Debra Richman lived her whole life in Oregon until 5 years ago, when her husband, Dan, took a job in Fargo. Debbie has enthusiastically adopted her new city, volunteering at Sanford Health, joining QGND and Designing Quilters, Temple Beth El, and making friends with her new neighbors. She isn’t one of those newcomers who hates winter, either—she is fascinated by snow and ice, which she never experienced in her coastal rainforest.
Last year, Debbie taught a popular workshop on dyeing for QGND. It is something she has plenty of experience with. Her collection of dyed yardage is pretty large, and she is still dyeing.
A room in her north Fargo basement has been made into a wet studio. Dyeing can be messy!
Dyes and equipment share shelves with yarn and soap-making supplies.
Quilt top featuring Debbie’s dyed fabrics was constructed using the jelly roll race method.
Debbie sits on her backyard deck, wrapped in her first quilt and surrounded by flowers she grows.
Flowers appear in her quilts, too.
Just noticed that the cat photo-bombed this shot.
The Richmans’ front lawn has been completely replaced by garden and hand-made stepping stones.
Like most quilters, Debbie has plenty of unfinished tops and other WIPs (works in progress), such as this Sudoku top.
Will this beautifully-pieced star quilt ever be finished?
Is it a coincidence that Debbie made this Lily quilt top, and has a daughter named Lily?
Debbie owns this stack of unfinished tops made by her grandmother. Perhaps some of Debbie’s tops will be passed on to her granddaughter someday.
One of Grandma’s tops features some wacky, PJ-style fabrics.
Here’s one that got completed, a Double Wedding Ring from a John Flynn class is on the guest bed.
This Celtic applique hangs above that bed. Debbie really enjoyed making this one.
Another quilt with the red and black theme is also in the guest room.
Sun and Moon uses Paula Nadelstern’s kaleidoscope technique.
Reverse applique is a favorite technique.
Some people can do anything with yarn. Above, a crocheted tree in the window.
If you think these socks are cool, you should see the hats Debbie’s been knitting!
Of course, she can weave, too. Some of the scarves she has made on her frame loom.
One of many baby afghans crocheted for a charity for Navy wives.
Embroidery is another item in Debbie’s bag of tricks. Sometimes called Swedish weaving or huck weaving, this is a specialty embroidery technique.
Blackwork embroidery featured on one page of a book created for a show at the West Fargo Public Library.
cover of this fascinating book
Page 9 features braiding.
You won’t be surprised to learn that, of course, she can smock also. One of several dresses made for a new granddaughter.
Can’t ignore the grandsons–fun shirts with cool buttons.
If you’ve been coveting some of Debbie’s dyed fabric, stop by her booth at the upcoming Metro Quilt Expo. In addition to fabrics, socks and scarves, Debbie has been making soap and buttons to delight us. Check out her Honeygrove Handcrafts booth, April 28 & 29 at the Baymont Inn, Fargo.