Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Quilled Sock Monkey

Carol Duvall hosted an arts and crafts show which aired on the HGTV cable channel from 1994 to 2005. It was also broadcast on the DIY Network from 2005 until late-2009. I don't think I missed one episode! A sock monkey puppet opened and closed each segment of the show and he was also seen from time to time during the show. Her guests and fans often gave her sock monkey themed gifts in the particular medium they used.

I quilled this 10" (25.4 cm) sock monkey face with the intention of framing and giving to Carol Duvall when I made it on her show. Even though my Provo Craft StandOuts™ quilled stickers were reviewed on one of her shows, I never was a guest.  After 14 years I don't know what to do with it. So I decided to take a picture and show her to you before packing it up again.

Have a fun, crafty day!~Molly

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy Quilling on Simple Cards

These are easy, simple and fun to make in one short sitting. You can print or stamp your imagine/text and with minimal quilled embellishing, these cards can be made quickly :)


I printed a 50's jukebox and dance graphic and added quilled records. I glued a 36" (91.4 cm) black strip to a 10" (25.4 cm) neon piece and made a tight roll. Quilled musical notes would also be cute.


I lined the inside of the card with lime green cardstock. I used a 3/4" (1.9 cm) punch to make the round window at the top corner and a 1-3/4" (4.4 cm) punch for the raised "Thanks" piece. The quilled flower is made using narrow paper strips so this card would be good for mailing. If you have them, using round scalloped punches would dress up the card a bit!


I do nothing in moderation, so this card could probably use less hearts than I applied :) I printed a simple light purple swirl and added pink and purple open hearts I made using 1.5" (3.8 cm) and 3/4" (1.9 cm) long strips. I trimmed 1/32" (.8 mm) strips to make the spirals. I think they are easier to make using narrow strips.

I hope I have given you some new ideas to make a quick card. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quilled Carrots

I noticed there are not many carrot patterns out there. (If there are any, I couldn't find them :) So, I created three different variations for embellishments and a few Easter cards.

Carrot: 1/8" x 7" tight roll. Shape with a small pointed dowel and glue inside.

Green leaves: 1/4" x 2.5" rolled around toothpick to make a tube. Insert into carrot top halfway and glue. Cut around edges to make fringe and spread outward with fingertips.


This cute matchbox can be used to hold candy, money, note, tiny toy, etc. I found the idea and instructions here: Matchbox

Carrots: 1/8" x 12" loose roll. Shape in a long teardrop.

Drawer pull: 1/8" x 6" tightroll shaped with a small round dowel into a grape (I use the pearl on a corsage pin). Glue inside to hold shape.

Green leaves: 1/8" x 3" pieces. Make three 1/2" loops the same height (accordion folds) and spread out before gluing at bottom. Trim each fold in half lengthwise, making six thin leaves. Spread with fingers.


Carrots: 1/8" x 7 tightroll. Shape with a small pointed dowel and flatten with fingers.

Green leaves: 1/8" x 1" pieces. Cut slivers of paper at various lengths. Glue ends individually into top of carrot until full.

These are my favorite for the cards because they lay so flat.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Organizing Quilling Pieces

We are in the process of moving and the old craft room is next! I have a lot of quilling pieces in different containers. It is driving me crazy what to do with all of these! I know I will use each and every one of them ... some day, ya know? LOL

Do you quill different pieces for relaxation, for the fun of it, for future use, therapy, for practice, save your extra pieces ... and then store them? If you have any hints or tips, please let me know. I think the storage in clear containers is a must versus the boxes and fast food salad bowls they are in now.

Have a GREAT weekend!