This request was for a 8.5″x11″ piece featuring a “Mommy” butterfly leading her 7 children… 2 daughters, represented by butterflies; 5 sons, represented by dragonflies.
I originally arranged the “children” to follow in a line directly behind Mom, but thought I’d try more of a sweeping upward arrangement, which I really liked. It allowed more movement in the piece and for more of a purpose for the flowers since it seems as though they are emerging from fluttering among the flowers.
The recipient’s name and birthdate were requested to be featured on the piece as well, I’ve blurred the birthdate for the sake of privacy.
Over the next month or so, I’ll be working on a piece for each of the two daughters as well. 3 pieces for one family—what fun!
My friend requested this piece for her wedding anniversary because the hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation,” was sung at their wedding 8 years ago.
The request was for blues and browns, and I really liked that combination. I used primarily 1/8″-width paper strips, some 1/16″-width, and 5/8″-width for the fringed flowers. I think my favorite thing about this piece is not the quilling, but the blue lettering on beige paper—a surprisingly classic look, almost vintage-y.
There couldn’t have been a better day to blog about this quilled anniversary gift than on Valentine’s Day. Especially because my friend and her husband are such a sweet couple AND he just got home yesterday after a year in Afghanistan! What a happy day for their whole family (and their friends too)! 🙂
Here are some photos of the process and the finished product:
It is typical for me to want to quill during happy times in the lives of my friends and family… to add to a celebration or honor a special day. Recently, however, the urge to quill struck upon hearing the news that a college friend of mine had lost her dear mother to a terminal illness. My initial thought was that I wanted to quill a beautiful monarch butterfly to frame next to a photo of her mother along with a lovely quote printed along the bottom of the photo. This task proved to be much too heavy… partially because I had never met my friend’s mother and so had a very difficult time finding just the right quote, and partially because I like to think that my quilled pieces will be enjoyed by the recipients for many years and it occurred to me that the finished product might reflect too much on the mother’s passing and not so much her life. In the meantime, my friend had chosen a photo for me to use in the piece—it was an outdoor photo of her mother with her adorable little daughter, both of them smiling brightly, and all seemed right with the world. Once I saw that precious photo, I immediately decided to go with a theme that highlighted the happy moment for what it was. I decided on a garden theme with a variety of colorful flowers with grassy stems, and, of course, bluebirds, a ladybug, and a butterfly. The only symbolic measure I took was to make the butterfly all in white and fluttering near her mother… the symbolism is fairly open-ended. In my mind, it has to do with the glorious transformation from the earthly to the heavenly.
I was happy with the way it turned out and have also received a lovely thank you card from my friend… she said the style of piece fit her mother very well. Reading that was a blessing for my heart.
I’ve included photos of the quilling, but I’ve purposely cropped out the images of the photo’s subjects to protect the family’s privacy.