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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 st ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Plume (first published 2001)
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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
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
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
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,
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
Sep 22, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok
Should not have read 3 in a row. Now overstuffed on sweetness & cheese!
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.
Feb 23, 2010 Sally rated it really liked it
We didn't think these books about quilters would be so good, but my husband (who is not a quilter) and I really like them. He read the first one and said it was surprisingly good. Then he read the 2nd one, and said, I'm not sure I can get through the rest of these (meaning the series). When he picked up the 3rd one, he was just going to skim it, but he said, "The author is such a good writer. I just got sucked into the characters and their stories". He read it all the way through. I, of course, ...more
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 r ...more
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
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
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
Feb 14, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, feb-book-count
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
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
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 miss ...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
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..
Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde
Mar 23, 2016 Pat Jorgenson Waterchilde rated it it was amazing
...and with a sigh of contentment I read the last words of this gentle read. as always, I love the Elm Creek novels that deal with friendships, life struggles and a good deal of love. With friendships formed at the annual quilters gathering at Elm Creek Manor, Megan, Vinnie, Grace, Donna and Julia fly off to different parts of technology country vowing to meet again in a year. The reader spends a year with each as they live their lives with its struggles and joys. A nice gentle read that will le ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Feb 28, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it
Shelves: craft, novel
A lovely, gentle series about women and their lives, all linked by the craft of patchwork quilting. In this third in the collection, Elm Creek (of the series title) hardly gets mention except as the venue for these 5 women to first meet and form their bonds of friendship.

Well, I lie a little. Donna and Megan were already good penfriends, though you never can be sure it will translate that well in the flesh; Grace was already friends with Sylvia, the owner of Elm Creek (Sylvia figures in the stor
May 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Another great Elm Creek installment. I just realized this "series" is beyond 20 books! This one was just as good as it's predecessors, and even mentioned a few of the characters as well! I really liked the part about Grace and using her art to express her frustration. I can just imagine a beautifully complex quilt threaded with so many emotions. I loved how each of the main women set out to accomplish a specific task yet none was initially what they expected. I don't think I'll get through all 2 ...more
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
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
Diane Will
Nov 15, 2011 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
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
Mar 24, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
This is the first of her books I have read, it was very good as quilting is a fascinating art. My grandmother was a quilter and she had some very pretty quilts, but back then they were a necessity to keep warm in the winter. I enjoyed the women in this book from all different walks of life, especially Megan and Julia. I didn't realize that this was a series book so, I read the third one first. will now look for number one and two.
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 thi ...more
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'
Heidi Ciravola
Jan 27, 2016 Heidi Ciravola rated it really liked it
I was at first frustrated with this book. It was hard to love the characters from Elm Creek Quilts so much, and then have to dive into this book where they are barely mentioned. Getting to know a whole new set of characters and keeping them straight was daunting! After slowly getting through the first 4 chapters I was hooked. I could not wait to find out how these characters ended up in their lives.
Jan 17, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
o The story is about 5 ladies with different things going on in their lives. They meet at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp and become friends. They each are given a block of fabric to sew that will later be joined into one quilt. They can’t start on their block until they resolve the issue in their lives. It’s a nice book about friendship and life.
o 04/19/2010 – 8 – I liked it – Chick-Lit
Jul 08, 2014 Judee rated it it was amazing
This is the third in the Elm Creek Novels series and my favorite so far. The story has four very different women from different parts of the US meeting at Elm Creek Manor Quilt Camp for a week. Their individual stories and challenges meld into a supportive friendship that they hold together long after their week together. I enjoyed all of the stories and especially the ending. I am looking forward to continuing this series.
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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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