Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Getting Ready.....

Hello Dear Friends,

We have been busy getting ready for my son Taylor's graduation and have had a lot of help from our little twin grandsons.  Of course,  I had to share a few pictures with you!

At the nursery, the twins discovered there WERE fish in the fishpond!

Helping Grandpa with the mulch.

REALLY helping Grandpa with the mulch!

After helping outside, Finnigan decided to go to Nana's studio and draw with
her pencils.

Graham decided to draw with ALL the markers!

Hope these little snapshots of our life give you a smile:)

Later the weather turned and we went to the basement.  Tornado sirens blaring, my thoughts went to those in Joplin, Missouri, who lost so much last night because of a terrible tornado.  Ours was a false alarm, but it certainly makes you realize the importance of the ones we love, doesn't it?  
Our prayers are with you, Missouri.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Inroducing "Coming Home" Fabric collection

Hello Dear Friends!

If like me, you are unable to attend the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City Utah, this weekend, I would like to introduce you to "Coming Home," my newest fabric group that Moda will be showing!

"Coming Home" is my tribute to the amazing trend of Barn Quilts that is popping up all over the country.  One cannot travel far (especially here in the Midwest), without seeing a Quilt Lovers display of their favorite quilt block on the family barn.

The panel of this new group is created from 6 recent paintings of Barn Quilts and homes with quilts in the landscape.

Roosters, sheep, barn siding and colorful patterns are all included in the coordinates.  Everything that you could think of as you "come home" to your favorite familiar setting.

The group will arrive in your favorite local Quilt Store in September of 2011.

Barb Cherniwchan, of Coach House Designs has created 3 wonderful patterns using "Coming Home."

This one uses the entire panel and is called "Country Roads."  Be sure to visit her website,
to see the other two!

Barn Quilts, express the lifestyle of the person living there.  A statement of creativity, passion and fun.
For all Quilt lovers out there, with or without a barn, 
this group is for you!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Wonderful Ladies of Shelbyville!

Hello Dear Friends,

Last week, I was honored to be invited to speak at the "30th Annual Quilt Show" in Shelbyville, Indiana.  The event was held at the Grover Museum, complete with a luncheon and a room full of friendly and very talented quilters.

They had a beautiful quilt being raffled off (which I really hope that I win!)

And some of the ladies surprised me by exhibiting their creations made with my fabrics!

In the display case was a beautiful quilt created by Debra Bassett (shown), using "Cherish Nature."

Rita Hellmich, a dear friend and VERY talented quilter, created several projects using "Fresh Flowers."

Rita really is one of the most creative people I know!  She uses every bit of the fabric in some beautiful way.  Above, she has created a still life using the blooms from the fabric.

An incredible "Heritage Quilts" display will be at the Grover Museum, in Shelbyville until May 28th. It has some of the most beautiful vintage quilts that I have seen....all created with love and care.
I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Happy Quilting!