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art quilt on longarm machine
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24 – Artist Wins The Struggle

May 24, 2019

I had to paint some more cheesecloth but that went quickly. It was a novel experience to use this flimsy material and…

photo of back of art quilt
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23 – Green Has Got To Go

May 23, 2019

I decided to cut away the green background and then I prepared my long-arm for the next step. I still had a…

comparison of background colors for art quilt
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22 – Asking For Help

May 22, 2019

While pondering what would give my dragon quilt more life, I asked for help. SAQA MA/RI is an unwieldy name for the…

painting of art quilt in progress
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21 – This Was Supposed To Be Simple!

May 21, 2019

The sharp edge between painted and not painted will be hard to cover up. I extend the painted area, attempting to match…

a painted flame
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20 – Breathing Fire

May 20, 2019

 I like the painted flames. Textile paint applies nicely to Evolon, a non-woven (and thus, non-fraying) material. I can cut all kinds…

art quilt in progress
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19 – The “What If” Stage

May 19, 2019

The stitching is about complete. Since I’ve done this on my mid-arm (a Handi-Quilter Sweet 16) I can easily take it away…

Hadi-Quilter Sweet 16 sewing machine
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18 – Machine Nomenclature

May 18, 2019

I’ve been free motion stitching on my Handi-Quilter Sweet 16 machine. It’s a “sit down mid-arm” sewing machine. There is some confusion…

quilt sandwich made with an air-brushed painting
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17 – Simple (?) Solution

May 17, 2019

Making it up as I go, I’ve decided to layer the air-brushing and batting onto the right side of the backing fabric….

Masking has been removed from a fabric painting
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16 – More Than Ready (To Un-Mask)

May 16, 2019

Taking the masking off the edges is fun because a clean edge is revealed and so much messiness is instantly cleared away….

two views of air-brush painting in progress
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15 – Just Don’t Make Mistakes

May 15, 2019

As the name implies, super opaque white has pretty good coverage. I used some on the palette to make a brighter base…

six views of air-brush work in progress
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14 – Belly Of The Beast

May 14, 2019

Just love that chartreuse color!  I had wanted to use some metallic color on the dragon, but the pigment particles are coarser…

photo of studio set up for air-brushing
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13 – When Pig(ment)s Fly

May 13, 2019

I protect my work area from overspray. Lots of newsprint pinned up around the general area as it is surprising how much…

Tracing Vellum used for air-brush masking
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12 – What Masks Are Made Of

May 12, 2019

To work on the dragons, I’ll need to protect what I’ve already done. I need to make some small areas of color,…

photo of air-brushed painting in process
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11 – Far From Intent

May 11, 2019

At this point, I’m totally into what I’m doing, even though I know I’ve strayed from my original concept. This is not…

photo of air-brush painting beginning
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10 – Air-Brush Process

May 10, 2019

Traditionally, the painting process requires masking – exposing areas to be painted while protecting other areas from un-wanted spray. Frisket (a thin,…

photo of air-brush and paints
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9 – Where’s The Brush?

May 9, 2019

An airbrush is slightly larger than a pen, having an attached cup or bottle to contain paint and connected to a compressed…

bottles of fabric paint and ink
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8 – Inks Or Paint?

May 8, 2019

Dabbling with different supplies is part of the fun of being an artist, but I really have to restrain myself in an…

photo of air-brush supplies
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7 – Ready, Set, Go!

May 7, 2019

My composition is decided, airbrush equipment is in working order, paints and mediums are at the ready. What about the fabric? Cotton…

photoshopped dragon and knight image
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6 – The Fiery Breath of Doubt

May 6, 2019

Finally, I found my stand-in…Why, yes, of course this is me! I have often battled demons trying to crush my artistic soul:…

photos of fighting knights in armor
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5 – Where Is My Knight In Shining Armor?

May 5, 2019

Even when I am not concerned about copyright infringement as I know that the final form will be a far cry from…

photo of Wooden Dragon
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4 – Dragon Pose

May 4, 2019

A carved wooden dragon traveled home with me from Thailand. It will be the model for the dragons I want to air-brush….

photo of ghost pirate ride
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3 – How Difficult Could It Be?

May 3, 2019

Amusement carnival art may have a certain naivety but also a definitive “look” to it. Bright color, outlining, bold imagery often with…

photo of airbrush
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2 – Ready for an Air-Brush Adventure

May 2, 2019

I hope to duplicate the look of a spray-painted mural with air-brushing. My experience with air-brushing is limited, more because of time…

art quilt work in progress
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1 – Welcoming the Unexpected

May 1, 2019

We’ve all had times when the original plan didn’t work. How did you proceed after facing the unexpected? Many artists happily embrace…

Finished Butterfly and Flower Quilt
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14 – Butterfly has landed!

February 21, 2019
It took longer to finish up this quilt than I expected, though it wasn't the quilt's fault. Life just got in the...
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13 – So much greenery

January 11, 2019

The assembled quilt has been loaded onto my A-1 longarm sewing machine. Not only will the stitching hold down the fabric collage…

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12 – Where will the butterfly land?

January 7, 2019

Before quilting, I need to play with the position of flowers (I’ve painted a smaller second one) and butterfly on the painted…

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11 – Soft as a butterfly’s wings

January 2, 2019

Added some paint to soften the edges between black border and fused color spots. I’m liking it! #butterfly #wings #fabriccollage #saqawip #fabricpainting…

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10 – Building a butterfly

December 20, 2018

Building a butterfly with fabric -the photo shows back and front. The black fabric has fusible on it, which made it easier…

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9 – The black of a butterfly

December 16, 2018

Flower painting has been put aside – now for something completely different, creating the butterfly. Hard to go to straight black after…

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8 – Oops-your background is showing

December 14, 2018

My painted flower had a transparency problem. The background was showing through, especially the trellis lines, even with a white backing applied….

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7 – Do you see a problem?

December 13, 2018

There’s a problem here-do you see it? (Painted flower from Andrea Brokenshire’s workshop and painted background from my photo reference.) #paintedfabric #paintingproblems…

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6 – Leaves and stems appear

December 4, 2018

First steps…painting a background for a new quilt using my photo for reference. I’ve maintained some areas of white by ironing on…

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5 – Making a mess is fun

November 28, 2018

“Controlled mess” is so much fun in painting! Here I’ve protected areas that I want to keep white with freezer paper templates,…

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4 – Winging it with paint

November 25, 2018

Using a black and white photocopy enlargement underneath the fabric, I’ve painted the main structures. I can wing it from here by…

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3 – Beginning the background

November 19, 2018

The background begins! #artworkinprogress #paintedquilt #saqawip #susanpolansky

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2 – A perfect background!

November 16, 2018

My photo from the summer is perfect for the background of the flower I painted in Andrea Brokenshire’s fabric painting workshop! #artstart…

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1 – What to do with a painted flower?

November 14, 2018

I made this painted flower in a workshop taught by Andrea Brokenshire. She’s a very talented quilt artist and generous teacher. Only…

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37 – One more thing – the kite string

August 2, 2018

Sorry to string you along, but I couldn’t resist, especially when I want to show how I sewed the kite strings. I…

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36 – Done and Photographed!

August 1, 2018

Ah, I just showed my quilt getting loaded onto my long arm yesterday, and-TaDah! it’s done and photographed! Not a super fast…

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35 – Sew, Sue, Sew!

July 31, 2018

My A-1 longarm machine, ready to sew! #indiaquilt #lovemylongarm #saqawip #neqmexplorations #deadlineistomorrow #susanpolansky

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34 – All fused and ready for the next step

July 30, 2018

Composition is off the design wall! Ironing with a press cloth to make sure everything is fused completely. Next step: quilting. #indiaquilt…

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33 – Washing away the stabilizer

July 27, 2018

Going going gone – biggest section of stitching and wash away stabilizer in the bathtub. I put an envelope of netting to…

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32 – A mess of loose ends

July 22, 2018

What a mess, right? After stitching on a section of my quilt-before quilting-and before washing away the stabilizer (clear, shiny on the…

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31 – Marking outlines with pins

July 19, 2018

When I remove a section of my quilt composition to do some stitch work, I carefully mark with pins the space it…

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30 – Sewing in details before quilting

July 17, 2018

Sewing a section of #indiaquilt. This isn’t the quilting stage yet. Here I am securing bits of fabric(they have already been fused)…

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29 – The deadline is looming

July 15, 2018

I’m in the final stretch of making my complicated #indiaquilt for #neqmexplorations ,- it has to be finished and photographed by Aug….

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28 – Building in sections

June 25, 2018

After stitching a section and washing stabilizer away, I add it back to the rest of the quilt. #indiaquilt #fabriccollage #saqawip #neqmexplorations…

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27 – Quilt sections built from tiny pieces

June 23, 2018

A horizontal section of #indiaquilt removed to do some stitching. If you’ve been following from the beginning, you’ll remember that I didn’t…

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26 – WashAway Stabilizer and Stitching

June 20, 2018

My version of life on the wild side: I haven’t used this kind of wash away stabilizer before, so here it goes…and…

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25 – Organizing fabric scraps

June 10, 2018

Small fabric scraps can get out of hand quickly when doing a complicated #fabriccollage like my #indiaquilt. I use a hanging organizer…

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24 – Not the typical way of fusing

June 3, 2018

I pin up bits of fabric that I cut with a freezer paper template or by freehand guesstimating the shape, but none…

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23 – The perils of liking your work

May 24, 2018

When work becomes “precious” because you like it, it’s difficult not to get caught up in playing it safe, but that sucks…

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22 – Stitching a miniature billboard

May 17, 2018

This will be a billboard on #indiaquilt – don’t know if it’s legible, but it doesn’t need to be. (a number of…

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21 – Translation, please

May 15, 2018

I’m going to make a billboard sign with thread work. Not sure how legible the characters will come out, if it will…

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20 – Fabric auditions

May 8, 2018

Fabric auditions. Worst part about this is putting away all the ones that don’t make it! #indiaquilt #saqawip #neqmexplorations #fabriccollage #susanpolansky

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19 – The biggest character gets dressed

May 5, 2018

Time to work on one of the bigger people, but I’m still using tweezers. #indiaquilt #saqawip #neqmexplorations #jaipur #fabriccollage #susanpolansky

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18 – Woman in the green sari gets company

May 2, 2018

I showed the green sari woman getting created, but here she is in position with some company. #indiaquilt #saqawip #jaipur #neqmexplorations #susanpolansky

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17 – A Sari made without sewing

April 27, 2018

Working on the little people; saris are fun because you can sneak in an unexpected burst of color. #indiaquilt #saqawip #neqmexplorations #jaipur…

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16 – Block printing in Sanganeer, India

April 23, 2018

Are any of the fabrics in my #indiaquilt from India? No, but I did come home with a suitcase full! South of…

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15 – Cutting templates

April 19, 2018

Tools I use for cutting freezer paper templates for #indiaquilt A mini cutting mat is easy to move around, making it quicker…

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14 – Making some good guesses

April 16, 2018

Some fabrics might be replaced a few times, just as a painter would revise their colors, until the right balance is created….

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13 – An overwhelming moment

April 14, 2018

Beginning to put together a complicated quilt, when I am facing the actuality of the how many steps it will take for…

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12 – Freezer Paper templates

April 12, 2018

I’ve been cutting out lots of freezer paper templates. For my non-quilting friends, freezer paper(from the supermarket,) when ironed onto fabric, sticks…

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11 – Using a plumb line

April 7, 2018

#indiaquilt – full size at 30” x 50.” I use an improvised plumb line (a string with a weight on the end)…

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10 – Fabric building materials

April 5, 2018

Gathering building materials for my India quilt. On the left are printed bricks and stones, on the right are similar textures. And…

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9 – Final composition achieved!

April 4, 2018

It’s not a perfect photoshop edit, but it’s what I need to make a quilt from. I love making my own reality!…

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8 – Layers in Photoshop Elements

April 2, 2018

If you’re wondering how I’m working with photos for my India quilt… #photoshopedit #fabriccollage #neqmexplorations #susanpolansky

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7 – Bringing life into the picture

March 30, 2018

Once I created the background for my #indiaquilt I can figure out how to bring it to life, and the foreground figures…

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6 – Planning the composition

March 25, 2018

India quilt composition. So many hours in and I haven’t even started thinking about the fabric! Need to buy some “building materials.”…

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5 – Making a vertical from a horizontal

March 22, 2018

India quilt composition in progress. #photoshopedit #ilovephotoshop #artistsoninstagram #neqmexplorations #saqawip #jaipur #susanpolansky

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4 – What story do I want to tell?

March 17, 2018

Of course my India quilt will have people, and maybe a few animals (like the cattle and dogs that were everywhere.) Fantastic…

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3 – Uplifted by kites

March 16, 2018

Kites dotted the skies wherever we traveled in India. I like my quilts to have meaning, and kite flying seems so symbolic…

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2 – What do I post?

March 14, 2018

India quilt begins. I’m not sure what to post of my progress. I make lots of small changes on photoshop to create…

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1 – 6 months and counting

March 10, 2018

I’ve begun my next quilt, and as a departure from my usual method, I am making it specifically for an exhibit at…