Handi-Quilter Sweet 16, swirl stitched design
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102 – Going in Circles

February 2, 2021

A swirling vortex will be inside the rolling barrel entrance to a funhouse in my quilt. At first, I thought to use…

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101 – Imaginative Play

January 28, 2021

I love how the trap came out so far. I’ll eventually talk about the collage process in more detail, but there’s plenty…

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…

illustration detail by Susan Polansky, with related reference images
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98 – Reference Images for Translation

January 17, 2021

Reference images are crucial for translating a line drawing into a realistic art quilt. With my intended plan for a 3’ high…

quilt studio design wall with drawing traced onto fabric
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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…

camera set up in art studio
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94 – I Spy a Camera in the Window

January 7, 2021

My studio overhead camera set-up is not set back far enough to capture the width of quilt area that I’ll be working…

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…