The Quilt Scout

by Mary Fons

Mary Goes to the Movies…Again!

Column #95


Winona looks fetching, but couldn’t the quilt have been a tiny bit bigger, Spielberg? Image: Wikipedia.In 1991, author Whitney Otto appeared on the literary scene with her debut novel, How To Make an American Quilt. Otto quickly enjoyed a level of success the overwhelming majority of first-time novelists only dream about: Critics were impressed; her book hit the New York Times bestseller list; Quilt was named a Times Notable Book; and Hollywood called in short order to option the film rights. Not bad for a gal with a 160-page book with “quilt” in the title. (Not bad for quilts, either.)