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Hot Spots: 33 Polka Dot Art Quilts Paperback – February 15, 2013
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Eleanor is tenacious. To fulfill her vision, she has colored in white dots, dyed and overdyed dotted fabric, hand-printed dots, stenciled them, and when all else failed designed her own dotted fabric and had it printed for her by Spoonflower. When arthritis kept her from sewing her own quilts, she found able partners to realize them. All this determination and grit would be admirable if she were making, say, images of bleeding refugee children, or of endangered beasts. But to be so resolute in pursuit of polka dots! We should all be so faithful to our muse.
As a quilter myself, I've learned a lot from studying the quilts -- and from reading what Eleanor has to say about them. She's a skillful writer; good explainers are rare in our world.
There are numerous reasons to love this book. Top of the list is looking at the quilts. They're fun and funny, sweet and swell, an amazing achievement.
33 Polka Dot Art Quilts by Eleanor Knowles Dugan
This is a joyful book and not one to put into your bookcase. Keep it to hand and whenever the skies are grey, open it and be enchanted.
What a great little book Eleanor Knowles Dugan has written on the development of her designs for spotted and dotted fabrics. Her ideas have developed from a simple block, twisted and turned many ways, the curves even escaping from the sides and bottom of the quilts. At times she has limited herself to one colour-way, red and black or black and white, but then on the next quilt she ramps up the action into an explosion of colour.
Her notes are insightful and entertaining, and although this is not a "how to" book she gives readers an idea on constructing and arranging the blocks, as well as how to create dots and spots on plain fabric. Own it and smile.