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quilt studio design wall with drawing traced onto fabric
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Creative Chrysalis

97 – Rolling Along

January 16, 2021

I have three remaining feet of drawing to trace onto muslin. I taped foam core board to the wall as a temporary…

art studio design wall showing work in progress
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96 – The Tracing Begins

January 15, 2021

A little struggle ensued between me and the 11’ long drawing, but we finally came to an agreement. The horizon line needed…

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…

animated .gif of art quilt in progress
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93 – Moving Along

January 4, 2021

My thoughtful husband put an overhead camera set-up on my studio ceiling. My work takes a long time to go together, so…

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43 – Where will everything go?

June 10, 2020

Now that I’ve decided to do a landscape view, and have more of an amusement park look rather than a solitary funhouse,…

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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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butterfly

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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butterfly

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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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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India quilt

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…