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Artist Susan Polansky using a laser level in the art studio
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Creative Chrysalis

95 – Let me get this straight…

January 12, 2021
This design wall is made of two 4’ x 8’ Styrofoam panels covered with flannel. I won’t be able to work on...
Finished Butterfly and Flower Quilt
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butterfly

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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butterfly

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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butterfly

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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butterfly

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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butterfly

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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…