Edie and I had a fabulous time at the Austin Area Quilt Guild meeting last night. Spike Gillespie, a local author, was there to read from her book Quilty as Charged: Undercover in the Material World and tell stories. I always enjoy her outspoken-ness and I understand she is just as subversive in real life.
Spike was hilarious…relating what an utter failure she was at Home Ec and how an editor (from the Dallas Morning News, I think) sent her on assignment to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. From there, she was sucked into the world of quilts and quilters.
She is set to publish her second book, about art quilts, in September and is currently working on her third book about the history of quilts around the world. She was even brave enough to show her quilts and joke about how bad they are.
I asked her if she’d been to Quilt National this year and she said she was going to try. She is a fan of art quilts and enjoys the discussion among knowledgeable quilters about what constitutes a quilt.
The show and tell portion of the program was inspirational. Twenty or so women got up and showed off projects. We might have to join the guild and finally get into quilting!
Quilty as Charged: ebookwoman.com
Spike Gillespie: spikegillespie.blogspot.com