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

GOOD DAY POPPIES

 "GOOD DAY POPPIES"
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

 
"SILENT FAREWELL"
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

BARNS

 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

"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.

THE JOURNEY










 

Feb 24, 2016

HORSES


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

STUDIO

 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

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. 

THE JOURNEY

 

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