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"Pretty Perky Polka Dots" Book Review posted: 3/27/2005
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Title: Pretty Perky Polka Dots
Author: Ann Hazelwood
Publisher: Design Originals

ISBN #: 1574215132

Review: By Dori Hawks

Ann Hazelwood has a passion for collecting, and vintage linens and antique quilts featuring polka dots have been her major focus. Her new book “Pretty Perky Polka Dots” showcases the favorites in her collection, along with history and projects based on the antique pieces she owns. The close-up and clear photographs show her antique perky polka dot pieces off to their best advantage. Pair that up with well-organized directions and full-sized patterns, and here is a book that any vintage linen lover needs to own. From a cute sunbonnet needle case, pin cushion chair, dolly yarn holder, flip flop dolls, vintage aprons, and antique quilts, to the newer projects (based on the old styles) using the 21st century polka dot fabrics, anyone would be well satisfied and inspired.

There has always been a love for the things of the past, but there seems to be a resurgence in the quilting world industry with reproduction fabrics from different eras (civil war and depression, as examples.) Polka Dots are experiencing a real comeback (but to Ann, of course, they have never gone “out”) with many fabric companies producing modern versions of polka dots in their fabric lines.

Even though dots have may not be your favorite thing, this book definitely deserves a second and a third look. It brings back pleasant memories of days gone by: I can just see some of these articles in the house I grew up in, in fact I still have some of my grandmother’s vintage aprons!

Look for this book at your favorite quilt shop or one of Ann’s three shops in St. Charles, Mo: Patches, etc Quilt Shop, Patches Craft Center, and The Button Shop.

Design Originals
2425 Cullen Street
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
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©2004 Dori Hawks

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