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“Why do you give?” asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt, the 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, ...

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Overview

“Why do you give?” asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt, the 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. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this 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, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.

Featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, 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.

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Chiaverini returns to the quilters of Elm Creek Manor and introduces several new characters in her sweet latest novel (after Sonoma Rose). When Sylvia asks the participants in Quiltsgiving, a post-Thanksgiving weeklong get-together, why they quilt and why they give, their answers point to personal tragedies and triumphs, reminding readers of the powers of generosity and friendship. Jocelyn recently lost her husband in a tragic accident, and she channels her energies into keeping his after-school programs alive. Linnea wants to keep the public library where she works open to all visitors, but a lack of funding and political squabbling make it difficult. Michaela is recovering from a leg injury sustained during a sabotaged cheerleading tryout, and she fears her future is jeopardized. Despite the particulars of each obstacle or victory, each woman finds encouragement in one another, and as they quilt, they stitch together their strengths to cope with individual struggles. Chiaverini’s themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters’ stories are inspiring. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Agency. (Oct.)
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Post-Thanksgiving at Elm Creek Manor, aspiring quilters are enjoying a special winter session of quilt camp. Their aim? To create warm, colorful quilts for Project Linus, a real-life charity Chiaverini supports that offers handmade quilts and blankets for children in need. Not a dry eye after finishing this book; with a reading group guide and an eight-city tour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525953609
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Elm Creek Quilts Series , #20
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini

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. 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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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    The week after Thanksgiving is a very special time at Elm Creek

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Great Thanksgiving novel

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    The Giving Quilt -Highly recommended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    i haven't received the book yet!

    I haven't received the book yet!

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Very good

    Jennifer Chiaverini is very easy to read. Her characters are woven together to tell a complete story. I enjoyed her book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    It's hard to say if I'll enjoy this book - a few readers comment

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have not read as yet but I have read the rest of her series and they are great!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Very disappointing wonted more about the camp

    Very disappointed ! Too much about two characters and not enough about the quilt camp.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    high recommended

    This was a very good read. Love Jennifer's series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Very Disappointing

    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'.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    As usual....very heartwarming

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    I enjoyed this book partly because I am a quilter but it also wa

    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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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Great read, don't miss it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    It was very good. Kay has read all of her booths except one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Absolutely wonderful storytelling with very real characters and

    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.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Definitely recommend

    Another great book by Jennifer. She never disappoints.

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    The story continues!

    Always look forward to the next chapter in the story of the Elm Creek Ladies. Jennifer, don't stop giving us these wonderful stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Very very disappointed

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Disappointing

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 24, 2013

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