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The Cross Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #3)

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Readers of The Quilter’s Apprentice and Round Robin have been enchanted by Elm Creek Quilt Camp, where women gather each year for quilting, friendship, and fun. The third in the Elm Creek Quilts series introduces the Cross-Country Quilters, a group of far-flung friends who pledge to complete a “challenge quilt”—symbolic of each woman’s personal goals—in one year’s time.

ebook, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2001 by Simon Schuster (first published 2001)
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Judy keeps buying them, I keep reading them. And every time I pick one of the Elm Creek Quilt books up, I think, "Damn this is kind of elementary" and then wind up thinking, "Damn, this one was better than the last."

This is the third in the series, and the third I've read, and my favorite one thus far. Five women meet at Elm Creek Quilt Camp and become quick friends. They decide to reunite in one year's time and in that time, they have to complete a block for a quilt after solving an issue confr
joyce lynn
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ok, i was STILL on semi-rest yesterday, so got another novel knocked out. this one was even better than her other's that i've read. of course, it MAY be because i could relate to a few of the characters even better than any others! especially Grace!! no, i do NOT have MS, but ... i do have 2 "conditions" that i'll have for the rest of my life, 1 of which will most likely land me in a wheelchair eventually. i am as independent as her, if not more so, and can DEFINITELY understand what somewhat of ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crafts, quilts
The third installment in this series, Cross Country Quilters diverges from telling the tale of the ladies of Elm Creek Quilts, to telling the story of the quilt campers that come to visit. The original characters only make brief appearances but as a recap (and possible spoiler for the first two books) I'll tell a bit about them.

In the first book, Sarah, a young woman who moved with her husband is desperately looking for a job. When she meets a client of her husband's, the moody Sylvia, she at fi
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbara
Shelves: chick-lit
After reading the first four books in the Elm Creek Quilts series, I am actually thinking it would be fun to learn how to quilt. Blending quilting techniques with a heart-warming story of friendship, this is a perfect book to enjoy on a warm summer day.

This book focuses on a group of women who meet at Elm Creek's quilt camp. Two women, Megan and Donna, are Internet friends who look forward to meeting each other in real life. Megan, a divorced woman with a sweet but somewhat troubled son, is a su
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This is the third novel in the "Elm Creek Quilts Sampler." These novels make up the first three books in this series. In this particular book, we don't hear much about the Elm Creek Quilters Staff after the new characters depart the camp. It's more about these newly-introduced folks here and their families and others in their lives. It's about match-making and divorced couples and how divorce affects not only the couple but others in their lives as well.

There's Julia, the aging actress; Megan,
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I totally enjoyed this book. First of all, I am a quilter, so I love that aspect of these book. It's been a learning experience reading about the various quilt patterns and other techniques. I also liked the new characters in this book. They were all realistic, and had to deal with problems in their personal lives that included mother/daughter relationships, husband/wife problems, standing up for our rights and community involvement to mention a few. These were problems similar to those most peo ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We didn't think these books about quilters would be so good, but my husband (who is not a quilter) and I really like them. He read the first one and said it was surprisingly good. Then he read the 2nd one, and said, I'm not sure I can get through the rest of these (meaning the series). When he picked up the 3rd one, he was just going to skim it, but he said, "The author is such a good writer. I just got sucked into the characters and their stories". He read it all the way through. I, of course, ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. It kind of started off slow and I was not sure were it was going. But once the group got to Elm Creek I all made sense. Going to start some of the other ones. Very good story about different types of lives different people face..
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book in this series seems to get better. I loved it so much that I stayed up until 4 am reading to finish it.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Should not have read 3 in a row. Now overstuffed on sweetness & cheese!
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. It just warms the heart. The first few books in the series were about how the Elm Creek Quilters establish themselves. This book is about a set of women who become friends while attending quilt camp together, and the various challenges they have in their daily lives. So it is less about the Elm Creek Manor and more about the campers themselves.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that the author took a side trip from the original characters and introduced us to some new campers and intertwined their lives. While this is my favorite of the three so far, I needed the first two for the history, although I love Sylvia. Jennifer is an excellent writer. On to number four!
Susan T.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The challenge quilt becomes the focus for the plot as new characters are drawn into the quilter's group at Elm Creek Camp.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was A LOT better than the second one. With a whole new cast of characters, I was invested in each one of them (although Megan was REALLY annoying about not trusting Vinny's grandson).
Each of the Elm Creek books has made me want to be there with the next group of quilters!
Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Another collection of character studies of quilters. Nice summer read.
Lyn Soulia smith
I had a rough time getting into this book compared to the first two. It was ok, but I didn't get into this one. Could be the beginning didn't start with the original quilters.
Karen Cartlidge
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy the books from this series --- even though I've never quilted -- I enjoy the characters and setting.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another heartwarming and loving book in the Elm Creek Quilts series! Once again the characters are lovable and inspiring. I'm so glad to have found this series!
Angela Coleman
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great quick easy read. Obviously geared towards quilters but still nice to pick up something light hearted and enjoyable.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cross Country Quilters

The one thing I don't like about Audible is that you have to submit a review to get to the next book.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book thus far in the series. The story focuses on the campers rather than the staff - five strangers who meet at Elm Creek Quilt camp. They are of different ages, races, varied backgrounds. and quilting abilities. They each come to camp leaving behind daily personal struggles and bond together because of the support they receive after sharing these struggles. After an unforgettable week they plan to meet each other again the next year at camp. But they give themselves a miss ...more
I'm not a quilter. I've never made a quilt in my life, and there's an excellent chance that I never will. However, this book caught my attention for a few reasons:

A) It was on the $2.00 bargain table at Borders while I was out of work, so the only books I could buy at the time were books for $2 or less. (And by the way, at this particular Borders it does not mean that the book isn't good just because it's on the bargain table. There have been many best sellers and a lot of pretty awesome books t
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, feb-book-count
4 stars

I've challenged myself to go back and fill in the gaps in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I have finished #3 today and found it to be just as cozy and emotional as the others I've read. I guess I'm just going to have to admit that I have a weak side for groups of women coming together to do needlework sorts of things. I've always wanted to quilt, have tried and failed miserably but every time I read one of these novels I think...maybe I could
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
Elm Creek Manor in rural Pennsylvania hosts summer sessions of "quilt camp," and this year five diverse women gather, become friends, and plan a quilt to keep them close over the upcoming year. 80+ Vinny just wants her somewhat-left-at-the-altar grandson to be happy, and sees that happening with single mom Meaghan (guessing at the spelling--I heard this in audiobook). Meaghan is interested, but more interested in getting her louse of a long-distance ex-husband to take any interest in their son, ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book in the quilting series? Yes, I read another one. Again, it has 5 main characters. Vinnie is 82 and has come to quilting camp for several years, even celebrates her birthdays there. Donna and Megan are women who met on a quilting web site and have been friends for years, but are just meeting in person for the first time at quilt camp. Julia is a film star who must learn to quilt for a movie role. Julia's agent thinks she needs to be isolated from the other women so they won't bother ...more
Trisha Smith
Original review posted here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

This novel, the third in Chiaverini's Elm Quilt Series, is a bit different than the first two books. I tells the stories for five different characters - Grace, Julie, Donna, Megan, and Vinnie - that meet at the Elm Creek Quilt camp for a week of quilting away from their busy lives. Each women is struggling with some aspect of their lives - whether it be motherhood, their health or keeping up with their career. The women form a
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to keep reading this series because I got the first 3 books all in one. And I'm glad I did because this third instalment is definitely the best of the first 3.

Probably the best thing is that Sarah barely plays more than the role of an extra. Unfortunately, some of her more ridiculous personality traits are carried over to a couple of the other characters in this book, but not so much that it gets in the way of enjoying the other plots.

I liked that we're moving away from the characters in
Carrie Naglak
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a quilter and avid reader, this series caught my eye. I had a hard time figuring it which book to start with as my library didn't have the first one. I decided to choose the oldest one available, this one. I'll be honest, I almost stopped reading it after a few chapters because I was bored, but then all the seemingly introductory information started clicking and I could see the connections in the paths of the 5 main ladies.

The author does an incredible job building the characters' personalit
Darlene Wilson
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia, Megan, Donna, Grace, and Vinnie are cross-country friends who are about to begin work on a challenge quilt. A piece of fabric is divided among the women, with the understanding that the following year they will all meet at the Elm Creek Quilt Camp to sew the sections together into a single quilt. But the friends have set themselves a special challenge: no one can start working on her block until she has taken steps to solve her problems and achieve her personal goals.

Although they share
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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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  • Round Robin (Elm Creek Quilts, #2)
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