The Giving Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #20)

The Giving Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #20)

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by Jennifer Chiaverini
     
 

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Every stitch makes a difference in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.

At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near

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Every stitch makes a difference in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.

At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus, a charitable organization dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need. Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, pledges the strength of her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. So it happens that when the Quiltsgiving participants swap fabrics and trade techniques around the quilting circle, the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they piece are infused with love and comfort. So, too, are their personal stories, which collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Jennifer Chiaverini and the Elm Creek Quilts series
“Chiaverini’s themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters’ stories are inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jennifer Chiaverini has made quite a name for herself with her bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series. From the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties to contemporary settings, these novels have offered suspense, romance, and, at times, in-depth looks into the social, political, and cultural differences that helped shape a nation.” —BookPage

“Chiaverini excels at weaving stories and at character development. We can relate to the residents of Elm Creek Valley because they remind us of folks we know—a cousin, an aunt, or a grandmother.” —Standard-Examiner (Utah)

“Jennifer Chiaverini’s strength is not only writing strong female characters, but also placing them in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142180242
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Elm Creek Quilts Series, #20
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
213,478
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Jennifer Chiaverini and the Elm Creek Quilts series
“Chiaverini’s themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters’ stories are inspiring.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jennifer Chiaverini has made quite a name for herself with her bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series. From the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties to contemporary settings, these novels have offered suspense, romance, and, at times, in-depth looks into the social, political, and cultural differences that helped shape a nation.” —BookPage

“Chiaverini excels at weaving stories and at character development. We can relate to the residents of Elm Creek Valley because they remind us of folks we know—a cousin, an aunt, or a grandmother.” —Standard-Examiner (Utah)

“Jennifer Chiaverini’s strength is not only writing strong female characters, but also placing them in interesting lives and times.” —New York Journal of Books

Meet the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt projects inspired by the novels.  Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is her most recent book.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and The University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
The week after Thanksgiving is a very special time at Elm Creek Manor. It is Quiltsgiving! A week were quilters come and make quilts to give to Project Linus. Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper starts the week by asking the quilter's “Why do you give?” Each quilter has their own reasons for coming to Elm Creek Manor at this time and most have trouble answering Sylvia's question. As the week goes by they bond together making the quilts, sewing love and comfort right into each wonderful quilt. The friendships also bloom and burdens are lifted. The Giving Quilt will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile. Visiting Elm Creek Manor is like wrapping yourself in a warm cozy quilt. This story was a pure joy to read. Chiaverini brings back all the characters we love and introduces to a wonderful new group of quilters too. She sews together their stories in a way that seems effortless and yet is so inspiring. These stories always leave me wanting to gather fabric and lose myself stitching a quilt, something I haven't been able to do since my accident, but this story invoked another thought process all about giving. Why do I personally give and how? Can I give more? It was Michaela's story that really touched my heart. I immediately went in to mother mode and wanted to protect her like I would do for my own daughters. So young and so strong and then stronger through the support she found making new friends at Elm Creek. If I would have been her age, a leg in a cast, I would have never pushed ahead to attend this week long quilting event. But she does and she has given me a push I probably needed to search out ways to do sew and quilt again someday. That asking for help to do something you love is important and maybe I may never be able to do it myself again but I plan to teach my daughters and try to revive my passion and pass it on to them. Each character is different with various problems they are facing at home. Everyone that reads this book with find one or more characters they can identify with and understand. A heartwarming and powerful story. A perfect read for this time of year that reminds us that giving and helping others can be more than a holiday event, it should be a year round happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over the years, Jennifer Chiaverini has written many novels in her Elm Creek Quilts series and "The Giving Quilt" is by far one of her best. As a variety of quilters assemble at Elm Creek for a week of making "giving" quilts to be donated to the local Project Linus organization, we are given glimpses into the their lives and what brings them to this special session. Each individual has a special reason to be thankful and this thankfulness is stitched into each quilt. This book is wonderful to read any time of year, but the theme of thankfulness makes it perfect for the holiday season. As a member of Project Linus, I was delighted to see this wonderful organization receive attention and hopefully many women will be inspired to join their local chapters.
Pat- More than 1 year ago
Great story with lots of feelings. I have read all the booiks in the Elm Creek Quilts series and this is one of the best.
reader02VA More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Chiaverini is very easy to read. Her characters are woven together to tell a complete story. I enjoyed her book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. Love Jennifer's series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Elm Creek Quilters series and was very excited to read another book centering around some of my favorite characters. Unfortunately The Giving Quilt did not live up to expectations. There was far too little of the Elm Creek women and far too much whining, politicizing and preaching about big bad Big Business, the economy and general unfairness. The new characters were not very likeable and some of their "stories" weren't believable. They seemed to revel in their unhappiness. Ms Chiaverini seemed to have 'phoned this one in'.
QuilterPam More than 1 year ago
I've read her whole series and enjoyed this one as much as all the others. I'm waiting for her next one!
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I enjoyed this book partly because I am a quilter but it also was a good story. Giving is an attribute of most quilt groups and this book zeroed in on that. A pleasant read
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gquilter More than 1 year ago
As with all the books in the Elm Creek series I thoroughly enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the next one, "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker". When you read these books from the beginning, you can't help but feel that Slyvia and all her friends become like your own family and don't want the books to end. In this book, we continue to learn more about the Elm Creek family and also meet many new people who become our friends. It's the kind of book that is very hard to put down. If you haven't read any of Jennifer books, it's time to sart. Quilter's will love it and anyone who likes reading about true frindships among women with some history thrown in, will want to read all 21 books and wait impatiently for the next one.
moonshell127 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful storytelling with very real characters and situations. Loved the librarian's story because I, too, am a school librarian facing cuts in schools.
qltnbe More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jennifer. She never disappoints.
SoManyBooksSoLittleTimeBL More than 1 year ago
It's hard to say if I'll enjoy this book - a few readers commented that the storyline didn't include much at all of the manor, the original characters, nor quilting as a group. Seems it's more of a general story of thanksgiving which is fine - but you expect more about the art/craft of qulting if it's in such a series. We'll see!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed ! Too much about two characters and not enough about the quilt camp.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good. Kay has read all of her booths except one.
jabez7 More than 1 year ago
Always look forward to the next chapter in the story of the Elm Creek Ladies. Jennifer, don't stop giving us these wonderful stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed, was so looking forward to this book. In a word "boring". I have read all of the Elm Creek books, but this book has turned me off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every one of the Elm Creek books and have enjoyed each one. However the last two have gotten further and further away from the manor and the original cast of characters. I think maybe it is time to move on.
pat34AZ More than 1 year ago
I have not read as yet but I have read the rest of her series and they are great!