Sunday, January 16, 2022

Favorites to Start the New Year


A belated happy 2022 to everyone! Below are a few favorite sites I want to share, plus quilling conference news.



Miriam's Quilling

This is my new favorite channel to visit often if not daily. Miriam's creations are amazing and her videos are very brief. She demonstrates how to create everything in the entire project. She lives in Romania. Check out her last 2021 video, first. 

Lively Paper Creations

This is the Etsy store where I purchased 1mm paper strips like Miriam uses in some of her projects. YES ๐Ÿ˜ฒ, one millimeter wide paper strips. This is the store Miriam recommends on her channel. 

Yulia Shorts

Yulia Brodskaya's YouTube channel of "shorts" from her fabulous paper illustrations is a must see. Her last masterpiece included a large open ended loose coil, so she does continue to use quilled shapes other than her colorful tight rolls. There is so much to see in her very short videos.

NAQGCON 2022

Finally (yay), there will be a quilling conference this year after two years of covid restrictions. It will be held May 13-14 in Springfield, Illinois. All information is on the website.


Be well, stay warm!
Molly ๐ŸŒน

Friday, December 10, 2021

Quilled Snowflakes


Snowflakes are very easy and fun to make. All you need is one loose roll for the center and three basic shapes in groups of six. Nineteen pieces as big or small as you like, and you have a lovely six-point snowflake! 

On my website HERE there is a variety of different shaped examples and patterns to copy, instructions, tips and project suggestions.

Blog archive of Photo Examples showing 1-inch to 12" snowflakes. 

Quilled Snowflake Humor๐Ÿ˜… 
This short video is only 1:18min long.



Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Stay safe and be well.

-Molly

Monday, November 1, 2021

Happy November - Quilled Turkey (Repost)

Not your traditional Thanksgiving card, but I thought I'd post this again, along with links to my quilled Autumn leaves with easy instructions. 


Body: 24", Head: 8", Wattle: 6", Beak: 4", Feathers: 9"
Feet: 2" fold in half, accordion fold three times, trim ends before gluing


Wishing everyone a warm, yummy, blessed, and joyful November.
Be safe and well.
-Molly

Saturday, June 26, 2021

From the Archives

I made some 1" glass magnets, with yellow rose of Texas graphics. I wanted to wrap them but they are so small. They stack together easily held by the magnets and I wrapped them in tissue paper.



I decided to make a sour cream gift container using printed card stock. I made a tag and added tiny quilled flowers to match the paper I was using.



I used a 4" x 6" piece of card stock and rolled lengthwise into a tube as shown below. 



I pinched the ends to close. I crimped the first end, applied glue inside along the edge, and crimped it again. After I put the magnets inside, I pinched the other end in the opposite direction. I repeated with crimping, gluing and crimping again.





I think it makes a nice presentation and this sour cream container is SO easy to make.

Enjoy what's left of June!  ๐ŸŒบ

Molly



Thursday, May 6, 2021

Colorful Outlined "R"

Hello friends, happy May!

Well, I attempted to quill another project using Quillography and regular 1/4-inch paper strips. I purchased the pattern on Etsy and was happy with the $3.50 price. I am a beginner at using the on-edge, also referred to as outlining, technique. 

I didn't use a large enough piece of cardstock to trace the pattern, but went ahead with it for practice. I will use a wide mat, 2" or so, before framing. I am thinking a teenage girl won't notice my errors. 

(photoshopped frame for show)

I did learn while doing this project (thank you NAQG FB members) that the thicker Quillography strips are primarily for lining, shaping and sculpting, and especially not for loose and open coils. So halfway finished I started using regular quilling strips for the Q-colors that were too thick, some colors did just fine. This is noticeable with the not-so-tight centers.  

Thank you for stopping by and looking.

Have a fun month and be safe.

-Molly ๐ŸŒผ



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