Mar 12, 2016


 I love to travel around the area I live in and take photographs of different  farms and wildlife.  I took this photo of an old wore out barn with many repairs that have been made over the years now also falling apart.  I love the texture in this piece and it will be what I make next.

It all starts with a sketch. 

Mar 5, 2016

Chessman & Starlight Girl

27" X 22"
Raw-edged fused applique
Machine Quilted
Original Design by 
Barbara Strobel Lardon

The journey I took with this quilt was a fun one and the inspiration came to me in an odd way.  I was cleaning up my studio after making a quilt titled "Heart to Heart" exactly one year ago.  It had these two horses in a field of sunflowers.  When I finished folding it to put it away I was left with this and I immediately thought that this would stand alone as another art quilt.  Now, one year later it seems appropriate that I create it.

It is all raw-edged fused applique, and machine quilted by me.  The design is my original one.
My work is always one-if-a-kind.

I have listed it in my Etsy Shoppe and you can go there to purchase it if you are moved to do so.
Here is the journey I took.

NOTE:  Since posting this, "Chessman & Starlight Girl" has sold.



Feb 24, 2016


I have begun a new piece.   It is from a quilt I made a year ago but I only took the horses heads from it and cropped them down.  I began with the larger horse. 

 After he was done I did the smaller girl horse.
Now I am doing the thread work on both of them.

Feb 10, 2016


 My studio in on the second floor of the house and is the fourth bedroom .   Here is my corner desk and sewing table.  I love this piece of furniture as it gives me all the space I need.

 My design wall runs down the entire wall by my pressing table.

 My cutting table has my antique thread cabinet under it.

 The double window allow plenty of light into the room.  I keep a chair there to relax in and my camera for photographing birds and turkeys in the woods outside.

The huge walkin closet houses all of my supplies as well as my fabric.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.

Feb 7, 2016


Winter's Sunflower
32 1/2" X 16 1/2"
Available here

Winter's Sunflower was a lot of fun to work on.  I loved using this color palette of subtle yet striking color against the white background.  I took the photo myself of this sunflower and then added a Marsh Grass bird to sit on top because his coloring was perfect for this piece.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. 



Jan 31, 2016


 Sunflowers are gorgeous in the summer time.  So vibrant and strong in their stance.  However, winter sunflowers are quiet, dark and bent.  They have lived their lives and are now left to feed wildlife during the cold winter days before the seeds they drop begin anew in spring.  I photographed this one in a field nearby.  It is the subject of "Winter Sunflower".
I sketched it out on tissue paper the size that I wanted it to be.

Construction begins with quilting the background.  Then the stem and the pod are added.

More leaves are added.  It begins to take shape.   More will be coming I hope you will take this journey with me once again.

Jan 18, 2016


Original design
Rawedged fused applique
Machine quilted
Measures 22" X 18"
Is available for sale in my Etsy shoppe.

I must apologize for not showing you a step by step posting of this piece as I made it. 
I guess things just got away from me this time.  However, if you go below you will see the journey and be able to take it with me now.


Jan 5, 2016


For those of you who are new to my blog, I like to quilt my entire background before beginning the details of the piece.  I relate it to the canvas of a painter and prepare it first before I begin.  Even though much of it will be covered it still saves a lot of time in the end because there is no stopping and starting, or any quilting around the details of the piece which can be difficult and very time consuming.  I choose to do it this way, you do not have to.  We all must find what works for us.  I believe in that in all aspects of my art.
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