Mar 12, 2017


Spring is here and March is its usual flip flop month choosing to be winter one day and spring the next.  Today we are going to get a possible 6 inches of snow just when the tulips were peaking out on the southside of the house.

In the meantime I have gotten down to the studio to work on my newest piece which I will let you watch develop.  Above you can see the background that if fully quilted.  I have ideas for what is coming to transform it but will have to wait a while because I am going to be moving this month and that means packing up my studio in the next few weeks.   

Yes, I know, I promised to be back here with continued quilting news for all of you to see, but sometimes life interferes.  I am so excited to move to a new studio because it will once again look out at the woods and have plenty of natural light.  It will be exciting too and Mike and I are looking forward to the move.  The work, not so much, but it all will be worth it.  I hope to post pictures of the process and the new studio coming together and should the possibility of working on this piece be possible, I will also post that.

The last few weeks have been very hard because my mother had to go into a nursing home due to her advanced dementia.  We kept her at home for as long as was possible with my sister moving in with her to watch over her.  But now it was impossible for her to do and the move was made.  She lived in our family home for 50 years.  It was a big country house and she loved it dearly.  My dad has been gone over 20 years now and she continued to live there alone.   Now she is in her one room nursing home facility.   A sharp contrast to what she had, yet great care and safer for her with no steps to climb or all the other obstacles that become obstacles with dementia.

So a very sad time yet a relief as well.    Hopefully time will help her to adjust to it and feel some happiness there.

Feb 15, 2017

Mike & Me

A Day late, but I am so very fortunate to have this man in my life.  He is truly my partner, my inspiration, my love.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 7, 2017


34" X 21 1/2"
Raw edged fused applique
machine quilted
couched yarn binding
Available in my Etsy Shoppe
 Poppies are my favorite flower and I love using them as the subject
matter in my quilts.  This one was no exception.   
 I loved getting back to work once I was declared cancer free.  I could not have had a better choice but these poppies to work on.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  It certainly renewed my spirit and my energy after my treatment.

Jan 29, 2017

Time, Oh Where Have You Gone?

It is almost an embarrassment as to how much time has past since my last post.  Yet, there are good reasons.  Not only has my marriage ended, but I found out I had cancer and needed not only surgery, but radiation and chemotherapy.   Do not worry, the results have been that I am cancer free however the journey was eye opening and enlightening.  I am very glad it is over for the most part .  I will still need frequent checkups for a while but that is the least of it.   I feel good and am back to work on my craft and that is most important.

Now I am living in Sheboygan Wisconsin, right on Lake Michigan.  This is about 1/2 hour drives from where I used to like and I am enjoying the change.  I am with a retired teacher/writer/ musician and we hope to purchase a new home in the next few months.   I have never been happier.   I guess it is true that you never know where life may lead.  Mine has led me to joy, love, and creativity.

So above is the Poppy quilt I am currently working on.  It started like this:
Then it moved on to this:
Now it is coming close to being completed.  I am very excited to work on one of my most favorite flowers.

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. 



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