Lincoln'’s dressmaker and the elm Creek Quilts series comes a moving novel following a daughter’s search for her mother’s treasured heirlooms. As the search continues, revelations surface about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child. From scant resources—journal entries, receipts, and her own fading memories—she pieces together clues, then queries quilting friends from around the world.
The Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 5 #ad - 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. When dozens of leads arrive via the Internet, Sylvia and her fiancé embark on a nationwide investigation of antique shops and quilt museums. For every woman who has yearned to know the untold story of her mother’s life, and for every mother who has longed to be heard, The Quilter’s Legacy resonates with heartfelt honesty as it reveals what tenuous connections bind the generations, and celebrates the love that sustains them.
The Master Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 6Simon & Schuster #ad - Eager to celebrate the union, her friends decide to create a beautiful wedding quilt to warm the newlyweds’ home and hearts. A secret with such good intentions, they reason, couldn’t possibly do anyone harm. As financial troubles, and unexpected opportunities beyond Elm Creek Quilt Camp test the bonds of friendship, relationship struggles, the quilters must find a way to stitch together more than Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler to make a happy ending.
. But although the quilting retreat established at elm creek manor is a place where quilters share their creativity, and devotion of their favorite master quilter, and their dreams, their challenges, skill, somehow in their haste to find a way to honor the wisdom, they forget that sometimes secrets drive friends apart instead of drawing them closer.
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 Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 4Simon & Schuster #ad - 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.
A spellbinding fugue on the mysteries of heritage, The Runaway Quilt unfolds with all the drama and suspense of a classic in the making. 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.
The Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 4 #ad - 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.
Now, following round robin and the cross-country quilters, Chiaverini revisits the legends of Elm Creek Manor, as Sylvia Compson discovers evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad. The memoir describes the founding of elm creek Manor and how, Hans, using quilts as markers, Anneke, his wife, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls.
The memoir raises new questions for every one it answers, leading Sylvia ever deeper into the tangle of the Bergstrom legacy.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7Simon & Schuster #ad - A week after uncle Jacob's death, Abel Wright came to pay his respects. 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.
After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Told with jennifer chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, romance, moral courage, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.
Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Dorothea granger took him to the grave and stood some distance away while he bowed his head in silent prayer. 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.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7 #ad - Then he looked up and said, "I have something to tell you and your folks. History is thick with secrets in The Sugar Camp Quilt, seventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in creek's crossing, pennsylvania, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as events unfold, in the years leading up to the Civil War, an ex-traordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery.
The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 3Simon & Schuster #ad - 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. 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.
Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes for her miniature quilt designs. But despite differences in age, and background, race, the friends' love for quilting and affection for one another unite them in a patchwork of caring and acceptance. Donna, a mother of two, too, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem—lessons she, must take to heart.
The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 3 #ad - Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. 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 one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. Her overwhelming desire is to bring happiness into the lives of those she loves.
The quilt they make reminds them of an everlasting truth—friends may be separated by great distance, yet the strength of their bond can transcend any obstacle. 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.
These five women arrive at Elm Creek Manor hoping to find in their quilt lessons an escape from the problems they left at home.
Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 9Simon & Schuster #ad - 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.
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.
Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 9 #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, the male quilter with a completely original style; Karen, whose food-themed quilts are wonderfully innovative; Russ, whose love of history shines through in all her projects; Anna, the soulful veteran whose craft is inspired by quilting tradition?
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8Simon & Schuster #ad - As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. 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.
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. For sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.
Sylvia bergstrom compson, even subdued, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, the Master Quilter, Christmas. Her young friend sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. Elm creek manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe.
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8 #ad - Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters—her great aunt, her sister, her mother, and herself. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. At elm creek manor, christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues—joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving.
Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Book The Elm Creek Quilts 2Simon & Schuster #ad - 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. As each woman confronts a personal crisis, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, 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.
The Quilter's Homecoming: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 10Simon & Schuster #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. 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.
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. When elizabeth discovers a mysterious cache of quilts made by a member of the Diaz family that reveals a misplaced legacy of love, and ancestral ties, land, 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 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, "it's something of a miracle that I ended up here, " muses incoming teacher Gretchen, 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, departing to pursue other opportunities, two other founding members of the Elm Creek Quilters, 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. There's sarah, a whiz at the technicalities of quick-piecing; and bonnie, 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, who has a gift for appliqué; Gwen, with her encyclopedic knowledge of folk art patterns.
The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 12 #ad - 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 New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 11Simon & Schuster #ad - As sylvia takes up a quilt for the season, begun and abandoned over six years, she recalls the New Year's Eve festivities of her youth at Elm Creek Manor as a member of the Bergstrom family. We can't hold on to the past, "but we can keep the best part of 'Auld Lang Syne' in our hearts and in our memories, " says Master Quilter Sylvia Compson, and we can look forward to the future with hope and resolve.
As sylvia, has discovered, a late-in-life newlywed, love can enter our lives at any age. Vowing not to repeat the mistake with her new daughter-in-law, Amy, Andrew, who opposed Sylvia's marriage to her father, Sylvia must convince Amy that family is more precious than pride. As each holiday season approaches, some revel in welcoming the New Year ahead; others quietly mourn the passing of time gone by.
The New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 11 #ad - . The quilt blocks she chooses commemorate the wisdom that no one can ever be truly alone if she keeps the memory of those she loved and those who loved her alive in her heart. She titles the quilt "new Year's Reflections, " after her belief that year-end reflections precede resolutions. Yet before she can truly delight in her present happiness, Claudia, she must face the sorrow hidden in her past -- her own role in the tragic circumstances that left her estranged from her sister, until it was too late to make amends.
The new year's quilt is a novel to enjoy today and to treasure anew each holiday season.