Oct 26 2009

The Art of Quilling News — October 2009

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Free Quilling Pattern — Sunflower

quilled-sunflowerNormally, the end of summer is my favorite time of year; all of the flowers are in full bloom, but it is not quite as hot.  This year, however, we had a devastating September with torrential rains and killer floods in metro-Atlanta.  And it is still damp with off and on rain!  I needed a reminder of what early fall was supposed to be like and designed this cheery sunflower. 
Download the Pattern Guide* for a drawing of the finished sunflower you can print off and place under the cover of your quilling work board to help you in assembling your quillwork.
You will need
Basic quilling tools (listed here)
Quilling paper, 1/8″:  tan, dark brown, golden yellow, green
(9) 6″ teardrop coils, golden yellow (petals)
(1) 24″ strip, tan (flower center)
(1) 24″ strip, dark brown (flower center)
(1) 24″ shaped marquise coil, green (leaf)
What to do
  1. Roll the 24″ strip of tan quilling paper into a tight coil.  Glue one end of the 24″ dark brown strip onto the tan tight coil, butting the end of the dark brown strip up to the end seam of the tan coil (this avoids the bump caused by gluing the end of one strip on top of the other).  Hand roll the dark brown strip strip around the tan coil forming one large two-toned tight coil for the flower center. 
  2. Quill nine (9) 6″ teardrop coils for the flower petals.  Glue the round end of the teardrop coils to the flower center, spacing the petals evenly around the tight coil.
  3. Quill one (1) 24″ green marquise coil and pinch the ends to curve slightly in opposite directions.  Glue one end of the leaf between two teardrop coils to complete the flower. 

Create your Own Sunflower Card

quilled-sunflower-card1Turn your sunflower into a card to brighten the day of someone in need of a little sunshine.
You will need
•5-1/2″ x 4″ blank card w/envelope, ivory
•printed papers:  olive gingham, 5″ x 3-1/2″; gold gingham, 3/4″ x 3-1/2″
•card stock:  brown, 2-1/4″ square; ivory, 2″ square
•Ink pad & greeting stamp of choice
•(2) brown buttons
•off-white string or floss
•dry adhesive tape

What to do

Using the photo as a guide:  (1) Attach the dark green gingham rectangle to the center of the card.  (2) Attach the ivory square to the center of the brown square.  Turn the stacked square on the diagonal to form a diamond and attach it to the front of the card, evenly spacing it from the top and sides.  (3) Stamp the yellow gingham strip with the greeting of your choice and attach it to the lower section of the card.  (4) Slip string or floss through each button and tie; clip ends.  Attach one button to either side of the greeting.  (5) Glue the quilled sunflower to the center of the ivory diamond. 
Be sure to sign your work so the lucky recipient will know you created this card just for them.

Quilling for Others — Still Someone, Inc.

While clicking around the Internet looking for inspiration, I came across The Saucy Stamper (http://saucystamper.blogspot.com/) which mentioned a charity called Still Someone, Inc. (www.stillsomeone.org).  Curious, I checked it out and was immediately moved.  Through her own experience with her grandmother’s illness, founder Janet Engle recognized that all seniors had a basic need for dignity and comfort.  Her organization strives to make a difference by distributing lap blankets and greeting cards to nursing home and home care patients.
Since their goal is to include enough cards for each resident along with the blankets, they need a lot of cards!
Card requirements:
  • Handmade, store-bought, and children’s art cards are welcome (so involve the kids)
  • General and seasonal cards (no religious, please)
  • Written messages are fine (“I was thinking about you today,” for example)
  • You may sign the card if you wish, or leave it unsigned
  • Please provide an envelope along with your card, but don’t seal the card inside the envelope
Mail cards to:
Still Someone, Inc.
PO Box 543
Upper Sandusky, OH  43351
I wrote to Janet to make sure that the dimensional nature of quilled cards would not be a problem.  She replied, “We would be so thankful to receive quilled cards, and I know they would be appreciated and cherished by the recipients. Although we do mail some cards, we also have volunteers that visit nursing homes and hand deliver cards. I pull out fragile and dimensional cards so that they can be hand delivered.” 
My own mother passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s so I know how it feels to watch someone you love slip away.  I have two cousins who would send her handcrafted cards.  Even when she no longer remembered them, she would always perk up when she received their cards. 
If you make more cards than you know what to do with, pack up a batch and send them to this wonderful organization — your cards would really make a difference.   Want additional information about this charity or ways you can help?  Visit their website to learn more.

Words of Inspiration

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein, Scientist
Try not to let your knowledge of a particular technique lull you into complacency with your art.  Once you have mastered a technique, turn it on it’s ear.  Combine it with other techniques in unexpected ways.  If someone says it can’t be done, unless it is dangerous, try it anyway.  Don’t be afraid to push the envelope.  You’ll never know what you’ll discover about your art — or yourself.

Tell Me What You Think

I hope you enjoyed this issue of The Art of Quilling News.  As always, your constructive comments, helpful hints, and quilling questions, are more than welcome.  Just send me a note in the comment box below.

Past Issues

The Art of Quilling News — August 2009
*Be sure to save the Pattern Guide to your hard drive for future reference.  PC users can do this by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As …”, Mac users just option click.  Or, once the Pattern Guide is open in your browser, select “File ->Save As” to save the file to your computer.


5 responses so far

5 Responses to “The Art of Quilling News — October 2009”

  1. Lynda Jon 27 Oct 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I found the information about Still Someone, Inc. of great interest. My grandmother died with Alzheimer’s and my Mother seems to be headed that way. If my funnylookin cards will brighten someone’s day, it would br well worth the effort to make them.

  2. Antonellaon 27 Oct 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Charlotte – another great newsletter. I enjoy them tremendously – especially your Quilling for Others sections. I have to post your suggestions on my blog (which I keep forgetting to do). Thanks again! antonella 🙂

  3. Janeton 27 Oct 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Charlotte; Thank you so much for publicizing Still Someone. We appreciate all of the help. Just thank you, thank you, thank you!


  4. Gailon 28 Oct 2009 at 4:34 am


    Great newsletter and a big Thank You for the pattern of your beautiful sunflower. Wonderful what Still Someone is doing and I hope to participate.


  5. jasmineon 29 Oct 2009 at 4:15 am

    What a lovely sunflower!! I will make this for my friend’s birthday,

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