Today is National Polka Dot Day.
Now, if you are a stickler for definitions
the block above from Sue Garman's blog is not a polka dot.
Polka dots are circles set in a half drop repeat, a diagonal grid
like the dress the fashionable Princess Louise is wearing below.
Sculptors Joseph Boehm and Princess Louise,
However, it is a good day to consider appliqueing dots.
Border by Minnie Crawford Umstead
From the Indiana project & the
Nancy Clements Adams from the Kentucky project & the
For Better or for Worse
From the Pat Nickols Collection at the Mingei Museum
Elizabeth Scott Schockley from the Indiana project & the
This antique from Ken Burns's collection is very much
like the one at the top of the page. See the article in the New York Times
about his collection: