Paper quilled heart pin

Alli Bartkowski is the most passionate quiller I have ever met. I had seen this art & craft form over the years, but for some reason I never had the opportunity to give it a try. Alli’s booth at the most recent CHA show in California was filled to the brim with the most creative quilled creations I have ever seen. She literally uses the technique to sculpt and form anything she wants from traditional quilled motifs to 3-D people and cupcakes!


It was a thrill to sit down with her one on one while she patiently showed off the most basic techniques. I can see why this art form could be so addicting!

Ali taught me how to make a paper quilled heart you see in this post.

Colored paper might be the artistic mainstay of elementary-school kids--but, thanks to Bartkowski's easy-to-understand instructions, adults could soon adopt the medium, too. Originating in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a religious decoration, quilling today is gaining a wider audience as it showcases its versatility as a three-dimensional stand-alone and enhancer in media such as scrapbooking and greeting cards. Here, the first-time author uses a question-and-answer format, introducing the needed tools and supplies at the outset, then following the basics with techniques (including combing, crimping, and boondoggling, or a form of braiding), and patterns. Among the illustrated choices are a minirose gift tag, scrolled border frames for all kinds of mementos, and Christmas ornaments. A four-artist gallery at the end demonstrates possible results from a 3-D imagination.

Paper Quilling for the first time, by Alli Bartkowski

Just think of all of the other things you could do with this simple idea of curling thin strips of paper. I also leaped at the opportunity to purchase her signed book for beginners, as I know I have a lot to learn about this technique.

If you are interested in paper quilling, check out her website


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About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.