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. Jennifer Chiaverini writes character studies, not action novels. The back stories of several of the participants are featured, some very timely economic down-turn, right-wing radio, etc. 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. At the thought of her husband, Sylvia glanced around the kitchen, not expecting to find him there but not entirely without hope that she might.
Smiling, Sylvia watched the twins hurtle up both flights of stairs and disappear down the third-floor hallway. Having said that, this author is able to write whatever she wants, and if her point of view differs from mine, I hope I will heed the advice of the librarian and engage in dialogue, not just dismiss what I might not agree with. Perhaps she was put off or her publisher was by a collective of negative reviews by people who clearly didn't like her frank portrayal of the economic downturn and its effect on so many, or her clear upset at book-bannings. Thus the most faithful volunteers would gradually build a repertoire of patterns they could draw upon whenever they needed to make a quilt on short notice or to make quilts to benefit their own local chapters of Project Linus. Fifteen volunteers brought their own projects in various stages of completion and worked diligently upon them, alone or in pairs or in small groups, in whatever cozy nook or corner of the manor they preferred. Sarah is depicted as a girl who is struggling to overcome the hardships of life and develop a passion for herself.
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. I was just getting used to Anna, but nope-now she's gone. The twins live there along with their mother who helps run the place. This is the most depressing Elm Creek book I've ever read. 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.
The novel was described as a wonderful story of relationships, love and understanding, by the fellow authors and motivated Jennifer to keep continuing her motivational work. More of a narrative of persona After 20+ something books, Ms. Chiaverini is one of my recent favorite authors. Sylvia thought that would be a fine high note to end upon, but perfectionist Sarah insisted upon distributing evaluation forms, just as she did at the end of each week of summer camp. This is the last book I will ever purchase from this author. Pauline had been asked to join the prestigious Cherokee Rose Quilters. The spin-off novels have helped expand upon the overall franchise, building the narratives between books and growing the narrative as a whole, there being around four of these books, including omnibus editions.
Karen is a quilter who had applied for a job with the Elm Creek Quilters and was rejected. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. Taking place in the college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, once more it manages to build upon the environment again as well. But more than that—they had become her family. All of the backstories were a downer. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters gather for a special season of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus, dedicated to providing handmade quilts to children in need. I had never read a Jennifer Chiaverini Elm Creek Quilts novel though I had wanted to do so.
A book that has been read but is in good condition. As they begin to stitch though they find that their lives become entangled as they each have their own stories to tell. And while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it felt like there really wasn't a central plot. In a flash of brilliance coupling real-life into fiction, Jennifer recreates the strife of our latest recession as well as the common burdens of daily life. And, as usual, the lives of ordinary people are told with a depth of goodwill and understanding. Pauline learns how to realize things should not always be personal, etc.
I have read other Elm Creek books and loved them so I knew this one would be just as good. 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. Leaving a legacy, this series will continue to attract readers as its many readers grow both nationally and internationally with it growing from strength-to-strength. Within months of joining the Elm Creek Quilters, Gretchen had come to Sylvia with an intriguing idea for a way they could use their creative gifts to give back to their community. Brought together through their collective love of quilting it weaves their lives together, both figuratively as well as literally. Each of her books show the character stories of the people who come to Elm Creek Manor for quilt retreats. She chose the Bright Hopes block not only for its simple pattern—four rectangles framing a central square in the style of the popular Log Cabin block—but also for the rich symbolism of its name.
But then, I don't typically go looking for a fight in the pages of a novel. Yet a pair of wishes—for structure and instruction—did emerge. Oh, and socialist Hitler led book burnings. Hated hearing of the fabric and how it's stolen from a shop that doesn't have a store. I absolutely thought that was the end of the series, that Ms Chiaverini was now moving into writing her wonderful historical fiction and that was fine with me.
They gained confidence from the enduring and complex bond of the quilt between the daughters, mothers, friends and sisters. Chiaverini's books I won't be cringing at the language or the possibility of being embarrassed at anything written on the pages. Jennifer Chiaverini writes character studies, not action novels. This book was torture to read, on more than one level. Agnes always took charge of room assignments, a task everyone agreed she handled best. The key theme of quilts runs throughout and is something which the many characters themselves revolve around over the course of the books.
She had organized their finances. They both come close to each other and share their family stories. I believe this is the first Elm Creek book, though, where a class was taught as part of the story and I actually felt like I could probably make the quilt myself from those directions! About 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. Jennifer Chiaverini was born in Cincinnati, Ohio with the full name Jennifer Neidenbach. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters gather for a special season of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus, dedicated to providing handmade quilts to children in need. This is a heartwarming, thought-provoking novel. 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.