paint and Ink and Art Quilt Collage. Supply List. Appropriate for all levels.

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Small Stitched Landscapes

Create small fabric compositions full of texture, color and stitching inspired by nature. Each student will design four 4×4 inch art quilts that can be mounted as an inspired grouping. Learn intuitive tricks for design and composition. Explore several hand embroidery stitches. Combine various fabrics for maximum effect and detail.

Half day workshop includes composition and some stitching. One day workshop for full design, stitching and finishing.

Kit/Materials Fee required. Appropriate for all levels. Kit/Materials Info.

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Head, Heart and Hands: Developing Your Creative Voice

Learn to fully utilize your head, heart and hands in your creative process as you develop your own unique and original creative voice. Prompts, lists, exercises, mind-maps and lots of Q&A will generate lightbulb moments for understanding your art. Students will share examples of their art and discuss themes, possibilities and potential in each other’s work. “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” — Louis Nizer

Half or Full Day Workshop. Designed for people who are eager to work on creating and original body of work. (Very few supplies needed. Just pen and paper, enthusiasm and creative spirit!)




Deborah also offers month-long coaching/consulting sessions which include two video conferences, email communications and follow-up recommendations and reports. All the details here.

A La Carte

Deborah also offers brief mini-sessions on the following topics. They are particularly good for smaller groups (6 to 12) and can be scheduled in one or two hour blocks. This is a great way for quilt guilds to expand programming opportunities and maximize time.

  • Developing Your Creative Voice: Work through inspiring and insightful exercises to guide you on your artistic path.
  • Guided Critique: Deborah leads a thoughtful critique and discussion for positive reinforcement and development.
  • Design and Composition: Discover accessible ways to think about design and questions you can ask yourself during the creative process.

Lecture/Programs: $400
Full Day Workshop: $700 per day
Half Day Workshop: $450

Beginning with 2021 Dates
Lecture/Programs: $500
Full Day Workshop: $800 per day
Half Day Workshop: $550

Plus travel and lodging. Trips requiring air travel must book at least one lecture and two workshops.