Deborah Louie


Deborah’s love of colour, sewing and textiles started when she was a young girl growing up in Sydney in the family textiles business which specialised in hand dyeing laces and beautiful fabrics. 

Deborah studied colour and design at college before commencing work in the textile-printing industry but her true passion was found later when she spent time at home with her young family and fell in love with quilting. Deborah started her own domestic machine quilting business, quilting over 600 quilts for clients. This developed her skills in both traditional and contemporary quilt design and has led her to teaching her skills and sharing her passion for quilt making and mastering the sewing machine. 

Inspired by the river and natural bushland which surround her Sydney studio, Deborah makes unique quilts with the emphasis on colour, quilting texture and decorative stitch applique. Deborah designs quilts as beautiful pieces of textile decorative art to add to your home decor. 

Machine Magic is an exciting book published by C & T Publishers USA with textural machine decorative stitch applique shown in beautiful photos with step-by-step guidance to make you into a decorative stitch artist. 

In August 2023 Deborah was guest tutor for BERNINA Canada teaching at many quilt stores and workshops throughout the country. 

Deborah has taught at many Quilt Symposiums with Taupo being the very first and has enjoyed every experience and hospitality making many New Zealand friends along the way. 

Face to face workshops in machine quilting, decorative stitch machine applique and contemporary quilt making have taken Deborah to every state in Australia, New Zealand and to the USA.