Debra Milkovich is an art quilter, mother to four girls, military spouse, and collector of weird vintage treasures. Early in life, she dreamed of becoming an artist but ultimately chose a steadier path by earning a doctorate in pharmacy.
Debra made her first quilt in 2017, with the encouragement of her friend Emi. For her second quilt, she participated in the National Quilt Museum’s first Block of the Month programme. This event exposed participants to a wide variety of techniques while allowing a great deal of artistic freedom. Her quilt was one of eleven selected to hang at the museum in 2019.
The experience set her on a path of deep exploration into the world of art quilts, with no preconceived ideas of what quilts should or should not be. In 2020 her mother became terminally ill, and she channelled her fear, anxiety, and sorrow into her quilting. During this time, Debra designed her first full quilt, “Shark Bite,” which won 1st Place in the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon Together 2021. This quilt also won a Best in Show award in The Grace Quilting Company’s Fall Festival 2022.