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The Winding Ways Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #12)

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

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    The only constant is change

    As the Elm Creek Quilters prepare for the departures of two members -- Judy, who is moving out of the area with her husband, and Summer, who is FINALLY heading off to graduate school in Chicago -- each of them prepares part of a quilt that, when put together, is in the Winding Ways pattern (albeit in a color scheme that reflect each individual quilter). Flashback chapters tell the members back stories: Judy's introduction to quilting is bittersweet as she and her parents deal with a grandmother's racism; Summer has to deal with a grade-school history teacher who accuses her of cheating on a pioneer history project (with Gwen's confrontational reaction not really helping); Diane's foray into quilting as a result of a decade-long war with the neighbor whose son helped destroy Bonnie's shop; Bonnie's intro to quilting via a beloved grandmother who later develops dementia, and the establishment of Grandma's Attic in tribute (despite hubby Craig's lack of support); unwed mother Gwen, college career cut short because of the lure of the '60's, discovering an unexpected support group in her mother's quilting circle which, in turn, leads her to an interest in women's studies after the discovery of an abandoned quilt (and its contents) unearths a long-hidden secret about a prominent local family. And, in addition to the group's feelings of loss, there's the issue of how to welcome newcomers Anna and Gretchen. All is resolved in a positive but realistic way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Another warm and inspiring story

    The Elm Creek books are like visiting old friends for the weekend, and catching up on their lives, and talking about old times. These books leave you with a satisfied feeling. Not to mention the inspiration to quilt, and make something to hand down to your children as a family heirloom, or just to use in your own home.

    I sincerely hope there will be many more books from Jennifer Chiaverini.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    you need to check it out

    I do not read much because it put me to sleep. but this book I had a hard time putting it down. a very good book.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Another great book by Jennifer Chiaverini

    As some of the founding members of Elm Creek Quilts begin their journey to other parts of the country, the rest of the quilters carry on with new replacements, getting to know them, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new, while Sylvia works on a secret project for the end of the summer season. A relaxing and enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Check it out!

    A warm caring story about the history of making quilts and how a renewed interest in quilt making brings to together family menbers, and old and new friendships.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Awesome as always!

    Loved it.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Wind your way to this story quilters!

    The Winding Ways Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini is an excellent read, either as a stand alone story, or as part of the Elm Creek Quilt series of books. As characters we who have read the series prepare to take on new roles in life, Chiaverini introduces us to new characters without distracting from the original set of women who permeate the books. I enjoyed this story, as it looks forward, while tying up loose ends of characters. An excellent read alone, or as part of the Elm Creek Quilt series. This is an excellent quilting/book club story.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Definitely NOT a summer read

    This book tells about the women that make up the Elm Creek quilters club. Each story tells the background of one of the characters. There is very little action or progression in this book. While not unpleasant to read, it was hard to get excited about the story or the characters. I would not purchase the others of this series based on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Another Elm Creek Novel

    This was mostly a retelling of the previous novels. Only a few of the stories of the main quilters were new. It was not a very exciting read. This would be fine if it was your first Elm Creek novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Repeats itself from previous books in the same series.

    Much of the characters traits are repeats of previous books in the series. This makes for a boring read with much skimming.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Enjoyable read

    Good read. I'm looking forward to her new book.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    what's not to love about..

    the Elm Creek Quilters? Jennifer Chiaverini writes about the friendships and bonds that are forged among quilters of all ages. Her characters are so easy to identify with, and don't all of us quilters want to attend or maybe even own a quilter's retreat like theirs?

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Nice Beginning . . . Disappointing Ending

    The Winding Ways Quilts starts out great, and it is enjoyable to spend time with old characters and get to meet some new ones. I like the way the winding ways quilt block is used as a symbol for how each character's life is changing. This is where the enjoyment ends for me. The story line feels very similar to the previous Elm Creek Quilts novels that I've read. I feel that the use of flashbacks were way overdone. It is almost like a "cut-and-paste" version of Round Robin. I realize that flashbacks are important to get readers who haven't read the series up to speed . . . but a word-for-word rendition was a bit much. I was hoping for more interaction between the main characters and was disappointed when each character just went back in time instead of staying with the present. If you are a fan of Elm Creek Novels, which I am, then you will want to read this one if for nothing else than saying good-bye to some favorite characters. If you haven't read any Elm Creek Novels before, then I would recommend NOT starting with this one.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    The Elm Street Quilters camp is about to reopen and participants eagerly hope to learn more about their craft and meet old friends and make new ones. This year¿s opening is bittersweet because some of the founding members are leaving. --- Judy wouldn¿t leave for anything less than a tenure position at U of Penn and her husband is getting a job at the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is a time for new beginning for pregnant Sara and her husband Matt. Bonnie lost her store Grandmother¿s Attic when some thugs destroyed it beyond repair and her husband changed the numbers to their accounts and the locks to their home. Summer who is also one of the founders is taking her doctorate at the University of Chicago. It is time for the Elm Street Quilters to have welcomes and farewells to characters who are coming and leaving. --- The characters are fully developed and likable especially bringing in two new faculty members to replace departing instructors adds freshness to the saga. However, the story line feels very similar to previous tales with flashbacks overly employed and there are very little interactions between the main characters as the tale is more of a series of vignettes. Still fans will want to say goodbye to leaving quilters and welcome new members. --- Harriet Klausner

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