Friday, January 25, 2008

Free Quilling Pattern Lovey Dovey Birdhouse

Today's free quilling pattern is a heart filled birdhouse that I like to call the "Lovey Dovey Birdhouse." I gave this card as part of a housewarming gift.

This is done in a very perky Spring-like design and is done in a style that I like to call "adornment quilling". Adornment quilling on this project refers to the fact that I have added quilling to my paper pieced birdhouse embellishment.

If you are new to quilling, please click to learn the basics of quilling and to learn to make the basic quilled shapes that are assumed you know how to do in creating many of these designs.

I simply cut a 1.5 inch x 2 inch yellow rectangle and added a pretty pink roof. For added design, I added a strip of pink in the center to make this a 2 story birdhouse. I glued these elements in place before I added the quilling.

Starting at the roof-top and working our way down, this is what I've done.

  • 3 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) teardrops
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) tight coil
  • 2 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) loose coil (like a quotation mark)
Second Floor:
  • 2 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) open hearts
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) tight coil
Middle Level:
  • 2 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) S-Scrolls
First Floor:
  • 2 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) open hearts
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) tight coil
Add this to your Valentines Day card for a special child or loved one. If you are a scrapbooker, this is a perfect embellishment for your page. The great part about all of this is that it isn't too bulky so it won't make your page too lumpy.

Copyright for Personal Use Only Antonella DeFalco

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Quilling Inspiration Michelle Ewart 's Art

I was reading through my online friend Jolie's Blog and read one of her "Wondrous Art Wednesday" posts and I came across this artist Michelle Ewart. I really loved her work and I think that you too will love it. Check out some more of her work by clicking here.

Michelle Ewart

She has a great use of color and lots of swirls and designs. Perhaps Michelle says it best in her profile
"My art ranges from the whimsical to the curious. What almost always seems to come through is a love of color, line, and movement."
I know you will find this shocking, but her work and this print reminds me of quilling. As you know, it does not take much, any time I see swirls or flowers or iron work or sometimes just about anything it reminds me of quilling. I love my cell phone, because now I can take a picture of things that inspire me... I just wish the pictures came out better :-)

So, I thought that it would be a good day to be inspired and to share this great find.

I hope that you too will look at everyday items a bit differently and let them inspire you either by their form, color or design.

Copyright Antonella DeFalco

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

January Quilling Patterns

Welcome to the January 2008 Accord Quilling Calendar Pattern Listing

I am providing you a list of all the patterns and the name of the artist who graciously allowed Accord to print them.

January 2008 Accord Calendar Projects

  • 1st - Party Hat (Artist: Suzzy Howard)
  • 2 - Wooly Hat with PomPom (Artist: Jane Cleveland)
  • 3 - Snowman (Artist: Cathy Schlim)
  • 4 - Snow Star (Artist: Cathy Schlim)
  • 5 & 6 - Snowflake (Artist: Donna Del Giudice, President NAQG)
  • 7 - Winter Abstract (Artist: Donna Del Giudice, President NAQG)
  • 8 - Ear Muffs and Stocking Hat (Artist: Cathy Schlim)
  • 9 - Mittens (Artist: Rita Anderson)
  • 10 - Snowflake (Artist: Rita Anderson)
  • 11 - Penguin (Artist: Deborah Hartin,
  • 12/13 - Snowshoe Inspiration Piece (Artist: Deborah Hartin,
  • 14 - Reindeer (Artist: Gail Freed)
  • 15 - Sleigh (Artist: Gail Freed)
  • 16 - Skis and Poles (Artist: Suzzy Howard)
  • 17 - Snowman with Hat (Artist: Pat Meetze)
  • 18 - Ice Skate (Artist: Gail Freed)
  • 19/20 - Wine Glass Charms Inspiration Piece (Artist: Susan Harl Custer)
  • 21 - Fancy Flower (Artist: Sheryl Scott,
  • 22 - Hat and Mittens (Artist: Nancy Klarer)
  • 23 - Art Deco Palmette (Artist: Tracy Belair Gaito,
  • 24 - Pinwheel Flower (Artist: Sheryl Scott,
  • 25 - Early Art Deco Lily (Artist: Tracy Belair Gaito,
  • 26/27 - Geometric Design Inspiration Piece (Artist: Patricia Caputo,
  • 28 - Distelfink Bird (Artist: Cathy Schlim)
  • 29 - Picture Corners (Artist: Karen Frantz)
  • 30 - Pastel Border (Artist: Patricia Caputo,
  • 31 - Border (Artist: Patricia Caputo,
I have the pleasure of knowing many of the artists who have shared their quilling with us in January. Cathy Schlim has provided so many patterns for this calendar and she also has a book that she has published (check her out on ebay), Pat Caputo is well known in quilling circles and has an online store with great products, Donna Del Giudice is the current president of the NAQG, Jinny Alexander is known for her Jinnisans and is a published author.

I bet you can't wait to try these projects!

FYI: Most weekend days there are examples of quilling that they call "Inspiration Pieces" these items do not have instructions for creating them that are provided, but they are examples to give you ideas of ways you can use your quilling. These pieces are generally a bit more complex than the other patterns that are provided.

Copyright Antonella DeFalco

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