May 29, 2016

17 1/2" X 30"
Available for sale in my Etsy Shoppe ( See link in sidebar.)

I feel so remiss in not sharing the journey of this quilt as I went along with it with you.  It just seemed there was not time these last few weeks to work on it and still have time to post here with the process so you can go to the journey down below .

Here are the detail shots.  I enjoyed this piece as barns are near and dear to my heart.  i love the warmth of the red in the coolness of the winter snow too.  I also love how the shed shows many layers of repair in the owners attempt to keep it functional.
I hope you enjoy it too.

The Journey

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.

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