Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Monday, September 5, 2011


Hello Dear Friends!

The end of every summer means one thing, here in Darke County, Ohio.......


 What a wonderful time,
 to celebrate the bounty of the summer,
  see local farm judging,
 meet up with friends,
 and see the life of a rural community.

I have such happy memories of the County Fair.
 Growing up, sewing with the Busy Bees 4-H club was a major part of my summer every year.  Now, that I am a Grandmother, it is such a blessing to share the tradition of the fair with my grandsons!

Many of my paintings are inspired by life in the country 
and The Fair is the place to see country life all in one place!

From the cows in the Cow Palace.....

to the pigs waiting to be judged.....

to the goats being shown by young 4-Hers....

to the bunnies in the Hare House,

The Fair is filled with country life!

Of course, all our grandsons wanted to see were......

Red ones and

green ones.....

Our main draw was

I think the mouth-watering smells at the fair are
almost as good as actually EATING the food.....

And what is a fair without the quilts?

All are blue ribbons winners in my eyes!

The County Fair encompasses so much of what inspires me....
The simple life, centered around what we love to do
and those we love.
Do you see why I look forward to it each year?

Moda is having a "Country Fair" blog hop during the month of September!
27 designers will each take a day and blog about a project they have created especially with
the "Country Fair" theme in mind.
That means 27 FREE, fun projects and many, many give aways!
It starts tomorrow with Sandy Gervais at Pieces From My Heart.
Following is a schedule of designers to visit each day:

September 6th    Sandy Gervais of Pieces from My Heart
September 13th Sandy Klop from American Jane (Post will be featured on Moda's blog)
September 14th Liesl from Oliver + S
September 19th Barbara Brackman from Barbara Brackman, of course.
September 20th Bonnie from Cotton Way
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 26th Julie from Cosmo Cricket
September 27th Kate Spain
and the fun continues into October

Be sure to visit us all and spend some time at Moda's Country Fair.

I'll see you on the 22nd!




  1. What a wonderful tradition to share with the next generation! A few of these pictures remind me of some of the fabrics in the fat quarter bundle I recently won from Green Fairy Quilts...Coming Home by you! Haven't figured out what to do with all that delicious farm fabric, so I'm just going to look at it for a while!

    Looking forward to the Moda Country Fair too!


  2. Debbie,

    I have just really started getting into quilting and several months ago found out that you were designing for Moda. I was in a local shop (The Old Craft Store) and discovered that Moda is headquartered here in Carrollton, TX. I asked the lady who owns The Old Craft Store if you ever came into the shop. She said that she had actually met you several times. I couldn't believe it. It has been so long since I have seen you out even talked to you but our days at the Dairy Queen and some of the best memories I have. Next time you are in the Dallas area I would love to try to get together and have lunch or dinner together. Please contact me at scrapingrammy22@yahoo.com. Would love to see you and catch up.

    Barb (Diehl) Meredith

  3. Those boys are getting so big!
    Couldn't keep them away from the tractors ...

    See you soon!

  4. well that's fun! I used to love going to the county fairs - it's been years, so I miss it. Thanks for sharing your trip & all the blogs sharing stuff in Sept! So glad I found your blog. I purchased some of your fabric in July during a quilt bus trip with my LQS and made a messenger bag for my 5 yr old niece, I'd love to share with you - I'd love to hear what you think of it! btw love your new Coming Home fabric too! http://www.serenityinstamping.com/2011/08/friday-night-sew-in-resultsgirls-night.html

  5. That wheel-shaped quilt was awesome!

    Annie Oakley was born in Darke County.