Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Monday, June 9, 2014



Hello Dear Friends!
Thanks to everyone who left comments 
about my newest fabric line,
"Moonlight Manor."
I'm really excited about this group and so glad
that you like it too!

And now to announce the winners
of our drawing....

Random.org helped me to choose
the 1st place winner....

Congratulations to
Karen who commented on June 6th!
You have won the orange panel and a jelly roll
from Moonlight Manor!
I've sent you an e-mail asking for your address and can't wait to send your

2nd prize goes to....

Lorie who commented on June 6th,
"Such cuteness in one post! I love the new fabrics!"
I couldn't find your e-mail address, so please 
e-mail me at debstrain@embarqmail.com
with your mailing address.
I'll send your black panel and charm pack right out.

Congratulations to both winners and
thanks again to everyone who
stopped by!
Happy Summer Dear Friends!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Moonlight Manor"

Now in Stores!

(and Give-a-way)

Hello Dear Friends! 
Just wanted to let you all know that my new Halloween fabric,
Moonlight Manor, is now in your favorite fabric store!

 Inspired by all things SPOOKY, but not too spooky!
My little twin grandsons love the fun of Halloween, but not the scary part.
So, Moonlight Manor is filled with fun images from Halloween
without the "scary."
Graham wanted to help show the wonderful precuts for
this group.  I'm not sure which is cuter....the precuts or that little
guy showing them off!

Haunted houses, dancing skeletons, ghostly friends and witch's brooms all
add to the fun of this light hearted group.

Moonlight Manor is filled with your favorite Halloween icons from that 
Haunted Holiday that we all look forward to.
Oranges and blacks, stars and bats are all
here to add to your celebration!

Moonlight Manor Giveaway!

Graham wanted to help announce the prizes for a new giveaway, featuring
Moonlight Manor.
Just leave a comment between now and midnight (the bewitching hour!)
on Sunday, June 8th.
Random.org will help me to choose 2 winners.

The 1st place winner will receive...

The orange panel from Moonlight Manor
and a Jelly Roll!!!

2nd place winner
winner receive....
The black panel from Moonlight Manor and
a charm pack!!!
(Don't you love my model?  What a cutie!)

Good Luck Dear Friends!
Hope that you have as much fun with Moonlight Manor
as I did designing it!


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!!