Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Friday, February 28, 2014

And the Envelope please........

Today is the last day of Moda's 
"Spell It With Fabric"
blog hop.
It has been so much fun!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by
my blog and left a comment.
I read ALL of them and have
to say, "What a creative and fun
group you are!"
I laughed and giggled, as I read them,  and
wish blogging had a "like" button
that I could have hit for your

Now, to announce the winners of the prizes
(with help from random.org).
Thank you again to Moda (and Lissa!)
for generously supplying them!

1st prize is a Jelly Roll and
charm pack of my "Bloomin' Fresh"
and the winner is....
Sharon of Vroomans' Quilt
who commented on Feb. 18th at 4:04am

2nd prize is a Layer Cake and
charm pack of my 
"Bloomin' Fresh" fabric....
and the winner is...
Lisa of lisaluv2kwilt
who commented on Feb.18th at 8:30am.

and thanks again to everyone who stopped by.
Be sure to visit
today for setting directions for all
of the alphabet blocks!

Have a wonderful spring!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today is my day!

 Hello Dear Friends!
Thanks for stopping by my blog on the 2nd day of
Moda's "Spell It With Faric"
Blog Hop.

Moda has put together an entire alphabet of quilt blocks and each designer has been
assigned a letter to help introduce ourselves.
For the entire blog hop schedule
click here

My letter is "D" for Deb.
You can download a pdf for making this "D" block

The pencil on my block is because 
one of my favorite parts of designing fabric is drawing all
of the tiny little shapes and patterns in the line.
I love to DRAW!
So the letter "D" on my block could also be for DRAW...

I have sketchbooks of drawings....

and file cabinets full of drawings...

and shelves full of drawings!

Here are a few drawings from my new fabric line
"Bloomin' Fresh," available in stores now.

The colors are bright and cheery!
(Just what we need after the crazy winter we have had
here in Ohio!)

We were asked to answer a few questions about ourselves using our
letter, to help you get to know us better.
Here are mine....

My letter is.....D
What are your initials?
My favorite book....
DaVinci Code 
My favorite movie....
Dirty Dancing
My favorite television show...
Downton Abbey
Quilting object or tool that you cannot work without?
DARN Seam Ripper
Something I like....
Dulce de Leche ice cream by Haagen-Dazs
Somewhere I would like to go....
Dubai, Delhi and Dublin

Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Just leave a comment on my blog letting me know
your name and something about yourself that starts
with the first letter of your name.
The first winner will receive a Jelly Roll
and Charm Pack of "Bloomin' Fresh,"  generously supplied
by Moda!

The second winner will receive a Layer Cake and
Charm Pack of "Bloomin' Fresh," also sent
by Moda!

(Yes, that is snow in both pictures!  I think it might be here
until spring.....)

Be sure to stop by
Moda's Blog for Piecing Directions,
Joanna at Fig Tree and Co.
today too!

Winners will be announced here on Feb. 28th.
Thanks again for stopping by...
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moda's Next Blog Hop!!!
Stop by and meet Moda designers and see what they have created with their assigned letter.  
Lots of fun and prizes!

Spell It With Fabric Designer Blog Hop

American Jane - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Aneela Hoey - http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk
Bunny Hill - http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Cotton Way - http://cottonway.blogspot.com/

Piecing Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Deb Strain -  http://debstrain.blogspot.com/
Kathy Schmitz - http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/
Fig Tree and Co. - http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

French General - http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/
Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Basic Grey - http://blog.basicgrey.com/

Lauren + Jessi Jung - http://laurenandjessiblog.com/
Kansas Troubles - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Laundry Basket Quilts - http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php
Lily Ashbury - http://lilyashbury.com/blog/

Me and My Sister Designs - http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
Kate Spain - http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/
Jan Patek - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Pat Sloan - http://blog.patsloan.com/

Primitive Gatherings - http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/
Minick and Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
Lissa Alexander - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com

Sweetwater - http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/
Thimbleblossoms - http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
Sandy Gervais - http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

Vanessa Christenson - http://www.vanessachristenson.com/
Malka Dubrawski - http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/
Blackbird Designs - http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Barbara Brackman - http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/
Zen Chic - http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com
Gina Martin - http://www.patternandhue.com

Setting Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

Monday, November 18, 2013

3 Winners and Tutorial!

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about
"Surrounded by Love" and the
panels in the group!
I loved hearing which colorway you liked best.

Time to announce the winners of the panels and
"Surrounded by Love"

And...instead of giving away 2 panels and boxes,
I will be giving away 3!
One of each of the panel colorways!

Congratulations to the following winners:
Pink panel:  Debra from MD
Grey panel:  Karen in Breezy Pt.
Red panel:  Linda, who commented on Nov. 12th at 6:09pm!

I've emailed all of you, so please get your addresses to me and
I will send your boxes right out.

I'm also SO EXCITED to share that Fatquartershop.com
used "Surrounded by Love" in a
their newest tutorial video!!  WOOHOO!!

Just click below to watch!

And to receive a FREE PDF pattern for the quilt, just click

And, if that is not enough....
this wonderful company is offering their
 entire selection of Layer Cakes at 20% off all week long (ending Sunday 11/24/13 at midnight CST)! 
 Just click.....

Thanks Kimberly and everyone at Fat Quarter Shop
for using "Surrounded by Love" to
create this beautiful, quick and easy quilt!

Happy Sewing Everyone,

Monday, November 11, 2013

Winner! and NEW Giveaway!!

Hello Dear Friends!

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments about
"Family Tree" and Karen Miller's
beautiful pillow!
(It is really incredible, isn't it?)
Thanks also to those of you who
visited my blog from Karen's!

The winner of the "Family Tree Scrapbox Giveaway"

LeeAnna Paylor!!!
Congratulations  LeeAnna!

Please send your mailing address to
and I will get your goodies right out.
Enjoy your scraps!  We would all love to see
what you create with them....

Be sure to visit Karen's blog

to see who won her giveaway too!

2nd Give-a-way!!!

And now, to introduce my newest fabric group by Moda,
arriving in your favorite fabric store this month.....


I'm so excited about this group!
The palette is a variety of shades of
soft grey

I Loved painting it!
It is so much fun to see how a pattern changes
when it is done in a different color.

The panel is available in 3 colorways...
Soft grey,
and pink.

At the bottom of each panel is a row of
Quilt Labels that you can use on this
project and others that you create for
those you love.

And look at the precuts!!!

Barb from 

has created 3 beautiful patterns using
"Surrounded by Love."

"Sweetheart"" table runner

"Be Mine" Card Holder Quilt

"Love is All Around"
small quilt

They are all BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks Barb!
(Be sure to hop over to her website to check them out!)

Now for the Give-a-way!!
Leave a comment letting me know
if you like the red, pink, or
soft grey panel best.
On Monday, Nov. 18th,
Random.org will help
me choose 2 winners of a 
box of "Surrounded by Love" scraps
a panel!

Good luck to all of you
and thank you again for visiting my blog.

P.S. I always enjoy being "Surrounded by Love"
by my twin grandsons!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Hello Dear Friends!

Well, I'm back from the International Quilt Market
held in Houston, Texas
and filled with inspiration!

This is what Moda's booth looked like before the show.
During the show the tables were filled with store
owners viewing the newest Moda fabric groups.

My booth was part of the Designer Row.
We each had a section of the Moda booth
to share our newest lines and the inspiration
behind them.

(Be sure to stop back next week to see my blog about
my new Valentine group "Surrounded by Love."
There will be prizes involved!)

I had a WONDERFUL surprise waiting for me
upon my return....
after hugging my husband and sweet
grandsons, I turned on my computer to see
this BEAUTIFUL pillow!

It was created by Karen Miller using my "Family Tree" fabric group and was featured on
Moda's Bake Shop!

Karen was thrilled and so was I.  It is wonderful isn't it?
I love seeing things made with my fabric.  It is 
like watching your kids succeed at a sporting event!!

You can see the tutorial of how to create this beautiful pillow at

or go to Karen Miller's website

 to learn more about it
and Karen's other wonderful creations.

Karen is having a giveaway too,
on her blog
so be sure to visit and
 you will have double the chance
to win!

Leave a comment by Monday, Nov. 11th and I
will send one lucky winner
a box of Family Tree scraps
to create your own
inspired project .

Be sure to stop by on the 11th to see if you have won
and learn more about "Surrounded by Love!"

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful fall

Monday, September 16, 2013

And the winner is.....

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who commented on my
blog in Moda's  SIZE MATTERS blog hop.

The comments were so wonderful and so interesting to see if the
blue or orange block was chosen most.
I think it was a close race, but the blue block
won as the favorite.

And now for the winner!
Random.org helped chose the winner as.....

Who commented on Sept. 9th at 4:42 am.
(You have a picture of a tiger on your comment...
would love to hear the story behind that!)
You have won these precuts from my 
Family Tree group.

Please send  your address  to me at:
and I will get your prize right out.

Thank you, thank you, again
to everyone who commented.
Be sure to stop by
to get instructions on how to assemble
all of the blogs in the hop.

Have a wonderful fall!