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Aug 12 2010

Fall 2010 Quilling Classes at Marietta Community School

I will once again be teaching quilling classes this fall through the Marietta Community School, the continuing education division of Marietta City Schools.  The classes will be taught at Marietta High School, Marietta, GA.
 
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Fall (Thursday, Sept 23, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Halloween (Tuesday, Oct 5, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas (Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:00-8:30pm)
  • Quilling II — Christmas Cards (Thursday, Nov 4, 6:00-8:30pm, Prerequisite:  Any Quilling I Class)
 
In each Quilling I class I’ll talk briefly about the history of quilling and show samples of the various quilling papers, tools, and books available.  Next, I’ll teach the students how to make the basic coils and scrolls used most in quilling as they complete a shape chart to take home for reference.  We’ll make one project in class and the students will go home with a pack of multi-colored quilling paper, a slotted quilling tool, plenty of informational handouts, and enough materials to complete two more projects so they can keep quilling after the class.  Check out the class projects for the Halloween and Christmas classes. 
 
The Quilling II — Christmas Cards class is for students who already know the basic coils and scrolls, but want more practice.  We’ll work on three quilled Christmas cards (original designs different than those provided in the Quilling I — Beginner/Christmas class).
 
You can check out the MCS online course catalog for complete registration information.  If you live in the area, I would like to personally invite you to join me for a wonderful evening of quilling. 
 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information.  You may leave a comment on this post, or send an email to charlotte (at) theartofquilling (dot) com.

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Dec 09 2009

Heavenly Angel — Free Quilling Pattern

angelThere is still time to embellish your Christmas crafts with quilling.  This sweet little angle works up quickly and would add a heavenly touch to your Christmas projects.
 
You will need
Basic quilling tools (discussed earlier)
Quilling paper, 1/8″: white, yellow, gold metallic (solid gold on one side of the paper strip)
Gold leaf pen (optional) 
 
Free Quilling Pattern — Heavenly Angel
(1) 20″ teardrop, white (body)
(1) 10″ loose coil, white (head)
(2) 10″ shaped teardrops, light yellow (wings)
(1) 2″ strip, metallic gold (halo)
 
Instructions for making the teardrop and loose coil can be found here
 
Using the photo as a guide, glue the 10″ loose coil (head) to the pinched tip of the 20″ teardrop (body) to form the angel.  Shape the wings by curving the teardrop around your index finger as you pinch it, or roll the tip of the completed teardrop around your quilling tool.  If desired, run the gold pen across the top of the two 10″ shaped teardrop wings to gilt the edges before gluing them to the angel body.
 
haloTo make the halo, fold the 2″ strip of metallic gold paper in half and glue the two sides together.  You now have a 1″ strip with gold on both sides.  Overlap the two ends and glue together to form an oval loop.  Glue the halo flat (with the glued ends down) onto the background, slightly at an angle above the angel’s head.
 
christmas-card-angelLast year, I used this little angel on Christmas cards.  I used the same blue scrapbook paper that reminds me of a winter’s night that I used on the snowflake cards in the previous post and added a homespun feel with the golden gingham held in place with mini brads.
 
This year, I designed a scroll ornament from the sheet music of a familiar Christmas carol, “Angels We have Heard on High.” 
 
If you want to try making your own scroll ornament, there are many carols and hymns in the public domain. 
angel-scroll-ornament3Try a Google search for images or you can visit openhymnal.org to see if they have any you would like.  There are also many scrapbook papers and stamps with music backgrounds that would work nicely. 
 
 
Quilling Tip:  The metallic coating on the paper used to make the halo causes the glue to take longer to set.  I find it helpful to use a pair of tweezers to hold the ends of the halo strip together until the glue dries. 

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Nov 16 2009

Snowflake Ornament Quilling Card

christmas-quilling-class-snowflake-cardsI want to thank all of the ladies who attended the Christmas quilling class at the Marietta Community School.  I hope you had a great time because I know I sure did!
 
Our class project was a Christmas card with a detachable snowflake ornament.  I am very proud of the snowflakes the students quilled.  This group photo of the students’ cards shows their talent and creativity.  The snowflakes are not glued to the front (which is why they may appear to be crooked), but swing loose which makes for a fun surprise when the recipient opens the card.
 
snowflake-card-holeWhen creating the card, I punched a 1/16″ hole in the card at the top of the circle background.  This allowed me to thread the snowflake’s hanging loop through to the inside where I secured it with a piece of tape.
 
snowflake-card-inside1Many of us are on a tight budget, but you don’t have to trim your gift giving list this year.  These cards are perfect when you need a little something this holiday season for co-workers, as a hostess gift, or for members of your book club.  You can whip up a batch quite inexpensively, but I guarantee they’ll be appreciated and make a lasting impression.    
 
Quilling Tip:  I used a printed paper that reminded me of a starry night as the background for my snowflake, but many combinations are possible.  A quilled wreath would be great attached to a card featuring a home’s front door.  A quilled snowman could grace a card showing children playing in the snow.  Or quill a stocking and attach it to a card that shows a fireplace with a roaring fire.
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