Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hello Dear Friends...

It is that time of year again, when we can look back over 2011 and count our blessings of the past 12 months.  A loving family, dear friends, good health and a truly joyous year are some of the things that I am grateful for!

I am also grateful for kind people like Lorry Kirschener, of Indiana, who share their incredible talents with others in such a caring and generous way!  Lorry used "Coming Home" panels to create this beautiful quilt in memory of Donna Thacker.

It was given to Donna's daughter and, I'm told,
will be cherished always.

For me, seeing my fabric designs used in such special ways,
is a blessing that I am continually grateful for and
never take for granted.

Another truly inspiring quilt, made with a past fall fabric
"Nature's Harvest" is shared below.  These two ladies
are friends from 
"In Stitches" Quilt Shop in Rushville, Indiana.
Talk about creative!!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement throughout
the year!

Be sure to stop by the first of next week, to see
"Grow With Me."
It is a toddler line that my two daughters,
Arrin and Katie, designed with me,
available in stores in January 2012.
Very, very cute! and very, very
special to all three of us!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hello Dear Friends!

Our stockings are hung!

The decorations are up....

and the presents are wrapped! (My twin grandsons helped!)

We took the twins to see Santa again this year...
Finnigan jumped right up on Santa's lap and asked for a
REALLY BIG motorcycle.

This is as close as Graham would get to Santa!

Everyone is home and our house if full of love and laughter!
From all of us at the Strain home,
we wish you Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Gifts Early to....

The Holidays are upon us!
What a wonderful time of year.
Thank you all so much for  visiting my blog during Moda's Merry Christmas Blog Hop and sharing your favorite traditions.  It was heartwarming to read your loving responses.
So many traditions center around family and those we love...sharing this 
special time with them and remembering 
special times together.

Now to announce the winners:
Gift package #1 "Tend the Earth"
goes to 
Angbart, who left her comment at 9:30am
on the Dec. 5th.

Gift package #2 "Coffee Anyone?"
goes to
Tiffanee who left her comment at 5:41pm 
on Dec. 5th.

Gift package #3 "The Warmth of Home"
goes to 
Becky who shared her favorite tradition at
12:55pm on Dec. 5th.

Congratulations to all.
I have e-mailed the winners.
Please make sure you send your addresses, so that
I can send your "goodies" right out.

Thank you all again for supporting Moda and all of its designers
throughout the year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Dear Friends,
from all of us in the Strain family.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Christmas Blog Hop!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Dear Friends!

Welcome to Moda's Christmas blog hop!
Each day, several designers will be sending you holiday greetings and give-aways
as our way of thanking you for your support and kindess throughout
the year.

I've been so excited about this...the blog hops are always such fun! So, first thing this morning, I started 
looking at the designers to see who was blogging on this first day of the hop.
Surprise!!!  One of them was me!
Somehow, during the craziness of the last few weeks, I have missed the
e-mail with the schedule. (So sorry! I am notorious for being
technology challenged!)
Rather than freaking out (too much), I decided "honesty was the best policy" and I am
doing this on the fly....

Please let me explain the "craziness!"
We had our annual Open House at our house
this past weekend...sent out over 400 invitations..

It is a lot of fun to have so many friends visit our home and see 
what we have been up to the past year.
I wish I could have had all of you come!

The Moda designers have provided a special quilt block and their 
favorite holiday recipe as a gift for you.
Please click below for a PDF of my Holiday Basket block
and recipe for Incredible Carmel Corn (truly incredible and quick!)

And now for the Give-aways!
Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas tradition and you 
will be entered in a drawing to win one of these gift packages!
Gift Package #1- Tend the Earth

Gift Package #2 - Coffee Anyone?

Gift Package #3 - The Warmth of Home

I will use random.com this Friday evening (Dec. 9th) to choose the three winners.
Good Luck!

Be sure to visit all of the other designers to see what they have for you
this holiday season!

December 5th
December 6th
December 7th:
December 8th
December 9th

from the Strain family...
Happiest of Holidays