Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pillow Talk Blog Day!

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.  I'm  new to this blogging adventure and I must say, I LOVE it!!  The first thing that I do each morning is wake up and look at my comments.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave a little message!

As you know, if you have been following the Blog Hop, Lissa from Moda (a genius to be sure...and very kind too!) asked the Moda designers to create a pillow that told a little about our journey as a designer.  We shared it in a schoolhouse session at Market and now are sharing it here.



I decided to draw most of my design since I don't design quilts or patterns (not without the help of Moda anyway!).
   The images are all favorites from some of my past fabric collections.  There is an urn from "Harvest Bouquet", a bird from "Cherish Nature", a shock of wheat from Fabulous Fall, a dragonfly from  "Summer Fun", a flower from "Fresh Flowers" and a butterfly from "Daydreams." Can you find them all?  I also added the word "Create" because that is a very special word to me.  I try to "create" something every day.  It might be a painting, a fabric pattern, a special memory or just a mess in the kitchen!  But somehow, I try to be creative each day.
   The fabric used on the pillow is from "Cherish Nature."  I love the gentle feel of the patterns and the colors.  One of my favorite groups!
   I've been a Moda fabric designer  since 1996 (15 years!) and have always felt so fortunate to be with such a wonderful company. Previously, I was an art teacher for 9 years and  in 1995, my husband and I started a small greeting card company, Saltbox Illustrations.  After attending a trade show in Charlotte, I was approached by Moda to design fabric.  What an incredible relationship it has been!
   We have three wonderful children and two very dear grandsons (twins) that light up our lives.    

Now for the questions that Lissa asked us to answer....(I've learned so much about the other designers from these questions.  What amazing, talented people to work with!)

What is a little known fact about yourself?  I hand paint all of my fabric, every colorway, every coordinate! These are some of the more challenging ones from "Pumpkin and Spice."



I haven't had to use a magnifying glass yet...but may in the future!

How do you relax?  I really enjoy a good book.  I'm also an old movie buff..... love to watch old movies when I paint!

What do you sleep in?  Warm, soft pj pants, an old t-shirt and 2-3 pair of socks depending on the season. (Not too glamorous is it?)

What kind of pillow do you like?  I can sleep anywhere, on anything!  It is a gift.  Once, during a very busy time in our lives, I fell asleep in my supper.  You can ask my husband, it is the truth!

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal?  I can't remember sleeping with a special stuffed animal, but always had the family cat next to me when I went to sleep.

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch TV? Eat?  Sometimes read or watch the news, but usually fall asleep as soon as I hit the bed.

Have you or your spouse spent nights on the couch?  Only when our grandsons spend the night!

Nighttime toddy?  Does hot chocolate count?

Early to bed or all-nighter?  I used to stay up really late or even all night. Now, I work so much better in the morning.  I think it is an age thing!

Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?  My two grandsons when they are a little older!

   
Thanks again for visiting my blog!  Please be sure to stop by next week when I show my newest line of fabric.  My samples just arrived!

Now for the give-a-way!
Since I am new to blogging, I would really like to know what you would like to hear about in my blog:  inspiration, family, new projects, etc?  Just leave a comment letting me know and on Feb. 23rd, I'll be giving away these 4 gifts.

Collection of Figurines, Stationery Products and 5x5" fabric squares from
"Cherish Nature"
Jelly Roll from "Fresh Flowers"
10 Fat Quarters of Valentine's Fabric
(Because it IS February!)

2 Scripture Quilts and a Fat Quarter Package



Be sure to visit Sandy Klop from American Jane tomorrow to see her amazing pillow! She always creates the most wonderful....everything!
Thanks again for visiting,
Always,
Deb  


489 comments:

  1. What a cute picture of your grandsons.
    I would like to hear about family and your projects and really whatever else you want to add.
    Connie F

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  2. I think your pillow is beautiful

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  3. Very nice blog thank you for sharing I will bookmark you and definitely read you blog the pillow talk has been so much fun

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  4. I like to see projects becaue they give such inspiration.

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  5. I think everything you mentioned would be great! Family, inspiration, new designs, everything! I'd love to see more of your hand painting the fabric lines -- that's so cool that you do that! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I love the hand paitned fabric line and seeing items made from that - its very inspirational! I think a mix of design, pictures and family are what make a wonderful blog! I have enjoyed yours.
    I am looking forward to seeing your new line of fabric!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  7. Deb, it's so fun to see your beautiful pillow again! And those paintings...WOW! You are a creative wonder. So nice to know you and to "visit" more often :) Those grandsons of yours are so cute. You sure will make some people happy with all those goodies you're giving away!! Have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  8. I love to hear it all, but especially projects you have going on! Your painting is beautiful:)

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  9. I would love to hear more about your design process and also some of your favorite projects from the past and that you are working on now. - Marlene

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  10. Love your pillow. I'd love to hear more about your creative process - and your amazing fabric painting!

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  11. Welcome to the world of blogging! The best blog posts are the ones that the blogger wants to share with readers. Saying that I'd love to read posts about your projects, daily live, what inspires you. Thanks so much for participating in this blog hop!

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  12. i am new to the blogging world so anything i read or saee i love. i am soaking it all in. it is wonderful to be connected to such talented people, thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Can't tell you're new to blogging, great - and love to hear about anything, family, quilts, trips, new fabric lines, etc. Thanks!

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  14. I like to read about projects and see progress photos along the way.

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  15. I really like your quilting barn figurines. I have a soft spot in my heart for these! I always look for attractive items in the sewing and quilting theme. These really caught my eye and I will have to see where one can locate the line to view! (and purchase too)

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  16. The fabric painting and creative process are fascinating and would be so inspirational. I love following your projects and insights. Awesome giveaway and would love to win any of your gifties.

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  17. Love the pillow! I'd like to hear about what inspires you and of course, about the grandsons! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  18. Your giveaway items are lovely. And the grandsons? Soooo cute! That's a great picture!

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  19. I would like to hear about new products. Love meeting new designers on this pillow blog hop. Thanks!

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  20. I have enjoyed your blog. On any quilter's or designer's blog I love seeing fabrics and projects using them. And the snippets about your family, your daily life and your inspiration make it personal, like hearing from a friend. Keep up the good work and thanks for the chance to win such lovely prizes!

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  21. I like your blog the way it is........keep it up! Painting your fabric samples is unbelievable, would love to see a bit more about this.

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  22. Your pillow is beautiful. Cherish Nature is one of my favorites. Your twin grandsons are adorable. You are so creative & I'd enjoy reading more about your painting, your fabrics & family news too. What a great giveaway. Those little bird figurines are too cute! Thanks for the chance to win. I enjoyed your post.

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  23. I have become a follower - wonderful site and I am confident it will become full of inspiration.

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  24. What a great pillow and charming blog! I love these blog hops because it lets me discover new bloggers - I've known your work since the beginning, and love it.

    And your grandsons are just too cute!

    Inspiration, projects, you, your family - blog about it all.

    And thank you for the opportunity to win one of your giveaway items!

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  25. Your blog has been a wonderful blend of you. That is the best kind of blog.

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  26. Wow, what talent. I love your paintings. Keep up the good work.

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  27. Your pillow is beautiful.
    As far as blogging, whatever you feel at the moment. It doesn't have to have a rhyme or reason.
    Lovely prizes. Thank you
    pam roever at yahoo dot com

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  28. I love your choice of fabric to give away--it's beautiful. WOW! LOVE IT. Can't wait to see your new line. What cute little boys--your grandsons--fun, aren't they?

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  29. I love reading about future projects but I love getting to know people too so a good balance always keeps me coming back for more. Thanks!

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  30. Wow - you handpainted that? Very impressive! I like to read quilt blogs for inspiration, stories, and whatever else is posted. It's my morning routine to see what is going on in everyone else's lives!

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  31. You're off to a wonderful start Deb, on your blog. I love your birds, and your house. I think it's so neat you paint your fabric! I want to see your creations, whether it be fabric, figurines, or whatnot.

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  32. Oh, what cute grand sons you have! And your give-a-way-it's like the 12 days of Christmas. Hope I win. Thank you.

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  33. I love looking at the lovely fabrics but your projects are a great inspiration of what can be done with them

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  34. Your pillow is so cute. I love all your fabric and would love to hear about projects you are working on. Thanks for the chance to win. I will be following your blog regularly.

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  35. Love your pillow and your grandsons are adorable.

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  36. You are off to a great start. Just share what is interesting to you. I have twin grandsons, too. All of a sudden, they are seven! Enjoy them! They grow much too fast!

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  37. I love reading about projects you are currently working on, finished projects and your wish list!
    I enjoy photos of your work and also photos of projects in your home, showing finishes and placement.
    I love hearing about different parts of the country/world where my fellow stitchers live.
    Thank you for entering me in the giveaway!

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  38. I would like to see what you are up to - whether it be painting, grandkids, whatever!

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  39. I to enjoy seeing and reading about new projects you have on the go. I always appreciate a little inspiration. :) And thanks for a chance to win in your generous giveaway.

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  40. I would love to know more about your designing process, more projects and more about your family. Thanks for the giveaway.l Hope I win. Hugs.

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  41. I love your pillow and your colors, always so fresh. Can't believe you paint your fabric. Wow, what patience. Reading about your new projects(with photos) and inspiration for creating would be a great way to start my day.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  42. I'd like to read more about your projects & the process of creating the fabric designs. Where the inspiration comes from for each fabric design. And, of course, more about those adorable grandsons!

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  43. Your butterfly is beautiful, your grandsons are gorgeous and February 23rd is my day! I have twins who are now 24 and my 54th birthday is the 23rd! I hope I win! Laura

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  44. Welcomje to the world of blogging, Deb. Mostly I find I'm interested in life in your area - where you live, other buildings/homes you love, your life and your family, basically whatever you're doing.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway - I'd love a chance to win something......

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  45. Cherish nature is one of my all-time favorites also, it is just beautiful! Thank you!

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  46. You paint your fabric designs? WOW! I am in awe! Cute little boys - bet there are lots of stories there. Looking forward to using Nature's Gift in our guild's Christmas block exchange this year.

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  47. I a grea time poking around your blog. Such lovely fabric, I have a lot of it in my stash. I enjoy a blog thats a bit of this and that, I love whimsey and kids and projects and weather...eclectic! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Your grandson's are soooo handsome! I'd love to hear more about them and your creative projects. Where can we purchase your Blossom Bucket items?

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  49. Thanks for sharing. I love to hear about new projects you are working on and new products that are coming out. Cute grandsons.

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  50. Oh - that Fresh Flowers is very quickly moving to the top of my list. I must get some soon. I like your pillow and you are one very talented artist! I love blogs with color inspiration, and your blog does that beautifully for me!

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  51. Your pillow is adorable! I would love to hear more about where you find inspiration, how you work and love pics of new projects. Thanks for the chance! Greetings from Seoul.

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  52. wow..what a beautiful pillow !! :))
    I'd be interested mostly for your inspiration and the resulting projects.
    and thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabrics !

    best regards from germany
    kat

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  53. The pillow is VERY nice! I would like to hear more about creative projects in your blog - with occasional picts of those CUTE grandsons!

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  54. Love you pillow and taking the time to share a piece of your live with us. Your grandkids are adorable! Posting about projects, fabrics, and those cute grandkids would be great!

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  55. Ah Deb, I LOVE your fabric lines. I am about to load a queen size quilt on my longarm made from Cherish Nature - what a fantastic line !!! I'm currently searching for more Cherish Nature to do matching pillows...this is all for our son and DIL.

    I love to learn about where people live and their homes. I believe a home says so much about a person.

    Happy blogging.

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  56. I love your quilting patterns of course - the ones for longarmers! and I love your art. I'd love to see some of your sketches and the "process" on your blog!

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  57. I always go to a quilt blog to see what projects people are working end up just as interested in who they are and how they got to where they are today. It's nice to be able to relate to someone over the internet and say "Oh yeah, I know just what you mean." Love the colors and design of the pillow, great job!

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  58. All of that you mention - I have saved your blog to my favorite places.

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  59. It's fun to see current projects, even household projects like painting a room, families and pets, and inspiration.
    I'm loving your blog and your art.

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  60. Thank you for sharing your pillow - it's really lovely. I like to see the process - whether designing fabric or designing quilt patterns. There is so much to be learned and so much to inspire. Your grandbabies are adorable!

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  61. The colors of your beautiful pillow are my favorite colors! I would love to win your fabrics.

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  62. What I am most interested in hearing about is you and your fabric journies! I love your little birds and the quilts on the fence with the scriptures.

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  63. Deb, your pillow is absolutely gorgeous. As for your blog, I have already added you to my favorites. I love hearing about, and seeing new projects, pictures and stories about family...your grandsons are too cute...and just what ever you have to share on any given day. I think your blog will be a great hit. Oh, and your giveaway is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing a bit about yourself with us and for a chance to win some wonderful treasures. Hugs...

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  64. I love your fabric collections. I would like to hear abour your new projects. Your grandsons are such cuties!

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  65. Glad to see you have entered the blog world. I would enjoy reading about your design inspiration, process, and the projects that follow. I would love that jelly roll. Oh, I too live in Ohio....try some wool socks.

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  66. I am inspired by your creativeness. What a mindset to have, to create something each day. Just share what you are working on and what has inspired you to create that day or week.

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  67. I also love your designs and have several of your prints hanging on my walls. I also enjoy projects and ideas for making things with fabric as well as new things. Thanks for the give away offer!

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  68. Lovely pillow. It was great to learn a little about you first time I have been to your blog. I love hearing about new projects and funny family is fun too. I have twin nieces and they are a riot!! Your grandsons are too cute!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. Very nice pillow!! whatever inspires you to create would be great to hear!

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  70. I would love to hear about your projects and fabrics!

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  71. Your designs are inspiration for the rest of us to create.

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  72. Deb, you are very busy woman! I had not idea you designed all those different things. It must make for a fascinating life. I love your fresh flowers, a recent purchase of mine!

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  73. Your blog is great! I love how you paint!

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  74. Great job blogging. I like to read things that are inspirational plus a little about who you are. I also love giveaways.

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  75. Your nature designs are amazing! Love your Fresh Flowers fabric with their sunny and bright colors! Just beautiful!

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  76. I would love to see projects and it would be very interesting to see the process you use when you paint one of your fabric lines.

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  77. I would like to know where you find your inspirations and also about you and your family.

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  78. Hi Deb! Love to hear about anything you'd like to share. It's always a pleasure to sew with your fabrics...happy and fun...that's Deb Strain for Moda! xo Pam in Chico

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  79. You have an amazing gift and we all get to benefit from it. I have actually made a Valentine quilt from your valentine line and I so love that fabric. Welcome to the blog world. It is where I glean inspiration daily.
    Mary

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  80. I've love to see more of your process, the painting to fabric journey. Do you do any other painting, love to see that also.

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  81. Your pillow is just so cute!
    I love the little birds and the quilt fence exhibit!
    I liked every thing in a blog familly stotry, cooking experience, quilt inspiration ... giveways are the the cherry on the top!

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  82. I'm relatively new to Moda and I'm loving your fabric lines. The Pumpkin and Spice is right up my alley, but I think that your Fresh Flowers is something that could really inspire me for this summer.

    I'd like to read about your process. How do you come up with your designs and what gets the gears going in your head. What inspires you?

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  83. Can't believe you paint all your fabric!!! The twins are so cute..what a joy they are. I have really enjoyed this Pillow Talk, enjoyed everyone of them and learned so much about each artist.....Also of course love the give aways..

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  84. I always love hearing more about people's family.
    I can't believe you paint your fabric! Drawing/painting is the one thing I really can't do that I wish I could.

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  85. Your pillow is so beautiful. As for what I like most to hear about.... it is a misture. I love life stories mixed with creative inspiration mixed with new projects and of course I would love to hear about your new fabric lines... Hope that helps. Welcome to blogging it is a fun world.

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  86. First of all, your grandsons are adorable. I had no idea that you hand painted all of your fabric. It has been very interesting to learn about all of the creative ways that Moda fabric comes to us. I will be looking for the scripture quilts.

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  87. I adore your fabrics and am awed by the fact that you paint your fabrics to begin with. You are amazing! As for your blog, I'd love to read whatever you are willing to share ... or all of the above as you listed :) Pictures of your creations are always a joy. Thank you!!

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  88. What is better than nature....your pillow is a great example. Can't wait to see the new fabric next week. And I think it is AMAZING that you paint your designs all by hand first. I like blogs that shares a little of what is going on in your life at the time, what you are working on, pictures, the design process. Tid bits. I'm so inspired by Moda designers!

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  89. Oh Deb, I can sure relate to falling asleep most anywhere...Just ask my boys :) I would like to read about and see photos of your surroundings and how it inspires you in your creativity. And I would love to include one of your treats in a new project here at my home. Thanks so much

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  90. I would love to know what inspires you and helps you keep going even when you are just wore out. Your blog is so fun to read.

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  91. I'd love to hear about inspiration! Your work is so lovely I'd like to know where it comes from.

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  92. I think you are doing a fine job with your blog just as it is --- a nice mixture of family, business and personal. Those little boys just look so huggable!! ...and, they grow so fast --- before you know it, they will not be as willing for the hugs and kisses (you know, that "age" thing)

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  93. You said that you don't really quilt w/o the help of Moda so I think it would be awesome to read about your projects you do make. It is always inspiring to see new ideas made from fabric!

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  94. I want to hear about it all......family, inspiration, how to, feelings........I love your fabric....it is so fresh and makes me feel happy to play with it.....free almost

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  95. Oh my...you pillow is just gorgeous! Love your gorgeous fabric. I really enjoy seeing what new projects and fabric lines are being created!

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  96. I love to see and hear about new projects. Also, I am so amazed that you paint all the fabric. You are wonderfully talented!

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  97. i'm loving your blog so far! i love to read about where fabric designers create....what insires...family....

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  98. I enjoyed reading your blog. Please continue blogging. Your grandsons are very cute and look like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. Oh, Deb, you come up with the greatest prizes! I really admire your work and the color palettes you choose. I'm new to your blog, so I would say at this point "Don't change a thing". I will enjoy reading your back posts and fully intend to become a follower. Thanks for just being YOU!

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  100. I luv to hear about inspiration...how do you get from one place to final project...so inspiring....luv your fabric...

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  101. Hi Deb! I'd love to hear more about how you approach the fabric designing process and see more of your paintings. What do you get your inspiration form and how do you pick the colors. I always find the creative process fascinating, so if you can share that with us, I'd be really interested in reading more about that.
    It is also fun to hear about family, thoughts, experiences. I read it all! :-)

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  102. I always like to see new projects and hear where you get your inspiration for them.

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  103. I have twins girls. My mom likes to introduce them as her first grandbaby. I really like your pillow. Welcome to blogging!

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  104. Your grandsons are so adorable! I would love to see what inspires you, as well as some of your paintings! Your fabric lines are so beautiful! I just got some Fresh Flowers in the mail yesterday and can't wait to play with it!! Blog posts about life in general, family, and of course new projects are always great reads! :)

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  105. I love creative folks' blogs because they are creative. I want to read about whatever you want to write/create.
    Thanks,
    S. Williams

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  106. Seeing other people's projects on blogs inspires me! Love your pillow! Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

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  107. I lOVE cherish nature! It is one of my most favorite lines ever! I also used pumpkin and spice for a fall shirt for my little girl. I would love to read about projects, inspirations, etc.
    Thanks!

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  108. I love your fabric lines... I'm new to quilting and yet I've already made two quilts using your designs. A "Love U" quilt went to my youngest granddaughter last Christmas (she loves owls) and I'm getting ready to put the binding on a "Cherish Nature" quilt tonight after work. Love the colors you use and the artwork is just wonderful!

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  109. I just love your pillow--- everything about it... love the color, love the butterfly... just love it all! :-) I have been enjoying visiting all the blogs of the Moda designers-- so many wonderfully creative minds! It's very inspiring. I look forward to keeping in touch with you and hearing more about those adorable grandbabies! I'm expecting my first in May and am so excited!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will be one of the lucky winners -- your prizes are SO wonderful!!!! Thanks so much!

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  110. I will definitely love being a follower as I find it amazing that you hand paint your designs - true artistry. Your gifts are amazing. I would love to hear more about your inspiration, and those grandbabies:)

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  111. I love to hear about it all. I think blogs should be a sounding board or talking about family or whatever inspires you. It is your journey that you are being so kind to share with the rest of us!!

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  112. I love your pillow. And the birds, they are so cute. I love the Pumpkin & Spice colors and design. I bet you have a great garden for inspiration. Those two little boys are going to keep you busy! Thanks for the give-aways! I hope I win!

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  113. I would love to see projects and that which inspires you. Thank you!

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  114. I love to hear about anything quilts. New or old. Thanks for starting your blog and thanks for the amazing giveaways. mdwelectric@comcast.net

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  115. I LOVE your pillow! I feel it is so me. As to the content on your blog, all of the things you mentioned are of interest to me. The boys are very cute, by the way! I would love to win any of your generous prizes. Thanks,so much.

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  116. I love your fabric, and your pillow is gorgeous! I would love to hear about your projects, family, inspirations, whatever you want to share!

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  117. Love your pillow...Cherish Nature is one of my favorites. I would love to know more about your painting and fabric connection since I also like to paint but seem to be doing more with fabric right now. Your grandsons are so cute...love hearing about them too!

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  118. Your grandsons are so cute. WHen I read the blogs, I like to see what new projects people are working on, and see the progress if it is a big project. I enjoy reading about their families too.

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  119. Hi Deb! I really enjoyed your post. You are truly amazing...I can't imagine hand painting all of those gorgeous designs for your fabrics...that is awesome! I love to see a variety of things on blogs.... what people are working on, things about their family and friends, pets, what inspires them, tutorials....just a nice mix of things. I think you have a great start to your blog!

    Your grandsons are just adorable. How much fun to have twins around! :o)

    Thank you so much for your participation in the blog tour, and for your generous give away. All of your prizes are fantastic, but I LOVE the first one with those cute little birds!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

    P.S. I live in Ohio, too. Just a little Northwest of Cincinnati!

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  120. I'm enjoying your new blog. I love to hear about creative things, and the creative process. It is very nice to have a dash of your life on your blog, like the darling photo of your grandsons, and you know we are all hoping for sneaky peeks at new fabrics and designs. Just want to end by saying I love love LOVE Saltbox Harvest! I can't remember a fall line I have ever liked half as much!

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  121. Were to begin. Simple start to finish-your design process. Projects-Always enjoy checking out new patterns. And of course the grandkids are always fun to hear about.

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  122. i love to hop the blogs! Inspiration via stitched up projects with new and old fabrics, love to see picts of the twins! , how you paint the designs (actual size?) yikes! all fun to learn from.

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  123. Oh you're one of my favs!! I've been slowing collecting your fabrics, and would love some more. Love your pillow and would read anything that you blog about!

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  124. Loved reading your blog. First time for me. I love to hear about new projects ... sneak peaks at your new fabrics :). It is always fun for me to read personal things too like what your doing for fun, family, food, etc. Love your fabrics and thanks for the give away!

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  125. I love your fabric and I am so glad you have started a blog. I love hearing about projects, anything creative and family things! Thanks!

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  126. I love your pillow. I've been following the pillow hop and have had a lot of fun. I would like to know about your family and new fabric and projects. I've just started on this blogging venture due to my daughter prodding me. There is just to much inpiration to draw from. Thanks for sharing and for the beautiful prizes.

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  127. I love those cute little birds! So adorable! I think all those topics are inter-realated. Inspiration, family, projects... they all gleen from one another. Cute, cute pillow!

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  128. Loving the pillow hop. Being new blogging too, I have found many have no problem with the inspiration it is the exposure to the many different fabrics, lines, colors and how to use them that they are looking for.

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  129. What a beautiful pillow! I say just share from your heart!

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  130. Love your pillow. Very pretty. I'm amazed that you paint your designs, so intricate. The blogs I like the best is the ones that show projects, whether finished or not, just for inspiration. It's fun to see pictures of projects that people send in of their projects too.

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  131. Your pillow is lovely. It's so much fun to learn more about all the different designers. Your grandsons are adorable.

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  132. I love to see new designs for inspiration and tutorials. Thanks for participating in the Pillow Talk hop!

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  133. I'm partial to projects and tutorials these days. :)

    Thanks!

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  134. Beautiful pillow! I would love to see more of your hand painted fabrics and more of your designing process. Thanks for the chance to win.=)

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  135. Deb - love your fabric lines. Thanks for sharing about yourself!

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  136. I would read about whatever you post. I think a good balance of everything (family, inspiration, creating, etc.) makes for an enjoyable blog! I LOVE the scripture quilts! Proverbs 3:5-6 hold deep meaning for my. My sweet son who is now is heaven loved that verse. :o)

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  137. I like to see projects, new fabric lines, tutorials. Thanks.

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  138. Thanks for sharing. I have twins so I always love to hear twin stories.

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  139. Love your pillow and thanks for sharing! I find it is always interesting to read daily things, new projects. Just small glimpses from your life!

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  140. i came by your blog through the moda pillow talk AND am really glad i did!! love love LOVE the cherish nature line - i just might have to go find some.
    you are obviously one talented lady
    thnx for showing us all that talent!!

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  141. Beautiful pillow. I love your Fresh Flowers line, so nice to see the wonderful colors in my sewing room since the only color I see outside is grey. I follow various blogs to see what is happening in the quilt world. Like going to a quilt show every day!

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  142. I'd like to hear how you are intentionally creative each day. That's such a great goal. About 10 years ago, I realized that Beauty is one of my core values - it feeds me to see beauty around me each day, and I think that Creativity is a way to bring beauty into our lives and the lives of others.
    Thanks for your beautiful sharing... and your grandsons are darling.

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  143. Beautiful pillow you've created. Very 'you' from how you explained it. I visit blogs to learn as much as I can about quilting and look for new ideas and patterns. I am somewhat new to quilting so any chance I get to learn more is great. Now if someone could force me to get OFF my computer and go DO something it would be very helpful. LOL I'm enjoying the learning process so much I don't go do the things I'm reading so much about.

    You have wonderful gifts each of us have a chance at winning. I love the little birds and the "Fresh Flowers" fabrics. Beautiful! Thank you so much for the chance.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  144. What a nice blog you have...love those pics of the cute babies and all your projects. I like to see new ideas for things using small cuts of fabrics. I am acquiring lots of charm squares.
    Phyllis

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  145. What a beautiful post. Your painting is beautiful - what lovely fabric comes from it! Post about whatever you want to - it's your blog!

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  146. Beautiful pillow! I admire painters--my mom is one and it is a wonderful thing to have original artwork hanging in my house. Love Cherish Nature and the Fall line--wow! Thanks for sharing your cute twin grandsons. My dad is a twin and those two look like the kind of mischief makers he and his brother were known for :) I always love to have peeks at family in blog posts. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  147. Saving your blog in my favorites! :) Blogging about whatever suits your fancy would be fine by me!

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  148. I love your blog...the pic of your grandsons are great....I have 3 grandsons myself and they are so precious....you are so creative...love all the fabric designs....would love to win....

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  149. Your pillow is beautiful. I like to paint on fabric too, would love to learn more about painting on fabric and the mediums you use.

    Debbie

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  150. I love your fabrics and appreciate knowing that part of your designing process is painting each one first. Wow! I think the best part of blogs is learning about the people who write them. What they love, what they create, what inspires them and the process they used to arrive at the end product. For a newbie you are doing a great job at blogging so keep up the good work!

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  151. I look for creative bloggers..pass....surpass.
    What inspires you.What are you working on. We like I messed up BUT i fixed it this way.You love going to,Flee markets..food markets..farm stalls,antique malls, or going to quilts stores that carry your line and not telling them who you are..you could have fun with that one or maybe you just like watching the cat sleep and that's O>K>

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  152. I'd love to read about ALL of your projects :)
    Thanks for the chance!

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  153. I always like it when a blogger talks about their family, it makes this weird relationship a little more personal. Those two little cuties can grace your blog anytime and I will come away with a smile. And, of course, I would love to hear about any new projects you are working on.

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  154. Your grandsons are just darling! I would love to see you blog about just whatever is going on in your creative and family life. Seeing fabric designers as real people doing what they love makes their fabrics that much more special when I see them in the stores. Your prizes are fabulous. I'd be thrilled with any one of them!

    MGM

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  155. Being new to quilting I look for creative blog sites for inspiration and direction. I'm so happy to have discovered yours. I look forward to using your beautiful designs and your blog for inspiration.

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  156. I'm always interested in what a designer is working on. Whether it's a fabric line or a quilt. I also like to see the process that is used to get to the finished product. This gives me inspiration and usually inspires me to either start on something new or at least finish up what I have. BTW, what sweet-looking grandsons. I'm sure they are a joy to you.

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  157. I'd love to read about your inspiration and about new projects. Your fabrics are always such fun to create with. I just finished a quilt top (not quilted yet) with your Java collection. So cool!

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  158. Deb!

    Welcome to blogging! You have a great start and I have enjoyed your blog. I would love to see your projects!

    Patti

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  159. Grandsons are so adorable! The one in the red shirt looks like he just might be up to something, grandma! ;-) I really like to see what the designers are up to, what inspires them to create their fabrics lines, but most especially to hear about their "real" lives. It's refreshing to find out that you are just like the rest of us albeit a bit more talented!

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  160. I would love to see project ideas / tutorials ~ I purchased some of your Fresh Flowers fabric recently to make a postage stamp quilt following Rachel Griffith's tutorial at PS I Quilt. Can't wait to see it come together!

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  161. How fun! I love your pillow...would love to see more of your projects. They are very inspiring and heaven knows I need that!

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  162. This was such a good way to get to know you & I will continue to check your blog. You write about a good variety of things & I really like what you write. I like hearing about where you get your inspiration from & seeing your grandsons. They are too cute.

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  163. I have only had my blog since September and I find it's best if you write about what ever inspires you that day! Love your pillow, your fabrics, and your post. Have a wonderful Friday!

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  164. DEB,WHAT A NEAT BLOG YOU HAVE ALREADY! I THINK ANY HINTS WE COME UPON WHILE QUILTING ARE SO NEAT TO PASS ALONG.I LIKE A POINTED WOODEN SKEWER AT MY MACHINE FOR TINY PIECING;IT NEVER SCRATCHES MY MACHINE AND IS WONDERFUL IN PLACE OF MY FINGER! TO ME A "Quilting Tip" section is helpful.
    THANKS FOR SHARING SUCH A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  165. "What you would like to hear about in my blog: inspiration, family, new projects, etc?" you asked.
    Can I say all of the above.

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  166. I am new to your blog. I love your farics. It is amazing to me that you hand paint all of your fabric designs. You are one talented lady. Thank you for the give away!

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  167. I have enjoyed my first visit to your blog and can't wait to come back for more of the same...the babies, the designs, the creative side of you and maybe even some of your garden!

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  168. Your grandsons are adorable! Welcome to blogging too! I love to hear about inspiration and how to go about hand-painting your designs. I'm more of a paint with water kind of girl, so I'm blown away by your talent.

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  169. I'd love to read about your design process....what inspires you, how does it take root, do you doodle, where do you work ( I just love visiting Anne Sutton's studio and home......it is such beautiful space) how long does it take from thought to product.....etc.
    Plus all that you mentioned and watching those darling grandsons grow up would be fun too :0)

    I wish you continued success and thanks so much for a chance to win.

    Happy sewing

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  170. I'm so glad I got introduced to your blog through the Moda pillow talk - your designs are stunning and really speak to me! I would love to hear a bit of everything, but am especially interested in your inspiration process and what turns you on (design wise) at the present. Keep creating!

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  171. I love blogs that include a little about family, your hobby (my favorites are quilting, digital scrapbooking, and photography) and a few recipes and tidbits thrown in. That's what I do and I am a new blogger too.

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  172. I would like to hear about your designs and things you are creating!

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  173. I love those bird figurines! I can't wait to see them in stores so they can come and live at my house.

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  174. One of my first quilty purchases was a layer cake of Love is in the Air, which I used to make two table runners for Valentine's Day! I would like to hear more about where you find inspiration. Thanks for the give-away opportunity!

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  175. I love your fabrics. I just completed a quilt top with the Sent with Love and have a bunch of the Summer Fun in my stash to turn into something fun this summer. They are such bright fun,happy fabrics and I love using them. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.
    Amy

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  176. I always love all of the above but when I scroll through quickly on Google Reader, pictures of new projects always catch my eyes and make me stop and read the post. LOVE you lines.

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  177. were you a painter before a fabric designer? Have you created abstracts and played with different painting mediums? I am a watercolorist and would love to see more watercolor style fabric designs -

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  178. thanks for post! :D i love hearing how you guys came into fabric designing, and i would love to learn how you stay focused when trying to design a new line, or whether everything just naturally comes to you. :)

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  179. From one Grandma to another, your grandsons are adorable. Aren't grandkids special! I love to hear what inspires people and what projects their working on. Always fun to see what others are doing. Loved the little birds.

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  180. First of all, I am impressed that you posted this at 4:09 a.m. girl! An early riser I see! I absolutely love Fresh Flowers; your watercolors and those grandsons are just darling. We really are blessed on so many levels, huh? Follow your heart when posting on your blog - we will read them, I promise!

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  181. New projects are always welcome. We all need a little inspiration once in a while! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  182. Your pillow is my personal favorite so far- it is me in every way:) I love hearing about day to day activities as well as a bit about your loved ones and really enjoy learning about your creative processes and what you are working on at the moment. I am new to blogging and have just loved everything about it so far. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself and for offering such a great giveaway:) Have a Blessed weekend!

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  183. I love to hear how the designers are inspired and then see it translated into what they create. I just love the pillow - and those two little guys just stole my heart!

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  184. I really enjoy hearing about the creative process but have found with designers that just about everything contributes - family, surroundings, seasons, just about everything. So what that means is I enjoy reading about all of it!

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  185. I enjoy inspiration, new projects and family pictures on blogs. Love your pillow design.

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  186. Deb
    The photo of the twins - says it all. They look happy, healthy and fun!! Enjoy
    See you in Houston
    Polly

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  187. I am new to your blog and have become a follower, However, I am not new to your fabrics. When a dear friend passed away, her husband distributed her fabric stash among her friends. I was fortunate to receive a jelly roll of your fabric line Daydreams. I love the soft pastels in that line and it has become my favorite cuddle quilt, and a lovely reminder of my friend. I would enjoy reading about your current projects in your blog.

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  188. All of the above! Whatever's on your mind - it will probably be easier to blog if you don't think you have to keep it on particular topics.

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  189. Your pillow is so beautiful. I just love your colors!

    I would like to read about your projects, but of course the pictures of those gorgeous twin boys are simply delightful and it would be great to see more pictures of them too!

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  190. Hi Deb - It would be fun to see pictures of your studio and pictures over time of the fabric-painting process. It was great to see your Blossom Bucket items - sometimes we get stuck in a quilting/fabric mode and forget there are other forms of expression out there! It was fun to see your saltbox house, too. If you don't mind, when I give away my Saltbox Harvest quilt I'd like to include that picture.

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  191. I like to hear about new projects, new fabric, and just what people are up to. Really, it's hard to say. Reading blogs is a little like calling a friend just to see what they're doing.

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  192. Your grandsons are adorable. I have a 2 year granddaughter that is my heart. Your work is out of this world, truly a gift.

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  193. One of my first quilts was made with Cherish nature. I am so happy to know about your other fabric. The quilt shops that I frequent don't really give us any info on the designers. I am learning though and was happy to learn of your blog from Moda pillow talk. I would love to hear about what or who inspires you. You work is beautiful, such talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  194. Your grandsons are adorable. Cherish Nature is one of my favorite fabric groups too. Your inspiration (including your family) and your projects are fun to hear about. Keep up the great blogging, Deb!

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  195. Great Blog, congratulations on such a big step. It is always interesting to here what bloggers are working on or just finishing.

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  196. Really enjoyed your blog - what a wonderful way to continue to showcase your great talent of art and fabrics. Just visiting my youngest daughter who had her 3rd child a little boy, my 17th grandchild...what blessings!

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  197. Your grandsons are cute - reminds me of my twin boys a few years ago... I always like reading about projects that people are working on - it inspires me to get busy... :)

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  198. I like to hear about projects, adventures, and daily happenings. You are a very talented woman.

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  199. Your fabric designing and hand painting is most inspiring. Nature revives me, so your fabric and birds are up my alley. Love to hear about those darling twin grandbabies.
    Would look forward to tutorials on some of your projects, and how you decide on the colors for your fabric.

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