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Round Robin (Elm Creek Quilts #2)

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Round Robin reunites readers with the Elm Creek Quilters in this poignant and heartwarming follow-up to The Quilter's Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini's acclaimed debut novel.

The Elm Creek Quilters have begun a round robin ... a quilt created by sewing concentric patchwork to a central block as it is passed around a circle of friends. Led by Sarah McClure, who came to Water
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Audio CD, Unabridged, 11 pages
Published 2009 by Recorded Books (first published April 4th 2000)
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Raven
Dec 01, 2010 Raven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book in this series and that's why I picked this book up, the second in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I still enjoyed reading about quilting and getting to know each of the characters a bit more in depth since each chapter (basically) highlights a different character. However, I just got really annoyed with the main character, Sarah, and her immature attitude toward her mother. She and her mother do not get along and I can understand Sarah's feelings, but she seems unwilling t ...more
Milly Dunaway
Jun 09, 2010 Milly Dunaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book! I have fallen in love with these characters.
Beverly
Jan 22, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series that I really enjoy. Although the books are "cozy" they still tackle some difficult issues regarding mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and families in general. This is only the second book in the series but since I have read a few "out of order", I already feel like I know some of these women. I have a group of friends that I have cross stitched with for about 25 years and the stories from Elm Creek just ring true. So, if you like cozies and crafting, I think you would l ...more
Jen
Apr 30, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a life-changer. But a nice easy read. Did make me cry ... but then again, I've got hormones surging these days.
Lindsay
Jan 18, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With every book in this series makes me love the series even more. Best cure to a book hangover is the next book in the series.
Dena
Dec 04, 2016 Dena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It got pretty sad or depressing or distressing in the middle, which wasn't what I expected! But by the time the end rolled around, all those good warm feelings returned. Love these stories and have decided to read one with every quilt I make!
Lisa Post
Nov 12, 2016 Lisa Post rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving this series again. This is my second time through it. After reading a couple books that weren't worth my time I really wanted to just have something to read before bed that I knew I would enjoy. This series fits the bill for me.
Mary Beth
Oct 27, 2016 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to me by a friend. Good cozy story for a rainy day. Will be reading the rest of the series
Margaret
Jan 23, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, Chiaverini's books are as addicting as quilting is to some people. In this second, we get to know each of the Elm Creek Quilters a bit better and grow to love their business even more.
Kris
Jan 29, 2017 Kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. The Elm Creek Quilters are each going through personal issues and as they work through them, they create a round robin quilt, where each member contributes a part of the quilt.
Ruth
Feb 06, 2017 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Round Robin quilt with a group of friends sounds like fun!
Louie
Feb 21, 2017 Louie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a life-changer. But a nice easy read. Did make me cry ... but then again, I've got hormones surging these days.
Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crafts, quilts
The 2nd in the series of the Elm Creek Quilts collection, Round Robin comes after the first book, The Quilter's Apprentice. While this story was just as charming as the first, I was disappointed to find that there wasn't as much quilt lore or instruction in this novel. It was more just a work of fiction than the half fiction/ half quilting fun I had discovered in The Quilter's Apprentice.

Instead of focusing mostly on Sylvie and Sarah, this time the novel stretched to cover the trials and tribula
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Dyana
Dec 30, 2014 Dyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this 2nd in the series, Sylvia Compson and Sarah McClure have Elm Creek Manor - a quilt camp - up and running where beginners to experienced quilters can come for a week of lessons, quilting, and plenty of "free time". The Elm Creek Quilters help with check-in, teach classes, and provide entertainment for the guests apart from their regular jobs. There is an empty wall in the foyer of the Manor, and the Elm Creek Quilters plan a Round-Robin Quilt to surprise Sylvia, the owner. Agnes starts by ...more
Kathy Davie
Jun 06, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homey
Second in the Elm Creek Quilts quilting series set in contemporary Waterford, Pennsylvania.

This is a lovely story of family histories and love. The love between parent and child, the love between wife and husband, between sisters. The Round Robin of the title refers to a type of quilt made by one quilter creating a center medallion then passing it to another quilter who adds onto this center. Then passing it on to the next quilter and the next until each in the group has added her creation to th
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Kim
Jan 16, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
As I'm finding with Jennifer Chiaverini books they are an excellent source of information about quilting, and this book was no different. I also enjoyed the book for it's characters in the Elm Creek Quilts group. They came across realistically in the story because they were all facing personal crisis as the story unfolds. Diane is having difficulty with one of her sons, a teenager who feels misunderstood. When the family finally comes together it is to save the son's skateboarding ramps when nei ...more
Brenda McCloud
Dec 24, 2016 Brenda McCloud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Round Robin is not only the title of this book but a type of quilt design. It has a center piece then friends each make a square to add to the friendship quilt known as Round Robin, because the pieces are added around the center piece as it is passed from friend to friend. Absolutely loved this book.
chucklesthescot
Having enjoyed the first one, I was very disappointed in this one. What made the first book so good was how much I liked the characters. This time round, all the characters I had liked, other than Sylvia, had turned into horrible characters!

Lets start with Diane, who doesn't really seem to have much interest in her kids or their interests, and likes to show off in front of the neighbours. She likes to judge her friends and tell them what they should be doing based on her standards, which I also
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Rebekah
Finally tracking down the missing Jennifer Chiaverini quilt book proved harder than following the story, as expected. Round Robin gives the chance for our secondary characters, who will be playing even smaller, yet vital roles in later novels the chance to share part of their story. Yes everyone suddenly one summer has a life changing moment, but novel world and real world can’t always wait for normal life forces to push these crisis points to a head. I loved the return of Andrew. Though a tad f ...more
Kate
The second of the Elm Creek Quilt novels, the first of which I read last month. In this book, the Elm Creek Quilters have set up a camp in Sylvia Compson's estate, in which different quilters come to stay and learn quilting or work on quilting projects while learning new techniques. All of the Elm Creek Quilters work on their personal lives during this book. For instance, Sarah is shocked when her mother enrolls in the camp and decides to stay for several months and try to mend fences with her d ...more
Rebecca
Jun 18, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nathalie S
Jan 26, 2013 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book spoke to me on several levels--everywhere from being the mother of a skater as Diane is, to being half-Vietnamese as Judy is and to having someone I love suffer a stroke as Sylvia does. My experiences were different but I could definitely sympathize. I remember worrying a bit about my son being a skater because most people saw it as a negative but he was and is a good kid (He grew out of it). I could relate to Judy being bi-racial although in my case, it was my father who was vietnames ...more
Sandra Nachlinger
Sep 09, 2011 Sandra Nachlinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of the Elm Creek Quilters series, the women make a round robin quilt. What's that? Here's how it works: The first participant makes a center square or medallion and then passes the quilt to the next person. She adds a border around the original square and gives the quilt to the next participant. And so on, with the quilt growing in size until the quilt top is completed. Then they work together to do the actual quilting. Round robin quilts are also called friendship quilts and ...more
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Book 2 of the Elm Creek Quilt Series focuses on the Quilters that made up the original Tangled Web Quilters. Each member gets a detailed section of this novel, giving insight to their past affecting their present personality. Something to connect with a wide variety of readers in addition to quilters.

I didn't follow a lot of the quilt patterns as described by colour choice and border settings, but their intended goal of surprising their dear elderly friend with a unique gift of honour is achieve
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Sara
Feb 23, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Round Robin is the second novel in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I did not read the first novel, but I was able to pick up the storyline easily enough. This is a story about friendship between women. The quilting group decides to make a Round Robin quilt. One quilter creates the center square. The square is passed to another quilter who creates a border for the square. Then she passes it on to the next quilter who creates another border and so on and so on. Chapters are devoted to the personal st ...more
Elaine
Dec 25, 2008 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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April
Apr 04, 2008 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to April by: Janet Odenthal
Shelves: 2008, chick-lit
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I didn't like it as well as "The Quilter's Apprentice". Sarah was a little whiny in it, and unwilling to make any concessions when her estranged mother came to patch up their relationship. She just resented her presence and the fact that her mom was making a place for herself in Sarah's group of friends.
Basically, the book is about the quilting group making a Round Robin quilt for Sylvia, as a surprise. Each of the members took turns adding a border to the
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Megalion
Started and finished in the wee hours of the new year.

I've not read the other books in the series so it was my first time with these characters and this author. For the equally uninitiated, this book is about a group of women who run a quilting business and the issues that are coming up in their lives with regards to relationships (romantic & familial) and making a living. Its an ensemble of character's personal stories that overlap and entwine but not always.

Has the same kind of "women's
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Chris
Jul 07, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, especially the fact that all the characters continued from the first book - but the problem that started with the first book comes back in this one, big-time. You find yourself really disliking Sara, one of the main characters. She's not fully drawn out and she just seems to be a stubborn, negative person with all kinds of internal conflicts that make her just plain unlikable. You want to feel some sympathy or empathy for her but you end up just wishing she'd grow up and be ...more
Sorcha
Sep 29, 2012 Sorcha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2012
Second in the Elm Quilters series and set 2 years after The Quilters Apprentice.

The Quilt camp is up and running, and the group members all help out and give classes.

Each chapter gives focus on a different member of the group and the problems they have as they aim to make a round robin quilt for Slyvia. Bonnie finds her husband is about to meet a woman he knows from the internet in order to have an affair. Diane is having trouble with a neighbour when she builds a skateboard ramp in her back ya
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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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Other Books in the Series

Elm Creek Quilts (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts, #1)
  • The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, #3)
  • The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #4)
  • The Quilter's Legacy (Elm Creek Quilts, #5)
  • The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, #6)
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #7)
  • The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #8)
  • Circle of Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, #9)
  • The Quilter's Homecoming (Elm Creek Quilts, #10)
  • The New Year's Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #11)

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