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The Quilter's Legacy (Elm Creek Quilts #5)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  4,150 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Resolving to locate her mother's heirloom quilts after so many years, Sylvia Compson embarks on a cross-country investigation of antique shops, quilt museums, and other, more unexpected places, where offers of assistance are not always what they seem. And as Sylvia recovers some of the missing quilts and accepts others as lost forever, she reflects on the woman her mother...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Plume (first published January 1st 2003)
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Chris
I continue to really enjoy Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt series. I'm not a quilter, but the characters are so engaging and I'm really enjoying the family history aspect the last two books have brought in. Going back and forth between present day and past - and letting the reader in on more secrets than the present-day characters know is a clever device that makes you want to tell Sylvia what you know as she tries to piece together the elements of her history. I'm moving on to "The Master...more
Jessica
I think this is one of my favorite books in the series so far. My favorite is when she gives us historical stories and this one is full of them. I found the genealogist in me entertained because it was a great story about the main character (Sylvia) finding out her mother's story. There was some of that mystery of genealogy work that I find so fascinating. The tale of a woman during the turn of the century and world war I was good. I think Chiaverini does a great job of describing the beauty and...more
Rebekah
There are lots of fluff to come. We checked out 7 and 8 from one library and then found 5 and 6 at the other. So back in order I read. This bit of fun, in The Quilters Legacy by Jennifer Chiaverini, is two stories intertwined. On one side we have Sylvia dealing with her engagement to Andrew and a search for missing quilts her mother made. On the other side is her mother’s story from childhood to death.
We can assume that Mrs. Chiaverini will fill in more gaps should she ever need to add a new fa...more
Sorcha
Resolving to locate her mother's heirloom quilts after so many years, Sylvia Compson embarks on a cross-country investigation of antique shops, quilt museums, and other, more unexpected places, where offers of assistance are not always what they seem. And as Sylvia recovers some of the missing quilts and accepts others as lost forever, she reflects on the woman her mother was and mourns the woman she never knew.

Following on shortly after book #4 (the Runaway Quilt), this continues to focus on S...more
Loralee
Oct 14, 2009 Loralee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Susan
Many years ago, I inherited an old quilt. I am not sure who made it, but after reading this book, I would love to learn its history.

Sylvia Bergstrom Compson is getting married! She is a world renowned quilter and when a friend asks her which pattern she is going to use for her wedding quilt, she is ashamed to admit that she hasn't even thought about it. Then she has a brilliant idea to use one of her mother's beautiful quilts. To her deep disappointment, she learns that her estranged, deceased s...more
Melissa
I know I've said this before, but I think this is my favorite of the series so far. Since this story can be read as a stand-alone, I'm not going to take the time to recap the four that came before it.

Sylvia Compson has recently discovered that her deceased sister had sold her mother's treasured quilts before she died. Most specifically, there were five different quilts she was worried about. She embarks on a journey to find these quilts, and restore them to their rightful place at Elm Creek Mano...more
Genie
Elm Creek Quilts founder Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begins a search for five quilts made by her mother, Eleanor, who died when Sylvia was 10. Sylvia and Eleanor's stories alternate. Sylvia, an elderly widow, prepares to marry her long time friend Andrew despite his children's oppositions. Her mother's story begins at the turn of the century when Eleanor, daughter of an affluent New York family, defies her mother by quilting with her nanny, Amelia Langley. When Eleanor's sister, Abigail, elopes wit...more
Sherrie
"The Quilter's Legacy" by Jennifer Chiaverini
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When precious heirloom quilts hand-stitched by her mother turn up missing from the attic of Elm Creek Manor, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson resolves to find them. From scant resources--journal entries, receipts, and her own fading memories--she pieces together clues, then queries quilting friends from around the world. When dozens of leads arrive via the Internet, Sylvia and her fiance, Andrew, embark on a nationwide investigation of antiqu...more
Dianne
The tenth entry in the Elm Creek Quilts series is a good "beach read". If you are already a fan of the Elm Creek Quilts books, then you will like this one.

There is an interesting duo storyline that eventually intersects. If you are looking for the quilt-making details from the other books, you won't find that here. The quilt motif is mainly used as a thread that binds the two stories together.

There is a "soap opera" feel to the story with the characters more or less predictable in action and wor...more
Egm
Didn't enjoy this book quite as much as others in the series. Not sure if the pleasure of the series is wearing off or if it had to do with the topics of this book. Lot of sorrow in this book and no quilt camp. Found some of the jumping back and forth between past and present a little jarring sometimes, but this might have been exacerbated by the fact I was listening to the book rather than reading it. Still, looking forward to continuing reading through the series.
Stacia
If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I would. This book consists of 2 stories. One of Sylvia and her search for her mother's missing quilts and the conflict that her soon-to-be step-children and her pending marriage. The second follows the story of her mother specifically around the time of each of her quilts.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Eleanor story line. I just loved the characters the timeline, the connection with history, etc. The more modern story of Sylvia, I didn't enjoy as much. I thought the co...more
Michelle
This is the 5th book in the Elm Creek Quilts series. In searching her home for her mother's quilts, Sylvia discovers that her sister sold many of them before her death. Sylvia decides to try and locate 5 of the quilts that have particular meaning for her. Interspersed with her search with her fiance Andrew, is her mother's story on how she came to Elm Creek and the making of each of the quilts. I liked hearing about the different quilts and their histories. The descriptions were very well done a...more
Linda Husvar
This book was an interesting story of quilts from two generations. Sylvia and her fiance traveled across the USA looking for five lost quilts her deceased mother made. I liked the combination of family struggles, mystery, and history of the quilts. Sometimes, I was a bit confused about who was who among the characters. I have read some of the earlier books in the series. I enjoyed them all. My Mom was a talented quilter, and these books helped me learn about quilts too.
Jeri Collins
Very pleasant, just like all the others in this series.
My mom was a quilter so I always think of her when I read these books. I hope she had a group of quilter friends, even if not to this degree.
I really did NOT like the reaction of Andrew's adult children. I guess to a degree their initial reaction is understandable but what I couldn't accept is that they didn't get over it.
Carole Anderson
I've read several of Jennifer Chiavernini's books and have enjoyed the history and love of quilting in each book. I'm not a quilter, but have friends and family who are and the author does a wonderful job telling the love of the quilting and the love that goes into each quilt. If I didn't hate sewing, it would make me want to quilt. (ha) It's fun to be part of the Bergstrom family, though, and all it's history.
Jessie
Maybe because this is fifth in a series, I didn't connect with the main character. A lot was told rather than shown.

On the other hand, the intertwining story of her mother was enthralling. Her story and emotions were told nicely through the events. I do love overarching stories of people's whole, everyday lives.

I don't think I will read the others in the series.
Bc
A story about a bunch of whiny women with the emotional maturity of a bunch of junior high school girls. I couldn’t identify or even keep interest in these trivial women. Add to this a convoluted plot where reactions to even the most expected disappointments become over dramatized tramas with no logical response. This book was painful to finish
MsNomer
This was an enjoyable read, light & fun, but rather soap-opera-ish. The two main characters, a mother and a daughter during different eras, were a pair of goody-two-shoes. Despite this, the concept reminded me of "The Blood of Flowers", in that both books dealt with the very life that an artist/crafts-person puts into the creation.
Empress5150
Sylvia, a woman in her mid to late fifties, is out to find all of the quilts her mother made as a young woman that Sylvia's younger sister sold off. With her aged fiancé Andrew in tow, she goes around the US tracking each one down. As she searches, her mother (and father's) tale is told in flashbacks.

Their part of the story is the only reason I continued to listen to the CD (although just barely as the reader was horrible). I listened to this mostly while driving back and forth to my parent's h...more
Cathy
This Elm Creek Quilt book is about Sylvia on a search for her mother's heirloom quilts that turned up missing from the attic of Elm Creek Manor. It tells the story of Eleanor (Sylvia's mother) who defied her family by marrying for love. So it goes back and forth from the life of Eleanor to the life of Sylvia. It tells how Eleanor started quilting and the quilts she made and how hard her life was because of poor health and distant parents. So Sylvia's side of the story is how she found out that h...more
Donna
In the Quilter's Legacy, Sylvia discovers that heirloom quilts hand-stitched by her mother have turned up missing from the attic of Elm Creek Manor. She declares she will find them. From resources such as the internet, journal entries and receipts, Sylvia and her fiance, Andrew, start on a nationwide hunt of antique shops and quilt museums.

While on the search for these quilts, Sylvia and Andrew stop at his son's home to let his family know that Sylvia and Andrew want to be married. Andrew's son...more
Tracy Collier
I definitely had book hangover after finishing this one. Good thing it's part of a series! The first book was okay and certainly got me into the next one, but I feel like the author is really hitting her stride with the last couple. I can't put them down and will set aside just about anything to find out what happens next. It's also a nice mix of present day activities as they correspond with the past. Well done!
Beth Peninger
Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series are pleasant reads. They aren't spectacular but they are pleasant.
In this particular one Sylvia, the owner of Elm Creek Quilts, goes on a journey to discover her mother through the quilts she made. Her mother passed when Sylvia was only 10 so she feels a huge part of her history is missing. Her estranged sister had sold off her mother's quilts years ago and Sylvia, devestated by the loss of this piece of her family history, begins to search out the...more
Vanessa
This is my first Quilt book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but totally loved it. I like the historical glimps into the life of the quilt maker. I also enjoyed the switch between the history of the quilt to the current search for the quilts. Can't wait to read another!
Debra
When Sylvia discovers that her late sister sold their mother's precious handmade quilts, she sets out to find them. The other Elm Creek quilters help her list the missing heirlooms on the internet and Sylvia and Andrew travel to several places to follow up promising leads. They also visit Andrew's son in California to tell him they are engaged. When both Andrew's son and daughter oppose the marriage, Andrew and Sylvia decide to marry, with or without his children present.

As we read the story of...more
Trish
Chiaverini has a fertile imagination and she makes up a backstory for Sylvia Compton with something like love. Sylvia is getting a little better in interpersonal relations, now that she is ready to marry (and does, during the course of this story) but she occasionally goes off the rails and says exactly what she thinks. At her age, she should be entitled to this, but it is rather hard to take, regardless.

The quilts (twelve stitches to the inch!) sound lovely, especially the lilac and elm. Even...more
Kim
Well done! I felt the needle moving through my fingers to make the stitches in the quilts. I hankered to be sewing legacies all the while I was listening.
Denise Gianelli
This was my first quilting book to read. It came highly recommended to me by two quilting friends. I found it fascinating, as I too have just started to learn to quilt. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the series....I loved learning about the history of some of the quilts.
Madelyn
This is part of the Elm Creek Quilts series. It is a story of the joys and intricacies of history, quilting and family.
Åshild
This series has grown on me- old-fashioned and somehow quiet but I really enjoy reading the books
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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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