Ann W. Hazelwood, the author of the new AQS fiction book The Basement Quilt, began her quilting career in 1970 by producing a line of patchwork items called “Patches, etc.” In 1979, her home-based business became brick and mortar on Main Street in Historic St. Charles, Missouri. By 1984, Ann had opened the Patches Craft Center for needlework clientele, and in 1992, she opened the Button Shoppe on the same street. In 1995, the premiere issue of The Quilt Sampler featured Patches, etc., as one of the Ten Best Shops.
Ann has become a quilt historian, collector, lecturer, and author of many quilt-related writings, including “Pretty Perky Polka Dots.” Her love of red and white was celebrated with an exhibit of her quilt collection at the National Quilt Museum, in Paducah, Kentucky. She is also a quilt appraiser certified by AQS.
Her awards include Small Business Person of the Year, Retailer of the Year, and the Sacajawea Award for historic preservation. She was presented with the Lifetime Civic Award from the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.
The Basement Quilt is Ann first work of fiction and will be followed by The Potting Shed Quilt and The Funeral Parlor Quilt.