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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452284686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452284685
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Even a newcomer to the popular Elm Creek Quilts series will quickly get caught up in the lives of the ladies who stitch. Sylvia Compson, the doyenne of the quilters who teach their art at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp, has married Andrew Cooper-an occasion of joy, with one hitch. The surprise Christmas Eve wedding meant Sylvia's friends didn't have time to craft the requisite bridal quilt. Will 140 six-inch blocks arrive by April 1? Sarah McClure is betting they will, but her husband, Matt, bets two weeks of breakfast in bed that Sarah can't keep a secret for three months. Not all the tension in the book is quite so mellow, though. Summer Sullivan has to decide how to define being her own woman. Does it mean staying in Waterford with the quilters or following her love, Jeremy, when he finishes graduate school? And Bonnie Markham has big woes: her fabric shop, Grandma's Attic, is running in the red, and her husband, Craig, has been conniving with evil realtor Greg Krolich to push her over the edge. This is the modern world, with cell phones and cybersex, but Chiaverini's quilting women are also a world apart. They feel one another's joys and griefs acutely; their lives are stitched together. The author's style is clean, and almost YA simple, and her dialogue is uninspired. Yet she intensifies the story's texture by retelling key scenes from multiple points of view, and along the way she enriches the reader's awareness of quilting's importance as a female art form and a source of deep common bonds.
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From Booklist

The members of the Elm Creek Quilters set out to commemorate their matriarch Sylvia's recent wedding and her years of devotion to quilting and Elm Creek Manor with a bridal quilt. Sylvia's friends and students agree to contribute blocks that express how Sylvia has inspired them. But the project hits snags when the local quilters are confronted with their own personal problems, including a troubled marriage, a potential business failure, a budding romance, and new career prospects. Long-buried secrets, animosities, and yearnings rise to the surface as the women struggle to meet their quilting deadline and maintain the close circle of friendship that has sustained them. This latest novel in the Elm Creek Quilt series brings to the forefront the supporting characters who have made it such a popular series. Vanessa Bush
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Customer Reviews

There are a bunch of books in this series, can't wait to read on!!
Susan L. Carrier
I have just started reading it, but know I will be as enjoyable as all the other Jennifer Chiaverini books that I have read.
Raema Jean Steffen
The book tells the story of the same several month time period from the view of different characters.
Kirsten Wallevand

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series has drawn readers in for five books now, and the sixth, THE MASTER QUILTER, will be no different.
The beloved characters from the previous books are back. This time, the Elm Creek Quilters are trying to arrange a wedding quilt as a surprise present for newlyweds Sylvia and Andrew. To help make the quilt, the Elm Creek Quilters contact various minor characters from earlier books to have them contribute quilt blocks.
Meanwhile, Sarah's ability to keep a secret is tested, especially by her husband, Matthew. But both she and Sylvia seem to have minor roles in this book compared to some of the other characters. Bonnie is having financial problems with Grandma's Attic and, even worse, marital difficulties. Diane is feeling unappreciated by her fellow quilters and suspects that her son has begun his bad ways again. Gwen is trying to deal with her peers at the college who tell her that quilting is not a serious academic subject; she feels pressured to stop studying what she loves and concentrate on what is "in." Summer, Gwen's daughter, is moving in with her boyfriend without telling her mother, and she's juggling career choices as well.
Agnes is there for Bonnie, but her role is minor. She's her usual self: helpful, loyal and a good friend. When she does some investigation work to help out Bonnie, we see a different side of the usually reserved Agnes.
The prose here is wonderful, much like the images of quilts throughout the book. The characters are more fleshed out in this latest installment; it is interesting to see them struggling with decisions that any person could face in real life. The history among the characters is respected, which adds to the power of the story.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on March 31, 2004
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The Elm Creek Quilters have decided to secretly craft a special quilt to honor their hostess and leader. They've asked each one of Sylvia's friends and former campers to stitch a patchwork block that somehow celebrates her inspiration to others. The contributions will be pieced together and presented as a belated wedding present to Sylvia and her new husband, Andrew. This book would be interesting enough if it merely reproduced all of the resulting letters with their stories and creative choices. But no: the local women have lives too, and they can be just as complex and frustrating as our own. Their own dramas wrap around the central theme in the same way that the incoming squares reveal portions of Sylvia's life. And they're told in block fashion as well, with each chapter focusing on one individual until the finale is devoted to the Master Quilter herself. While newbies to this series might be overwhelmed by the number of characters involved, they shouldn't let that bog down their reading. They've got plenty of time to catch up on the previous installments later, and then "the whole story" will be understood.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Wallevand on April 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved Jennifer Chiaverini's latest Elm Creek Quilts novel. The book tells the story of the same several month time period from the view of different characters. Each chapter is another character's experience. It was very interesting to read what each person was thinking at the time and how the actions of others, which seemed unusual, were explained when the next chapter was told in their voice. Once again, Chiaverini has wrapped her readers in the warm storyquilt of friendship that trancends age and geography. Some characters are moving on to different places in their lives, and I look forward to the new characters that will fill their places at Elm Creek Quilts and the stories they will bring with them.
On a side note: Oooohhhh! I hate that man! Bonnie Markham's husband Craig is one of the biggest turd's I've ever read in a novel! Just wait, you'll hate him too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By YankeeChick on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I whipped through this book in a weekend. Initially I found the writing style interesting, but it go to the point where it was just annoying. The author writes well and the approach is interesting. The plot revolves around six women who are members of a quilting group called the Elm Creek Quilters. The main action in the story is the attempt by five of the six women to make a bridal quilt for the head of the group, who has recently married. The story is written from the perspective of one of the characters first and it then is re-told from the perspective of the other members of the group. Seeing how the same events can be interpreted in different ways by different people was at first iteresting, but cycling through the same chain of events six times became repetitive and boring. I finally started skimming through the last two characters' stories because I was sick of the repetition and wanted to get to a point of closure for the story. This book was charming in its own way, but the approach to telling the story finally became the major detraction from the story. It made for a pleasant weekend read overall.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Olfert on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Jennifer Chiaverini's work since the first book and each one has been full and rich. My expectations for her new book were high, I admit. Unfortunately, with this book she seems to have run out of steam. Many of the chapters are repetitious as she is telling the story from the different characters perspectives and though that is a writing technique that can be very effective, it just seemed a way to fill the pages. The only reason I gave this three stars instead of 2, was the book definitely got better towards the end and had an interesting twist which made it worth reading.
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More About the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of MRS. LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER, MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL, THE SPYMISTRESS, MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE, and other acclaimed historical novels. She also wrote the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, "In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years."

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