Debbi Duckworth works for United Notions/Moda Fabrics and loves hand sewing, quilting and creating penny rugs and hooked rugs from wool. A love of fabric runs throughout her family--Debbi's grandmothers and mother were excellent seamstresses.
How did you decide to make the quilting business a career? What led you in that direction?
I have always loved fabric and making things with my hands. Quiltmaking was the perfect fit. Working for Moda has given me opportunities and encouragement beyond my wildest expectations. My mother and both grandmothers were seamstresses. One grandmother in particular was talented with handwork. My mother could make anything with her tiny, black Singer featherweight sewing machine--from prom dresses to seat covers for the car my father rebuilt. I grew up watching them and wanting to be just like them.
What inspires your work? How do new ideas come to you in quiltmaking?
I am in awe of the talented people we are lucky enough to have in quilting today. They are the ones that inspire me.
I love antiques and old things--the look of something that was made with such love and patience. I want to be able to bring that same feeling to the things I make and pass down to my children. I lean toward creating quilts and wool projects that reflect that look.
Which aspect of your quiltmaking endeavors do you enjoy most? What have you learned (or needed to learn) in this process?
I love the actual sewing, especially the hand work. I took my first appliqué class from Patricia Campbell. I will never forget the joy she brought with her to that class.
Through the process of learning quilting these past 20 years, I have learned that I know so little. That is one of the best parts of quilting/sewing. You can always learn so much more. I would love to be better at piecing and all the aspects that go with this.
If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?
Have a great time with this entire process--this is fun! Always remember that no one but you will notice the small mistakes. (This was a hard lesson for me to learn.) Enjoy making your quilt, enjoy using your quilt, and enjoy sharing your quilts with others.
Delilah's Baskets, the cover quilt from the March/April 2004 issue of Quiltmaker magazine was created by Debbi Duckworth.