The Giving Quilt

The Giving Quilt

Book - 2012
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"Why do you give?" asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt , the New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini's artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.

At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is "Quiltsgiving," a time to commence a season of generosity. 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. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this charitable organization, dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need.)

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. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia's provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. 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.

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.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2012.
ISBN: 9780525953609
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 22 cm.

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LaughingOne Feb 03, 2013

The Elm Creek Quilts novels keep getting better! Do start with the first in the series and go through them chronologically, as the stories build from book to book. I loved getting to know women new to Elm Creek Quilters. It was interesting to notice that the new women we read about in depth became friends with each other and not with quilters who had been there before. I've seen this happen in other settings too. hmmm....

sablegirl Dec 14, 2012

This was a good book once you got through all the menutia (sp) of the beginning. Each story, as per her usual style, of the characters was interesting. I wanted instructions for the quilt and found them on a very interesting Elm Creek Quilts website. I would recommend this book.

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