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General Information

Name:  Jennifer Chiaverini  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1969

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Chiaverini is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jennifer Chiaverini is a quilter and New York Times bestselling author. She is also a former writing instructor at Penn State and Edgewood College. Best known for writing the Elm Creek Quilts novels, Chiaverini also wrote four books of quilt patterns that were inspired by the novels and designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics. She currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

A quilter's holiday :
ISBN: 9781439143148. OCLC Number: 310397752

Simon & Schuster,. .

For the Elm Creek Quilters, the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the quilting season, a time to gather at Elm Creek Manor and spend the day stitching holiday gifts for loved ones. On this quilter's holiday, Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom has invited her friends to continue an old family tradition of sewing quilt blocks representing their thankfulness and gratitude. As each quilter explains the significance of her carefully chosen block, stories of love and longing for family and friends emerge.

An Elm Creek quilts album :
ISBN: 0743296567. OCLC Number: 70158535

Simon & Schuster,. .

An Elm Creek Quilts omnibus includes The Runaway Quilt, in which a master quilter searches for evidence of her ancestors' courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad; The Quilter's Legacy, involving a cross-country search for missing heirloom quilts; and The Master Quilter, in which a circle member embarks on marriage.

An Elm Creek quilts collection :
ISBN: 9781439197790. OCLC Number: 555639458

Simon & Schuster,. .

The sugar camp quilt.: History is thick with secrets in The Sugar Camp Quilt, seventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the novel follows Dorothea Granger's passage from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery. She discovers that a quilt she has stitched for her uncle Jacob with five unusual patterns of his own design contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. The heroic journey she undertakes leads to revelations about her own courage and resourcefulness -- newfound qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known--Publisher's description.

An Elm Creek quilts companion :
ISBN: 9780142196700. OCLC Number: 837144029

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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.

Christmas bells :
ISBN: 1101984791. OCLC Number: 905089059

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"New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem "Christmas Bells," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men! In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn. Jennifer Chiaverini's resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading Christmas Bells evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song"--

Circle of quilters :
ISBN: 074326021X. OCLC Number: 61479664

Simon & Schuster,. .

When the departure of two Elm Creek Quilts founding members prompts an influx of new applicants, the artists' retreat considers several candidates, including a history lover, a chef, and a gifted teacher.

Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 1571201777. OCLC Number: 49799551

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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.

Enchantress of numbers :
ISBN: 1101985208. OCLC Number: 971462712

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"The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage--brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly--will shape her destiny ..."--Jacket.

Fates and traitors :
ISBN: 1101983841. OCLC Number: 940795256

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The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence. The world would not look upon his like again. John Wilkes Booth--driven son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, whose misguided quest to avenge the vanquished Confederacy led him to commit one of the most notorious acts in the annals of America--has been the subject of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession. Though in his plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln Booth did not act alone--I am determined to be a villain, he tragically prophesized on the occasion of his acclaimed 1862 New York City debut in the role of Richard III--he is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, devoid of human connection. Yet four women were integral in the life of this unquiet American: Mary Ann, the mother he revered above all but country; his sister and confidante, Asia; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who loved him; and the Confederate widow Mary Surratt, to whom he entrusted the secrets of his vengeful wrath. In Fates and Traitors, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini renders for the first time as fiction the compelling interplay between these pivotal actors--some willing, others unwitting--who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation--

More Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 9781607052913. OCLC Number: 688505651

C & T Pub.,. .

Quilt projects from several novels in the Elm Creek series, with sidebars about characters pertinent to each quilt, with specially written vignettes and a chapter contained only in this book.

More Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 1571204512. OCLC Number: 144773311

C & T Pub.,. .

Quilt projects from several novels in the Elm Creek series, with sidebars about characters pertinent to each quilt, with specially written vignettes and a chapter contained only in this book.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule :
ISBN: 0525954295. OCLC Number: 888025292

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"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged a proud identity of her own. In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress's closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks-becoming general in chief of the Union Army-so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband's side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women-Union and Confederate-she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow"--

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
ISBN: 9781501260223. OCLC Number: 900444182

Brilliance Audio,. .

Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker :
ISBN: 0525953612. OCLC Number: 795167437

Dutton,. .

Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.

Mrs. Lincoln's rival :
ISBN: 0525954287. OCLC Number: 849719148

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"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, reveals the famous First Lady's very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as "one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society." (Providence Journal) Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her "the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her." None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common-political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness-they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not. Jennifer Chiaverini excels at chronicling the lives of extraordinary yet littleknown women through historical fiction. What she did for Elizabeth Keckley in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and for Elizabeth Van Lew in The Spymistress she does for Kate Chase Sprague in Mrs. Lincoln's Rival"--

Return to Elm Creek :
ISBN: 9781607053736. OCLC Number: 688506821

C & T Pub.,. .

Contains instructions and templates for quilting projects inspired by Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek novels.

Return to Elm Creek :
ISBN: 1571202692. OCLC Number: 54455275

C & T Pub.,. .

Contains instructions and templates for quilting projects inspired by Jennifer Chiaverini's "Elm Creek" novels.

Round robin :
ISBN: 9781416593041. OCLC Number: 42454703

Simon & Schuster,. .

The author of the regional bestseller The Quilter's Apprentice reunites with the Elm Creek Quilters in a continuing tale of friendship and loyalty in which quilting is a bountiful metaphor for the way people stitch their lives together, piece by imperfect piece.

Sonoma Rose
ISBN: 9781464003912. OCLC Number: 776670227

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Struggling with a meager existence on a Prohibition-era farm in Southern California and devastated by the losses of four of her children to a wasting disease, Rosa flees with her surviving children after a shattering act of violence.

Sonoma rose /
ISBN: 0452298997. OCLC Number: 731911765

Dutton,. .

As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the federal purview. Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease that is now afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa's resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive. As a flash flood traps them in a treacherous canyon, only one man is brave-or foolhardy-enough to come to their rescue: Lars Jorgenson, Rosa's first love and the father of her healthy daughters. Together they escape to Berkeley, where a leading specialist offers their only hope of saving Ana and Miguel. Here in northern California, they create new identities to protect themselves from Rosa's vengeful husband, the police who seek her for questioning, and the gangsters Lars reported to Prohibition agents-officers representing a department often as corrupt as the Mob itself. Ever mindful that his youthful alcoholism provoked Rosa to spurn him, Lars nevertheless supports Rosa's daring plan to stake their futures on a struggling Sonoma Valley vineyard--despite the recent hardships of local winemakers whose honest labors at viticulture have, through no fault of their own, become illegal.

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 9781571209122. OCLC Number: 595550000

C & T Pub.,. .

This book contains the patterns for the 140 traditional blocks that make up the quilt, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, that was featured in one of Ms. Chiaverini's previous novels--Provided by publisher.

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 1571206558. OCLC Number: 244177307

C & T Pub.,. .

"This book contains the patterns for the 140 traditional blocks that make up the quilt, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, that was featured in one of Ms. Chiaverini's previous novels"--Provided by publisher.

The aloha quilt /
ISBN: 1416533192. OCLC Number: 424454963

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Bonnie faces a bleak winter alone, with her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter's retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands.

The Aloha quilt :
ISBN: 9781594134364. OCLC Number: 666220136

Gale Cengage Learning,. .

Bonnie's quilting shop goes out of business just as her divorce approaches. But Bonnie gets a chance to escape when her old friend Claire invites her to Hawaii to help launch a new quilter's retreat at a charming bed and breakfast.

The Christmas quilt /
ISBN: 0739458817. OCLC Number: 62769763

Simon & Schuster,. .

When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished. Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters -- her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge. At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues -- joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials -- the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II -- tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt. Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.

The Christmas quilt :
ISBN: 1476792852. OCLC Number: 878837606

Simon & Schuster,. .

While decorating Elm Creek Manor on Christmas Eve, Sarah McClure discovers an incomplete Christmas quilt and sets out to uncover its history with the help of Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, who reveals why the quilt had never been finished.

The Christmas quilt :
ISBN: 143910025X. OCLC Number: 230195283

Pocket Books,. .

Master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson helps her friend Sarah McClure uncover the story of an unfinished Christmas quilt and works on a new quilt for her reluctant daughter-in-law that depicts holiday memories of Elm Creek Manor.

The cross-country quilters :
ISBN: 9780743214896. OCLC Number: 310397098

Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,. .

The third installment in the popular Elm Creek Quilts series (The Quilter's Apprentice; Round Robin) once again features an ensemble cast of women who learn the importance of friendship and sisterhood by way of their passion for quilting. This time, five women from across the country meet during a weeklong visit to Elm Creek quilting camp in rural Waterford, Pa. Craft and crises intertwine as each woman reveals her private tale of family conflict, marital woes and health concerns. Julia Merchaud is an aging soap star, at camp to acquire quilting skills she falsely claimed to possess in order to secure a film role, while renowned quilter Grace Daniels, recently diagnosed with MS, suffers quilter's block and comes to Elm Creek hoping for inspiration. Megan and Donna are e-mail buddies, both from the Midwest, meeting in person for the first time. Megan, an aerospace engineer, is a recently divorced single mom with a friendless and troubled nine-year-old son, while Donna is escaping her daughter's sudden engagement and the attendant social chores. Rounding out the bunch is happy-go-lucky octogenarian Nana, an Elm Creek veteran intent on making a match for her single grandson, Adam. After a week of bonding and binding, the five women agree to collaborate on a Challenge Quilt, in which each participant must overcome a major obstacle in her life before beginning her section of the project.

The cross-country quilters :
ISBN: 1439148910. OCLC Number: 45002160

Simon & Schuster,. .

Five friends work on a "challenge quilt" that is symbolic of the problems they face in their personal lives.

The giving quilt
ISBN: 9781470338916. OCLC Number: 826651364

Playaway Digital Audio :. .

'The giving quilt' chronicles the week after Thanksgiving-- Quiltsgiving-- as residents of Elm Creek Manor find creative ways to answer the questions, 'Why do you give?'--Publisher's web site.

The giving quilt :
ISBN: 0142180246. OCLC Number: 778419254

Dutton,. .

When the creative residents of Elm Creek gather the week after Thanksgiving to work on quilts for Project Linus, they respond to Sylvia's provocative questions to alleviate respective personal challenges and learn helpful lessons about the strength of human connections.

The lost quilter
ISBN: 9781416533177. OCLC Number: 231834335

Simon & Schuster,. .

Master quilter Sylvia Compson discovers a stash of letters in the attic of Elm Creek Manor and traces a tale back to 1859. An escaped slave, Joanna, spent a brief period at Elm Creek Farm until she was captured and returned to bondage, leaving her son in the care of the Bergstrom family. If Sylvia is to determine the fate of Joanna and her son, she must rely on one important clue-- the meticulous heirloom quilt Joanna stitched and left behind.

The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts :
ISBN: 9781607057666. OCLC Number: 859537675

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Inspired by Jennifer Chiaverini's best-selling novel, The Union Quilters, this sampler quilt offers a treasure trove of traditional blocks sewn by the women of Elm Creek Valley to support their troops during the American Civil War. The book includes historical notes on the novel and photos of 9 Loyal Union Samplers made by Jennifer and other Elm Creek Quilts lovers from around the world. These blocks can be mixed and matched with blocks from Jennifer's wildly popular Elm Creek Quilts sampler, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler. 121 traditional 6 quilt blocks Full-sized patterns for every block, plus instructions for assembling the quilt Start an Elm Creek Quilt club and feature a different block at each meeting.

The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts :
ISBN: 1607057654. OCLC Number: 828055370

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PATCHWORK & APPLIQUE. This is a treasure trove of more than 100 traditional 6" blocks, inspired by the best-selling The Union Quilters novel. Inspired by Jennifer Chiaverini's best-selling novel, The Union Quilters, this sampler quilt offers a treasure trove of traditional blocks sewn by the women of Elm Creek Valley to support their troops during the American Civil War. The book includes historical notes on the novel and photos of 9 Loyal Union Samplers made by Jennifer and other Elm Creek Quilts lovers from around the world. These blocks can be mixed and matched with blocks from Jennifer's wildly popular Elm Creek Quilts sampler, Sylvia's Bridal Sampler.

The master quilter :
ISBN: 9781451606119. OCLC Number: 52860210

Simon & Schuster,. .

The impending marriage of Elm Creek's most renowned quilting instructor prompts the stitching of a perfect commemorative bridal quilt, an endeavor that is challenged by closely guarded secrets among the Elm Creek Quilters.

The New Year's quilt :
ISBN: 9781476787299. OCLC Number: 105468166

Simon & Schuster,. .

A seasonally themed Elm's Creek Quilts tale finds master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson tackling a new quilt for her reluctant daughter-in-law that depicts holiday memories of Elm Creek Manor.

The quilter's apprentice :
ISBN: 9781416556992. OCLC Number: 39765816

Simon & Schuster,. .

The wife of a landscape designer in Pennsylvania obtains a job doing housework for an old woman who quilts, and in the process learns to quilt herself. As the two quilt, the old one recounts her family's tragic story.

The quilter's homecoming
ISBN: 9780743260237. OCLC Number: 190824987

Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,. .

Newlyweds Elizabeth and Henry set out on a cross-country journey to the site of their new home only to discover that they have been the victims of fraud and are now penniless, which forces Henry to take a job as a ranch hand while Elizabeth begins a new quilt.

The quilter's kitchen :
ISBN: 9781416583295. OCLC Number: 223107758

Simon & Schuster,. .

In this cookbook disguised as a novel, Anna's new position as head chef at a quilting retreat gives her access to the group's recipe trove.

The quilter's legacy
ISBN: 9781436166539. OCLC Number: 264694878

Playaway Digital Audio ;. .

Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find several heirloom quilts that have vanished. Traveling far and wide, she discovers fascinating truths about her mother, who died when Sylvia was only a child.

The quilter's legacy :
ISBN: 1451606109. OCLC Number: 54810673

Plume,. .

Sylvia Bergstrom Compson and her fianceĢ 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.

The runaway quilt /
ISBN: 1451606095. OCLC Number: 669256780

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When Sylvia Compson discovers evidence of her ancestors' involvement with the Underground Railroad, it raises the historical issue of the use of quilts as a method of signalling fugitive slaves.

The spymistress
ISBN: 9781594137235. OCLC Number: 857234441

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Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew's convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life. Van Lew's skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring's reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known.

The spymistress :
ISBN: 0142180882. OCLC Number: 834432451

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Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison.

The sugar camp quilt :
ISBN: 9781451672824. OCLC Number: 56661952

Simon & Schuster,. .

In Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years before the Civil War, Dorothea Granger agrees to sew an unusual quilt to fulfill her uncle's deathbed request, realizing later that the quilt pattern contains an Underground Railroad map.

The Union quilters
ISBN: 9781449844776. OCLC Number: 696919051

Recorded Books,. .

Fervent abolitionism rules the day in 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania. So when the local men answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms, wives are left behind to keep the town functioning. Fortunately, the ladies of Elm Creek Valley have an ingenious plan.

The Union quilters :
ISBN: 0452297605. OCLC Number: 635459456

Dutton,. .

In 1862 Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, abolitionism is prevalent, even passionate, so the local men rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms. Thus the women of Elm Creek Valley's quilting bee are propelled into the unknown.

The wedding quilt
ISBN: 9781464017551. OCLC Number: 776889532

Playaway Digital Audio ;. .

As the wedding day of Sarah McClure's daughter Caroline approaches, Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present. A wedding quilt is a powerful metaphor, and Sarah is determined that the blocks in her daughter's quilt will display a vivid pastiche of love in all its varieties.

The wedding quilt /
ISBN: 0452298490. OCLC Number: 706017187

Dutton,. .

Meditating on the weddings she has attended in Elm Creek Manor throughout the years on the morning of her daughter's wedding day, Sarah McClure evaluates the symbolic features on a wedding quilt designed to display the signatures of beloved guests.

The winding ways quilt
ISBN: 9781416565376. OCLC Number: 869431525

Simon & Schuster,. .

-- The Winding Ways Quilt Quilters have flocked to Elm Creek Manor to learn from Master Quilter Sylvia Compson and her expert colleagues. There's Sarah, Sylvia's onetime apprentice who's paired her quilting accomplishments with a mind for running the business of Elm Creek Quilts; Agnes, who has a gift for appliqu?; Gwen, who stitches innovative art quilts; Diane, a whiz at the technicalities of quick-piecing; and Bonnie, with her encyclopedic knowledge of folk art patterns. But with Judy and Summer, two other founding members of the Elm Creek Quilters, departing to pursue other opportunities, will the new teachers be able to fill in the gaps created by the loss of their expertise -- and more important, their friendship? When I think of all the different paths I could have followed in my life, all the twists and turns that could have led me anywhere, muses incoming teacher Gretchen, it's something of a miracle that I ended up here, surrounded by loving friends. But what of friends departed? As Sylvia contemplates a tribute to the partnership of the Elm Creek Quilters, she is reminded of a traditional quilt pattern whose curved pieces symbolize a journey. Winding Ways, a mosaic of overlapping circles and intertwining curves, would capture the spirit of their friendship at the moment of its transformation. Will Sylvia's choice inspire the founding members to remember that each is a unique part of a magnificent whole? Will the newcomers find ways to contribute, and to earn their place? The Winding Ways Quilt considers the complicated, often hidden meanings of presence and absence, and what change can mean for those who have come to rely upon one another.

The winding ways quilt :
ISBN: 141653315X. OCLC Number: 154309195

Simon & Schuster,. .

The arrival of newcomers into the circle of quilters heralds unexpected journeys down pathways near and far as well as capturing the spirit of friendship at the moment of its transformation.

Traditions from Elm Creek quilts :
ISBN: 9781607054023. OCLC Number: 706803890

C & T Pub.,. .

Contains thirteen step-by-step instructions for quilting projects inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts novels written by the author.