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The Runaway Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781439142615
Genre : Fiction
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The fourth book in the popular Elm Creek Quilts series explores a question that has long captured the imagination of quilters and historians alike: Did stationmasters of the Underground Railroad use quilts to signal to fugitive slaves? In her first novel, The Quilter's Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini wove quilting lore with tales from the World War II home front. Now, following Round Robin and The Cross-Country Quilters, Chiaverini revisits the legends of Elm Creek Manor, as Sylvia Compson discovers evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad. Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia scours her attic and finds three quilts and a memoir written by Gerda, the spinster sister of clan patriarch Hans Bergstrom. The memoir describes the founding of Elm Creek Manor and how, using quilts as markers, Hans, his wife, Anneke, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls. When a runaway named Joanna arrives from a South Carolina plantation pregnant with her master's child, the Bergstroms shelter her through a long, dangerous winter -- imagining neither the impact of her presence nor the betrayal that awaits them. The memoir raises new questions for every one it answers, leading Sylvia ever deeper into the tangle of the Bergstrom legacy. Aided by the Elm Creek Quilters, as well as by descendants of others named in Gerda's tale, Sylvia dares to face the demons of her family's past and at the same time reaffirm her own moral center. A spellbinding fugue on the mysteries of heritage, The Runaway Quilt unfolds with all the drama and suspense of a classic in the making.

Elm Creek Quilts

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 1571201777
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Provides patterns and instructions for creating twelve quilt projects inspired by the Elm Creek quilt novels, and includes tips and techniques for successful quiltmaking.

An Elm Creek Quilts Album

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9780743296564
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Collects three titles in the Elm Creek quilts series, including "The Runaway Quilt," "The Quilter's Legacy," and "The Master Quilter."

Return To Elm Creek

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781607053736
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Get reacquainted with your favorite characters from the Elm Creek Quilts series while browsing through a dozen brand-new quilts designed by best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini.

The Lost Quilter

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781439158548
Genre : Fiction
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Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names -- Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm. Though Joanna's freedom proved short-lived -- she was forcibly returned by slave catchers to Josiah Chester's plantation in Virginia -- she left the Bergstrom family a most precious gift, her son. Hans and Anneke Bergstrom, along with maiden aunt Gerda, raised the boy as their own, and the secret of his identity died with their generation. Now it falls to Sylvia -- drawing upon Gerda's diary and Joanna's quilt -- to connect Joanna's past to present-day Elm Creek Manor. Just as Joanna could not have foreseen that, generations later, her quilt would become the subject of so much speculation and wonder, Sylvia and her friends never could have imagined the events Joanna witnessed in her lifetime. Punished for her escape by being sold off to her master's brother in Edisto Island, South Carolina, Joanna grieves over the loss of her son and resolves to run again, to reunite with him someday in the free North. Farther south than she has ever been, she nevertheless finds allies, friends, and even love in the slave quarter of Oak Grove, a cotton plantation where her skill with needle and thread soon becomes highly prized. Through hardship and deprivation, Joanna dreams of freedom and returning to Elm Creek Farm. Determined to remember each landmark on the route north, Joanna pieces a quilt of scraps left over from the household sewing, concealing clues within the meticulous stitches. Later, in service as a seamstress to the new bride of a Confederate officer, Joanna moves on to Charleston, where secrets she keeps will affect the fate of a nation, and her abilities and courage enable her to aid the country and the people she loves most. The knowledge that scraps can be pieced and sewn into simple lines -- beautiful both in and of themselves and also for what they represent and what they can accomplish -- carries Joanna through dark days. Sustaining herself and her family through ingenuity and art during the Civil War and into Reconstruction, Joanna leaves behind a remarkable artistic legacy that, at last, allows Sylvia to discover the fate of the long-lost quilter.

The Quilter S Legacy

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781451606102
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Sylvia Bergstrom Compson and her fiancâe Andrew embark on a difficult journey to find her mother's missing heirloom quilts, all the while discovering secrets regarding her mother's life and untimely death.

An Elm Creek Quilts Collection

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781439197790
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Three novelscover the lives of quilters from the American Civil War to the present day.

The Sugar Camp Quilt

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781451672824
Genre : Fiction
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Abolitionist school teacher Dorothea Grainger faces the ultimate test of her courage and convictions when the national debate over slavery sets friends and neighbours against one another in rural Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania.

An Elm Creek Quilts Companion

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781101600993
Genre : Fiction
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A beautiful keepsake volume to accompany the beloved New York Times bestselling series Over the course of the bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, readers have expressed a longing to visit Elm Creek Manor, meet the quilters themselves, and admire their beautiful creations. Jennifer Chiaverini’s An Elm Creek Quilts Companion is the next best thing to a guided tour. Inside, readers will discover a treasure trove of delights, including the Bergstrom family tree, character biographies, quilt block illustrations, full-color photographs of quilts featured in the novels, and “Behind the Scenes at Elm Creek Quilt Camp,” an exclusive short story inspired by questions from real readers. No Elm Creek Quilts fan will want to be without this indispensable guide to the cherished series.

Traditions From Elm Creek Quilts

Author : Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN : 9781607054030
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Fans of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series can now stitch up the quilts inspired by her last six novels. The best-selling author shares her inspiration for each of the quilts featured in The Winding Ways Quilt, The Quilter's Kitchen, The Lost Quilter, A Quilter's Holiday, The Aloha Quilt, The Union Quilters, and The Wedding Quilt. Create a bit of Elm Creek for your home!

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