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Circle of Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #9)

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The ninth book in Jennifer Chiaverini's bestselling series—when two of Elm Creek Quilts’ founding members decide to leave the fold, who can possibly take their place in the circle of quilters?

When Elm Creek Quilts announces openings for two new teachers, quilters everywhere are vying to land the prestigious post. The impending departure of two founding members means untold
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Julie Barrett
Oct 25, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
This Elm Creek Manor story is about the quilters of the manor. A few of the founding members want to leave and
they are faced with getting replacements.
Maggie has bought a quilt at the garage sale for $5 and it's one that is over 133 years old.
She brings it to the circle quilters and they can identify many of the squares. Love all the research she does by traveling to Lowell, MA where the woman lived prior to her marrying the owner of the mill.
She travels
Jul 27, 2007 Michele rated it really liked it
Pieced Together in a Lovely Pattern
This book, Circle of Quilters, is a collection of several stories, sewn together to create a satisfying tale. The book is divided into character portraits of five people, all job applicants for a teaching position at the prestigious Elm Creek Quilter's camp in rural Pennsylvania. Some of their paths cross on interview day, but there is lengthy back-story and development for each, which elicits sympathy from the reader. I found myself rooting for each to do well
Jun 25, 2015 Egm rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this series for a while, but while I have enjoyed the last few books in the series, I have not "loved" them. This was the first one in awhile that I couldn't put down. Started listening to it in the car, then took out of library because I couldn't wait to finish it. Unlike the prior 2 books (#7 and #8), this book returns to present day and is focused on the lives of the people connected to Elm Creek. I think partially why this book was so compelling for me is that it focuses on El ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
I quite liked this book as the Elm Creek Quilters advertise for a couple of openings at the manor, as two of their number are moving to new adventures. We are introduced to several new potential quilters, and learn their history and how they come to interview for the positions. The common thread seems to be that each of them is either in a bad relationship or is recovering from a lost relationship. We learn about them and how they each solve their difficulties and kind of sit on the edge of our ...more
May 24, 2016 Pessick rated it liked it
This is a story of five different quilters with very uniquely different lives and life experiences who think that they would like to go to work for Elm Creek Quilts, a beautiful old estate with a mansion where they teach quilt workshops and live in a perpetual quilting bee environment. All of them are at a turning point in their lives and see Elm Creek as a chance to improve their lives. You keep reading to the end to see which of them will get their wish and what will happen to those who don't ...more
Candy Liggett
May 03, 2015 Candy Liggett rated it it was amazing
The Elm Creek Quilters are losing two of their members and they have to find replacements to run Elm Creek Manor. This fits in with the series as we say goodbye to some familiar friends and say hello to new ones. We also meet Richard whose late wife used to quilt until she passes away from cancer. Richard is lost without his wife and takes comfort in learning how to quilt and it changes his life. A very interesting aspect as we don't really think of men as quilters. Jennifer gives us a very real ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
I could not really figure out which was the first in the series when I saw these on my library's shelf. I was looking for a new series that would be a light amusing read. It looks like these books may do the trick once I find out where to start.
This particular one was more like five short stories as it looked at the life of a number of applicants for a quilting job. Each character was different & interesting though some of them were rather harshly treated by those around them. Possibly that
Feb 08, 2014 Judee rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novel. It is a series of stories about people who apply for two openings at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp. Each individual had a different background that brought them to the application process. We learn about each and their journey into the world of quilting. While heavy on the quilting language, the characters are portrayed realistically in their struggles through life. I was intrigued by each one and whether they would be chosen for the Circle of Quilters. I loved the ending. Thi ...more
Fran Stewart
May 11, 2015 Fran Stewart rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed Christina Moore's performance. The story of a group of women (and one man) applying for a teaching position at Elm Creek quilting camp / school begins in what I thought was a too-loosely woven style, with the various characters presented in seemingly unrelated chapters. But the magic of Chiaverini managed to pull the threads together into a tight weave that answered all the questions and tied up all the loose ends in a thoroughl ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Rebekah rated it really liked it
After a novel out of time, Jennifer Chiaverini writes Circle of Quilters where she explores five different quilters on their path towards becoming an Elm Creek Quilts teachers. The time lines for these stories was peculiar. Each different “chapter” for each different character started at a random time in their life history. We watch them grow as a quilter, but how odd is it to not have a fixed understanding of where the character is in time. Without a beginning all we know is that every beginner ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me make it perfectly clear that I am not a quilter. Have no handcraft talents at all. However, I do appreciate quilts and the work and artistry it takes to make them. This is a story of people and relationships. Elm Creek is a large, old mansion that has been turned into a camp for quilters. People come from all across the U.S. to learn about quilting.
This is a series of books, but you can read any one book and not feel lost because you don't know the characters.
In this book, Elm Creek Q
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, quilts
The Elm Creek quilter's stories I know and love are now back. After being vaguely disappointed in the last two, I was beginning to worry that Chiaverini had lost her touch. Not so! With this novel she more than redeems herself. Since there are so many books before this one that it would take a whole page just to summarize and that fact that all these books can be read as a stand-alone I'm not going to go over the previous books.

In Circle of Quilters, Elm Creek Quilters camp, a well renowned quil
Sep 25, 2010 Dlora rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
This is one of my favorite Jennifer Chiaverini's books. The Elm Creek Quilts business need two more quilting teachers and they send out an advertisement. Five different applicants respond and each chapter in the book describes the life of each one and why they want the job. It's like five short stories tied together by the competition to be the one hired, and each chapter I wanted each one to get the job but only two would make it! Would it be the young girl running a geriatric care center who w ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Millie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Circle of Quilters is about 5 people - 4 women and one man all applying for 2 jobs at Elm Creek Quilts to be a teacher for their quilting camp. There is a chapter devoted to each of the people applying for the job. The chapters allow the reader to get to know a little about the person and how quilting is a big part of their life. In the last chapter you find out who got the job.

I loved how this book was set up and I was able to get to know the characters and each of their reasons for wanting to
Jun 10, 2009 Marcie rated it it was amazing
I rarely give 5 stars. I reserve this rating for books that I think anyone could read and love, or books that have the potential to change your life.
I believe this book easily falls in to the category of one that anyone could read and love (and cherish and blog about and create a book club about :)
After reading Circle of Quilters I am once again in awe of the incredible writing talent of Jennifer Chiaverini. Her ability to create real characters -- the kind of characters that you wish for frie
Nathalie S
Dec 10, 2012 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
I must say I LOVED this book! I couldn't wait to hear what was next and it helped that I read it in a week where I was struggling with sleeplessness (don't know if it was related but it helped pass the long hours). Anyhoo, two of Elm Creek Quilters founding members are quitting to pursue other dreams and so they must hire two more. Five very different candidates are chosen to interview--all of different ages, background, even sexes! It was fascinating to hear their story and how they came to bec ...more
She's back and better than ever. Honestly, I skipped the Elm Creek Quilters book before this one. It was a continuation of one of the Elm Creek back stories about the Underground Railroad, and try though I might, I just couldn't get into it. Suffice it to say, I greeted this one with trepidation.

Circle of Quilters revolves around the Elm Creek Quilts Camp's search for 2 new instructors to replace the two quilters who are leaving Elm Creek to pursue new directions in their lives. There are severa
May 01, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
A must read for all moms to encourage them to look beyond their brood of children to keep your passion. The biggest guilt all moms have when they had careers prior to childbirth. The Cheerios scene is the best and her child's response it looked pretty. I cried a lot as I had a plan to balance both but my birth story of Mr Toads Wild Ride continues with my now 10 year old whose special needs require my help and supporting my husband career as he is and will always be the bread winner. I am still ...more
joyce lynn
Mar 20, 2008 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
i have bronchitus, the flu, or a combination of both, so i've spent quite a bit of time in bed today. hence me knocking out another book so quickly then!

and what a nice pleasant change this one was, and perfect for an "invalid"!!

light and intrigueing ... if you like to be a sort of a "peeping tom" into other's lives, to see how they live versus how your life has gone, this will do it, plus ... it's witty and sad and ... and, whether or not you know how to quilt, or like to quilt, you can still r
Nov 22, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Things are changing at Elm Creek Quilts, as two of the original quilters are leaving. This book is the story of the four quilters who applied for the two open positions. I love the author's narrative style as she introduced each of the four new characters and gave us an intimate peek into each of their lives; their own narratives. And I'm absolutely pleased with the new characters who will be joining the Elm Creek series in books to come. I can't wait to read the next installment!
Jun 04, 2016 Sylvia rated it really liked it
The title attracted me to this book. It was on the sale table at our local independent book store. I liked the bits and pieces of actual quilting facts and trivia interwoven with individual stories of people applying for a position at the Elm Creek Quilting Camp. The characters were believable. I identified with aspects of each character. Thirty nine years ago l too had to take my children to an interview because I couldn't find anyone to watch them.
Sep 09, 2011 Estela rated it really liked it
Spoiler ---
I was surprised I actually in the end enjoyed the book. It captured my attention and then the next chapter I was disappointed it moved on to another story and then another one and another... I was wondering how they were going to finish off the book and include each story but they did it in the last chapter (which was very short) I was rooting for them all and was wondering and hoping for a happy ending. Which I did get.
Each chapter is the story of each quilter leading up to a teach
Jane Mclean
I've read only one other book in the series. Apparently this one came when the author had killed off [?] some characters and needed to introduce new ones. "Circle of Quilters" tells the tales of several people of disparate backgrounds questioning whether they have what it takes to teach at the Elm Creek Quilters retreat. The author spins an interesting yarn, demonstrating her familiarity with traditional and contemporary quilting as well as the quilting community. Good writing, predictable endin ...more
Dec 26, 2007 Jacinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens/adults
this series of books surprised me. i was literally just staring at a shelf of books at our library one day and picked this book up. no idea what the series was about. but, i was hooked. i always linked quilting to a hobby for older women (no offense intended), but i was so tempted to run out and buy quilting supplies after this. the way the quilts are described really brings them to sense the heritage that is intertwined in the fabric of each quilt...the memories each scrap will elici ...more
C.J. Prince
Nov 17, 2015 C.J. Prince rated it it was amazing
This is my first read in the series and I will look to read them chronologically. However, this books stands alone. I loved the characters and the evolving stories. Written much in the style of Maeve Binchy, but not in Ireland. Each character has complications that unfold in their own story and eventually one or two will meet as their love of quilting unfolds.

Not just for women. Guys quilt too.
Sep 30, 2008 Debby rated it really liked it
Book 9 of the series is again similar in structure to 2 & 3. Elm Creek needs two new instructors to replace Judy & Summer who are headed to a new job at Penn State & grad school respectively (book 6 - Master Quilter) The ad goes out and 5 candidates are selected for interviews. Each has a chapter documenting their lives, how they came to be quilters, and what quilting means to them personally. Each is facing a turning point in their lives (as opposed to a crisis in 2 & 3) and see ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
This is a novel in the Elm Creek Quilts series, which chronologically follows the events in The Master Quilter and is the ninth book by date of publication. I liked this fresh take as we are introduced to 5 potential candidates for the 2 positions opening up with Summer going to graduate school and Judy taking a job outside the area. While we don't see much of the original group besides in the interviews, I really liked getting a background story for each of the applicants and how the stories ha ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Two of the original Elm Creek quilters are moving on to other opportunities. Five hopeful candidates with different quilting backgrounds apply to join the staff at the Pennsylvania quilting retreat. Chiaverini tells the individual stories of the five prospective teachers in separate chapters. Maggie buys a historic quilt at a yard sale and takes the first steps on her journey to becoming a sought-after quilting expert. Karen is a stay-at-home mother of two, who wants to turn her hobby into a new ...more
Kathleen Dixon
May 17, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft, novel
Nice character studies (almost mini novels on their own) make up the majority of this book. And they're all brought together at Elm Creek as they apply for the two positions going vacant. There's a lot more of the quilting this time as well - not all of the novels in this series have much detail, but this one is full of descriptive passages about the art of quilting. I could picture everything!
Linda S.
Jun 17, 2011 Linda S. rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
If I read one more book where some woman allows herself to be a doormat, I think I'll scream. This book told the stories of all of the candidates interviewing to join Elm Creek Quilts, and two of them were just so submissive to abusive boyfriends and friends it drove me nuts. Really ruined the enjoyment of the story for me. And this is not the first time I've seen this with this author. If I wasn't already so invested in this series (this is the 9th book), I'd stop reading it right now. As it is ...more
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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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