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Gumbo Design Studios specializes in quilt patterns, presentations and workshops and custom projects. With more than 25 years’ experience in designing and crafting fiber art projects with a Louisiana French Creole heritage,  Deborah incorporates vivid color,  print textures and contemporary interpretations to her work. Using commercial fabrics,she finds it’s like making a rich gumbo,where the elements work together to create a unique and striking result.

Every pattern includes some lagniappe (lan-yap),a little something extra. Common in the New Orleans culture,lagniappe is like a “baker’s dozen”. It’s a gift to my customers to share my love for quilting and my home town.

Come back to my web site often to see the new patterns and gifts added each month!  Studio not open the public.

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Sacred Threads Exhibit

My art quilt “Life’s Buttons” has been accepted into the 2017 juried,national Sacred Threads exhibit to be held at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA, July 7 –23.

Covered in meaningful buttons and other memorabilia from my grandmothers’, mother’s and my garments, this quilt was both a happy and sad project. It reminded me of my loss,but also brought to mind the guidance all these women gave me in becoming a strong, resourceful and creative person. Qualities I hope I am sharing with my own granddaughters.

Life's Buttons

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for up to the minute news on patterns,classes and fun quilting ideas!


Culpeper Tells storytelling festival backdrop














In its fourth year and a new venue, Culpeper Tells found a need for a way to enliven the stage. The event committee asked me to interpret the logo in order to provide a backdrop for the performers at the festival.

During the development and construction of the quilt, Gumbo Design Studios hosted a series of quilting workshops for committee members interested in better understanding quilting techniques and overcoming technical challenges.

Made of a wide selection of quilt cottons,upholstery fabrics, t-shirt knit, and even an acrylic blanket. Two different size 60 degree triangles. Quilted on flannel in turquoise, navy and yellow/orange 40wt thread. 84″x 89″



A Bit Off Center

A Bit Off Center













40′x 40″

A new,fun scrap quilt. Can be any size –you just keep adding centers and building around them. Not your typical center medallion quilt.

Pattern coming soon!


Art Quilts for Sale

I have four art abstract quilts for sale at the Glassworks Gallery in Sperryville,VA. along with quilted eyeglass cases and bowl cozies. Lots of other hand crafted art is available including hand blown glass items from a long list of local artists.