For some reason, I found it very difficult to roll coils in those early days, so I quickly moved on to alternate side looping and started making butterflies - and that's when I really got 'hooked'. I used the butterflies to decorate the woven paper bags and purses that I sometimes make, like this one:
I don't make many bags these days, although I'd like to get back into it - such fun to do, using recycled magazine pages and gift wrap. There are plenty more examples on my Flickr page, if anyone is interested! http://www.flickr.com/photos/philippa_reid/sets/72157616173603679/
I'd love to hear about other people's first attempts at quilling. I'm sure it would reassure beginners to know how much easier it gets with practice!