The Wedding Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #18)

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller celebrates one of America’s most romantic and enduring traditions

As her daughter’s wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Unexpectedly, Caroline confides, “I wish I had a wedding quilt, one I made myself.” Sarah yearns to grant her fervent wish, ...

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller celebrates one of America’s most romantic and enduring traditions

As her daughter’s wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Unexpectedly, Caroline confides, “I wish I had a wedding quilt, one I made myself.” Sarah yearns to grant her fervent wish, but even the most talented novice would be daunted by the task of stitching, mere days before the wedding, a worthy symbol of the couple's bonds of love, commitment, trust, and hope for the future. Turning to her cherished friends, the Elm Creek Quilters, Sarah asks them to pool their creative gifts. As the women stitch, their memories render a vivid pastiche of family, friendship, and love in all its varieties.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This latest installment in the popular Elm Creek Quilts series proves to be a mild, unambitious addendum. In the run-up to protagonist Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline's wedding, which takes place at Elm Creek Manor, Sarah reflects on the people and quilts who have figured in her life since she herself came to the manor as a newlywed. The resulting stories recap the plots of previous books, which may bore fans of the series, while not offering enough context for first-time readers. The drama surrounding Caroline's wedding lacks vigor: whether the wedding ceremony will be rained out; whether or not the memory album quilt that Sarah wants to give her daughter will be completed; and whether or not the bride and groom are too young. Moreover, the novel's central relationship—between Sarah and her daughter Caroline—feels uninhabited, stilted, and overly formal. Only die-hard fans will be able to appreciate this lackluster novel. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
This 17th installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series is a disappointing pastiche of previous novels, fleshed out to little effect. It is the year 2028, and Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline is getting married. Of course the wedding will be at Elm Creek Manor, which Sarah now owns, and all the remaining members of the Elm Creek Quilters will be in attendance. Though Chiaverini begins each chapter in the future (and trots out some futuristic gadgets for fun), most of the novel consists of flashbacks to an earlier time (that would be just about now) beginning when Caroline and her twin James were born. Elm Creek Quilt Camp is a reality, thanks to Sylvia's inheritance of the manor and Sarah's ingenuity, and now Sarah and Matt are expecting twins. Though Sarah has the help of all of her friends, she really wants Matt, who spends much of her pregnancy--and almost the birth of their children--away from home helping in his father's business. Other reveries include Jeremy and Anna's coupling (as soon as Summer was out of the picture); Bonnie's romance in Hawaii that heals her broken life; and Gwen's future career in Congress. In the midst of Sarah's daydreams guests are arriving for wedding festivities; James is having a secret affair; and the spirit of Sylvia Bergstrom and the Double Wedding Ring quilt she made almost two decades ago confer blessings on the whole occasion. Unfortunately the novel's sole concern is a rather trite epilogue for each of the beloved characters, and so the story lacks both insight and plot, focused as it is with explaining, in irrelevant detail, how it all turned out. An artless endeavor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452298491
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Elm Creek Quilts Series , #18
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 184,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (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. 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    latest Elm Creek Quilts drama is for die hard fans only

    In 2028 Sarah McClure owns Elm Creek Manor where her daughter Caroline is getting married. Attending the wedding on the bride's side besides her friends and family is the Elm Creek Quilters.

    Sarah looks back to when Caroline and her twin James were born to her and Matt. Inheriting the manor, Sarah saved the Elm Creek Quilt Camp from insolvency. She recalls the Quilters being there for her during her pregnancy but Matt was away much of the time helping his father with his business. Musing about some of her cherished Quilters and their quilts, Sarah is caught by surprise when her bookworm daughter decides to create a special wedding quilt since Caroline never was passionate about quilting like her mom is. Sarah wants to help her daughter's dream come true as she never made a wedding quilt, but is unaware that her historian loving son is secretly seeing Gina.

    The latest Elm Creek Quilts drama is for die hard fans only as the story line consists of a series of flashback vignettes from previous novels. The cast is as always is solid and references to the "Founding Mother" Sylvia add to the tale. However, there is little conflict amongst the party; as The Wedding Quilt mostly summarizes much of the major episodic events from previous novels.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Great for the diehard Elm Creek Quilts fans!

    This was not one of my favorite Elm Creek Quilts novels. I actually put off reading the book for a month or so until I read some reviews. I enjoyed some of the story-the filling in of the gaps of what happened to each of the original Elm Creek Quilters. But at my last reading the twins were not even born yet and here all of a sudden they are 25 years old and one is getting married!

    I hope some more books come along with the original (almost) Quilters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    prefer her earlier books

    a fun read but I enjoyed the earlier books more this just seemed a little disjointed in characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    great series

    the wedding quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

    love how this one starts out, i have read a few books in this series and the history of how it all started was given it's due here and i remember the earlier books. it's great to see that this series is still ongoing and progressing in helping others with their passion of quilting. I love the history of it all and how the people involved help one another to achieve their goals.

    from beginner to master quilter this book is also about the lives of the people involved in this series through time adding others and some have moved on, what a tale. the folklore is super to learn about. it talks indepth detail on how
    and what the wedding quilt is.

    When Sarah and Matt have the babies. with snow and his job in a far away town the ladies keep her busy and help with everything. the book picks up where the girl is now grown and ready for her marriage at the Elm Creek center where she grew up. reminisciences of past lives are brought to the present.

    this book follows many of the people involved from the original book of the series, lovely descriptions, very detailed making you wish you could vacation there.the treasures they find are super, almost like a mystery and following the clues til you discover the answer. what a treat to find that in this book. the education one can get about quilting in days gone by according to the color and patterns is phenominal.
    i rate this book a 5 out of 5

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    recommended

    Loved this book. It is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    LOVED IT!!!!!

    I love this whole series, but this book gave me insight into the future that I did not know I was going to get! I have the whole series and loan them out, but won't give them up because I read them over and over again discovering new things about the ECQ that I didn't get the first time!

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Good read

    If you've read the other books in the series and like them, you'll like this one too. Some of the same characters and new ones introduced. Left me wanting to know if she was writing another one to continue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Enjoyable Read But...

    I enjoyed the book but the last book i read about Sarah and the other quilters. A lot had not happened yet. Do we need to read anymore books since we already know how they end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    wonderful

    This is a great read. I already miss the characters. The story had me laughing and crying along with the characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Collection of short stories

    Love "The Quilters". Why skip some of their lives? Sorry I did not ge this one from the library. I hope the next one is more than a collection of short stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Wedding quilt

    Loved the book and how all the stories had closure from previous books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Disappointing.

    I bought this book because I have all the other Elm Creek books, and was looking forward to more adventures with my quilting friends. As other reviewers have said, parts are excellent - but that doesn't make up for the majority of the book. Chiaverini had enough material for several new books, books that would have been an asset to the series. But instead of writing those books, she wrote long synopses and crammed them into this book. Is she bored with the Elm Creek Quilters? Is she going on to a new series instead?

    I plan on reading more of her books, but they will be from the library, not on my Nook.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    recommended

    good read. have read all her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    good recap

    Very good recap of some of her previous books along with a new story line and some story lines 'up to date', and a great ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Texting in the 80's?

    Hello? Did any other readers find it absurd that Chiaverini mentions several times that Sarah TEXTS her husband Matt while in labor? The author then continues to mention the texting, and cellphone voicemail throughout the novel. While a fan of Chiaverini's work, somehow this one managed to slip by of her editors and that definitely jaded my view of this novel. Sorry, but I just couldn't get past that issue.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Love this series.

    If you read Jennifer's books, you will love this one as much as the others.

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