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The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts #6)

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This ninth Elm Creek Quilts novel continues the series with a tribute to matriarch Sylvia Compson, who surprised her fellow quilters by marrying her longtime sweetheart on a recent holiday. Eager to honor their favorite Master Quilter, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, Sylvia will be...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Plume (first published January 1st 2004)
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Cheryl Gatling
I had read a few other of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt novels, but they were historical novels, which used the Elm Creek Manor as a jumping off place for telling a single coherent narrative from the past. This book was different. It stays completely in the present, but jumps all over between points of view, often retelling the exact same incidents, including the exact same dialogue, from a different character's perspective. There wasn't one plot to follow; there were lots. It took me ab...more
Nolan
Mar 20, 2009 Nolan added it
These Elm Creek novels are all wonderfully written, clean, somewhat suspenseful, occasionally romantic, and filled with that small-town flavor you'll want to sample repeatedly. In this particular novel, the Elm Creek manner is gearing up to take in its summer quilting campers. But it'sa busy year indeed. All of the quilters have been secretly asked to create blocks for a bridle quilt for the master quilter among them, Sylvia. The goal is to keep the creation secret from her until it can be unvei...more
Glenda
Not my favorite of the series so far, but I enjoyed the characters as usual. In The Master Quilter, the author uses the technique of recounting the action from multiple points of view. While I did enjoy learning more about some of the characters that have not been featured in the earlier books, like Agnes, I found the retelling of the same action sequence disorienting and not all together pleasant -- like waking up yet again from a recurring dream.
Fred Ann
I have read many of Chiavertini books about the elm creek quilters and they feel like old friends as I begin each new book. The master quilter Sylvia has married at an older age and her friends at elm Creek Manor decide to create a wedding quilt for her by soliciting blocks from old friends. Their pattern choices are interesting as are their reasons for choosing a specific pattern for |Sylvia. In the background are the onging details and events of Bonnie's divorce from her husband Craig. at the...more
Rebekah
Book 6 in the Elm Creek Quilter’s series shows some characters maturity. set about 5 years after Round Robin,The Master Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is mostly my confusion having read the books out of order. I mismatched my time lines. The stories though flow to each other nicely as both are focused more on the quilters who run the camp as opposed to quilters visiting or Sylvia herself and her past. Perhaps this is what makes this series enjoyable. There are many different types of stori...more
Sorcha
This ninth Elm Creek Quilts novel continues the series with a tribute to matriarch Sylvia Compson, who surprised her fellow quilters by marrying her longtime sweetheart on a recent holiday. Eager to honor their favorite Master Quilter, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, Sylvia will be the one in the dark.

Just when it seems that the women have everything to celebrate, forces conspire to threaten their happine
...more
Melissa
I didn't like this book as much as I have the rest of the series. That's not to say it isn't any good; it just isn't up to the standard I've come to expect from Chiaverini. It can be read as a standalone or as a part of the series; and for that fact I'm not going to recap the other 5 books as they are varied and irrelevant to this novel.

This book starts out with the Elm Creek Quilter's deciding to make a surprise wedding quilt for Sylvia, who wed her sweetheart Andrew on Christmas Eve. They send...more
AnnaMay
Once again, Chiaverinin's books are great for skimming, then enjoying the bits of great storyline (case in point, it took me about 20 min. to get through the first 90 pages until it 'got good.') This time, the parts skimmed were letters different quilters from past books wrote to Sylvia along with a submitted quilt block. Since I've read all the past books, I didn't feel like reminiscing with the old characters (they weren't THAT indearing.)

The storyline was fun in this one. I'm struggling to re...more
Jill
Oct 13, 2008 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Loves Quilting or Friendship
Recommended to Jill by: I Found It At The Library

The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts Series #6)
by Jennifer Chiaverini
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A Cozy Quilt On A Cold Winters Night, September 8, 2008

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I'm sure I skipped ahead with this book, since Sylvia is now married and I didn't see it coming. I still enjoyed jumping into this story. Quilt Camp has been established at Elm Creek Manor. Each of the quilters, from the Tangled Web Quilters, takes part in teaching classes on different aspects of quilting. Sylvia Compson, the...more
Jane
This probably my favorite book Ms Chiaverini has written. It wasn't the plot that I found so fascinating but the way she delivered it. I don't know if there is a specific name for this style or if it may fall under the POV category. She tells the same story in each chapter from every character's POV. So with chapter one you get Sarah's POV (I can't remember who actually was first), the second you get the same events/story told from Summer's POV, etc. Every chapter gives the reader more informati...more
Terri Tinkel
I have read other books by author Jennifer Chiaverini. I know I have read at least one other in this Elm Creek Quilts series. This one took me longer to get into. The chapters were often devoted to a different character and some of the same events were rehashed over and over. I found this confusing when a chapter about each character would go back in time and then move forward to explain how that particular character reacted to the same events. And I did think the ending was conveniently arrange...more
Kate
In this latest read, the Elm Creek Quilters decide they are going to make a surprise for Sylvia Compson and Andrew, her new husband. They send letters, inviting former campers and quilters nationwide to create squares which they will put together as a bridal quilt for Sylvia and Andrew. In the meanwhile, all the Elm Creek Quilters are beset with their own issues: Summer wants to become her own person. Judy struggles with issues surrounding her job and her family. Bonnie has an evil realtor on he...more
Rayni
Apr 28, 2011 Rayni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cozy
Recommended to Rayni by: fave author
I have read this series out of order. I was happy to finally find out why Grandma's Attic was forced to close & who the boys were who vandalized it.

Chiaverini is a master at the plait motif, weaving the stories of the 9 women together. I loved seeing the same scene through someone elses eyes. I was quite concerned when Judy was seen with another man, yet when the same scene was played out through Judy's eyes, it was innocent.

I love Agnes. She really is a survivor & a fighter, so I was g...more
Carol
Changes are coming to Elm Creek Quilters. Soon after the surprise wedding of Sylvia and Andrew, the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters decide to surprise them with a bridal quilt. They send out a letter requesting blocks from Sylvia's friends and former students with an accompanying letter explaining why that block symbolizes their relationship to Sylvia. In this atmosphere of secrecy (so as not to ruin the surprise). Each chapter is written from the point of view of each main character in the Elm C...more
Trish
I rather enjoyed this book in the series. Each of the characters serially tells what is happening in their lives at the same point of time, and we get the persepctive of their behaviors from the others. Chiaverini did well with this technique: there is enough diversity of activity in everyone's lives to add depth to the story rather than thin it out. On the last few pages and still am not entirely sure why the story is called The Master Quilter, but presume it refers to Sylvia Compson, for whom...more
Loralee
Changes are coming to the Elm Creek Quilters group. Soon after the surprise wedding of Sylvia and Andrew, the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters decide to surprise them with a bridal quilt. They send out a letter requesting blocks from Sylvia's friends and former students with an accompanying letter explaining why that block symbolizes their relationship to Sylvia. In this atmosphere of secrecy (so as not to ruin the surprise) many people in the group harbor other secrets--some very painful.

Each cha...more
Tatiana
Overall good, I like the stories, I like the complexity. I don't like the abrupt endings. I think the author should either focus on fewer characters, entwine the scenes to wrap up eight stories in one, or add the extra hundred pages. I wanted to see the resolutions, not just be told they happened. I wanted to watch the character grow more. I still enjoyed the stories though.
Michelle
This is the sixth book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and returns to the present day. This book had much more turmoil than the previous books and it was good to see the characters start to evolve. Sylvia has married Andrew earlier than expected and the quilters are caught off guard in making her surprise bridal quilt. They reach out to the quilting community for help in getting enough squares to make the quilt. Summer is deciding what she wants to do with her life- school or remain in Waterford....more
penelopewanders
This books uses a slightly different technique - basically the same sequence of events is experienced by several different characters, one after the other. It's a fairly interesting experience, and somewhat amusing how each character perceives things differently. As Sylvia more or less comments at some point,it's surprising how these close friends don't share their concerns with each other, and in fact, most of them are very self-absorbed and are unaware of the issues the others are facing. Some...more
Julie
In actuality I give it a 3.5. I put 4 stars because I love the characters so much lol. I bring it down to 3.5 because I'm not a fan of the style she chose to write this book in. Although it is fitting for this book. Dedicating a chapter per person, we saw what was going on in each of their lives during the same period of time. It was well done!
Vilo
This book uses the approach of seeing the same situation from different viewpoints. The "Elm Creek Quilters" are a diverse and interesting group of women. Topics of women's roles, our expectations of others, and what freedom really means come up along with a somewhat farcical quilt-fight.
Nathalie S
I tried to read one of Jennifer Chiaverini's quilting series before but just couldn't get into it and once again, BOOK ON CD to the rescue! I quite enjoyed this little mystery (no dead body) AND it features a little wedding which I always enjoy. Master quilter Sylvia Compson just got married and her friends at the Elm Creek Quilter's Guild want to make her a quilt, of course. All of Sylvia's friends and students are invited to send a little quilt square sharing how they feel about her. All the s...more
Donna
The Master Quilter, Sylvia Compson weds her fiance Andrew at Christmas. She had planned this wedding in secrecy from all her Elm Creek Quilter friends. Now all of her friends are scrambling to stitch a bridal quilt for Sylvia and Andrew.

The quilters send out a letter to all of the quilters that have come each year to the Elm Creek Manor for quilting classes to help with the bridal quilt. Each must make a block that commemorates Sylvia. As the blocks accumulate, the quilters celebrate the joy of...more
Allison
Very sweet. Just like all of the "Elm Creek Quilter" books. It was a little disjointed - every chapter (9 or 10 of them) told the same events but the perspective of a different person. It was difficult to keep all the timelines straight. And I was a little bummed that they kept so many secrets from each other. If they truly were as close to each other as they say they are, why did they keep so many things hidden from each other?

But I quibble.

It's fun to catch up with the gals. And the premise o...more
Kristi
Not my favorite of the series. The format of the story was a bit repetitive. Though it was a nice way to get to know some of the usually supporting characters a bit better. This one was all present day and I do favor the more historical stories.
Suzanne Skelly
Another in the Elm Creek Quilts series. Always a comfortable group of characters that make you feel like part of the family.

When Sylvia Compson , the matriarch of Elm Creek Manor surprised her fellow quilters by getting married to longtime sweetheart Andrew on her recent holiday they decided to give her a surprise, too. Eager to honor their favorite Master Quilter, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds as a surprise.

In their race to commemroate the bride and in...more
Jane
I enjoy listening to the audio version of the Elm Creek series books while doing my own quilting.

Elm Creek is a quilt camp owned by Sylvia Compson. In this volume Sylvia has recently married and her fellow teachers at Elm Creek Quilt Camp have decided to ask many friends and former campers to submit a block for a wedding quilt for Sylvia.

As usual, the trial and tribulations of the Elm Creek quilters are dealt with. Bonnie's marriage and her beloved Grandma's Attic Quilt Shop are both failing. Ju...more
Carol
This book was as good as the other Elm Creek Quilts books but the way it was written was really annoying. Throughout the book the story was written from a different character's point of view. When the book switched to a new character, the story went back in time and started from the beginning. There was a lot of repetition, sometimes word for word but just told from a different point of view. It's like the author didn't have enough material to fill an entire book. Since I was listing to it in th...more
Lorrie
Having read ten books in this series, I regret to say that this was my least favorite of all of the books. The author kept resummarizing the events, always in the different characters' perspectives, so that I grew bored reading the book. The book dealt largely with Bonnie's divorce, the vandalizing of the quilt shop, and the planning and piecing of Sylvia & Andrew's wedding quilt. Judy has now accepted a new professorship at Penn State, while her husband has accepted a new newspaper job. Sum...more
Sara Smith
It was jumping around between characters and points in time a bit too much for me, but the storyline kept me interested.
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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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