The Master Quilter
An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
By Jennifer Chiaverini
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451606119, 336pp.)
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
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In this heartwarming novel about the meaning of friendship, the Elm Creek quilters pay tribute to their beloved matriarch and the bridal quilt that will be stitched in her honor.
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 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.
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.
From an author who can stitch together social drama as neatly as a quilt, The Master Quilter is the latest installment in an outstanding series lauded by fans and reviewers alike. “This is an outstanding series of novels about a fascinating craft. Quilting, in the hands of Jennifer Chiaverini, allows us to explore human relationships in all their complexity” (Booklist).
Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, her most recent historical novel. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.
"Even a newcomer to the popular Elm Creek Quilts series will quickly get caught up in the lives of the ladies who stitch."—Publishers Weekly