Although the cross-country quilters share a common creative goal, as the year goes by their bonds are tested by the demands of daily life. The third in the elm creek quilts series introduces the cross-Country Quilters, a group of far-flung friends who pledge to complete a “challenge quilt”—symbolic of each woman’s personal goals—in one year’s time.
The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 3 #ad - These five women arrive at Elm Creek Manor hoping to find in their quilt lessons an escape from the problems they left at home. Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes for her miniature quilt designs. Readers of the quilter’s apprentice and Round Robin have been enchanted by Elm Creek Quilt Camp, friendship, where women gather each year for quilting, and fun.
Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. Donna, too, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem—lessons she, a mother of two, must take to heart. The one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. Grace is a renowned curator of antique quilts, whose creative flair is waning for reasons she is unwilling to reveal—even to her closest friends.
Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Book The Elm Creek Quilts 2Simon & Schuster #ad - As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. Jennifer chiaverini’s bestselling elm creek quilts series began with The Quilter’s Apprentice and continues with Round Robin—the name for a quilt stitched by many hands in turn—a poignant story of friendship and loyalty.
The elm creek quilters have begun a round Robin quilt, created by sewing concentric patchwork borders to a central block, as a gift for their beloved fellow quilter Sylvia Compson. But even as the quilt is passed from friend to friend, its eloquent beauty increasing with every stitch, the threads of their happiness begin to unravel.
The Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 4Simon & Schuster #ad - The memoir describes the founding of elm creek Manor and how, Anneke, Hans, using quilts as markers, his wife, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls. A spellbinding fugue on the mysteries of heritage, The Runaway Quilt unfolds with all the drama and suspense of a classic in the making.
The fourth book in the popular elm creek quilts series explores a question that has long captured the imagination of quilters and historians alike: Did stationmasters of the Underground Railroad use quilts to signal to fugitive slaves?In her first novel, The Quilter's Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini wove quilting lore with tales from the World War II home front.
Aided by the elm creek quilters, as well as by descendants of others named in Gerda's tale, Sylvia dares to face the demons of her family's past and at the same time reaffirm her own moral center. When a runaway named joanna arrives from a south Carolina plantation pregnant with her master's child, the Bergstroms shelter her through a long, dangerous winter -- imagining neither the impact of her presence nor the betrayal that awaits them.
The Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 4 #ad - Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia scours her attic and finds three quilts and a memoir written by Gerda, the spinster sister of clan patriarch Hans Bergstrom. Now, chiaverini revisits the legends of elm creek Manor, following Round Robin and The Cross-Country Quilters, as Sylvia Compson discovers evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad.
The memoir raises new questions for every one it answers, leading Sylvia ever deeper into the tangle of the Bergstrom legacy.
The Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 5Simon & Schuster #ad - When dozens of leads arrive via the Internet, Sylvia and her fiancé embark on a nationwide investigation of antique shops and quilt museums. When precious heirloom quilts hand-stitched by her mother turn up missing from the attic of Elm Creek Manor, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find them. As the search continues, revelations surface about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child.
As sylvia recovers some of the missing quilts and accepts others as lost forever, she reflects on the woman her mother was, and mourns the woman she never knew. Lincoln'’s dressmaker and the elm Creek Quilts series comes a moving novel following a daughter’s search for her mother’s treasured heirlooms.
The Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 5 #ad - From the new York Times bestselling author of Mrs. For every woman who has yearned to know the untold story of her mother’s life, The Quilter’s Legacy resonates with heartfelt honesty as it reveals what tenuous connections bind the generations, and for every mother who has longed to be heard, and celebrates the love that sustains them.
. From scant resources—journal entries, receipts, and her own fading memories—she pieces together clues, then queries quilting friends from around the world. Sylvia’s quest leads her to unexpected places, where offers of assistance are not always what they seem.
The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 1Simon & Schuster #ad - Jennifer chiaverini’s bestselling elm creek quilts series starts with The Quilter’s Apprentice, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole, friendship, a timeless tale of family, and begin the legacy of the Elm Street Quilters. When sarah mcclure and her husband, Matt, Pennsylvania, move to Waterford, she hopes to make a fresh start in the small college town.
Sylvia is also a master quilter and, as part of Sarah’s compensation, offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts with the younger woman. Just as the darker sections of a quilt can enhance the brighter ones, the mistakes of the past can strengthen understanding and lead the way to new beginnings.
The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 1 #ad - In the process, she confronts painful truths about her own family, even as she creates new dreams for the future. A powerful debut by a gifted storyteller, friendship, The Quilter’s Apprentice tells a timeless tale of family, and forgiveness as two women weave the disparate pieces of their lives into a bountiful and harmonious whole.
It is the story of a young wife living through the hardships and agonies of the World War II home front; of a family torn apart by jealousy and betrayal; of misunderstanding, loss, and a tragedy that can never be undone. Unable to find a job both practical and fulfilling, she takes a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping its reclusive owner Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale and after the death of her estranged sister.
As the bond between them deepens, Sarah resolves to help Sylvia free herself from remembered sorrows and restore her life—and her home—to its former glory. During their lessons, the intricate, varied threads of Sylvia’s life begin to emerge.
The Master Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 6Simon & Schuster #ad - But although the quilting retreat established at elm creek manor is a place where quilters share their creativity, somehow in their haste to find a way to honor the wisdom, and devotion of their favorite master quilter, their challenges, skill, and their dreams, they forget that sometimes secrets drive friends apart instead of drawing them closer.
A secret with such good intentions, they reason, couldn’t possibly do anyone harm. Eager to celebrate the union, her friends decide to create a beautiful wedding quilt to warm the newlyweds’ home and hearts. As financial troubles, relationship struggles, and unexpected opportunities beyond Elm Creek Quilt Camp test the bonds of friendship, the quilters must find a way to stitch together more than Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler to make a happy ending.
The Master Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 6 #ad - In this heartwarming novel about the meaning of friendship, the Elm Creek quilters pay tribute to their beloved matriarch and the bridal quilt that will be stitched in her honor. The elm creek quilters are as surprised as anyone when their beloved matriarch, Andrew, marries her sweetheart, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, at a festive holiday gathering at her ancestral home on Christmas Eve.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7Simon & Schuster #ad - After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher -- only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor. A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home.
But the ultimate test of her courage and convictions comes with the death of her stern uncle Jacob, who inexplicably had asked Dorothea to stitch him a quilt with four unusual patterns of his own design. A week after uncle Jacob's death, Abel Wright came to pay his respects. Told with jennifer chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, romance, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, moral courage, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7 #ad - Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Armed with the sugar camp quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must evade slavecatchers and outwit unscrupulous neighbors, embarking upon a heroic journey that allows her to discover her own courage and resourcefulness -- unsuspected qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known.
Dorothea granger took him to the grave and stood some distance away while he bowed his head in silent prayer. A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. Then he looked up and said, "I have something to tell you and your folks.
Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 9Simon & Schuster #ad - Our choice will say as much about us as it says about who we decide to hire. Who merits a place among the circle of quilters? will it be maggie, a novice teacher whose gifts for language complement her deep understanding of the quilters' mission; or Gretchen, whose love of history shines through in all her projects; Anna, whose food-themed quilts are wonderfully innovative; Russ, the male quilter with a completely original style; Karen, the soulful veteran whose craft is inspired by quilting tradition? .
The ninth book in jennifer chiaverini's bestselling series—when two of Elm Creek Quilts’ founding members decide to leave the fold, who can possibly take their place in the circle of quilters?When Elm Creek Quilts announces openings for two new teachers, quilters everywhere are vying to land the prestigious post.
Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 9 #ad - As they begin the interview process, a single question emerges: Who can possibly take the place of beloved colleagues and friends? "We must evaluate all of the applicants' qualities, " advises Master Quilter Sylvia Compson. The impending departure of two founding members means untold changes for the Elm Creek Quilters.
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8Simon & Schuster #ad - A heartwarming rendition of how Christmas traditions at Elm Creek Manor were created—and embellished—over generations. When christmas eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.
Elm creek manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. As each successive generation of bergstroms lived through its unique trials—the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II—tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times.
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8 #ad - Her young friend sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. At elm creek manor, christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues—joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving.
As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. For sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, or even forgotten, estranged, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.
The Quilter's Homecoming: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 10Simon & Schuster #ad - Expecting to assume ownership of triumph Ranch, the couple instead learns that their deed is a fake, and that they must work for the rightful proprietors to earn their keep. When elizabeth discovers a mysterious cache of quilts made by a member of the Diaz family that reveals a misplaced legacy of love, land, and ancestral ties, it becomes clear that only by stitching the rift between the past and the future can the inhabitants of Triumph Ranch hope to live in peace alongside history.
The Quilter's Homecoming: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 10 #ad - A roaring twenties tale of boom and bust unfolds as young bride Elizabeth Bergstrom Nelson sets off with her husband, Henry, from her family home of Elm Creek Manor in Pennsylvania to start a new life in the unfamiliar terrain of southern California. Resourceful elizabeth trades her trousseau—including the fine quilts stitched by her Bergstrom relatives—for the practical goods the Nelsons need to survive, and finds friendship with California native Rosa Diaz Barclay.
The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 12Simon & Schuster #ad - Jennifer chiaverini's bestselling elm creek Quilts series continues with The Winding Ways Quilt, in which the arrival of newcomers into the circle of quilters heralds unexpected journeys down pathways near and far. Quilters have flocked to Elm Creek Manor to learn from Master Quilter Sylvia Compson and her expert colleagues.
Winding ways, a mosaic of overlapping circles and intertwining curves, would capture the spirit of their friendship at the moment of its transformation. But with judy and summer, their friendship? "when i think of all the different paths i could have followed in my life, departing to pursue other opportunities, will the new teachers be able to fill in the gaps created by the loss of their expertise—and more important, all the twists and turns that could have led me anywhere, "it's something of a miracle that I ended up here, two other founding members of the Elm Creek Quilters, " muses incoming teacher Gretchen, surrounded by loving friends.
But what of friends departed? as sylvia contemplates a tribute to the partnership of the Elm Creek Quilters, she is reminded of a traditional quilt pattern whose curved pieces symbolize a journey. Will sylvia's choice inspire the founding members to remember that each is a unique part of a magnificent whole? Will the newcomers find ways to contribute, and to earn their place? The Winding Ways Quilt considers the complicated, often hidden meanings of presence and absence, and what change can mean for those who have come to rely upon one another.
The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 12 #ad - . There's sarah, who has a gift for appliqué; gwen, sylvia's onetime apprentice who's paired her quilting accomplishments with a mind for running the business of Elm Creek Quilts; Agnes, who stitches innovative art quilts; Diane, a whiz at the technicalities of quick-piecing; and Bonnie, with her encyclopedic knowledge of folk art patterns.