The Quilter's Legacy (Elm Creek Quilts, #5)
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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
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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
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
(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...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
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
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.
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
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
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 Campbell
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.
Sue
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
Janice
Marge Whitman recommended the quilt novels.

This story includes the start of the unions in the USA and also the women's right to vote.

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 he...more
Diana
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...more
Suzanne Skelly
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...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I liked it. The book continues the story of Sylvia, this time as she tries to locate her mother's quilts. As the quilts were sold off by her sster, this involves internet research and travel. Her mother's story is interspersed with Sylvia's quest, which is nice, but the reader learns Eleanor's story, Sylvia doesn't. I wish the author had worked it so that Sylvia learned her mother's history, because that knowledge is something she craves. Overall, I enjoyed it: not quite as much as the others, b...more
Sandy
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.
penelopewanders
Sylvia sets out looking for the her mother's quilts which it turns out were sold by Claudia. Again the story swings between the present and the past, this time with the history of Sylvia's mother's family. As there's no handy journal like last time, Sylvia's lucky guess that the Abigail Drury design is actually her mother's feels a bit of a stretch. A number of loose threads remain, especially as concerns the chill with Andrew's family. This continues to be a good read.
Diana
I've avoided reading these quilter's book cause I thought they'd be too nicey nice for me. But instead it was a charming book delving into the history of a quilter and her family. There were twists & turns & tragedy as well as nicness. I really liked it, but then, I am a quilter. I'm going to read the rest of the series now. I think there are 14 or more! They will be my treadmill books. If I want to know what happens next, I have to walk on the treadmill!
Karen
This was another visit into the past and the family tree of the founder of the Elm Creek Quilter's Camp. I did enjoy it, because I enjoy history so much. It was a bit confusing for me at times -- keeping track of who's related to who and what generation everyone fits into. I was glad the author included a family tree at the beginning of the book. I referred to it frequently to clear up any confusion. On to the next quilter's book . . .
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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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