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The Winding Ways Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts #12)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  3,011 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
Chiaverini's bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series continues. The arrival of newcomers to the Circle of Quilters illuminates the power of friendship to navigate life's unexpected pathways. SOFTCOVER Simon & Schuster
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 04, 2008 Stasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quilters, stitchers, women looking for connections
Shelves: hobby-stuff
A continuation of the lives of the original Elm Creek Quilting founders. We didn't get much development on the new members and only a cameo from the Cross-country quilters. There are new stories developing with the Waterford Quilt Guild and I still wonder about how Jennifer will turn Claudia around from the spoiled, selfish bitch she's been in the previous books. We are seeing that there may be more to Sarah's mother than the side that Sarah shows us in the previous books. Definitely a quick and ...more
Rhonda Sue
Apr 19, 2015 Rhonda Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of this series. The author does a wonderful job in all her books-you get some history, nice character development and real life folks. This book has Summer leaving for grad school in Chicago, Bonnie and her decision to reopen Grandma's Attic, Sarah is pregnant and a new character Anna and 2 other new members of the Elm Creek Quilters. Sylvia and Agnes and Gwen investigate a quilt from a church basement. Found it very poignant too. Start with book 1 in the series if you can althoug ...more
Mar 17, 2009 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't as good as the previous books in the series. Each chapter focuses on one character and mainly reminisces about their past mixed with a little bit of current events. Sometimes it seemed to drag a bit. I liked her previous books better.
Jul 30, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2008
This book was easy to lay down and walk away from. Maybe it should have been called Wandering Ways since I thought it mostly wandered around jumping back and forth in time and never really having any climax. I liked some of the story lines, but I've read some of them before in other books.
Oct 13, 2008 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a continuation of the series this book lack plot. It is kind of a discussion of characters. The first in the series is good. This book lacks any depth.
Jan 13, 2009 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first 30 pages or so had me rolling my eyes and wondering if there was ever going to be a point. I pushed through it since I'm reading it for a book club, but otherwise probably would have set it down.
It seems to me that what happened is that someone who works in the world of quilting was encouraged to write about it, and she wasn't necessarily a writer. Now, I know she has numerous sequels to The Winding Ways Quilt, but I'd venture a guess they'll all be the same.
I expected to find tha
May 11, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book about the Elm Creek Quilters novel. I keep reading these, because one or two have been good, but they often disappoint. This one goes back and forth from the current day, when the ECQ are waiting for two of their members to move on. As each woman reflects on what quilting has meant in their life you find out why they quilt and how they started.
The characters are more "types" than actual people. If the author writes one more paragraph about how all the quilt campers find "friendship,
This is the 12th book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and picks up right after where the Circle of Quilters left off. We see each of the original group of Quilters in transition and just a glimpse of 2 of the new characters, chef Anna, and Gretchen. Time-wise, this book has very little progression but it was interesting to see the individual focus on each of the quilters as they deal with the major changes coming in their lives. We also get a little more history on each and how they came to be in ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another volume in the Elm Creek Quilters series finds the group going through change. Judy is leaving the group and moving away with her family. Summer is going to college in Chicago soon and Sarah finds herself pregnant with twins. New members of the group join to replace the ones leaving and Anna comes on board as chef during quilt camps. A time of change, symbolized with the winding ways quilt that gives the volume its title. Recommended.
Jan 13, 2009 Kristi rated it did not like it
I read this book for a club and the first 60 pages or so had me interested and turning pages. However, the plot never went anywhere. The entire book was about the characters and what had brought them to quilting. It lacked substance and did not evoke a single feeling in me until I reached the end, at which point I joyously celebrated that I was finally finished!
Oct 22, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elm-creek, 2010

This book in the series brought me up to date on everyone that works/lives at Elm Creek Manor. Sometimes the chapters were too long and I found myself skimming. All in all this is a good series especially if you are a quilter....
Feb 14, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Great back story of the founding members and how they came to love quilting
Jan 22, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts slow and sappy...much eye rolling on my part. But once the quilting and friendship stories get going the book draws you in.
Pieced together more like a quilt than a driving narrative, Chiaverini's 13th novel centered around the quilting circle of Elm Creek, Pa., finds change afoot. Chapters center on the circle's various members, with a focus on backstory. First-time readers are thus not left out in the cold as Judy and her husband, Steve, prepare to leave for new jobs and lives
Feb 06, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dad wanted me to read this book and I'm glad I did! I was a little worried about the quilting and the fact that it was #12 in the series, but it was actually very enjoyable and I liked the individual stories of the characters.
Feb 25, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet continuation of the Elm Creek Quilt series, where we catch up on the contemporary characters after several historical novels. Good to see the familiar friends again, though a lot of repetition from earlier novels.
Feb 14, 2017 Anwnh5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am working my way through these books one by one. I enjoyed this but I felt it was a recap of many of the individual stories, many I have read before.
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crafts, quilts
Finally! Back to the original characters and storyline I loved. This book is just one of many in the extensive Elm Creek Quilter's novel, and as a result I will not be recapping the previous books because it would be a novel in itself. Also, this book could probably be considered a stand alone as well.

When we last left our Quilter's they were getting ready to say goodbye to two of their members, and hello to three new members who have come to join the staff of Elm Creek Quilt Retreat as teachers
Sep 25, 2010 Dlora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Hmm, not as good as some of Chiaverini's other books. Maybe a few too many characters to keep track of with futures still open and too many back-stories to cover quickly to bring us up to speed. We're getting just a tiny slice of each character in midlife, so the stories feel unfinished. Oddly, the previous book in the series developed five characters who were applying to work at the Elm Creek Quilts camp, but it was more enjoyable and felt more finished. However, I do enjoy the quilting setting ...more
The Winding Ways Quilt is book 12 of the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini, set in modern-day Waterford Pennsylvania with many references to the past.

The Elm Creek Quilters offer a weeklong quilt retreat (aka "quilt camp") in the historic (fictitious) Elm Creek Manor. The founding quilters are at a crossroads: two of the beloved friends and quilters are moving away. The remaining Elm Creek Quilters are sad to see their friends depart while at the same time proud to see them success
Aug 16, 2008 Kami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the most recent book in the Elm Creek Quilt novels. The first one is The Apprentice Quilter. I love the books. The characters are very real. It is about very different women whose friendship grows through their common interest in quilting. It is a story of a women who become very close.

Some of the books focus on different characters and generations. I like the backgroud information. Some of them should be read in order and some don't realy matter. I really like the first book, the secon
Feb 26, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
While I really enjoyed and was moved by the actual selection of words used by this author, I found the first 121 pages of this book confusing. In the author's defense, perhaps this is because I was jumping into a series book that isn't the first. I just wasn't sure where she was going with it to be honest.

The book, rather than division by chapters, was separated into long segments on several different main characters, who would be tied together throughout the novel. This may not have been a pro
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Like the other Elm Creek books, this one includes all of the Elm Creek Quilters. Two are finally going their own ways and leaving Waterford. Three new ones are joining the group. Sylvia decides to create a new quilt honoring all the quilters. As with several of the other books, each woman is highlighted in a chapter and while history is retold, new information is included. However, little new insight is gained, yet each one "adds" something to the new quilt.

The story is well crafted and enterta
Mar 19, 2011 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find myself going back and forth on the Elm Creek Quilts novels. They are a cozy read usually focused on a group on woman who have founded and run a luxurious camp for quilts on an old estate in Pennsylvania. I enjoy the stories of the founders and reading how their lives have changed and their friendship grown over the years.

The author does avoid one trap for this kind of series, not every character including main characters is exempt from stress or sadness so that does ground the works a bi
Dec 31, 2008 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2016 Annabelle P rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed to have little to no plot. The camp was marginalized in favor of character backstories, which made the whole thing lack cohesiveness. The book also did not seem to realize that backstory does NOT equal development. Sure, we could see where the character had been and what they had seen, but they didn't seem to have personalities. I didn't get any sense of emotion from any of them. Summer and Jeremy are supposed to be in love? Show me they're in love!! They don't seem to have any ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to have to get used to the idea that these books are more historical fiction that modern fiction. The author spends more time on the back story that living in today's story. I don't care for it, but if I keep it in mind, I might be able to continue reading these books.

In this one though, she mentions a first-time quilter who came alone and is hoping at the opening ceremony very early in the book that she'll make friends. This is not addressed later - it was such a plight she made
Dec 08, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book, this is the 12th book in the series and was thinking I would miss a lot of the history, the author did a great job of focusing on the relationship of quilters new and experienced. I felt that this could have been a first and not 12th
Maria Lopez Larucci
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Dec 13, 2008 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, j-chiavirini
I like how the cycle of events have evolved in this series. Now two of the beloved members of the Elm Creek quilters are moving on to pursue other parts of their lives. Two others are staying put however their lives are changing significantly. While individual transitions can benifit us or be hard for us.... they always affect the rest of a close knit team in different ways. Summer is leaving for graduate school... a very positive move for her. For Gwen-her mom.... it is a hard transition to fin ...more
Quilting, friendship circles, small towns, and women of all circumstances drew me to this book on cd. I was more than half way into it when I realized it was #12. Now I'm interested in the other books. I felt there was enough background for this to stand on its own, but for those who have read previous stories, it my be more rich.

My brothers and I grew up under a quilt. My young mother learned to quilt from an "adopted grandmother" who lived across the street. Their 40-year age gap disappeared
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Se ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Elm Creek Quilts (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts, #1)
  • Round Robin (Elm Creek Quilts, #2)
  • The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, #3)
  • The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #4)
  • The Quilter's Legacy (Elm Creek Quilts, #5)
  • The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, #6)
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #7)
  • The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #8)
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  • The Quilter's Homecoming (Elm Creek Quilts, #10)

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