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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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Oct 11, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
"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
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
Oct 09, 2014 Egm rated it liked it
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.
Apr 25, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book was a delightful read. Alternating between the current time with Sylvia and past times during the war and influenza outbreak, the story of a family is told. Quilts provide the connection between the two times. I loved the description of the quilts as well as the detailed descriptions of the family members who made them.

Unfortunately, I just realized this book is number five in a series. I'll have to read the first four as well.
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
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
Linda Husvar
Sep 26, 2014 Linda Husvar rated it really liked it
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.
Carole Anderson
Feb 20, 2014 Carole Anderson rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 12, 2015 jenn rated it liked it
This is my second elm creek quilts book. And while I really enjoyed, So so much about it, the same distraught, why me - main character is kinda bothersome and growing more irksome with each read.

The books are fantastic, but it wonder why the main characters have to be so.... Depressed.

That said, I still throughly enjoy these books and will certainly try at least 1 more.
Jun 03, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it
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.
Apr 12, 2014 Bc rated it did not like it
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
Jan 25, 2016 Lorraine rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good book, especially if you are reading the series- it fills in what happened to her mother's quilts after Sylvia left Elm Creek Manor. Book #5 in the series. Not the best one in the series so far, but good. Each book fills in more of the gaps that you were left wondering about in previous parts of the story.
Oct 06, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I think this is the best one so far! I loved the backstory of the Bergstrom family. The family of Claudia, Sylvia, and Richard had a sad and strained heritage on their mother's (Eleanor) side. Sylvia and Andrew face family dissension as well. The story puts them on a hunt to find lost heirloom quilts as lessons on family relationships are learned.
Janice Reads
Jul 12, 2014 Janice Reads rated it liked it
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.
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
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
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
Tracy Collier
Oct 06, 2014 Tracy Collier rated it it was amazing
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!
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
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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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