Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Monday, August 22, 2011

What a trip!

Hello Dear Friends,

One of the happiest times of the year for Scott and I is when we take our annual family vacation.
This year it was a fun filled week in the beautiful state of West Virginia!

The scenery was BEAUTIFUL!

There was so much to do.....



(This sign hung outside of an antique store that we visited.
Ahhhh...the good ole' days!)

zip-lining, white-water rafting,

and enjoying the wonderful talent in this lovely state.


Scott and I feel so blessed to be able to spend a week with our wonderful,
loving family.
Hope that you have enjoyed your summer too!

Next week starts our local Fair.  It is an event the entire county looks forward to, filled with fun, food and happy times.

Starting September 6th, Moda is having a blog hop called
Moda's Country Fair.  Be sure to stop by for fun, prizes and all kinds of 
information about your favorite designers!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Plate is Worth A Thousand Words

Hello Dear Friends!

Hope that you are having a wonderful summer.  We have genuinely enjoyed ours!

I have been working on my next fabric line and thought you might be interested in how I mix the colors for my designs.  It isn't very fancy, just a styrofoam plate (hate to use styrofoam, but the paint doesn't soak in!) acrylic or gouache paints, plastic wrap and a lot of trial and error!

Most painters know about the plastic wrap trick...If you are new to painting with acrylics and want to save a color that you have mixed, just lay a piece of plastic wrap over it.  It will usually not dry out for a couple weeks.

For the last few years, I have had this odd "hoarding" quirk of keeping all of my mixing plates from my fabric lines, paintings and other projects.  I laid them out today and WOW, there are quite a few!

Each plate represents a project that I fell in love with while working on!  Recognize the colors on any of these plates?

I thought that I would share one of the plates from my group of fabric that will be presented at Fall Quilt Market this year.  The quilt underneath it is one that I found AFTER I painted the group and was still in that color "world." 

 It is from the 1940's or 50's.  Isn't it beautiful?

I also wanted to share a quilt that one of my blog friends shared with me!
created this fun quilt for her grandchildren out of my "Love U" fabric.

Thanks for sharing Mary Jo!
Have a wonderful August everyone and try to keep cool!