The memoir describes the founding of elm creek Manor and how, Hans, his wife, Anneke, using quilts as markers, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls. 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 Runaway Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 4 #ad - . The memoir raises new questions for every one it answers, leading Sylvia ever deeper into the tangle of the Bergstrom legacy. 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.
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 Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 5Simon & Schuster #ad - 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. When dozens of leads arrive via the Internet, Sylvia and her fiancé embark on a nationwide investigation of antique shops and quilt museums.
. 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 - 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. From the new York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Sylvia’s quest leads her to unexpected places, where offers of assistance are not always what they seem.
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 Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 3Simon & Schuster #ad - 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.
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. 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.
Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. But despite differences in age, race, and background, the friends' love for quilting and affection for one another unite them in a patchwork of caring and acceptance. The one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. 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.
The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 3 #ad - 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. Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes for her miniature quilt designs. Julia, an aging starlet, has pinned her hopes to a plum role in a historical epic whose director is under the mistaken impression that Julia already knows how to quilt.
Donna, too, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem—lessons she, a mother of two, must take to heart.
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 their dreams, and devotion of their favorite master quilter, skill, their challenges, they forget that sometimes secrets drive friends apart instead of drawing them closer.
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, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, marries her sweetheart, Andrew, at a festive holiday gathering at her ancestral home on Christmas Eve.
A secret with such good intentions, they reason, couldn’t possibly do anyone harm.
Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Book The Elm Creek Quilts 2Simon & Schuster #ad - As each woman confronts a personal crisis, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, or a life-changing choice, a painful truth, sisters and friends. 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.
Round Robin: An Elm Creek Quilts Book The Elm Creek Quilts 2 #ad - . 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 Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7Simon & Schuster #ad - Dorothea granger took him to the grave and stood some distance away while he bowed his head in silent prayer. 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.
Set in creek's crossing, in the years leading up to the civil war, and as events unfold, Pennsylvania, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, an ex-traordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery.
A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. Told with jennifer chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, moral courage, romance, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty. 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. A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher -- only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor.
The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 7 #ad - . 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.
Circle of Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 9Simon & Schuster #ad - The impending departure of two founding members means untold changes for the Elm Creek Quilters. 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, the male quilter with a completely original style; Karen, whose love of history shines through in all her projects; Anna, a novice teacher whose gifts for language complement her deep understanding of the quilters' mission; or Gretchen, whose food-themed quilts are wonderfully innovative; Russ, the soulful veteran whose craft is inspired by quilting tradition? .
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 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.
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8Simon & Schuster #ad - Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. Elm creek manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe.
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. Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters—her great aunt, her sister, her mother, and herself.
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, estranged, or even forgotten, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.
The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 8 #ad - 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. At elm creek manor, christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues—joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving.
Her young friend sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. Sylvia bergstrom compson, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, the Master Quilter, even subdued, Christmas. A heartwarming rendition of how Christmas traditions at Elm Creek Manor were created—and embellished—over generations.
The Quilter's Homecoming: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 10Simon & Schuster #ad - 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, 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.
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.
The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 12Simon & Schuster #ad - But with judy and summer, " muses incoming teacher gretchen, 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, two other founding members of the Elm Creek Quilters, all the twists and turns that could have led me anywhere, "it's something of a miracle that I ended up here, 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, who has a gift for appliqué; gwen, who stitches innovative art quilts; Diane, 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, with her encyclopedic knowledge of folk art patterns.
The Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 12 #ad - Winding ways, a mosaic of overlapping circles and intertwining curves, would capture the spirit of their friendship at the moment of its transformation. 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.
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.
The New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 11Simon & Schuster #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. Yet before she can truly delight in her present happiness, she must face the sorrow hidden in her past -- her own role in the tragic circumstances that left her estranged from her sister, Claudia, until it was too late to make amends.
Vowing not to repeat the mistake with her new daughter-in-law, who opposed Sylvia's marriage to her father, Amy, Andrew, Sylvia must convince Amy that family is more precious than pride. 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.
The New Year's Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel The Elm Creek Quilts Book 11 #ad - She titles the quilt "new Year's Reflections, " after her belief that year-end reflections precede resolutions. The new year's quilt is a novel to enjoy today and to treasure anew each holiday season. We can't hold on to the past, " says master quilter sylvia Compson, "but we can keep the best part of 'Auld Lang Syne' in our hearts and in our memories, and we can look forward to the future with hope and resolve.
As sylvia, a late-in-life newlywed, has discovered, love can enter our lives at any age. As each holiday season approaches, some revel in welcoming the New Year ahead; others quietly mourn the passing of time gone by.