What is this blog?

This blog is about my crafts as I'm sure it's obvious, but rather specifically I post about my quilling. I suppose I didn't include quilling in the title simply because that would limit what I could put in this blog. In other words, 99% of this is in fact quilling.

There ARE periods where I don't post anything for a long time, but that doesn't mean I'm done with quilling! I'll post again. Eventually.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Abstract colorful tree sunset picture painting

I found an 8X8 inch frame that I had bought a while ago in my craft closet. I wanted to quill an entire picture this time! I started it about two weeks ago. As I made clear in my abstract man post, I like abstract modern looking things. Modern paintings included. But there are only some modern pieces I even like! Some are just swaths of color and that's just not my thing. I want it to look sort of like something, I don't know! I know you could just say this looks like a tree by a sunset with random colors, but I see much more than that! It's like the tree of life in all of the known universes, like the multiverse, which is the theory that there are an unlimited amount of parallel universes and we live in just one of them. Perhaps it could look like an endless tree growing and sprouting random bubble things and one is our universe? I don't know I'm weird, most of you probably didn't get that xD.

Onto the picture itself... I feel as though the longer I quill, the longer it takes me to complete each one. It should be the opposite, right?  No, I'm just getting more OCD about it. The coils are only three inch coils, with a few exceptions with the tree, and the white outline, and the bubbles (some are insanely tiny.. Like half an inch.) Part of the tree are regular coils, some really loose coils, and part just paper folded into half and thirds. I used so much pins it's not funny! Most all of the coils had two pins in them. It took like sixty hours it's insane! But so worth it. I am going to start a new one soon too for my uncle. He has been wanting some big quilled thing from me for a while.

Before I show some close ups, I took some pictures of it while I was making it.

Just for the fun of it, I took a picture of what it looks like on the back. The flip side!

And some close ups! Sorry about the reflections. It's quite a sunny day, but the sun hasn't reached the house so I had to turn the light up all the way.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quilled 'Phoenix' bird picture

Once again, I made this a while ago, though I'm pretty sure I made this after my abstract man. I was looking up what to quill to fit my frame. It's 8x10 inches I think? Something like that. I saw an abstract looking bird, so I thought why not! Then I decided to quill some clouds and a sun for it too.

If you look closely, you can see my ipad in its case in the reflection of the glass. Ha!

I put glued the quills onto light blue card stock and put some bright green around it for just a little something! Most of the coils are six inches, but some May be different, like parts of the coils on the bird. I decided to call it a Phoenix, though it could be anything, because that is what my younger sister kept calling it! I have it hanging in my room, but I had to take it down and snap the pictures by my window because it was so dark where it was hanging. Having a basement bedroom will do that!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3D quilling abstract man

Hi everyone I'm sure everyone has forgotten about little old me already. That's okay because a year sure is a long time! As it says at the top of my blog, I will never quit quilling xD. I have quilled since I last posted but I just haven't posted anything. It's a hassle to take pictures then put them on the computer and then write something about it because I don't know if anyone cares. But people must because this blog has gotten a lot more views. I know I'm often an internet lurker and don't post comments. But of course I do love comments...

Well, a week or so ago, I decided to hunker down and organize my strips because they were such a mess in my droors (I know that isn't a word but I say droors). A complete nightmare, I'm sure many of you feel my pain! Well, I looked up the best way to store strips and I combined an idea with my own. In my craft closet, my dad had some metal hook things and put those into the wall and we bought a dowel rod. Then I clipped each color with a binder clip. I used large ones. Then I bought binder rings so I could easily take them on and off, and I also used a hexagonal punch to write the color and brand of strip and used a small hole punch to attach it with the ring to the dowel rod. It is working really well! I think it looks kind of pretty. It is weighing it down a lot. My dad said he was going to put a third hook in in the middle, but there is no telling when he will get around to doing that! I'm not even done yet, I'm not sure how I will deal with my narrow and wide strips!

I just got the new ipad air a few days ago and that's my biggest motivation to post something... It has a pretty good camera unlike my old ipad 2! Less steps to posting that way. I'm on my ipad a lot, even typing up this post.

So this is one thing I wanted to show you all that I've made. I made this like three months ago, but it's nothing new. As you may know if you've read my about me, I'm pretty young (20 now. I should update and delete parts of my profile I suppose... and update my picture, I was like fifteen in that picture! I'm not one for selfies...) and I do love quilling obviously and quilling flowers, though they are often more colorful than many people quill flowers. I also do like modern looks even though that often seems to be a different genre than quilling stuff.

I was determined to quill an abstract sculpture and this is what I came up with. It's an abstract man. I think it looks like he's cheering.

I decided to use these colors because it matches the color of my room, but I still haven't figured out where I want to put it. I wish the lighting was better, but sadly it's a depressing trying to be spring day. It's finally above freezing here in the tundra of Wisconsin. It was a nightmare winter here. There was a handful of days the highs were in the negatives. In one of my classes, we learned this was a record low December/January/February