Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quilling Away for Breast Cancer II

Where was I nine years ago?  It seems like it was another lifetime. I was a mother of two young children. I was re-entering the workforce after years of being at home. After many years of being adrift, I was slowly returning to the faith of my childhood.  At the age thirty-four, my life was just beginning.  Yet for one of my dear childhood friends, it had come to an end.

My friend Florie May reminds me of the flowers that bloom in May, the month she was born.  Her smile makes me think of the sunshine peculiar to this merry month. In the Philippines where we grew up, summer, or the dry season ended in May.  I remember that the sunshine in May was strong but fleeting, trying to keep the June rain at arm's length.  It was like my friend who graced this earth briefly.   



Soon after she had a baby, May felt a lump.  The doctor did a needle biopsy but was not able to aspirate any fluid for analysis.  Being that she had no family history of breast cancer, the doctor thought that it was plainly a blocked milk duct.  A few months, later, another doctor diagnosed her with Stage IV breast cancer. Within a year, her mother too was diagnosed.  May bravely battled this disease, going into remission a few times. Her husband said that she had a bone marrow transplant, which was still experimental at that time.  Despite the poor prognosis, May fought on for eight more years.  

At one time, during a good moment, we reconnected.  I told her that I missed her calls and letters.  She told me that many times she felt angry.  How could the rest of us go on and have normal lives while she was suffering so much?  Did we even realize how cold her head got, having lost all her hair? No scarf, hat nor bandanna could make up for her own hair. Yet when she visited me a few years later, I did not detect any negative thought.  She was beautiful, hopeful and happy.  I looked forward to her moving to San Diego.



In 2002, just when I was waiting for a call that she was in town, I heard from another friend that May had gone home to the Philippines.  She knew the end was near and wanted to be with her family.  The following year, her mother too had passed.  This year, her oldest sister succumbed to the disease.

I call this my Florie May ribbon.  

This year too, my friend Michelle lost her cousin Joanna to breast cancer. Only thirty seven, Joanna left behind a husband and two small children. Despite her grief, my friend Michelle has channeled her energy into raising awareness.  She will be doing the 3-Day Walk for the Cure in San Diego this November.
http://unitedforjo.pledgepage.org/
http://www.facebook.com/unitedforjo

United for Jo
I have been quilling for seven years.  This year, my passion came back with a desire to go above and beyond the usual stuff.  I find a lot of inspiration in teaching the art.  My daughter loves quilling with me. I discovered recently that she also is a good teacher, encouraging other children and grown-ups alike when she assisted in my last quilling class.  She told me that when she grows up, she will teach her daughter as well.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Royal Flower

I am in love with this new project!  It brings quilling to a higher level of intricacy and artistry.
This is based on a video on how to make a "Royal Flower" using the husking technique.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q5fNMzAL0Y&feature=youtu.be


Here's a chronicle of my attempts:
To make the outside husk, wrap a 12" long quilling paper around a ruler.
To make the inside of the flower, wrap the quilling paper (use one 24" long strip)
once around the ruler to make the central loop.  Dab a bit of glue at the bottom of the loop.
Then use alternate side looping to make the rest of the loops.

Alternate side looping - Make a loop, add a dab of glue at the bottom,
and then make a loop to the left side of the first loop.
Then make a loop to the right side.
Repeat the process until there are 7 - 8 loops.
 It is a good idea to slightly decrease the height of the loops
as you go farther from the center loop.
Rip off the excess quilling paper.

With the quilling tool, grab the inside part of the loop.



Quill each loop towards the center



Apply a bit of glue to the bottom of the inside flower,
then insert into the husk



Voila!  Royal flowers!




Thank you, Amna al Fardh from the United Arab Emirates!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Unique Leaf Technique

The internet has a wealth of tutorials and information about quilling.  I find a lot of inspiration in my Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/31795954879/.  By far, the most interesting leaf making technique is in this blog: http://anastasiaw.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-quilled-leaf.html

I was so happy that I was able to follow the instructions and make my own special leaves!  I still have to try this technique with a wide-tooth comb, as I used a very small one.  Here are pictures of my first attempts:


 Thank you Annie (Anastasia) from Colombo, Sri Lanka!

Once Upon a Time I was Published and Misspelled

Found these old pictures of the Page-a-Day Quilling calendar by Accord.  The 2007 calendar included a tool and ideas.  Each page had pre-cut strips to make the project design.  I was so lucky to be part of this one and only calendar.  The following year, Accord decided not to continue this endeavor.












How to Quill a Pumpkin

It's that time of the year, when the air cools and the leaves start to fall. This is my favorite season. It's when I enter into a more reflective mood. So to speak, it is the calm before the storm of the holiday hustle and bustle. In October, I will be teaching another class to raise funds for breast cancer research. Here's a preview of the fall projects:
Quill 5 loose coils (6" long 1/8" deep orange paper)

Shape four of them into crescents

You will need one marquise for the center and four crescents
for the pumpkin sections

Mold the sections, working from the center to the side

Quill a 6" long green paper for the leaf
and shape into a duck's foot.

With the needle quilling tool, twirl a piece of
green paper for the  tendrils.

Quill a 1/4" long brown paper for the stem,
assemble the tendril and the stem to
make the finished pumpkin.

Happy Fall!