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The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #3)

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Julia, Megan, Donna, Grace, and Vinnie are cross-country friends who are about to begin work on a challenge quilt. A piece of fabric is divided among the women, with the understanding that the following year they will all meet at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp to sew the sections together into a single quilt. But the friends have set themselves a special challenge: no one can ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Plume (first published 2001)
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Kate
Judy keeps buying them, I keep reading them. And every time I pick one of the Elm Creek Quilt books up, I think, "Damn this is kind of elementary" and then wind up thinking, "Damn, this one was better than the last."

This is the third in the series, and the third I've read, and my favorite one thus far. Five women meet at Elm Creek Quilt Camp and become quick friends. They decide to reunite in one year's time and in that time, they have to complete a block for a quilt after solving an issue confr
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joyce lynn
May 10, 2008 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
ok, i was STILL on semi-rest yesterday, so got another novel knocked out. this one was even better than her other's that i've read. of course, it MAY be because i could relate to a few of the characters even better than any others! especially Grace!! no, i do NOT have MS, but ... i do have 2 "conditions" that i'll have for the rest of my life, 1 of which will most likely land me in a wheelchair eventually. i am as independent as her, if not more so, and can DEFINITELY understand what somewhat of ...more
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, quilts
The third installment in this series, Cross Country Quilters diverges from telling the tale of the ladies of Elm Creek Quilts, to telling the story of the quilt campers that come to visit. The original characters only make brief appearances but as a recap (and possible spoiler for the first two books) I'll tell a bit about them.

In the first book, Sarah, a young woman who moved with her husband is desperately looking for a job. When she meets a client of her husband's, the moody Sylvia, she at fi
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Robin
Sep 22, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok
Should not have read 3 in a row. Now overstuffed on sweetness & cheese!
Loralee
Jul 31, 2009 Loralee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Barbara
Shelves: chick-lit
After reading the first four books in the Elm Creek Quilts series, I am actually thinking it would be fun to learn how to quilt. Blending quilting techniques with a heart-warming story of friendship, this is a perfect book to enjoy on a warm summer day.

This book focuses on a group of women who meet at Elm Creek's quilt camp. Two women, Megan and Donna, are Internet friends who look forward to meeting each other in real life. Megan, a divorced woman with a sweet but somewhat troubled son, is a su
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Elaine
Jan 18, 2009 Elaine rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
This is the third novel in the "Elm Creek Quilts Sampler." These novels make up the first three books in this series. In this particular book, we don't hear much about the Elm Creek Quilters Staff after the new characters depart the camp. It's more about these newly-introduced folks here and their families and others in their lives. It's about match-making and divorced couples and how divorce affects not only the couple but others in their lives as well.

There's Julia, the aging actress; Megan,
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April
Oct 11, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
What a great book. It kind of started off slow and I was not sure were it was going. But once the group got to Elm Creek I all made sense. Going to start some of the other ones. Very good story about different types of lives different people face..
Lindsay
Jan 22, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book in this series seems to get better. I loved it so much that I stayed up until 4 am reading to finish it.
Bethany Wilk
Nov 05, 2016 Bethany Wilk rated it really liked it
This book is adorable. It has all the feel-good moments of a romance without being sappy (I don't really care for romance as a genre), because it's about friendship. Kind of like a grown-up Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Mary Beth
Oct 27, 2016 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
Love the characters in this book! Also like learning about the quilting techniques as well as vocabulary.
Jo
Nov 01, 2016 Jo rated it liked it
Another interesting take on a story based around the quilting retreats which take place at Elm Creek. Lovely stories around each of the characters. No literary classic but a lovely light read.
Barb Miller
Oct 11, 2016 Barb Miller rated it it was amazing
Great series, good civil war reads, whether you quilt or not.
Dyana
Jul 29, 2015 Dyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book thus far in the series. The story focuses on the campers rather than the staff - five strangers who meet at Elm Creek Quilt camp. They are of different ages, races, varied backgrounds. and quilting abilities. They each come to camp leaving behind daily personal struggles and bond together because of the support they receive after sharing these struggles. After an unforgettable week they plan to meet each other again the next year at camp. But they give themselves a ...more
Barbara
I'm not a quilter. I've never made a quilt in my life, and there's an excellent chance that I never will. However, this book caught my attention for a few reasons:

A) It was on the $2.00 bargain table at Borders while I was out of work, so the only books I could buy at the time were books for $2 or less. (And by the way, at this particular Borders it does not mean that the book isn't good just because it's on the bargain table. There have been many best sellers and a lot of pretty awesome books t
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Beverly
Feb 14, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, feb-book-count
THE CROSS COUNTRY QUILTERS by JENNIFER CHIAVERINI
4 stars

I've challenged myself to go back and fill in the gaps in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I have finished #3 today and found it to be just as cozy and emotional as the others I've read. I guess I'm just going to have to admit that I have a weak side for groups of women coming together to do needlework sorts of things. I've always wanted to quilt, have tried and failed miserably but every time I read one of these novels I think...maybe I could
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Rebecca
Feb 10, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, drama
Elm Creek Manor in rural Pennsylvania hosts summer sessions of "quilt camp," and this year five diverse women gather, become friends, and plan a quilt to keep them close over the upcoming year. 80+ Vinny just wants her somewhat-left-at-the-altar grandson to be happy, and sees that happening with single mom Meaghan (guessing at the spelling--I heard this in audiobook). Meaghan is interested, but more interested in getting her louse of a long-distance ex-husband to take any interest in their son, ...more
Diana
Aug 17, 2011 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book in the quilting series? Yes, I read another one. Again, it has 5 main characters. Vinnie is 82 and has come to quilting camp for several years, even celebrates her birthdays there. Donna and Megan are women who met on a quilting web site and have been friends for years, but are just meeting in person for the first time at quilt camp. Julia is a film star who must learn to quilt for a movie role. Julia's agent thinks she needs to be isolated from the other women so they won't bother ...more
Trisha Smith
Feb 19, 2016 Trisha Smith rated it liked it
Original review posted here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

This novel, the third in Chiaverini's Elm Quilt Series, is a bit different than the first two books. I tells the stories for five different characters - Grace, Julie, Donna, Megan, and Vinnie - that meet at the Elm Creek Quilt camp for a week of quilting away from their busy lives. Each women is struggling with some aspect of their lives - whether it be motherhood, their health or keeping up with their career. The women form a
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Shannon
Sep 12, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
Good characters for the most part...good storylines...good endings.
Etcetorize
Jun 28, 2015 Etcetorize rated it really liked it
I had to keep reading this series because I got the first 3 books all in one. And I'm glad I did because this third instalment is definitely the best of the first 3.

Probably the best thing is that Sarah barely plays more than the role of an extra. Unfortunately, some of her more ridiculous personality traits are carried over to a couple of the other characters in this book, but not so much that it gets in the way of enjoying the other plots.

I liked that we're moving away from the characters in
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Carrie Naglak
Oct 01, 2015 Carrie Naglak rated it really liked it
As a quilter and avid reader, this series caught my eye. I had a hard time figuring it which book to start with as my library didn't have the first one. I decided to choose the oldest one available, this one. I'll be honest, I almost stopped reading it after a few chapters because I was bored, but then all the seemingly introductory information started clicking and I could see the connections in the paths of the 5 main ladies.

The author does an incredible job building the characters' personalit
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Darlene Wilson
Sep 18, 2014 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it
Julia, Megan, Donna, Grace, and Vinnie are cross-country friends who are about to begin work on a challenge quilt. A piece of fabric is divided among the women, with the understanding that the following year they will all meet at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp to sew the sections together into a single quilt. But the friends have set themselves a special challenge: no one can start working on her block until she has taken steps to solve her problems and achieve her personal goals.

Although they share
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The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it liked it
Elm Creek Quilts #3. Five women meet and become friends during a week at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp. They each leave with fabric to make one block of a "challenge" quilt. The challenge is to solve the problem that has been eating away at each of them: Megan wants her former husband to become more involved in their son's life; Donna wants her daughter to realize she is engaged to a control freak; Julia is a fading Hollywood actress who is learning quilting for a part in a film that she hopes will ...more
Christine (booktumbling)
This is not my usual cup ‘o tea as far as the type of book I read, but it was given to me with praise. It is a quaint book and possibly what I needed after the mind blurring time-traveling of my last book. The characters are sweet and I found myself wanting to find out what the small band of quilters faced during the year between meeting at quilt camp and their reunion. There were some very good descriptive sections concerning quilting and the story moved at a good pace. This is actually the ...more
Donna
Oct 27, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
This book introduces the "Cross Country Quilters". This is a group of friends who live everywhere and were brought together at Elm Creek Manor. They pledged to make a "challenge quilt"; symbolic of each woman's personal goals. The quilt was to be done in one year's time when they would meet again at Elm Creek.

Julia, an aging starlet, needed to learn to quilt for a historic movie and was sent to Elm Creek by her manager as the director already thinks she can quilt. Megan, a successful engineer, h
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Jessica
Nov 15, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Umm... this book was nearly 400 pages and I read it in about 48 hours. Yes. Partially due to the fact that I had a very long train/bus ride one of those days, but still. I devoured this thing. And would like to read more of the series!

It's definitely chick lit. Not that it's sappy romantic or really girly or anything, just that it's all about a group of women and the sorts of life events and troubles that women think about. I would be highly impressed by a dude who read and liked it, but wouldn'
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Diane Will
Jan 03, 2012 Diane Will rated it really liked it
This is the third in the series of the Elm Creek quilters. I read the first 'The Quilter's Apprentice. Very enjoyable. The group of friends meet again at Elm Creek quilt camp and begin work on a challenge quilt, each completing a block for the quilt with a piece of fabric that was divided into equal shares. They set themselves a special challenge. No one can start work on their block until they have taken steps to solve her problems and achieve a personal goal. Their close friendship keeps each ...more
Kathy Piper
Mar 01, 2010 Kathy Piper rated it liked it
This book was on our book club list for February. I probably would not have read it otherwise. I liked the way the author built great friendships among the women who were the main characters. Their friendships greatly helped support each other as the emotional trials of each was revealed. Even though they lived far apart, their love of quilting and their experiences together at Elm Creek provided the basis of their bonds through e-mail and telephone throughout the rest of the year.

There is a lot
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Karen
Oct 02, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Another good "quilting" novel -- sprinkled with a handful of characters who all have their own personal struggles. They meet at quilt camp, part ways -- each with a quilt block in hand -- to make in the interim, and meet again the next year at the same camp. In between camp events, the reader learns of their struggles and how life leads them to make a quilt block that represents their solution to their struggles. They meet again -- after the year is over -- and join their quilt blocks into a ...more
Ann Kirkendall
Mar 13, 2008 Ann Kirkendall rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-read-2008
Again, a thoroughly pleasant book told from the perspective of 5 Elm Creek Quilt Campers. A book about nicer-than-real people with serious problems that always work out for the best in the end. Why do I like these books? I think I just enjoy escaping into the completely contented world where nothing is too difficult, where people are truly either good or evil, and where hurt feelings are always due to honest misunderstandings, never intentional cruelty. Also, I think that this book shines above ...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 ...more
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