The Master Quilter An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Jennifer Chiaverini|
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From the Publisher:
"Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts books . . . have become classics of their kind."—The Dallas Morning News
The Master Quilter opens with the sound of wedding bells ringing in the ears of the Elm Creek Quilters. The close-knit group can hardly believe that their own Sylvia Compson planned her holiday wedding to sweetheart Andrew in complete secrecy, without the help of even one of her friends. Eager to honor the newlyweds, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for their favorite Master Quilter. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, they reason, Sylvia will be the one in the dark.
Such little white lies seem harmless enough, especially in the service of future happiness. Yet Elm Creek Manor, and the quilting retreat established there by the Elm Creek Quilters, thrives on the strength of women sharing their creativity, their challenges, and their dreams. Somehow, in the race to commemorate in Sylvia's bridal quilt all that they hold dear about her wisdom, skill, and devotion, they forget to give honesty its pride of place.
As the quilt blocks accumulate, the Elm Creek Quilters celebrate the joy of new beginnings and the ongoing success of their business—until forces conspire to threaten their happiness and prosperity. Two among them falter in their personal relationships, yet they are too proud to share their pain. The financial problems of another leave the quilt project vulnerable to a malicious act that may prevent its completion. And as two others weigh the comfort of the present against dreams of a future far from Elm Creek Manor, closely guarded secrets strain the bonds of friendship with those who may be left behind.
After five books, Sylvia Compson's fictional Elm Creek Manor has become famous. Now a quilting school run by a group of friends and quilters, Elm Creek is the scene of many events, most of them quilting-related. Sarah is organizing the making of a wedding quilt for Sylvia and Andrew who, late in life, have eloped. Gwen, a quilting historian, finds her academic career blocked because her specialty is considered trivial. Gwen's daughter, Summer, wants to move in with her boyfriend--and Gwen is worried that Summmer (also a quilter) will lose the independent spirit she has tried so hard to pass on to her.