May 22 2009

Quilling a Twinchie — Beginner Pattern

Published by at 3:01 pm under Quilled Card,Quilling How-To,Quilling Pattern

My earlier posts have explained the basic techniques and tools used in the art of quilling.  Now it’s time to quill!  For a perfect first project, we will make a twinchie.
quilled-flower-twinchieWhat in the world is a “twinchie?”  Those of you familiar with cardmaking, scrapbooking, or stamping have probably heard of twinchies already, but if you haven’t, twinchies are wonderful pieces of art that are two inches by two inches, hence the name, twinchies.  This format for art grew from the original and still popular “inchies,” which, not surprisingly, is art that is one inch by one inch square.  This is a very satisfying form of art since it does not take long to create delightful results that are amazingly versatile.  It is a very common format chosen for group swaps since they are quick to produce and easy to mail which encourages more members to participate.
NOTE:  My quilling pattern instructions tell you the number, size, type, and color of the quills (coils or scrolls) needed to complete the design.  For example, (5) 3″ Marquise coil, blue, means that you will need a quantity of five marquise coils, each made from a 3″ strip of blue quilling paper.
You Will Need
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Quilling paper, 1/8″:  blue, white, green (multi-colored pack recommended for more variety)
Card stock, 2″ squares:  cream, blue
Blending chalk: mustard yellow
Dry tape runner (optional)
Free Quilling Pattern — Quilled Flower with Bud
(5) 6″ marquise coil, blue
(1) 6″ teardrop coil, blue
(1) 1″ tight coil, white
(1) 7″ V-scroll, green
(1) 4″ V-scroll, green
Glue one point of each blue marquise to the white tight coil to form a flower.  Glue the folded end of the 4″ green V-scroll between two of the blue marquise coils to form tendrils.  Glue the blue teardrop to the top of the 3″ V-scroll to form a flower bud and glue the folded end between two marquise coils on the opposite side of the tendrils. 
Assemble Your Twinchie
Tear all four sides of the cream card stock and apply chalk to the torn edges.  Attach the cream card stock to the center of the blue square   Glue the finished quillwork to the 2″ square of card stock.
Congratulations!  You now have a beautiful twinchie
I made mine into a greeting card for a friend.  If you would like to, also, follow these easy steps.
quilled-flower-cardAdditional Materials for Card
(1) 4″ x 5.5″ blank greeting card, ivory
6″ of 7/8″ wide ribbon, mustard yellow
Greeting of your choice (rubber stamp/ink, rub-on, computer printed, etc.)
Apply your greeting to the lower right-hand side of the card.  (I always do this part first, before adding my embellishments.  That way if I make a mistake, it is much easier to start over).   Attach the ribbon vertically to the left side of the card; trim edges.  Attach the twinchie on top of the ribbon.  (See photo for placement).
Don’t forget to sign your work! 


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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Quilling a Twinchie — Beginner Pattern”

  1. Sidon 20 Jun 2009 at 6:46 am

    Never realised that a twinchie would make a great base for quilling…….never thought of it and wanted to try quilling for ages…….so here goes!!!!

  2. Jodyon 06 Jul 2009 at 8:28 pm

    How beautiful! Great thinking and now I want to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing. Keep on creating!

  3. Charlotteon 06 Jul 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hi, Jody!

    I’m so glad that you like my quilling. Please let me know if you give this Twinchie a try it. I’d love to see it.

  4. Candion 14 Feb 2011 at 4:02 pm

    THANK YOU!!! I saw quilling online for the first time last week, ordered a “kids” quilling book so I could try it out and your little flower here was the first thing I’ve made… I’m hooked! I can’t wait to try more items and use it in conjunction with my cricut for cards and layouts, sooo pretty and even my 7yr old wants to learn!

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