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The Wedding Quilt: An ELM Creek Quilts Novel (Elm Creek Quilts #18)

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The "New York Times" bestseller celebrates one of America's most romantic and enduring traditions
As her daughter's wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present--the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.
Unexpectedly, Caroline confides, "I wish I had a w
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ebook, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Dutton Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Cassandra
Initial thoughts (186 pages read) - I wonder why this novel was written almost entirely as a recap of the past 20 years. It is set in the future, with Sarah and Matt's twins grown up and the daughter getting married. Instead of the novel focusing on the wedding, or the events leading up to the wedding, it is telling the story of every single Elm Creek quilter over the past 20-30 years. It's an odd way of telling the story.

Final thoughts - My initial opinion still stands. Way too much flashback,
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Janet
This is the 18th book in the Elm Creek series.

I have read them all and in order but I will admit when I started this one I was a little lost as so many years had past since the last one. Once I understood that I enjoyedhte walk down memory lane in this book, while learning some new pieces to the puzzle.

Sarah's daughter Caroline is getting married. This is the book of everyone coming back together for the wedding and as we do this Sarah has a few walks donw memory lane. To me it was sort of a
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Suzanne
I have a feeling that you will either love it (having not read the other books) or dislike it based on the JUMP in time and the recapping of all the loose story lines out there. I got the feeling that this was closure to Elm Creek Quilts-- without telling the fans who have read all 17 books that this was happening. I would have rather read a book about the Aloha Quilt Camp and experience the wedding first had. I would have rather read a book about how Sylvia found her California relative and the ...more
Connie
I believe that this is the worst book that Chiaverini has ever written. I normally adore her books and eagerly wait for the next title to be released.

I will not reveal the plot, but I will say that I did not like the futuristic twist or the flashbacks. I thought that the story was aburd and difficult to follow.
Michelle
The 18th book in the Elm Creek Quilts series makes a large initial time jump of 25 years from the prior book, where Sarah was just getting ready to give birth to her twins. We are now approaching the wedding of her daughter. As the wedding nears, we see flashbacks to the preceding years as well as some overlap review of a couple of the prior books. To Sarah's surprise, it is her son, rather than her daughter, Caroline that takes an interest and becomes a quilter. We see both sad and happy moment ...more
Jennifer
In Jennifer Chiaverini's The Wedding Quilt, the story of the Elm Creek Quilters seems to be coming to a close. This is a wonderful series, of which I have read almost every book. The story begins with the invitation to Sarah and Matt's daughter Caroline's wedding - about 20 years after the last book was set. As Sarah waits for her daughter to arrive at Elm Creek Manor, she remembers the day Caroline and her twin brother James were born.

This pattern continues throughout the book. The current wedd
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Karin
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Rebecca
In 2028, Sarah's daughter is getting married at Elm Creek Manor. As family and friends gather, Sarah thinks back non-chronologically to many stories and events concerning the Elm Creek Quilters. There was the time she was pregnant with the twins, and her husband decided to help out his father and spend the last trimester far away from her despite her pleas for him to stay. There was the time her mentor Sylvia, owner of the manor, discovered some long-lost relatives, and Sarah worried that they w ...more
Lynn Christiansen
I think Mrs. Chiaverini has gotten tired of our Elm Creek Quilters. I didn't enjoy the time jump, but it was the inconsistencies that killed it for me. If you're going to write 20 books with intertwining characters and stories then you should keep notes because we will notice when entire characters go missing or when plot lines don't match. So sad, this is the series that started me on quilting and I'm sad to see that it ended so badly. (This isn't the first book with inconsistencies, but it is ...more
penelopewanders
Not really sure if I can label this as contemporary, as actually it's a flashforward to the 2020's... a bit strange, I must confess. Initially I found it actually quite irritating, but as the mainstay of the book is made up of "flashbacks" to what is more or less contemporary, I was able to ignore the slightly futuristic spin and settle into the story. As I've been able to read the whole series thanks to weeder's wonderful spiral on bookcrossing, the recapping of the previous episodes (so to spe ...more
Karen Sage
Loved the way the author reminisced about all other stories throughout this book
Rita Caldwell
Another winner and hope she continues the series. Sorry that Sylvia has passed on.
Anne
The title of this story and the flyleaf description are both misleading. This book is not about the making of a keepsake wedding quilt for a beloved daughter. That's simply a device that brings an eighteen-volume series to an end. This is the final book in that series. Set in the year 2028, the wedding quilt is a minor character in this wrap up that "ties" all the threads. The lives of the Elm Creek Quilters are brought to a harmonious conclusion. This book is for those who read each installment ...more
Kerry
Ever since I first read The Quiter’s Apprentice I have been a big fan of the Elm Creek Quilt series. I really enjoyed the characters that Chiaverini had created and looked forward to visiting with them in each new book. Then the author detoured into other time periods and began writing about other quilters, most notably Sylvia’s cousin, Elizabeth, who moved to California during the Prohibition Era and their Civil War era ancestors, Anneka and Gerda. At first, even the books that explored other e ...more
Melissa
I've faithfully read every one of the Elm Creek Quilts books in order. And this is the latest installment. While a lot of these could be read stand alone, I think too much background information is lost to read it that way if you plan on reading the entire series. Although, it seems that with each book Chiaverini gets further and further away from the comfort of the first books.

It's several years into the future and Sarah McClure's daughter is getting married. As she prepares for the wedding at
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Viviane Crystal
Sarah's daughter, Caroline, and her fiance are soon to arrive at the family home at Elm Creed Manor, a place famous for "quilting camp" sessions, where they will be married. Caroline wants a wedding quilt but isn't sure whether she's getting one. For Sarah, both the wedding and the request bring back scores and scores of memories, most of them heart-warming and funny. As she waits for her daughter, she remembers having to go to the hospital right before a nasty snowstorm and the stories her Mom ...more
LORI CASWELL
It’s September 2028 and Sarah’s daughter is getting married. Chiavernini takes us back in time as Sarah’s thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present-the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, and the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Sarah is also working on the perfect Wedding Quilt for her daughter complete with loving messages from all the guests of the wedding.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
As you know by now this is one of my favorite ser
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Karishma
I think this is the book series equivalent of the Seinfeld finale, with even less of a plot. Almost the whole story is flashback, and each episode either recaps previous books or provides a small addition to them.

I had read the very first book fairly recently, picked up on a whim from the used book sale at the library, and enjoyed it. When I saw this one on the new book list, I picked it up expecting it to be a similarly light and enjoyable read. Instead it was tedious, and now I'm not sure if
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Michele
I will admit this was my least favorite of the Elm Creek Quilt series. It was a good story, but not up to Ms. Chiaverini's previous standards. Her past books have either taken place in the present and gone back into history as letter have been found or stories have been told, or they have taken place 100% in the past. Those were wonderful stories and there was some historical fact included. However, this book takes place in the future and it flips back to the "present" which would be now, and th ...more
Amy
STruggling to get through this book. It is set in the future, but you only get an inkling for this with very subtle clues. No particular date has been mentioned yet. Very dry and slow moving. I feel like I am reading through molassas! I loved some of the other Elm-Creek quilt books, but this is just slow. I hope it picks up soon.
I'm very disappointed, but I can't read anymore! This story is the story of a women in the future whos daughter is getting married. The author tries to punch the main st
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Sarah Beth
I won this novel as a giveaway on goodreads. This is the 18th book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and follows Sarah as she reminisces on her fondest memories in the day's before her daughter's wedding. I have never read any other books in this series before, but I didn't feel lost or confused. From what I gather from other reviews, the biggest complaint about this novel is that it spends a lot of time summarizes what happened in other books. However, since I hadn't read any of the others, the su ...more
Susan
Let's just get this out of the way right off the bat...I am a huge fan of Jennifer Chiaverini. She is from my home state of Wisconsin and I have seen her twice now when she has come to California to research and promote her books. With that being said...

The Wedding Quilt held great expectations for me as I was finally going to find out the identities of Sarah and Matthew McClure's babies. I was so excited to begin reading then quickly found out that the story actually takes place light years ahe
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Janetkc7wvy
This story begins in the future (2028) when Sarah's daughter Caroline is preparing to get married. Mostly it is a review of the other books, some recent past, some back to civil war times. I enjoyed the review as it has been several years since I read the first ones. Sometimes it jumped around too much I wasn't sure if we were in the present, or when the series begins when Sarah is a young bride, or somewhere in the past like when Sylvia's aunt Elizabeth moved with her husband to California, or ...more
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
I got this book for free from Goodreads First Reads

The Wedding Quilt is part of the Elm Creek Quilts series and continues the adventure of the Elm Creek Quilts ladies and their beaus.

In this installment, with her daughter's wedding on the horizon, Sarah reflects back on the past and the present of the Elm Creek Manor brides. The story starts out strong and touching as Sarah's memories take her back to the day the twins were born, in a winter blizzard, and all of her friends and family that surro
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Jodi
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Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
From the very beginning of this series I've been hooked. As each book comes out, I immediately add it to my ever growing collection. The Wedding Quilt is book # 18 in the Elm Creek Quilter's book series. This takes place 25 years after The Aloha Quilt. Sarah and Matt's twins Caroline and James have returned to the Manor for Caroline's wedding.

We meet again all the lovely ladies of Elm Creek Quilts - save Sylvia and Agnes (who have sadly both passed on at this point). We get to learn what has hap
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Donna
The Wedding Quilt brings us to the upcoming wedding of Sarah and Matt McClure's daughter Caroline. Caroline has a twin brother, James, who also works for the Elm Creek Quilters. As the wedding day approaches, Sarah is taken back to thoughts of previous brides of Elm Creek Manor and the traditions they honored and all the wedding quilts with stories in every stitch.

Caroline had confided in Sarah that she would like a wedding quilt. Sarah really wants to grant that wish. Sarah decides on making a
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Lisa
This book catches up the reader on the events and lives of the Elm Creek Quilters in a series of long flashbacks while the quilters prepare for a daughter's wedding. If you haven't read the earlier books, you won't know what's happening--but maybe it will inspire you to read or reread the earlier books, which are more wonderful than this one. At times I had trouble following the timeline--I didn't know when I was in relation to the "now," which is really a hopeful time in the future when the Uni ...more
Susan
I have to say, I was disappointed. I have read all the books in the series up to this one, and was excited to revisit familiar characters... instead I was just left annoyed. Way too much of the book recaps story lines from past installments in the series, which I have to think is not enough information for those unfamiliar to the series, and yet is too much for those who have already read the books. I don't want every previous book in the series summarized for me in this novel!

Then there is the
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Kay Defreese
This is not the usual Jennifer Chiaverini book. Usually her books are in the present time or we are reading about an ancestor or those who came in contact or was influenced by the ancestors. This book fast forwards to the year 2028. All of the oldest quilters of Elm Creek such as Sylvia, Agnes and Gretchen have long since died. It is 2028 and Sarah's daughter is going to get married. The book goes back and forth with Sarah remembering events that took place between the years her twins were born ...more
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of ten Elm Creek Quilts novels and An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler and An Elm Creek Quilts Album, as well as Elm Creek Quilts and Return to Elm Creek, two 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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