The Winding Ways Quilt

The Winding Ways Quilt

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ISBN-13: 9781436132558
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/25/2008

About the Author

 Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of fourteen Elm Creek Quilts novels, as well as three collections of quilt projects inspired by the series, and is the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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The Winding Ways Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #12) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Redcatlady More than 1 year ago
As the Elm Creek Quilters prepare for the departures of two members -- Judy, who is moving out of the area with her husband, and Summer, who is FINALLY heading off to graduate school in Chicago -- each of them prepares part of a quilt that, when put together, is in the Winding Ways pattern (albeit in a color scheme that reflect each individual quilter). Flashback chapters tell the members back stories: Judy's introduction to quilting is bittersweet as she and her parents deal with a grandmother's racism; Summer has to deal with a grade-school history teacher who accuses her of cheating on a pioneer history project (with Gwen's confrontational reaction not really helping); Diane's foray into quilting as a result of a decade-long war with the neighbor whose son helped destroy Bonnie's shop; Bonnie's intro to quilting via a beloved grandmother who later develops dementia, and the establishment of Grandma's Attic in tribute (despite hubby Craig's lack of support); unwed mother Gwen, college career cut short because of the lure of the '60's, discovering an unexpected support group in her mother's quilting circle which, in turn, leads her to an interest in women's studies after the discovery of an abandoned quilt (and its contents) unearths a long-hidden secret about a prominent local family. And, in addition to the group's feelings of loss, there's the issue of how to welcome newcomers Anna and Gretchen. All is resolved in a positive but realistic way.
Angie2536 More than 1 year ago
As some of the founding members of Elm Creek Quilts begin their journey to other parts of the country, the rest of the quilters carry on with new replacements, getting to know them, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new, while Sylvia works on a secret project for the end of the summer season. A relaxing and enjoyable read.
Soupie58 More than 1 year ago
The Winding Ways Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini is an excellent read, either as a stand alone story, or as part of the Elm Creek Quilt series of books. As characters we who have read the series prepare to take on new roles in life, Chiaverini introduces us to new characters without distracting from the original set of women who permeate the books. I enjoyed this story, as it looks forward, while tying up loose ends of characters. An excellent read alone, or as part of the Elm Creek Quilt series. This is an excellent quilting/book club story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Elm Creek books are like visiting old friends for the weekend, and catching up on their lives, and talking about old times. These books leave you with a satisfied feeling. Not to mention the inspiration to quilt, and make something to hand down to your children as a family heirloom, or just to use in your own home. I sincerely hope there will be many more books from Jennifer Chiaverini.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Elm Street Quilters camp is about to reopen and participants eagerly hope to learn more about their craft and meet old friends and make new ones. This year¿s opening is bittersweet because some of the founding members are leaving. --- Judy wouldn¿t leave for anything less than a tenure position at U of Penn and her husband is getting a job at the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is a time for new beginning for pregnant Sara and her husband Matt. Bonnie lost her store Grandmother¿s Attic when some thugs destroyed it beyond repair and her husband changed the numbers to their accounts and the locks to their home. Summer who is also one of the founders is taking her doctorate at the University of Chicago. It is time for the Elm Street Quilters to have welcomes and farewells to characters who are coming and leaving. --- The characters are fully developed and likable especially bringing in two new faculty members to replace departing instructors adds freshness to the saga. However, the story line feels very similar to previous tales with flashbacks overly employed and there are very little interactions between the main characters as the tale is more of a series of vignettes. Still fans will want to say goodbye to leaving quilters and welcome new members. --- Harriet Klausner
mchwest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love all these books, and I don't quilt!
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chapters on all of the main characters in the series give readers the stories of the "winding ways" that brought each woman to quilting and to Elm Creek Manor. Much of the information was already provided in previous books, but it was nice to have all the stories in one place. Review based on publisher-provided book. 02/27/2010
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light, fun, great, read. I read it in a day! I love this whole series, they are such feel good books and yet not always full of good things either.I love the way the women pull together and I think it's the friendships that they form and care for that makes me love the books the most! =)
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Apparently it is only one in a long series, but I found my way among the personalities and relationships without much trouble. This story concerns one summer in the history of the Elm Creek Quilters - a group of women who live and/or work in an old manor house teaching quilting classes. Each section of the book is told from the viewpoint (3rd person) of one of the women. It is fascinating to watch the threads of these stories weave together into the satisfying whole at conclusion.
mawshimp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back to the roots of the series - the ladies. I like catching up with them and seeing their internal struggles as they relate to each other. Also a good look at some of their backgrounds and how it relates to them in present time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not read much because it put me to sleep. but this book I had a hard time putting it down. a very good book.
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A warm caring story about the history of making quilts and how a renewed interest in quilt making brings to together family menbers, and old and new friendships.
Sir_Callipygian More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
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This was mostly a retelling of the previous novels. Only a few of the stories of the main quilters were new. It was not a very exciting read. This would be fine if it was your first Elm Creek novel.