The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #16)

The Aloha Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #16)

by Jennifer Chiaverini

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ISBN-13: 9781416533191
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Elm Creek Quilts Series , #16
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 180,458
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and several historical fiction novels. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more, visit JenniferChiaverini.com.

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The Aloha Quilt

An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
By Jennifer Chiaverini

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2011 Jennifer Chiaverini
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781416533191

Chapter One

From the bedroom doorway, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper regarded the taped and labeled cartons Bonnie had stacked against the walls, leaving only a narrow aisle between the bed and the bureau. ?It might feel more like home sweet home if you unpacked.?

?I don?t have time,? said Bonnie, shoving a box of sweaters under the bed for storage. Though it was October, she wouldn?t need them where she was going. ?I have too much to do before my flight.?

Sylvia picked her way through the clutter to the center of the room and studied the mess, frowning thoughtfully over the tops of her glasses, which hung from a silver chain around her neck. ?If you like, I can unpack for you while you?re away.?

?Oh, no, Sylvia. Please don?t go to all that trouble.?

?It?s no trouble. I?ll enlist a few of the other Elm Creek Quilters to help and we?ll spread the work over a few days.?  Sylvia didn?t need to add that they would have lots of time to finish the job before Bonnie?s return?too much time, thought Bonnie?s friends, who agreed that she needed a getaway but perhaps not one of such long duration.

?I?ll take care of it when I get back.? Bonnie smiled to take the sting out of her refusal. ?I?m not moving in permanently, remember??

?The invitation stands if you change your mind,? Sylvia assured her. ?You?ll always have a home at Elm Creek Manor, even if you only want it long enough to get back on your feet.?

Bonnie thanked her, wondering which of her friends would next offer to take her in. The apartment in Grangerville had never been a real home, just a wayside between the condo she had once shared with her now-estranged husband, Craig, and wherever she might settle after her return to Pennsylvania in the spring. Sylvia had convinced her that it made no sense to keep renting an apartment for her belongings when she could store them at Elm Creek Manor for free, so Bonnie had cancelled her month-to-month lease. She had needed no more than a day to pack up the apartment, not only because the Elm Creek Quilters helped her, but also because after moving out of the condo, she had unpacked only the necessities and left everything else in boxes.

Somehow she must have known that she was not meant to stay.

?I might decide to make the manor my home,? Bonnie said, stacking a laundry basket full of quilt fabric on top of a carton of old photo albums. ?I honestly haven?t thought it through. I?ve had too much on my mind and I can?t plan so many steps ahead.?

?A change of scenery and new challenges will do you good,? said Sylvia.

?I?m counting on that.? Bonnie shoved a box out of the way with her foot and sat down on the bed, absently patting the Windblown Square quilt for comfort. A few years before, she had been blindsided when she caught Craig carrying on a cyber-affair with a younger woman, but after recovering from her shock, she had fought to save her marriage. She had thrown herself into an exercise program, lost twenty pounds, had her dark curls trimmed into a flattering new style, and had endured fellow Elm Creek Quilter Diane?s coaching about the best clothes for her curvy frame and makeup for her ruddy complexion. According to her friends, she looked better than she had in years?younger, fitter, more attractive?but even then she had known that a successful makeover alone wouldn?t be enough to rekindle Craig?s affection.

Through marriage counseling and countless date nights, Craig had led her to believe they were reconciling and rebuilding, but all the while he was secretly hiding his assets for the divorce only he had known was inevitable. To make matters worse, he had told their children that she had abandoned him, that the divorce was her idea, that he was as confused and distraught as they were, that he deserved their sympathy and Bonnie their anger. C.J., their eldest son, knew their father too well to believe it, their daughter, Tammy, refused to take sides, and their youngest son, Barry, was far too credulous where his father was concerned. Bonnie didn?t push it. The very thought of engaging in a battle for the hearts and minds of their three grown children exhausted her. She didn?t have the energy to persuade her kids that Craig was wrong and she was right.

Now that she had accepted that her marriage was over, all she wanted was to put the whole ugly situation behind her and to move on.

To feel good again. To return to the happy, contented woman she had once been and now only vaguely remembered. But how could she heal when even the protective walls of Elm Creek Manor triggered so many painful memories?

She had despaired of ever doing so until her old friend Claire phoned with an invitation as wonderful as it was unexpected. Bonnie rarely saw her former college roommate except at college reunions, but Claire kept in touch with chatty letters mailed from military bases in different foreign countries as she followed her officer husband from post to post. When he had retired from the service, they settled in Hawaii, having fallen in love with the island paradise while

Eric had been stationed in Oahu earlier in his career. For the past several years, Claire had run a quilt shop on Maui, and when an opportunity came to expand the business, Claire contacted the long-time friend who had introduced her to quilting to enlist her help.

?A quilter?s retreat in Hawaii,? Claire had said. ?What could be more perfect? And who knows more about setting up a quilt camp than you??

?Sylvia Cooper, for one,? Bonnie had said, but before she could reel off the names of the other Elm Creek Quilters who were far more qualified to tackle the project, Claire had accused her of her old fault of excessive self-deprecation and insisted that only Bonnie possessed the perfect combination of knowledge, experience, and trustworthiness that Claire needed to launch her new business venture. She offered to hire Bonnie as a consultant, and in exchange for Bonnie?s expertise, she would provide a modest stipend, room and board in Maui for the winter, and a guaranteed room at Aloha Quilt Camp whenever Bonnie desired.

Bonnie felt as if her old friend had thrown open doors and windows to let fresh air and sunshine into a room too long shuttered and neglected. Elm Creek Quilt Camp closed for the winter, so why not spend the off-season in Hawaii? She couldn?t sit at home counting the days until her divorce, as if on the day it was final, her disappointment and anger would magically vanish. Where better to begin building a new life for herself than in Hawaii, where she would be soothed by balmy breezes and lulled to sleep by the pounding surf, where she could help a beloved friend launch an exciting new business, where everything was unfamiliar and nothing would remind her of what she had lost?


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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“With homey details and a strong sense of the connections that bind women, friends, and families, Chiaverini lovingly crafts her tale about a woman stitching together a new life. . . those new to the quilting bee should have no problem finding their groove.”

Publishers Weekly

“Finely detailed.”

—Amanda Mears, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

“This is an outstanding series of novels about a fascinating craft. Quilting, in the hands of Chiaverini, allows us to explore human relationships in all their complexity.”

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Aloha Quilt includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Jennifer Chiaverini. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

The Aloha Quilt takes one of Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved Elm Creek Quilters, Bonnie Markham, on an adventure in paradise, where the breeze is warm, the pineapple is fresh, and the quilting is rich in history and tradition.

After losing her quilt shop to bankruptcy and experiencing the heartache and betrayal of a broken marriage, Bonnie just wants her divorce to be final so she can put it all behind her. Unfortunately, her soon-to-be ex-husband, Craig, isn’t going to make that very easy. So the timing couldn’t be better when a dear friend invites Bonnie to Hawaii for the winter to help her launch a new quilting camp on the beautiful island of Maui. It’s just the escape Bonnie needs—from Craig, the divorce proceedings, and even the cold Pennsylvania winters. But after only a short time on the island, it becomes much more than an escape. Could this be someplace Bonnie could call home? Busy launching the Aloha Quilt camp, immersing herself in Hawaiian culture, developing new friendships and nurturing old ones, Bonnie’s wounds begin to heal as she comes to understand the true meaning of aloha.

Discussion Questions

  1. Right from the start, Craig believes Bonnie is trying to turn their children against him. Bonnie knows this isn’t true, and that she must keep her children out of the divorce as much as possible, but at times it’s difficult not to explain the truth. How much do you think their children need to know? Do you think Bonnie is right not to let them pick sides when she’s been so clearly wronged?
  2. Bonnie wonders why Claire and Eric’s marriage survived when hers didn’t (p. 44). She doesn’t believe that she married a bad man, so the explanation must be more complicated than that. Can people change that much over time? Discuss the differences between these two marriages, and contemplate the reasons why one was able to overcome its hurdles and the other was not.
  3. Initially, Hinano seems to have a real dislike for tourists. Is he justified in his opinions because of his past? Are his own assumptions and judgments of mainlanders just as ignorant and prejudiced as he believes tourists to be?
  4. Discuss the Hawaiian tradition of not sharing patterns, explained by Midori on pages 67-68. Have you had any experience in sharing patterns? Do you agree or disagree with the idea behind this practice?
  5. Bonnie’s daughter wonders if Bonnie and Craig are ever going to be able to be in the same room together again. Bonnie reassures her by saying “After the divorce is final and the dust settles, I’m sure we’ll manage to be civil” (p. 42). Given the state of their relationship at the end of the book, do you think Bonnie is right?
  6. The relationship between Bonnie and Hinano gets off to a rocky start; they’re constantly in disagreement. How does that kind of relationship lead to love? In what ways do they open each other’s minds and help each other grow?
  7. Bonnie feels betrayed when the Elm Creek Quilters decide that she should sell her share of the business. Do you think she’s being overly sensitive? Why is she so upset when she knows in her heart it’s the only option?
  8. When Bonnie visits the Iolani Palace with Hinano, she is deeply moved by the story of Queen Lili’uokalani and her companion in confinement, Eveline Wilson. Marveling over Eveline’s courage and compassion, Bonnie wonders who she would be willing to give up her freedom for. Who would you be willing to make such a huge sacrifice for? Do you agree with Bonnie that it’s easy to offer what will never be required? (p. 222)
  9. When Claire reveals her secret to Bonnie, she tells her that the lying and guilt made her miserable every day of her affair. Since it was obviously more than a one-time thing, why do you think Claire carried on the affair as long as she did if it was making her so unhappy? Do you think cheating can be just as painful to the cheater as it is to the person who is cheated on?
  10. Discuss Bonnie’s reaction to Claire’s infidelity. Do you think she’s right to take it so personally when, as Eric and Midori both point out, Eric is the one who was betrayed, not her? Would she have reacted the same way had Claire told her at the time that it had actually happened? Why does she have such a hard time forgiving Claire?
  11. After Claire’s confession, Bonnie insists that their positions could never be reversed because Bonnie would never be unfaithful. Claire responds by saying, “Probably not . . . but nine years ago I would have insisted the same thing about myself” (p. 270). Why is it so hard sometimes to put ourselves in other people’s shoes? Do we ever really know what we’re capable of?
  12. As Bonnie acknowledges on the last page of the novel, she went to Hawaii “broken and dispirited but had returned whole.” As her Hawaiian quilt becomes more complete, so does she. Consider the symbolism of the Hawaiian quilt throughout the book. How is it similar to and different from quilts on the mainland?

Enhance Your Book Club

Turn your book club into an island oasis. You may not be able to prepare kalua pig in a traditional underground imu, but you can certainly mix up some piña coladas or slice a delicious pineapple to help get you and your book club into a tropical mindset.

Queen Lili’uokalani’s quilt is a real historic treasure. See it and learn more about the history behind its creation in this feature article available online: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2003/03/10/features/story1.html.

Follow Midori’s instructions beginning on p. 80 and try making your own Hawaiian quilt pattern. Either dedicate some time for designing patterns during your book club meeting, or have each member create a special pattern for someone else in the group and exchange them at your next gathering.

Learn more about the history of Hawaiian quilting, the aloha spirit, and what makes a Hawaiian quilt Hawaiian at www.hawaiianquilting.net and www.quiltshawaiian.com.


A Conversation with Jennifer Chiaverini

As its title implies, your latest Elm Creek Quilts novel, THE ALOHA QUILT, takes place largely in Hawai’i. What circumstances takes the series there?

Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead with her quilt shop out-of-business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amidst the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawai’ian islands. Soon Bonnie finds herself looking out on sparkling waters and banyan trees, helping to run Claire’s inn, planning quilting courses, and learning the history and intricacies of Hawai’ian quilting.

THE ALOHA QUILT focuses on Bonnie, an Elm Creek Quilts founder who has undergone struggles in her personal life in recent books. Of all the Elm Creek Quilters, she probably deserves a Hawai’ian getaway more than anyone, but do the other Elm Creek Quilters also appear in the novel?

Many of the other Elm Creek Quilters, including reader favorites Sylvia and Sarah, also play important roles in the novel. The story begins and ends at Elm Creek Manor, and Bonnie keeps in touch with her friends throughout the winter months. Readers will also meet new characters, such as Claire, Bonnie’s former college roommate and the founder of Aloha Quilt Camp; Midori, the chef of the Hale Kapa Kuiki Inn and Bonnie’s Hawai’ian quilting mentor; and Hinano, Midori’s nephew, ukulele player, luthier, and Bonnie’s tutor in matters of Hawai’ian culture and folklore.

In the novel, Bonnie learns about the uniquely Hawai’ian tradition of quilting. How does it differ from traditional quilting on the mainland?

Hawai’ian quilters do make quilts like those made on the mainland, often giving their quilts a delightful Hawai’ian flavor by sewing traditional patchwork blocks from batiks or other fabrics in the bright colors of the islands. The quilts Hawai’i is best known for, however, are the distinctive, intricate, large-scale, two-color appliqué designs inspired by the natural beauty and rich cultural traditions of Hawai’i. Instead of creating small blocks and sewing them together to create an overall design, a single appliqué is cut from a large piece of fabric folded into eighths, much like cutting out a paper snowflake. The fabric cutout is unfolded and carefully sewn to background fabric in a contrasting color to complete the top. The three layers—appliqué top, middle layer of batting, and solid backing—are sewn together with echo quilting, small, intricate quilting stitches that follow the contours of the appliqué in concentric lines a quarter of an inch apart. Other stitches outline details such as leaves, stems, and flower petals. Hawai’ian quilt designs reflect the people’s love for the natural beauty of their island home, their respect for their ancestors, and their desire to preserve their native heritage. Images of native plants and animals, traditional artifacts, and family crests often appear within the appliquéd patterns.

How did quilting first come to Hawai’i?

For centuries before European explorers came to the islands, native Hawai’ians made a cloth called kapa by soaking and pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree. They made bed coverings called kappa moe by sewing together several layers of kapa with large running stitches and decorating the tops with traditional patterns made from natural dyes. When Christian missionaries arrived in the early nineteenth century, they taught young Hawai’ian girls how to do patchwork as a part of their domestic training.

Woven into the story are many facts about Hawai’i’s past and its former independence of which many non-Hawai’ian readers might not be aware, and one character—Hinano—is a committed activist. What are the circumstances surrounding the end of the Hawai’ian monarchy and why, for many, is it still controversial today?

As Hinano explains to Bonnie, in 1887, under the threat of deposition, King David Kalakaua was forced to sign a constitution that transformed the government into a constitutional monarchy and stripped citizens of Asian heritage and all but the most elite native Hawai’ians of their voting rights. Six years later, a coalition of politicians, planters, and businessmen with military support from the United States Marines and Navy overthrew Queen Lili’uokalani, who had assumed the throne after her brother’s death. Confronted with the threat of a vastly superior military force, Queen Lili’uokalani stepped aside under protest to prevent the loss of life, but she fully intended to regain her rightful place eventually, believing that the international community and President Grover Cleveland would support her. President Cleveland initially denounced the overthrow as an illegal act of war and worked with members of Queen Lili’uokalani’s government to restore her to the throne, but her political opponents in the Washington and in the newly formed Republic of Hawai’i simply waited out Cleveland’s second term, and under the more amenable President William McKinley, the Republic of Hawai’i was annexed as a territory of the United States. In 1959, Hawai’i became the 50th state, and in 1993, President Bill Clinton signed an official “Apology Resolution” that admitted the United States’ wrongdoing in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Unfortunately, although the resolution acknowledged that the United States violated native Hawai’ians’ rights to self-determination, it didn’t propose any plan for restitution to the people whose nation had been taken away from them. Today, some people believe that Hawai’i isn’t a state at all, but a sovereign nation under prolonged occupation. Others believe that the Hawai’ian people ought to have the same rights to self-governance that many Native American tribes on the mainland possess. Still others note that people of all races were full partners in the Kingdom of Hawai’i before the demise of the monarchy, and in keeping with that tradition and the spirit of aloha, government assistance should be based upon need without regard to race, and that there should be no special land rights based upon native Hawai’ian ancestry. Obviously, this is a brief summary of a very complex issue, and in the novel, Hinano’s opinions on the subject are influenced by significant and tragic events in his past.

You write about the Queen’s Quilt, made by Lili’uokalani, Hawai’i’s last queen. Did you know about this remarkable quilt before researching the novel? What were the circumstances of its creation?

I discovered the extraordinary Crazy Quilt known as the Queen’s Quilt on the last day of my first trip to Hawai’i during a tour of the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. Two years after Queen Lili’uokalani was overthrown, a group of loyal supporters tried to restore her to power. When the attempt failed, Lili’uokalani was arrested and forced to sign a document relinquishing her claim to the throne forever. Soon thereafter, she was tried before a military tribunal in her own former throne room and convicted of knowing about the royalist plot. A heavy fine was levied against her, but a sentence of five years of hard labor was commuted to imprisonment in an upstairs room of her palace. Lili’uokalani was permitted a single companion during her imprisonment, a devoted friend named Eveline Wilson. To help pass the long months, the two women made an elaborate crazy quilt, a popular style at the time, with irregularly shaped pieces of fabric sewn together in apparently random arrangements and heavily embellished with embroidery. Stitched into the quilt is a record of the queen’s reign, overthrow, and imprisonment, as well as the names of many of her friends and loyal supporters. Symbols of the Kingdom of Hawai’i such as the Hawai’ian flag and the Hawai’ian coat of arms also appear throughout the quilt. The Queen’s Quilt is a priceless treasure of art and history.

You also write about Hawai’ian flag quilts. What are those?

Hawai’ian flag quilts used traditional piecing and appliqué methods to recreate the flag of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, which had a Union Jack in the canton in honor of Hawai’i’s historical relationship as a protectorate of Great Britain and a field of eight red, white, and blue stripes to represent the eight Hawai’ian islands. Hawai’ian flag quilts also often included images such as the royal family’s coat of arms or patriotic phrases such as “Ku’u Hae Aloha,” which translates to “My Beloved Flag,” or “Ua mau ke ea o ka’aina i ka pono,” which means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” This famous declaration of King Kamehameha III was the motto of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and is now the state motto. Hawai’ian flag quilts began appearing in 1893 after the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani. The Hawai’ian people were not permitted to fly the flag of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, so Hawai’ian flag quilts became a form of protest—and also a way for the people to commemorate their beloved queen and mourn the loss of their sovereignty.

Bonnie’s Hawai’ian stay coincides with some major holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. What singularly Hawai’ian holiday traditions do you introduce readers to?

During her stay on Maui, Bonnie discovers how island residents celebrate traditional American holidays in a Hawai’ian style, such as a big family luau for Thanksgiving instead of the traditional turkey dinner. With Hinano’s guidance, she also learns about ancient Hawai’ian festivals such as Makahiki, a four-month celebration of the New Year in honor of the god Lono. Makahiki was a time of spiritual renewal, peace, making offerings to the gods, and celebrating with games, feasts, athletic competitions, and music.

You capture the real life of Maui, not seen by many tourists. How much time did you yourself spend in Hawai’i researching THE ALOHA QUILT?

Not nearly as much as I would have liked! I visited Hawai’i four times while writing THE ALOHA QUILT, and I hope to return soon. Hawai’i’s natural wonders, fascinating cultural traditions, and racially integrated society truly make it the land of Aloha.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Bonnie Markham, one of the founding members of Elm Creek Quilt Camp, goes to Hawaii to help her friend Claire start up a similar quilt camp in Lahaina. She is anxiously awaiting the final disolution of her marriage to her ego-centric coniving ex-husband, and hoping the change of scenery will help her cope with a broken heart. Little does she know that the change in scenery will change HER in many unexpected ways. She will learn to make decisions, to take control, to regain self-confidence and to forgive. Along the way, when she is least expecting it she'll learn she could have a go at learning to love again. This book is well researched, and includes many interesting facts about Hawaii and the history of quilting there. I love that Jennifer Chiaverini has taken one of her core characters and stretched out beyond the boarders of Pennsylvania. She allows her characters to grow and change, while still keeping them grounded and committed to eachother and to Elm Creek Quilts as well. "Mahalo" to the author for adding another fine book to this excellent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book in a series. But you do not need to read all the books (although I highly reccommend it!) The Aloha Quilt is written very well. As you read the characters just draw you in. It is very hard to put the book down. I love this book because it is somewhat dramatic, is very touching, and somewhat romantic. All the ladies are very interesting by themselves, so putting all of them or some of them in at one time makes the reading awesome. Another thing I like is that you do not need to be a quilter to read them. Enjoyed reading it. I have read all of the books in the series (more than one time) and it is so interesting and just makes you want to keep reading (sometimes until 2am). They are all so awesome! You feel as if you are right there and while I'm reading I can see all of the places etc.., that the characters are in.
Doctor96 More than 1 year ago
Okay. So there was one Jennifer Chiaverini book that I wasn't crazy about. But my biggest complaint about her novels is that she doesn't produce them fast enough. Her recurring characters are people I'd like to know (doesn't everyone want to have a friend like Sylvia?) Several years ago, when this reviewer / quilt maker was a complete novice, I can recall that one of the first questions I asked some of the more experienced quitters was, "Are there really places like Elm Creek Quilt Camp?" [At the time I was told 'no,' but looking at some recent quilting magazines, there may be now. If so, I think we can credit Chiaverini with their inspiration.] Her descriptions of quilts - how they are made, the artists who created them, the stories behind them - are not just filled with love, but filled with lots of good information, too. Several years ago, my guild hosted a quilter from Hawaii who taught us the basics of Hawaiian appliqué and showed us some lovely pieces she had made. Unfortunately, she didn't have time to delve deeply into the history of the quilts. Chiaverini does in this book. As the saying goes, that alone is worth the price of admission. I think this is one of her best.
jjtiger More than 1 year ago
This first novel by Jennifer Chiaverini that I've had the pleasure of reading brought me back to our recent visit to Maui, Hawaii. We actually stayed at the Hooilo House mentioned by the author, went for a Haleakala sunrise, experienced wonderful aloha from people we met, as well as many other things uniquely Hawaiian as described in this captivating book (including drinking 100% Maui coffee!). What I learned from the book gave me a yearning to return to Hawaii, to Oahu to see the wonderfully described Iolani Palace, to be there at a time when we can see the whales breach, and to see and perhaps purchase a handmade Hawaiian quilt. Thank you, Ms Chiaverini, for transporting me back to an enchanting and totally relaxing place and time.
grannyfaye More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story as always in her novels with a quilting background. This story also includes a history of the Hawaiian Quilt as well as some history of Hawaii itself as well as situations many of us can identify with.
AutumnAL More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Bonnie gets blessings and Craig...well I won't ruin it for everyone, but you wont' be disappointed.
amsDJIL More than 1 year ago
Bonnie travels to Maui to help her friend, Claire, set up a quilt camp in Maui. Some of Bonnie's emotions seem a bit over the top and I wanted to say, "Get a grip, girl," but I haven't experienced what this character was going through. However, the descriptions of Hawaii were wonderful and true. The descriptions of how to make a Hawaiian quilt were very clear and the history of Hawaii was very fascinating. The book ends back in Pennsylvania at Elm Creek Quilts, but I won't give away the ending. I have enjoy all of Ms. Chiaverini's books. They are permanent books in my library. And, I have a hawaiian quilt/wall hanging that I have started, so the extra instructions were helpful.
Krazy_Quilter More than 1 year ago
I really like Jennifer's style of writing, once you start you don't want to put the book down. I always read some when I first get up while I drink my morning mocha. Its like your reading about someone you know. When your finished you can't wait until the next book. I can't wait until it comes out. I hope you come out with another quilt book to go along with this book. I am an avid quilter and have all the books for the other quilts and have started the bridal quilt. Keep up the great work.
LovesAllBooks More than 1 year ago
This book has all the makings of a Hallmark channel movie or even a big screen flick. Stressed out, disenchanted heroine in desperate need of a time out. Add on BFF now relocated to Hawaii. Stir one skanky soon-to-be ex-husband and few secrets... Even if you have not read the other books, this book is able to stand by itself and shine on it's own merits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Jennifer's books and enjoy each and every one. This one was a bit different, as it didn't take place at Elm Creek, but that certainly gave us another view of quilting. Looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have to rate this as my second favorite of the series. The descrptions of the scenery make you feel like you are in Hawaii. I found it interesting to learn some Hawaiian history and the history behind Hawaiian quilts. I can't wait to find out more about Aloha Quilt camp. Hats off to Jennifer Chiaverini for another hit. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo for Ms. Chiaverini branching out from Elm Creek to set down possible roots in Hawaii for a new quilt camp venue. As with all her books I liked the background of the particular quilt design and the way she incorporates it as an underlying current throughout her book. She always writes believable characters and scenarios. The interaction between characters keeps you glued to the pages to find out what happens next. This was a great book for curling up with a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa, and a rainy day.
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DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I am not a quilter but now have more appreciation for quilters, quilts, and the history they share. I enjoyed reading about the Hawaiian history and culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is yet another good example of the ever expanding "Quilts" series. It is set in Hawaii, a great backdrop for for a book which includes just enough romance to be interesting, but not so much that it gets syrupy. I enjoyed reading about a woman who is still interested in widening her horizons and getting out of her comfort zone.
Angie2536 More than 1 year ago
For all Elm Creek fans, this one is a must read, and if you have never visited Elm Creek quilting camp, you should. In Aloha Quilt, Bonnie finds herself in Hawaii, helping an old college friend set up her own quilt camp, and endures trials and triumphs along the way. She has difficult questions to answer, and decisions to make, but the indomitable owner of Grandma's Attic, previously sold by a vindictive ex-husband, finds the peace she needs, and the hope of a new life she craves on the beautiful island in Hawaii.
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ceg1122 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This series is especially good if you like quilts or Hawaii! It's a quick read but fun and interesting.
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LucyBH More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Very well written. My first book by Jennifer Chiaverini. I picked the book because of the setting in Hawaii and only later realized that it's part of the long series. Even though I did not read the first 15 books, I was not disadvantaged by the act. Author had blended and introduced characters by giving just enough info to make a good flow. This book included a bit of romance, love/hate relationship, bitter divorce relations, and lots of quilt sewing techniques.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read books 1 - 16 in the Elm Creek Series, and this is Chiaverini's best book to date. I loved reading about the island and the culture there. The love interest in the storyline added a new twist. Great read!!!!