Barbara Carper was my incredibly wonderful classroom helper this past year at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy. Turns out, she’s an accomplished appliquér too! Barbara has completed three stunningly beautiful blocks in the past few months. The first one pictured below is from a two day add-a-day class:
Barbara had this one almost finished before Appliqué Academy concluded. She accomplished so much AND took care of everyone in the classroom. Gorgeous color choices!!
Next, Barbara completed a block from my pattern, "Autumn's Promise," but, she is very fond of squirrels and designed her own center for the block. She inked a gray fabric and did turkey work on this little guy's tail to give him a furry, fuzzy, cuddly look. Brilliant! His little eye and ears make him very lifelike. I think she needs to do some more designing!
But Barbara wasn't finished. She told me she had completed the little bluebird that was an alternate to the tree frog center above (some people just don't like frogs). So I sent her a pattern for a sunflower wreath that I haven't even stitched yet.
Lovely! Barbara's colors are beautiful and happy and her workmanship is impeccable. These blocks are going to be part of an exquisite quilt soon. Barbara is just an amazing person and being friends with her is on my "Best Things about Appliqué Academy" list.
Way to go, Barbara!!