Mar 03 2010

The Art of Quilling News — March 2010

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Free Quilling Pattern — Pot o’ Gold

You won’t have to capture a Leprechaun to get this Pot o’ Gold at the end of the rainbow. Planted with lucky shamrocks and filled to the brim with gold (gold crystals, that is), this wonderful symbol of Irish folklore is yours for the quilling. Download the Pattern Guide* for a drawing of the finished Pot o’ Gold you can print off and place under the cover of your quilling work board to help you in assembling your quillwork.
triangle-coilThe pot o’ gold quilling pattern introduces a new coil, the triangle. To make a triangle, roll a loose coil and pinch it into a teardrop. While holding the teardrop by the pinched end, press in the rounded end and pinch two more points. You can vary the height of the triangle by placing these two pinched points closer or further apart.
You will need
Basic quilling tools (listed here)
Quilling paper, 1/8″: black, kelly green
(2) 22″ half circle coil, black (pot)
(1) 22″ shaped triangle coil, black (pot)
(2) 2″ triangle coils, black (feet for pot)
(9) 2″ heart scrolls, kelly green (shamrock petals)
(3) 1″ strips, kelly green (shamrock stems)

What to do

(NOTE: If your black quilling paper is not the correct length, splice two strips together to create one strip that is 22″ long. Repeat until you have three strips, 22″ long.)
quilled-shamrock-tagFor the Pot o’ Gold: Roll one into a loose coil and pinch into a half circle. Repeat for a second half circle, making it as identical to the first one as possible. Glue just the bottom tips of the half circles together to form the bottom and sides of the pot. Roll the remaining 22″ black strip into a loose coil and pinch it into a triangle. Using the pattern as a guide, dry-fit the triangle (point down) between the two half circles to form the center of the pot. The base of the triangle should stick up just a little above the half circle sides forming the lip of the pot. Indent the base of the triangle slightly so it can hold all the gold. When you are happy with how it looks, glue the triangle into place. Quill two triangle coils from the 2″ strips of black and glue them to the bottom of the pot for feet.
For the shamrocks: Using the 2″ kelly green strips, quill nine heart scrolls. Glue the tips together in sets of three for three shamrocks. Glue a 1″ strip of green to each shamrock for a stem.
Assembly: Using the photo as a guide, snip the ends of the three shamrocks stems ends to size and glue them to the pot. If you are going to fill the pot with gold, be sure to leave enough room between the shamrock stems for the crystals to fit.

Create Your Own “Luck of the Irish” Card

Attach your Pot o’ Gold to a colorful rainbow tag and send the luck of the Irish to a special friend.
card-frontYou will need
(1) Blank note card with pre-cut rectangle message windows*, 5″x7″, white
Card stock: white, olive green, celery green
Green glitter pen
(10) Gold flat-back crystals, 3mm
3″ piece of rainbow or other suitable ribbon
Stapler w/staples
Black blending chalk
Color printer
Dry adhesive tape runner
Dimensional adhesive dots (optional)
What to do
Create the tag: Download and print the Pattern Guide in color onto white card stock. Cut out the rainbow tag and rub black chalk around the edges. Fold the ribbon and staple onto the tag. Clip the ends of the ribbon to size. Using the photo of the finished tag as a guide, glue the quilled pot o’ gold with shamrocks to the tag. Glue the flat-back gold crystals in place. Add green glitter to the heart scrolls of the shamrocks and set aside to dry.
irish-blessingAssemble card: For the front of the card, attach a 4″x6″ piece of celery card stock behind the window cut outs. Affix the tag to the center of the top vertical window. Cut out the “Feeling Lucky?” sentiment from the printed Pattern Guide sheet and affix it to the olive green card stock and cut a 1/8″ border mat. Affix the sentiment to center of the small horizontal window below the tag. For the inside of the card, cut out the Irish Blessing from the printed Pattern Guide sheet, affix it to olive green card stock, cut a 1/8″ border mat frame. Adhere the layered sentiment to celery card stock and trim, leaving a 1/8″ mat border. Affix the matted Irish Blessing to the inside of the card.
(Supply Sources: Open Windows Specialty Cards by Deja Views was used for this project, but a plain 5″x7″ card may be used.)

A Quilling Limerick


Limericks are a form of 5-line poetry with an AABBA rhyming scheme that can be traced back to fourteenth century England. They were originally quite bawdy in nature, often repeated by beggars or the working class in the local pubs and looked down upon by polite society. In 1846, Edward Lear changed all that when he included fun limericks suitable for all ages in his popular Book of Nonsense. Limericks, whose name is derived from the Irish town of Limerick, have been popular ever since.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at writing one.
There once was a woman from Shilling
Who looked for an art she’d find thrilling
Other crafts took their toll
‘Til she made her first roll
And said, “Wow, how I love quilling!”
Charlotte Canup

Words of Inspiration


To finish this Irish-themed newsletter, I found a wonderful quote from Jame Joyce, considered by some to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although he left Ireland as a young man, his homeland provided the settings for his novels and short stories.
A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.
James Joyce, Irish Novelist, 1882-1941
I’m not sure that Mr. Joyce had crafters in mind when he said this, but it certainly applies. Serendipity (the good luck of making unexpected and fortunate discoveries, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated) is the driving force behind many new craft techniques. How often have you tried a craft technique that didn’t turn out to be quite as you expected, but the results were marvelous just the same?

Tell Me What You Think


As always, your constructive comments, helpful hints, and quilling questions, are always welcome!  Please use the comment form below.
*Be sure to save the Pattern Guide to your hard drive for future reference. 

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “The Art of Quilling News — March 2010”

  1. Philippaon 03 Mar 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Brilliant, Charlotte – thank you! I love the rainbow ribbon background.

    Would it be OK with you if I use the James Joyce quote on my blog Quilliance? (With a link back to yours, of course!)

  2. Lynne Carron 03 Mar 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Loved the limerick.
    Great way to make a cauldron for a card.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  3. Sandy Stileson 03 Mar 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks so much! I’m new to this art form and loving it. Your ideas, patterns and talent are really an inspiration. Thanks again, S

  4. helenon 03 Mar 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Lovely, as always! thank you for the tutorial.

  5. Laura Youngon 03 Mar 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I absolutely love the pot of shamrocks. There will be some lucky people who will be getting this for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you.

  6. Elisaon 03 Mar 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Very nice idea! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

  7. Lisaon 03 Mar 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Another great tut and idea. I’ll give this one a try this weekend. I need to send some cards out and this will help get me motivated to get these cards finished.
    thanks so much love what you do.

  8. Lucíaon 03 Mar 2010 at 8:47 pm


    Thank you for sharing so nice design! I love everything you posted so far and hope to continue enjoying it for long!

    A warm greeting,


  9. Joanneon 04 Mar 2010 at 1:07 am

    Thank you for sharing.. your work is beautiful.. and I do love quilling,,,

    I also liked the tidbit about limericks.. : )))))
    am 1/2 irish.. right from Ireland..

    Am glad I signed up for your Newsletter..
    Have a blessed day..
    Joanne in WV

  10. Gailon 04 Mar 2010 at 6:42 am

    Thank you for the tutorial, can’t wait to try it. Love your limerick.

  11. Jasmineon 04 Mar 2010 at 7:08 am

    I love this pattern, it is really beautiful. I love all thing Irish and I also love Quilling!!!

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