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The Quilter's Legacy

(Elm Creek Quilts #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,154 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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 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
Trisha Smith
Feb 03, 2016 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
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. ...more
Crystal Cichanowicz
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite so far in the series. Just lovely
Aug 12, 2012 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
Feb 11, 2015 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.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, american
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

The books switch perspective between contemporary time and history. One part is the life of the Elm Creek Quilters now, and the other part tells the story of Sylvia’s family from the moment they moved to Waterford halfway the 19th century. This particular book focuses on the history of her mother, called Eleanor, who grew up in New York around the turn of the 20th century. Eleanor has a heart condition which the doctors fear will lead to an early death. Consequently, her whole family treats
Diane Ferbrache
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sylvia is searching for information about the wherabouts of her mother's quilts, so she and Andrew (with some help from Summer) head out on a quest. Meanwhile, they hit the road to let Andrew's family know about their plan to marry.

I love the way Chiaverini alternates the story of Eleanor (Sylvia's mother) with the present day story of Sylvia's search for the quilts and Andrew's conflict with his children. The historical story is filled with tales that fill in the Bergstrom history and connect t
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved this addition to the Elm Creek Quilts series... I have read many of them, but somehow missed this one (I have been reading them in the order I am able to check them out from the local public library). It was wonderful to learn the story of Sylvia's mother, Eleanor, her story, and how the quilt bug was introduced to the family.

The uncanny, eerie thing is that I read this book in the middle of our state's lockdown during COVID-19 sequestering. I had picked up the book, events began to tra
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Quilter's legacy is #4 in the Elm Creek Quilts novels written by Jennifer Chiaverini. I gave it a 4 star rating but if I could I would give it a 4 1/2. In this series there is always a running story about a quilt or a quilt camp but that is only a small part of the storylines. The author says that people who assume her books are only about quilts obviously have not read them. But the quilts are important to the character development. This novel tells the stories of the Spanish flu, women's r ...more
Andrea Dowd
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
After finishing "The Quilter's Legacy", I couldn't quite put my finger on why I didn't connect with the story or even care that much about any of the characters. Sylvia's hunt for her mother's quilts is a very sad and unfulfilling search, wrapped around the story of her mother's life, which is also sad and unfulfilling. Intertwined with those stories are the stories of how families can disappoint and kick those loved ones to the curb.

All in all, this book is sad. And though it ends with a weddin
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another offering in the Elm Creek Quilts series. These are quick, cozy reads but what I really enjoy about them is how the author not only has the main thread of the people who live at Elm Creek Manor but also includes the historical details that were happening at the times of their memories. In this particular story we discover that Sylvia's aunt perished on board the Titanic. The main story line here is about Sylvia remarrying and trying to track down her mother's handmade quilts that had been ...more
Julie Cave
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I think I am hooked on this series! Each title is so different but all integrate quilts and quilters and of course a bit of conflict into the storyline. This one centered on several missing antique quilts and a search across America to find them, and if possible return them to their original owner's family. In this particular title, Sylvia, owner of the Elm Creek Quilts manor, is the main character in search of her Mother's quilts, with the assistance of her main love, Andrew. Along the way, a m ...more
Emily Chwazik
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute fictional read about a woman pursuing her late mother’s lost quilt heirlooms. It was hard to get into at first (I’m pretty sure this book is a continued series that I jumped in the middle of) but I really enjoyed chapters told from the mother’s POV and getting into quilting. Three stars for a decent read but it wasn’t very captivating and it was hard to follow storylines as the book would jump from timeline to timeline. Remember to label your quilts and leave your intentions for them in you ...more
Jennifer Riddle
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I like this series and enjoyed this book. I am bothered, however, by an inconsistency around page 247. It's minor in the grand scheme of things but it proved to be distracting for the rest of the book. I even made my son read it to make sure I wasn't misreading. I still want to know: were they in a motor home or minivan? Two people can not be in two different vehicles together simultaneously. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
My sister-in-law picked up The Quilter’s Legacy by Jennifer Chiaverini for me from her local library book sale. She knows I love quilting and assumed that I would enjoy the book, which I did. I loved all of the details about quilts that were woven throughout the story. I also enjoyed the period details from the early 1900s that were included. It was an easy, relaxing read and I was sorry when it was over. Fortunately, I have another book from the series ready to read.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Have been reading all of this series in order. I feel like I really know these characters personally, I guess maybe since I have so much time invested. In this case, although I read it cover to cover in just a couple of days, it didn't have quite the impact of the previous ones that I have read. It won't stop me from continuing on... 5 down, 15 to go. I read these in between more serious books on heavier topics. ...more
Marian Wood
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just happened upon this series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini while I was at the library. Since I am currently involved in quilt making, I thought it would be a fun read. I found Sylvia's and Andrew's character a little too "perfect" to be believable; however, I really liked Eleanor and Fred's character and personalities. The story was good and I will go on to read another book of this series. ...more
Anna Pfeil
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book as I have enjoyed reading the others in the series. Jennifer Chiaverini skillfully moved me back to an earlier time with Elinor's story and at the same time keeping me focused on the present day with the continuing story of Sylvia and Andrew. I look forward to reading more books in the series. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am entranced by all of the Elm Creek Quilt books. I have read several books further into this series and was concerned that dipping back to the 5th installment might be somewhat confusing. But the author writes in such a way that reading books out of order does nothing to dim the enjoyment of the story line.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many books detail the journey of a character. Few (with all due Traveling Pants respect) detail the journey of an object. Fewer still do both. The stories of the ECQ provide the welcome sensation of hot tea on a cold morning. Perfect for this time of year. A weaving together of past and present that makes this Chiaverini series a delight.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the book but should have read the prior books in the series first. I picked this book up at a Little Free Library book sharing box in a neighboring county and had never heard of the series. I read it, wishing I was a quilter. I believe those who are involved in the art of quilting would enjoy the series.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Didn’t enjoy this one as much as the earlier ones in the series. Lots of continuity issues. For example, paragraph starts saying they’re taking the mini van b/c they don’t like driving the RV in winter on windy rows. A few paragraphs later it talks of them parking the RV. And a lot of dates in the back story didn’t mesh with how many years had gone by. The whole book felt rushed.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This may be my favorite in the Elm Creek Quilt series. I enjoyed revisiting Sylvia and her friends whole being taken on a most interesting adventure into her family's past. Reading some historical events woven into the story, particularly the Spanish Influenze Epidemic, was very interesting in this current year of tge Covid 19 pandemic. ...more
Carol Moore Kollar
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Sylvia employs a website to help her track her mother's lost quilts. She and Andrew deal with his family's reluctance to embrace their upcoming marriage while physically tracking down the leads for the quilts. ...more
Susan Banner
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The characters and the quilting continue to please me. Chiaverini weaves the time differences well within the story. I’ll continue to read this series, though not with the rapidity that has marked the first five!
Suzanne Mundy
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the fifth in Elm Creek Quilts series. This is the story of Sylva Compson trying to recover the quilts designed by her mother. In this novel Sylva and Andrew get married. I really enjoyed the book even though it was sad in some places.
Jean Christie
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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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Elm Creek Quilts (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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  • The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts, #3)
  • The Runaway Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #4)
  • The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts, #6)
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #7)
  • The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts, #8)
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