My Mother’s Day wish was to have just a bit of time to quill. So my husband took the baby while I made this card for someone very close to me who recently turned 50. Card-making is NOT my strength, but I enjoyed the quilling part of it. There are 50 little hearts here, of course, each one representing one year of this wonderful person’s life so far. She liked the card and I enjoyed making it for her even if I wasn’t thrilled with the look of the card over all.
It was a privilege to quill this piece for an adorable baby girl. I attempted to coordinate the piece with the colors and theme of her nursery, but also wanted it to be something she could enjoy for years after she outgrows her nursery.
I primarily used colors from Lake City Craft’s Parchment collection, which are quite soft/pastel and were perfect for the look I was going for. The bolder colors were added via the bluebirds and dragonfly to make them pop a little. As usual, it was the formation of the letter that gave me the most trouble—I know it’s not a perfect “L,” but it was the best of all my attempts, so it stuck.
Surprisingly, I think the stemmed hearts hanging in front of the L are my favorite parts of this piece. They were added after I thought it was completed… I went away to eat some dinner; when I came back and looked at the piece one last time before framing it, I realized I wanted a little more movement without adding more color. The hearts did the trick! I also appreciate that a heart symbolizes love and this happens to be a very much-loved little girl so I knew I couldn’t go wrong there. 🙂 I then added several other hearts to the piece, which appear to be leaves for the flowers.
The first photo is just to show how tiny the roses are… I had never done little roses before and they were quite fun and looked lovely, if I may say so.
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: