Debbie sewed from the time she was old enough to thread a needle and make poorly-fitting clothes for her Barbie doll. Her husband gave her quilting lessons for her 45th birthday: she started designing from the very first class, because she didn’t realize that you could buy patterns! The many classes and demonstrations she attended in the next years gave her the skills and confidence to launch her quilt pattern business, DJ Richards Design, in 2006. She attended her first International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City in 2011, and has been selling to quilt shops across the United States, Australia and Canada ever since. She loves to make one-of-a kind art quilts, and currently has an art show in collaboration with her twin sister, entitled “Double Vision” touring public art galleries in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As well, she won numerous awards at quilt shows and has had a number of art quilts accepted into the Canadian Quilter’s Association National Juried Show.
Debbie is a member of Moose Jaw Prairie Hearts Quilt Guild, the “Qurazy Quilters” hand-quilting group, the Moose Jaw Art Guild, and recently, a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.