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

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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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Nov 07, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2013 Sorcha rated it really liked it
Shelves: american, 2013
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
I loved the juxtaposition of the two stories of Eleanor and Sylvia. Sylvia is trying in her older years to track down some of her mother's special quilts that her sister sold. Meanwhile Eleanor is telling the story of her early young adult life and the making of the special quilts. It was quite interesting to see the family from both perspectives. Well written story that I very much enjoyed.
Feb 15, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
The best one of this series so far. I like how she combines history, genealogy, and quilting along with the story.
Sep 01, 2016 Helen added it
I read this many years ago. I love the characters in this series.
Monica Boyd
Aug 24, 2016 Monica Boyd rated it really liked it
Enjoyed hearing more of Sylvia's mothers story. Eleanor Lockwood, younger daughter who ran away after Miss Langley her tutor taught her to quilt, and married Freddie Bergstrom, had a bad heart, and had 3 children anyway: the older Claudia who we only hear about in stories, our Protagonist Sylvia Bergstrom Compson now remarried in this book to Andrew, and their little Brother who died in friendly fire in WWI along with Sylvia's husband. The back and forth between past and present is really great ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Rebekah rated it liked it
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
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, quilts
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
Oct 11, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
"The Quilter's Legacy" by Jennifer Chiaverini
(from back cover)
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
Oct 14, 2009 Loralee rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2009 Genie rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2010 Stacia rated it really liked it
Shelves: secular-fiction
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
Sep 02, 2007 Dianne rated it liked it
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
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Nov 29, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
Trisha Smith
Feb 21, 2016 Trisha Smith rated it really liked it
Original review posted here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

The fifth novel in Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt series focus's on Sylvia's quest to find five of her mother's cherished quilts. Sylvia's mother died when she was a child and Slyvia has fond memories of learning how to quilt and making her own quilts. After the estate feel into debt, Sylvia's sister sold the quilts to pay for living expenses. After learning of this, Slyvia journeys across the country with her finance, Andrew, to
Beth Peninger
Jan 19, 2012 Beth Peninger rated it liked it
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
Oct 27, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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
Apr 15, 2013 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 13, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2015 Gab rated it really liked it
It's so funny - GoodReads told me I read this book in April 2010 (and I know I'd read it before then too) - which means this is the third time I'd read it. And this time I'm giving it 4 stars instead of the 3 stars I gave it last time! Sylvia Compson feels bad that she's neglected her family for over 50 years and decides she wants to find five quilts that her mother made. As she embarks on a journey to find them, the book travels back in time to her mother's childhood and married life - when she ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Trish rated it liked it
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
Carolyn Browne
Jan 23, 2016 Carolyn Browne rated it liked it
The New York Times bestselling fifth novel in the Elm Creek Quilt series 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. With heartf ...more
Suzanne Skelly
Nov 21, 2011 Suzanne Skelly rated it liked it
I am always a fan of this series of books. Chiaverini has created another classic in her Elm Creek Quilt novels- always a delight to read.

This particular novel follows Sylvia Bergstrom in her long lost search for four of her mother's quilts that had been sold off by her older sister Claudia, whjen her mother had died and needed money.

You learn much more about Sylvia's mother , grandmother and aunt, and why they became estranged from each other.

a beautiful story of love, famil and the wonderful g
May 17, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
Listened to on CD. Lots on info on quilts and quilt making. I greatly admire those that can piece together a quilt and enjoy seeing them (the National Quilt Museum in Paducah was wonderful). Main character Sylvia is crusty but nice to read a story with an older couple as a focus. Sylvia's mother (kept thinking of that song), her intertwined story takes us back to an earlier time and the history of the quilts she stitched. Explores mother/daughter and sister/sister relationships. A nice story.
Jun 27, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
While I can't remember exactly when I read this book (wow, I do need to keep up with writing these down!), I remember Sylvia's journey with her betrothed to find her mother's quilts. It's a long journey, spurred by a trip that she and Andrew take together, meandering hither and yon, searching for the lost heirlooms, with mixed results. I enjoy this series; it's gentle and interesting as we follow the paths of the various characters in the series, and you learn a lot about quilting and its histor ...more
Jan 18, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book explored more of Sylvia's family history, namely the part concerning her mother. Her mother had created five special quilts, that were all sold off by Sylvia's sister in poor financial times. Sylvia spent this novel trying to track them down. It was told in split perspective, present day, and Sylvia's mother's time period. Sylvia and Andrew were also handling wedding plans, and problematic relatives. I loved that, as a reader, I was able to take the journey with Sylvia, Andrew and the ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, chick-lit
This story recounts the legacy Sylvia received from her mother as she tries to track down the missing quilts her mother made. They were sold off by Sylvia's sister, Claudia, and as Sylvia has been tracking down her family history, she has a real desire to become closer to her mother who died when Sylvia was a child. Her mother, Eleanor, had some diverse experiences that culminate with her joining the Bergstrom family at Elm Creek Manor. Her life is bound by her chronic illness, and yet she is ab ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
Another Elm Creek Quilts novel. Sylvia (Bergstrom Compson) discovers that some of her mother's quilts are missing from the attic of Elm Creek. She decides to try to find them. On the internet, they find a lot of leads as to the where abouts of the quilts. Sylvia and her fiance, Andrew, follow these leads (in person) Since her mother died when she was young, Sylvia really doesn't remember her, but learns a lot about her through this search for the quilts.
Even though I don't quilt, I enjoy these
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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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