Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Welcome to Deb Strain's studio...

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Hello Friends!

Hope that have you enjoyed the Moda Love Blog Tour!
It was so much fun to see the different quilts
and find out what the different Moda
designers love...

And now for the winner of my random drawing:
1st prize
This lovey Fat Quarter Stack
goes to....

.....LISA whose comment about what she loves
on Sept.. 10th at 7:29 pm was,
"I love chocolate. Nuf said."
Congratulations Lisa!
Please e-mail your mailing address to me
at debstrain@embarqmail.com
and I will get your prize right out.

2nd prize, this colorful Layer Cake
of BE JOLLY goes to...

....SEWDELIGHTFUL, who commented on Sept. 10th at 12:49 pm,
"I love sewing and my fam."  Congratulations to you too!
Please send me your address via the above e-mail
and I will send your prize out also.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by 
and joining in the Moda Love Blog Hop.
Hope that your fall season includes lots
of LOVE and of course,


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Hello Dear Friends!
Welcome to my day on the Moda Love Blog Tour!
I'm sharing the day
 with two wonderfully talented ladies,
Lynne of Kansas Troubles and 
Be sure to
stop by their blogs today too!

If you have been following the tour, all of the Moda designers were asked to create their
own version of the Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt using their
newest fabric line.
My newest line is called "BE JOLLY"
and it is filled with frosty snowflakes,
whimsical snowmen and Scandinavian 

So, all of the designers used the same pattern, using
different, beautiful Moda fabric!
I LOVE seeing how different they all are!

You can download the free pattern here.

Being the novice that I am, I decided that a full quilt
was more than I could handle!  Tammy Vonderschmidtt, from Moda,
was kind enough to share her incredible talent with me 
and create the beautiful quilt above using
BE JOLLY and the Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt Pattern.
Didn't she do a wonderful job?
Thank you, thank you Tammy!

Then, she must have been inspired, because she
created THIS fun, smaller quilt using the
Charm Pack version of the pattern
(also included in the free download!)

At Market, in May, the designers were asked to provide a 
demonstration of a tip that we would like to share
with all of you....
I thought you might like to 
see how I made these cute little
Quilt Labels using the snowmen from BE JOLLY.

You can see step-by-step instructions by 
clicking on:

Also, if you would like to use the artwork in the video (and in the
picture above) we have provided that too!

Download artwork for your BE JOLLY labels here.

Since the theme for this Blog Tour is LOVE, the Moda designers
were asked to share a little about the things we LOVE.

Of all of the things that I LOVE, my family, like so many of us,
ranks highest.

With my little twin grandsons holding a special place!

I also LOVE that I am able to spend everyday painting, creating and
working with color. 
 I LOVE working with Moda...they are
all wonderful, creative, encouraging and positive people.
I LOVE seeing a fabric line develop.  My 
favorite part of the design process is almost at the
end...when it is all coming together, the patterns
and values creating a colorful story!
I have LOVED quilts since I was a little
girl and would wrap up in my 
Great Grandma's hand stitched quilt
to watch The Carol Burnett Show
on Saturday nights!

And now for the Giveaways!!!
Moda has been so generous to provide 2 wonderful prizes.
Leave a comment about what you love
and you could win.....

First prize....this Fat Quarter Stack of the
entire BE JOLLY line!
Second prize....this Layer Cake of BE JOLLY

OH, I forgot to mention, I LOVE reading your comments
at the MODA blog hops too!

Be sure to visit all of the other Moda designers during the blog hop.
Each will show their quilt and have prizes to give away!

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Deb Strain -  http://debstrain.blogspot.com/
Kansas Troubles – http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
Kathy Schmitz – http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/
Laundry Basket Quilts – http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php
Zen Chic – http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Sweetwater – http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Blog Hop Time Again!!

Hello Dear Friends,
It's time for another one of Moda's wonderful
blog hops!
All of the Moda designers have been excited to
share our newest lines of fabric with you and
show you our "MODA LOVE."
Please join us for free patterns, prizes and a
chance to get to know all of us a little better.
Following is the blog hop schedule, so be sure
to visit each designer's blog
as we show our love
for what we do.
See you soon!

Janet Clare Designs – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/

Eric +Julie Comstock- http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/
Stephanie Ryan Design Studio – http://www.stephanieryan.com/blog/

Malka Dubrawski – http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/
Lauren + Jessi Jung – http://laurenandjessiblog.com/


April Rosenthal – http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
Minick and Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/

Primitive Gatherings – http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Bunny Hill – http://bunnyhillblog.com/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
Me and My Sister Designs – http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above 

Monday, June 9, 2014



Hello Dear Friends!
Thanks to everyone who left comments 
about my newest fabric line,
"Moonlight Manor."
I'm really excited about this group and so glad
that you like it too!

And now to announce the winners
of our drawing....

Random.org helped me to choose
the 1st place winner....

Congratulations to
Karen who commented on June 6th!
You have won the orange panel and a jelly roll
from Moonlight Manor!
I've sent you an e-mail asking for your address and can't wait to send your

2nd prize goes to....

Lorie who commented on June 6th,
"Such cuteness in one post! I love the new fabrics!"
I couldn't find your e-mail address, so please 
e-mail me at debstrain@embarqmail.com
with your mailing address.
I'll send your black panel and charm pack right out.

Congratulations to both winners and
thanks again to everyone who
stopped by!
Happy Summer Dear Friends!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Moonlight Manor"

Now in Stores!

(and Give-a-way)

Hello Dear Friends! 
Just wanted to let you all know that my new Halloween fabric,
Moonlight Manor, is now in your favorite fabric store!

 Inspired by all things SPOOKY, but not too spooky!
My little twin grandsons love the fun of Halloween, but not the scary part.
So, Moonlight Manor is filled with fun images from Halloween
without the "scary."
Graham wanted to help show the wonderful precuts for
this group.  I'm not sure which is cuter....the precuts or that little
guy showing them off!

Haunted houses, dancing skeletons, ghostly friends and witch's brooms all
add to the fun of this light hearted group.

Moonlight Manor is filled with your favorite Halloween icons from that 
Haunted Holiday that we all look forward to.
Oranges and blacks, stars and bats are all
here to add to your celebration!

Moonlight Manor Giveaway!

Graham wanted to help announce the prizes for a new giveaway, featuring
Moonlight Manor.
Just leave a comment between now and midnight (the bewitching hour!)
on Sunday, June 8th.
Random.org will help me to choose 2 winners.

The 1st place winner will receive...

The orange panel from Moonlight Manor
and a Jelly Roll!!!

2nd place winner
winner receive....
The black panel from Moonlight Manor and
a charm pack!!!
(Don't you love my model?  What a cutie!)

Good Luck Dear Friends!
Hope that you have as much fun with Moonlight Manor
as I did designing it!


Friday, February 28, 2014

And the Envelope please........

Today is the last day of Moda's 
"Spell It With Fabric"
blog hop.
It has been so much fun!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by
my blog and left a comment.
I read ALL of them and have
to say, "What a creative and fun
group you are!"
I laughed and giggled, as I read them,  and
wish blogging had a "like" button
that I could have hit for your

Now, to announce the winners of the prizes
(with help from random.org).
Thank you again to Moda (and Lissa!)
for generously supplying them!

1st prize is a Jelly Roll and
charm pack of my "Bloomin' Fresh"
and the winner is....
Sharon of Vroomans' Quilt
who commented on Feb. 18th at 4:04am

2nd prize is a Layer Cake and
charm pack of my 
"Bloomin' Fresh" fabric....
and the winner is...
Lisa of lisaluv2kwilt
who commented on Feb.18th at 8:30am.

and thanks again to everyone who stopped by.
Be sure to visit
today for setting directions for all
of the alphabet blocks!

Have a wonderful spring!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today is my day!

 Hello Dear Friends!
Thanks for stopping by my blog on the 2nd day of
Moda's "Spell It With Faric"
Blog Hop.

Moda has put together an entire alphabet of quilt blocks and each designer has been
assigned a letter to help introduce ourselves.
For the entire blog hop schedule
click here

My letter is "D" for Deb.
You can download a pdf for making this "D" block

The pencil on my block is because 
one of my favorite parts of designing fabric is drawing all
of the tiny little shapes and patterns in the line.
I love to DRAW!
So the letter "D" on my block could also be for DRAW...

I have sketchbooks of drawings....

and file cabinets full of drawings...

and shelves full of drawings!

Here are a few drawings from my new fabric line
"Bloomin' Fresh," available in stores now.

The colors are bright and cheery!
(Just what we need after the crazy winter we have had
here in Ohio!)

We were asked to answer a few questions about ourselves using our
letter, to help you get to know us better.
Here are mine....

My letter is.....D
What are your initials?
My favorite book....
DaVinci Code 
My favorite movie....
Dirty Dancing
My favorite television show...
Downton Abbey
Quilting object or tool that you cannot work without?
DARN Seam Ripper
Something I like....
Dulce de Leche ice cream by Haagen-Dazs
Somewhere I would like to go....
Dubai, Delhi and Dublin

Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Just leave a comment on my blog letting me know
your name and something about yourself that starts
with the first letter of your name.
The first winner will receive a Jelly Roll
and Charm Pack of "Bloomin' Fresh,"  generously supplied
by Moda!

The second winner will receive a Layer Cake and
Charm Pack of "Bloomin' Fresh," also sent
by Moda!

(Yes, that is snow in both pictures!  I think it might be here
until spring.....)

Be sure to stop by
Moda's Blog for Piecing Directions,
Joanna at Fig Tree and Co.
today too!

Winners will be announced here on Feb. 28th.
Thanks again for stopping by...
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moda's Next Blog Hop!!!
Stop by and meet Moda designers and see what they have created with their assigned letter.  
Lots of fun and prizes!

Spell It With Fabric Designer Blog Hop

American Jane - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Aneela Hoey - http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk
Bunny Hill - http://bunnyhillblog.com/
Cotton Way - http://cottonway.blogspot.com/

Piecing Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Deb Strain -  http://debstrain.blogspot.com/
Kathy Schmitz - http://kathyschmitzstudio.blogspot.com/
Fig Tree and Co. - http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/

French General - http://frenchgeneral.blogspot.com/
Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Basic Grey - http://blog.basicgrey.com/

Lauren + Jessi Jung - http://laurenandjessiblog.com/
Kansas Troubles - http://kansastroublesquilters-lynne.blogspot.com/
Laundry Basket Quilts - http://www.laundrybasketquilts.com/blog/index.php
Lily Ashbury - http://lilyashbury.com/blog/

Me and My Sister Designs - http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
Kate Spain - http://katespaindesigns.blogspot.com/
Jan Patek - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Pat Sloan - http://blog.patsloan.com/

Primitive Gatherings - http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/
Minick and Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
Lissa Alexander - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com

Sweetwater - http://sweetwater.typepad.com/makelifesweet/
Thimbleblossoms - http://www.camilleroskelley.typepad.com/
Sandy Gervais - http://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/

Vanessa Christenson - http://www.vanessachristenson.com/
Malka Dubrawski - http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/
Blackbird Designs - http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.com/

Barbara Brackman - http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/
Zen Chic - http://www.farbstoff-bridge.blogspot.com
Gina Martin - http://www.patternandhue.com

Setting Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above