Monday, May 5, 2014

Quilled Bird Round Up

Wedding season is in full swing here at Casa Martin. I sent off a trio of quilled invitations for a bride, her mother, and mother-in-law recently... such a nice idea that each will have one to display in her home as a reminder of the day. The modern scrolls design is a favorite of mine to quill and it was fun making three of the same, assembly-line style.

Quilled wedding invitations by Ann Martin

The local frame shop where I purchase custom-cut mats just started carrying a line of a fabric-covered board with the sheen of fine silk. A light shade of gold married perfectly (ha, I can't resist a pun) with the raised gold lettering on pearlized card stock.

Quilled birds

While positioned in my usual warm weather spot on the sun porch last week while working on a marriage certificate (woodland theme in a lighter color palette for a summer solstice wedding), I noticed a pair of robins busily flitting past the windows as they built a nest in a nearby evergreen. That started me thinking of all the birds I've quilled at one time or another, and so I've gathered this little flock. If you like to quill too, perhaps the pics will give you ideas for spring projects. If you're brand new to paper rolling, you'll find lots of tips in my list of Quilling FAQ.

Clockwise from top left 1. Silver Peacock 2. Jacobean Bird 3. Blue Jay 4. Floral Bird 5. Gilded Bird Necklace DIY 6. Bird of Thanks

10 comments:

quilled paper paradise said...

I really love your invitations! So refined and elegant! Made with a lot of patience!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much, Gordana.

April Rogers said...

I have been drooling over just about everything... I want to learn how to do this real bad. Just got some paper for next to nothing at Goodwill, so will try something soon.
Thank you for all the inspiration.
xo Nana

Ann Martin said...

You're welcome - have fun with your new supplies!

paperzen said...

You make it look so easy, but to match those 3 so well takes one with a practiced hand and even tension. Bravo!

Ann Martin said...

Aw thanks, Cecelia. Right you are... there's no way to get around the need to practice when it comes to quilling.

SUGANTHI said...

Such gorgeous scrolls Ann. your tight coils can be mistaken for half pearls so perfect.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Suganthi, I do love to make those tiny coils.

Kim said...

I wish I had drapes that look like the example in the lower right- so colorful and elegant.

Ann Martin said...

I love those colors together, Kim, glad you do too!

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