Thursday, March 11, 2021

From the Archives - St. Patrick's Day

March is flying by so quickly. 

I found this in a box and laughed at the order of the rainbow colors. What was I thinking?  ๐Ÿ˜ฒ This was in one of the NAQG newsletters back when I was doing theme elements, so I looked up the measurements to share here.

Shamrock - Four Leaf Clover: 4" teardrops made into hearts

Pot of Gold: 36" loose circle shaped, 3" handles (wrapped around a dowel and shaped), 3" tight rolls for feet

Gold: 1.5" loose circles

Rainbow: 5" spirals

Clouds: eccentric loose circles, various lengths from 3" (3), 6", 8" (3), 10" and 12"

Have fun and be safe. ๐Ÿ’š
-Molly


Thursday, February 25, 2021

 The White Rose of Yorkshire

I have my fingers crossed the UK Quilling Guild conference will be held in York, England this year in September. I made this quilled white rose for a friend who will host me if it's not canceled again. The history of the York White Rose goes back to the 14th Century and currently serves as a symbol of the county of Yorkshire. 

I printed out a simple Yorkshire rose in black and white for the pattern. I outlined the pattern using 1/8" black strips and then glued white to the black on the inside; same with the inner circle. The greens and yellow center are traditional quilling shapes and I filled in the rose using the easy (and fast) beehive technique. I use short strips when I do the beehive and add a bit of glue to every other piece as I fill in. There are many videos on YouTube showing how to do the beehive quilling technique and different ways to use it. The black accents are cut out of black paper and glued down last. 


This is about 5-inches wide and I will frame it after putting quilled initials in the corner. Remember to sign and date the back of ALL your quilled projects, whether you keep them, sell them or give away. You don't know who will end up with them one day. 

Have a wonderful day, be well and safe. 

-Molly 

P.S. Enjoy the last few days of February. ๐ŸŒบ

Sunday, January 31, 2021

 Hello, February!  ๐ŸŒบ

Quilled hearts for Valentine's, or any time, are very easy. Make two loose circles the same size, shape each into a teardrop and glue sides together. 

I have a few examples and instructions, and how to get centers at the tops, on my web page HERE.



Enjoy what you do and be well! 

-Molly 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Hello 2021! 

I hope you are recovering from the holidays and starting the year off with fun ideas and plans for lots of crafting. I found some 2021 planners (daily, weekly, monthly) at the OneGoodThing blog... they are FREE to download. I don't use them every day, but they are perfect to plan for special occasions, events, lists or just to organize your thoughts. 

Thank you, Jillee!  

2021 Printable Planners  

I recently purchased the book "Quilling Art" by Sena Runa and this is one of the more simple patterns I decided to try. This is my first attempt to do a project using the on-edge, also referred to as outlining technique with added quilling. 

I used 1/4" Quillography cardstock strips. This is on a background of approximately 5" x 5" (the frame is photoshopped for show). I added a small flatback Swarovski crystal at the top of the heart. 



Well, it is a start. I want to create more projects and I'm thinking lots of Spring colors. 

Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and be healthy.

~Molly  ๐ŸŒป



Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Quilled Snowflakes

From the Archives:

Snowflakes are SO easy. You need a coiled center and three basic shapes in groups of six. Nineteen pieces  as big or small as you like and you have a lovely snowflake!

I like making them to tie on packages or give as ornament gifts. Below, I used white gold on edge English paper strips. I like this paper, it is thinner and easier to use with miniature pieces. 

(Click on the photos to enlarge.)


This is approximately 1-1/2 inches in diameter. When making these I try to hide all paper seams and no traces of glue can show anywhere, especially on the back.


English crimson quilling strips with shiny metallic silver edge.



Silver holofoil on white English paper strips.


These simple and easy snowflakes are in my book. So small they fit as candy toppers and on trinket matchboxes.


 This is one of my largest I have made for hanging as wall art. It is 12" in diameter and made from 1-inch wide crimped strips of construction paper. I only used four shapes plus the center coil. The strips are 12 inches in length. The crimping makes it more sturdy and I used a wooden dowel to roll the strips. I finished it by spraying very lightly with a glitter spray.



I made this pink snowflake many years ago. The instructions can be found HERE on the NAQG website. 



I made this snowflake project for a magazine in 2008. It is double-rolled using two colors. I was disappointed in the quality/size on their website so I made a super
 large one you can view (and use for a pattern) by clicking the photo.

And lastly, I have a page HERE with several different types of easy snowflakes, patterns, instructions, tips and project suggestions.

Enjoy and have a fantastic day!
-Molly

Thursday, April 2, 2020

UPDATE:

HAPPY APRIL! ๐ŸŒท

I want to make sure and mention, the NAQG Quilling Conference this year is canceled (Springfield, Illinois May 8-9, 2020). The conference will be rescheduled soon-- 2021 will be same venue, in Springfield.

I am staying very busy making PAPER everything. My favorite YouTube channel is The Posh Paper Lady I started following last year during Christmas in July. I was immediately hooked to her short videos, clear instructions and fabulous easy projects. If you do craft shows, she has many videos with ideas and advice. Check out Sherry's channel.

I finally got my quilling strips sorted and organized into smaller containers. I am now working on organizing my quilling kits, inventory and related product to sell. I am hoping others can enjoy quilling with these kits and paper I have been hoarding all these years.



Last month, I opened up two of three Etsy stores that were closed in 2015-- itsMolly and itsMollyDos.  This has kept me very busy, not much time for quilling this year (yet). 



I am continuing to add new content to my quilling-related Zazzle store. Most of the items can be customized to non-quilling, if you choose-- with your colors, text, photos and sizes. Be sure you are signed up for email coupons. The last four or five gift items I purchased were at least 50% off. 

Wishing you and yours, well and safe days ahead. 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Molly ๐ŸŒผ

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Minature Quilled Flowers in a Pot


HAPPY APRIL! ๐Ÿ’


My niece makes beautiful mosaic birdhouses and asked me to put flowers in tiny wooden flower pots to go on the outside of the birdhouses (indoor dรฉcor). I made my first one. Only took me five hours from start to finish. ๐Ÿ˜€

I quilled with a small "quilting needle" using English quilling paper purchased at Quilling Supply that is more narrow than the 1/16" American strips. I plan to put fringed flowers in the next one. It stands about 1.25" (3 cm) tall.




Thanks for looking!
~Molly