Encounter Leslie Peacock around town and she might look as though she is headed to the movies or lunch with a friend.
In fact, she might also be beta-testing her latest piece of wearable art for her pattern line.
"I am trying to come up with different styles that will fit any body shape," Peacock said.
She makes a vest or a coat, then wears it to see how people react.
Her African Safari-themed vest is made of squares cut into triangles and embellished with an assortment of jewelry and beads she found at a swap meet.
It caught the attention of a stranger at a quilt show.
"She told me, we should hang you on the wall," Peacock said.
That is when she decided she would add the vest to her pattern line -- "I'm Wearing My Quilt."
"I love to embellish and I always tell people, you can tell when it was a bad night on TV," she said.
If it is a classic movie or a good forensic show, like Law and Order, when Peacock sits and adds beads or embroidery, she does not get much done.
A retired police officer with 34 years on the Port Huneme, Calif. force, Peacock said she originally wanted to be a firefighter.
Racing into fiery buildings was not a profession available to women, so working as a police matron and in administration was the next best career.
As an adult, Peacock has explored many crafts and enjoyed success as a porcelain painter.
She has sewn since age four when she received a chain stitch sewing machine from her mother.
"When I went out of uniform and into street clothes, I made all my suits," she said.
After Peacock retired, a friend talked her into taking a machine quilting class.
By itself, flat was "boring" to Peacock, but she saw a way to merge quilting and garments.
"Instead of making flat quilts that hang on the wall, I make them to hang on me," she said.
Now, she lets the fabric tell her where to go. She has a wall of ribbons from quilt shows to prove she got there.
When she enters a contest, she must conform to rules, but what Peacock likes best is creating fancy garments under her own muse.
"Steppin' Out With My Baby," a bead, feather, embroidery and brocade embellished coat made with crushed velvet embossed with a rubberstamp and Duponi silk, is a gorgeous example of her techniques.
She also enjoys sharing her knowledge.
"So many quilters have never sewn a garment," she said.
In her classes, she uses quilting terms that are also sewing terms.
If students get "testy," she gives them chocolate.
"Calms them right down," she said with a smile.
Most of Peacock's patterns have two fronts, a back and two sleeves.
"The finished seams are bound as a quilt would be rather than a garment," she said.
"I learn a lot from my students and I enjoy their enthusiasm when a project goes right," she added.
Peacock will teach the wearable art class at the 2008 Rim County Quilt Roundup.