Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Monday, November 18, 2013

3 Winners and Tutorial!

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about
"Surrounded by Love" and the
panels in the group!
I loved hearing which colorway you liked best.

Time to announce the winners of the panels and
"Surrounded by Love"

And...instead of giving away 2 panels and boxes,
I will be giving away 3!
One of each of the panel colorways!

Congratulations to the following winners:
Pink panel:  Debra from MD
Grey panel:  Karen in Breezy Pt.
Red panel:  Linda, who commented on Nov. 12th at 6:09pm!

I've emailed all of you, so please get your addresses to me and
I will send your boxes right out.

I'm also SO EXCITED to share that Fatquartershop.com
used "Surrounded by Love" in a
their newest tutorial video!!  WOOHOO!!

Just click below to watch!

And to receive a FREE PDF pattern for the quilt, just click

And, if that is not enough....
this wonderful company is offering their
 entire selection of Layer Cakes at 20% off all week long (ending Sunday 11/24/13 at midnight CST)! 
 Just click.....

Thanks Kimberly and everyone at Fat Quarter Shop
for using "Surrounded by Love" to
create this beautiful, quick and easy quilt!

Happy Sewing Everyone,

Monday, November 11, 2013

Winner! and NEW Giveaway!!

Hello Dear Friends!

Thanks for all of the wonderful comments about
"Family Tree" and Karen Miller's
beautiful pillow!
(It is really incredible, isn't it?)
Thanks also to those of you who
visited my blog from Karen's!

The winner of the "Family Tree Scrapbox Giveaway"

LeeAnna Paylor!!!
Congratulations  LeeAnna!

Please send your mailing address to
and I will get your goodies right out.
Enjoy your scraps!  We would all love to see
what you create with them....

Be sure to visit Karen's blog

to see who won her giveaway too!

2nd Give-a-way!!!

And now, to introduce my newest fabric group by Moda,
arriving in your favorite fabric store this month.....


I'm so excited about this group!
The palette is a variety of shades of
soft grey

I Loved painting it!
It is so much fun to see how a pattern changes
when it is done in a different color.

The panel is available in 3 colorways...
Soft grey,
and pink.

At the bottom of each panel is a row of
Quilt Labels that you can use on this
project and others that you create for
those you love.

And look at the precuts!!!

Barb from 

has created 3 beautiful patterns using
"Surrounded by Love."

"Sweetheart"" table runner

"Be Mine" Card Holder Quilt

"Love is All Around"
small quilt

They are all BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks Barb!
(Be sure to hop over to her website to check them out!)

Now for the Give-a-way!!
Leave a comment letting me know
if you like the red, pink, or
soft grey panel best.
On Monday, Nov. 18th,
Random.org will help
me choose 2 winners of a 
box of "Surrounded by Love" scraps
a panel!

Good luck to all of you
and thank you again for visiting my blog.

P.S. I always enjoy being "Surrounded by Love"
by my twin grandsons!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Hello Dear Friends!

Well, I'm back from the International Quilt Market
held in Houston, Texas
and filled with inspiration!

This is what Moda's booth looked like before the show.
During the show the tables were filled with store
owners viewing the newest Moda fabric groups.

My booth was part of the Designer Row.
We each had a section of the Moda booth
to share our newest lines and the inspiration
behind them.

(Be sure to stop back next week to see my blog about
my new Valentine group "Surrounded by Love."
There will be prizes involved!)

I had a WONDERFUL surprise waiting for me
upon my return....
after hugging my husband and sweet
grandsons, I turned on my computer to see
this BEAUTIFUL pillow!

It was created by Karen Miller using my "Family Tree" fabric group and was featured on
Moda's Bake Shop!

Karen was thrilled and so was I.  It is wonderful isn't it?
I love seeing things made with my fabric.  It is 
like watching your kids succeed at a sporting event!!

You can see the tutorial of how to create this beautiful pillow at

or go to Karen Miller's website

 to learn more about it
and Karen's other wonderful creations.

Karen is having a giveaway too,
on her blog
so be sure to visit and
 you will have double the chance
to win!

Leave a comment by Monday, Nov. 11th and I
will send one lucky winner
a box of Family Tree scraps
to create your own
inspired project .

Be sure to stop by on the 11th to see if you have won
and learn more about "Surrounded by Love!"

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful fall

Monday, September 16, 2013

And the winner is.....

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone who commented on my
blog in Moda's  SIZE MATTERS blog hop.

The comments were so wonderful and so interesting to see if the
blue or orange block was chosen most.
I think it was a close race, but the blue block
won as the favorite.

And now for the winner!
Random.org helped chose the winner as.....

Who commented on Sept. 9th at 4:42 am.
(You have a picture of a tiger on your comment...
would love to hear the story behind that!)
You have won these precuts from my 
Family Tree group.

Please send  your address  to me at:
and I will get your prize right out.

Thank you, thank you, again
to everyone who commented.
Be sure to stop by
to get instructions on how to assemble
all of the blogs in the hop.

Have a wonderful fall!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Moda Blog Hop Time!

Welcome to Day 4 of Moda's latest visit with all
of the designers.

Today is my day and I am honored to be sharing it with Barbara Brackman and
V & Co.  Be sure to stop by their blogs too!

The theme of this blog hop is "Size Matters" and my newest line of fabric "Family Tree"
(available in stores this fall) definitely illustrates how size matters. 

The panel is an actual family tree that you can use to applique your family
members (little birds) onto.
The number of birds on your family tree depends on the
SIZE of your family!

Our family is still growing......
(As you can see from this picture of my husband's birthday!)

.........so our tree is not full yet.

(Notice there is a lot of room left  for many, many more grandchildren!)

For the Hop, each designer was given a block to create
using our newest fabric.

We were to create a finished 18" block and incorporate it into a project.

These are my 2 blocks.  I just couldn't decide which 
color version I liked the best when laying them out.
So, I tried both
and appliqued little birds from the group in 
some of the blocks.

Using the blue block, I made this simple pillow

(I plan on making the orange block into a  pillow too!)

Barb Cherniwchan of Coach House designs has created several wonderful
patterns using "Family Tree," including the wall hanging

Stop by her website
to see all of the creative patterns that she has designed for 
Family Tree! (I've just included a couple.)

In The Treetops

Reunion Tablerunner

Be sure to visit all of the designers and collect all of the
block patterns.  Here is the schedule:

September 4, 2013

Laundry Basket Quilts
French General
Zen Chic

September 5, 2013

Bunny Hill
Basic Grey

September 6, 2013

Jan Patek Quilts
Pat Sloan 
Sandy Gervais

September 9, 2013

Deb Strain
Barbara Brackman
V & Co.

September 10, 2013

Lauren + Jessi Jung
Kate Spain
Me and My Sister Designs

September 11, 2013

Kathy Schmitz Studios
Minick & Simpson
Primitive Gatherings

September 12, 2013

Fig Tree & Co.
Malka Dubrawsky

September 13, 2013

Blackbird Designs
Cotton Way
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio

September 14, 2013

Kansas Troubles
Aneela Hoey

On Sept. 16th, Moda will post the entire quilt assembly
instructions at

And now for the Giveaway!!!!
Leave a comment telling me if you like my blue or orange block
best and you will be entered to win
these Family Tree precuts.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 16th.
Please make sure that you leave an e-mail address or stop by 
on the 16th to see if you have won, so that I
can send your prize.

Have fun hopping!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

 A Lot of Winners!!!

Hello Dear Friends,

Hope that you enjoyed the incredible creations the
very creative ladies of 
Rushville, Indiana created
from their bags of scraps.

I am amazed every time that I go
through the photos!

And now to announce the winners....

Debbi Duckworth of Moda fabrics
was gracious enough to be our judge of the 13
projects created by our talented participants.
I know that it was a difficult challenge
as all of the projects were amazing!

Debbi chose the Grand Prize winner
to be.......
In Debbi's own words: 
        Brenda Wilson and the Table Topper---I loved the rectangles and the black was a great choice! Sometimes what appears to be simple is the most striking.  Congratulations, Brenda, on a great table topper. 

With fall just around the corner, Brenda wins
this Fat Quarter Bundle of my
"Give Thanks" fabric.

"Thinking Outside of the Box"
(This was Debbi's idea because they were so creative and different!)

Alice Woodhull's Potholders
    "Taking the fabric with cherries and making them look like cherry pie (made me really hungry),"
says Debbi.


Deby Priddy's Table Topper
Says Debbi Duckworth, 
"using the scraps to crochet the table topper---I loved this one!" 

These two unique designers will each receive
Jelly Rolls of my "Give Thanks" fabric!

Thank You! Thank You! to all of the wonderful,
participants for sharing your talent and
creative spirit with us.
All of your projects are outstanding!
You are all very dear to me (we meet every year to share a fun, laughter  filled evening.)
It means so much that
you spent so much time and energy on this
All of these sweet ladies will receive a small fat quarter bundle
and "Hope Lights The Way" book, that I illustrated.

Congratulations to all of you!

And now for our three blog winners who posted
such positive and encouraging comments.
Each of you will receive your own box of
colorful scraps (from my "Family Tree" group,
in stores October 2013!)

The three winners are:

Lola, who commented on Aug. 12th at 5:05am
Karen, who commented on Aug. 11th at 8:21pm
Creatology, who commented on Aug. 11th at 2:16pm.

Please email me your addresses to
if you don't receive my email to you.

Congratulations to all and thank you all
for joining in our contest within a contest.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amazing Creations Contest!

Hello Dear Friends!
Hope that you are all having a wonderful

Today, I am presenting a contest within a contest to you!

Please let me explain....

Several months ago, I was visiting one of my favorite
Quilt Shops,
"In Stitches" in Rushville, Indiana.
At the end of a presentation that I was giving,
I passed out a bag of scraps (generously provided
by our friends at Moda!) to everyone attending.

A challenge was presented to the
recipients to see what they could
create with the scraps within their bag.

The results were amazing!!!
I've posted the incredible projects below and would
love for you to share your amazement with
the talented ladies who have created them.
Leave a comment
by noon on Sunday, August 18th,
and I will randomly  choose 3 winners
to receive their  own box of colorful scraps!

We are also having these beautiful projects
judged by Debbi Duckworth from Moda to choose a winner.
She is a wonderfully talented and creative part of the
Moda team.
(I'm glad that I am not choosing!)

I'm sure you will be impressed with the
creative talents that were shared!

Here are the wonderful ladies (and dear friends)
from the "In Stitches" Quilt Shop
group and their projects:

Alice Woodhull's Small Quilt

Alice Woodhull's Tablerunner

Alice Woodhull's Totebag

Alice Woodhull's Potholders

Brenda Wilson's Table topper or small quilt #1

Brenda Wilson's Table topper or small quilt #2

Carolyn Messer's Pincushion

Carolyn Messer's Wall Hanging

Cathy Burkett's Purse

Deby Priddy's Table Topper/ Braided Rug

Deby Priddy's Totebag

Martha Schneyer's Wall Hanging

Rita Hellmich's Jacket

Aren't you amazed???!!!
WOW, what talented, creative ladies!
Let them know what you think
and you may win your own box of fun.
Please don't forget to leave
a way for me to reach you.

Thanks again Dear Friends
from Rushville, Indianna!