Deana was taught basic embroidery skills by her mother at the age of five. Later in childhood, her step-mother taught her additional skills in needlework, hand sewing and machine sewing. As a mother herself, she added to her thread and needle talents, the art of counted cross-stitch, hardanger, Brazilian embroidery, crochet, and quilting.
In 1985, Deana settled in Twin Falls, Idaho. She developing her own needlework patterns and published the “Idaho Sampler” in 1989 under the business name Steel Needle Stitchery. She taught needlework classes from her home and later opened a store in downtown Twin Falls in the fall of 1991.
The family briefly relocated to Boise for a year where she became a member of the BBQ. Deana then moved to Hailey, Idaho. Teaching classes through the College of Southern Idaho and at that time she started the Wood River Fiber Arts Guild and was their first President. She won first place in a quilt contest in Ketchum, Idaho in 1994. That quilt was later entered in a national magazine contest and was one of 37 finalists and featured in the October 1996 issue of Quilt Maker Magazine.
Deana began entering the Hoffman Challenge in 2012, winning the Best First Time Entry. Five of her art quilts have been on tour with the Hoffman Challenge. Most recently her quilt “Mason Jar Bouquet” was juried and judged at the Pacific International Quilt Festival and received Judges Choice Award.