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fabric collage of seated man
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Creative Chrysalis

129 – Struggles With The Man

September 21, 2021

I’ve been hard at work, and near the give-it-up point. But I achieved what I wanted despite the struggle. I won’t needlessly…

sewing details onto a dog fabric collage
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128 – A Dog Comes To Life!

September 4, 2021

A dog came to life! It will be snapping at a child’s cotton candy, so it had to be menacing. I cut…

fabric collage showing amusement part ride
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127 – Suggest Motion

August 17, 2021

A gesture, a head turned in a certain direction, or the suggestion of movement can “activate” a scene. When adding a person,…

fabric collage people
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125 – Two Bad Boys

July 20, 2021
Two bad boys are about to come to life. This should be fun! First, a hunt through Google images to find two...
creating a character through fabric collage
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124 – She’s A Character!

July 11, 2021

I do love when my fabric characters come to life! This sassy lady is someone I could easily envision on the Seaside…

art quilt in progress
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123- Not Dead Yet

June 28, 2021

Amusement parks have some fantastic signage, especially lit up at night! My scene is viewed during daylight, so no glowing neon here,…

fabric collage in progress
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122 – Here’s What I’ve Got

June 21, 2021

You’ve seen many posts with unconnected sections, so thought you might enjoy seeing what I’ve got so far for the amusement style…

Comparison of fabric collage template to original photo
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120 – Passive Observer

June 8, 2021

The amusement park dark ride that I’ve been working on has a large open front where people can get into the vehicles…

photo showing fabric collage in process
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119 – Tiny Pieces

May 26, 2021

A wheelchair is a complicated form. There won’t be an easy way to represent one in fabric. I’ll make my best go…

fabric collage of a building in progress
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114 – Taking Shape

April 7, 2021

The “dark ride” building is a large structure and I need to take care that the architecture doesn’t overwhelm the purpose of…

fabric collage people
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112 – Tickets, Please

March 28, 2021

I’m liking this group of people! I know my fabric collage people are working well when I think of them as characters…

fabric collage and original drawing
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109 – Ta-Dah!

March 7, 2021

Bet you’ve been curious as to how the separate elements of my amusement park scene will look together. Pinning the pieces to…

fabric collage, templates and original drawing
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108 – From The Mouth Of A Snake

March 3, 2021

A smaller snake slide is a fine idea, but now to make it real. Usually, I don’t number my templates, but it…

drawing, fabric collage and painting of computer keyboard
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106 – Steps of Instruction

February 21, 2021

My imagery of a funhouse with a rolling barrel entrance perfectly represents the inviting rabbit hole of the internet, but this amusement…

fabric collage of roof with photo references and original drawing
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105 – Nailing the Roof

February 15, 2021

Does the house top seem familiar? I modeled it after “American Gothic,” an iconic painting by Grant Wood that has often been…

fabric collage eyes
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104 – Eyes Above

February 11, 2021

Above the swirling vortex/black hole/rolling barrel entrance to the funhouse of my quilt, I would like to have some eyes. This part…

images of fabric collage process
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103 – Vortex People

February 6, 2021

Excited to make my first people for this quilt. Upon starting this project, I challenged myself to improve both drawing skills and…

Fabric collection, paper template and Mousetrap Game reference
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100 – How Good is Your Color Memory?

January 25, 2021

My color memory is such that I can go to a fabric store and quite accurately remember the colors and patterns that…

Susan Polansky, drawing, full and detail, reference images
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99 – Putting Reference Images into Place

January 21, 2021

Now I put my collection of reference images to work. Using the magic of Photoshop Elements, I make a quick photo collage…

Artist Susan Polansky using a laser level in the art studio
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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…

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….

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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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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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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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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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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India quilt

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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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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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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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…