Q can be a hard letter for the A to Z Challenge. That is probably why this is not the first time I’ve blogged about Quilling. It does start with Q after all.
You can read that previous post here: Q is for (Mainely) Quilling | I am in awe of these amazing paper creations. I am amazed by the things Stacy creates using thin strips of paper. I’ve continued to follow Quantum Artistic on Etsy and recently purchased a beautiful bumble bee art piece from her.
I am realistic enough to recognize that her level of quilling is not something I can pull off. She is a true artist. I was looking for the craft version of quilling.
I pulled out a birthday themed quilling instruction kit I bought many years ago to make a birthday card. I started with some of the quilling samples in the instruction sheet. After working on the birthday card design, I realized that maybe the overall theme of the kit was skewing a little younger than I wanted.
After searching online and seeing examples of quilled cupcakes, I freehanded one of my own and end up creating three different colored cupcakes. A quick modification of a word template and I had a belated birthday card ready to go.
It was time to dive a little deeper and try to expand my quilling skills. Over one glue and paper filled evening, I made a quilled monarch butterfly which I’m planning to hang by the quilled bee that I purchased from Quantum Artistic.
My husband thought it was all very Muhammad Ali of me, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” The reality is that a butterfly seemed doable for a novice quiller.
I did not include instructions in this post as I really was “winging” it for this one. I don’t have any extensive quilling tools other than a slotted needle so have no way to gauge the size of my quilled shapes. I also don’t have a quilling needle to make the tight circles.
Other than overusing my glue to seal the shapes resulting in a little bit of overall messiness, I’m happy with my first larger quilled creation.
There is another Q craft that I could have tried. My grandmother was an avid quilter. She made thousands of quilts in her lifetime. I use a smaller one she made out of antique fabric as a curtain to hide the small appliances in my kitchen. I am lucky to have many quilts that she made over the years.
While I don’t typically quilt myself, I did recently make a story quilt during one of our Gish challenges this past summer. We had to use burlap and other rough materials to represent the challenges of 2020. My daughter created the center artwork which we printed on fabric paper and then I sewed the rest.
While I’m extremely happy with how it came out, I think this may be the extent of my quilting projects at least for the near future.
Although, maybe someday. Clearly, I haven’t met a craft I didn’t like.
Have you ever tried quilling, quilting or another q craft I should know about?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2021. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Craft Projects for my Home. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.