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The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts #6)

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The Master Quilter opens with the sound of wedding bells ringing in the ears of the Elm Creek Quilters. The close-knit group can hardly believe that their own Sylvia Compson planned her holiday wedding to sweetheart Andrew in complete secrecy, without the help of even one of her friends. Eager to honor the newlyweds, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt f ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Simon Schuster (first published January 1st 2004)
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Trisha Smith
Feb 11, 2016 Trisha Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review posted here: http://onceuponatime-bookblog.blogspo...

Let me just start by saying that I am really enjoying this series!! I kept hearing good things about them at the public library and picked up the first book, The Quilter's Apprentice, about a month ago and have been hooked ever since. I usually don't read series books - mostly because there are so many books out there that I have a hard time committing the quickly declining reading time that I have unless the series is really,
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Nolan
These Elm Creek novels are all wonderfully written, clean, somewhat suspenseful, occasionally romantic, and filled with that small-town flavor you'll want to sample repeatedly. In this particular novel, the Elm Creek manner is gearing up to take in its summer quilting campers. But it'sa busy year indeed. All of the quilters have been secretly asked to create blocks for a bridle quilt for the master quilter among them, Sylvia. The goal is to keep the creation secret from her until it can be unvei ...more
Maria
I am trying to work my way through the Elm Creek Quilts series, and I have to say that is is my least favorite so far. It all centers around secret-keeping, starting with a special wedding quilt that the Quilters want to give Sylvia as a belated wedding gift. From there, each chapter focuses on a different Quilter and updates us on each of their lives. I found this to be a great thing because by now I've sort of lost track of who is who and what they're up to. I liked the continuing drama betwee ...more
Cheryl Gatling
I had read a few other of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt novels, but they were historical novels, which used the Elm Creek Manor as a jumping off place for telling a single coherent narrative from the past. This book was different. It stays completely in the present, but jumps all over between points of view, often retelling the exact same incidents, including the exact same dialogue, from a different character's perspective. There wasn't one plot to follow; there were lots. It took me ab ...more
Cathy
Feb 12, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel continues the series with a tribute to matriarch Sylvia who surprised her fellow quilters by getting married to longtime sweetheart Andrew. So to honor their favorite quilter the Elm Creek Quilters decide to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds. Until the time comes to unveil the gift, Sylvia will be the one in the dark. It also has side stories of other women in the Elm Creek Quilters. One in particular is Bonnie who owns the quilt shop in town and is struggling to keep it open. I ...more
Glenda
Apr 02, 2014 Glenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of the series so far, but I enjoyed the characters as usual. In The Master Quilter, the author uses the technique of recounting the action from multiple points of view. While I did enjoy learning more about some of the characters that have not been featured in the earlier books, like Agnes, I found the retelling of the same action sequence disorienting and not all together pleasant -- like waking up yet again from a recurring dream.
Linda
Jun 27, 2017 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started with #12 book of the series, was introduced to the characters of the
Elm Creek Quilters and others. Even though I knew where they were headed and ended I can enjoy the earlier story laying out their lives and relationships, plus the basis of the group.
Mary Beth
Started off great with a nice thought. Got lost in the middle. Ending too fast. Will however continue the series.
Rebekah
Jan 04, 2010 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 6 in the Elm Creek Quilter’s series shows some characters maturity. set about 5 years after Round Robin,The Master Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini. This is mostly my confusion having read the books out of order. I mismatched my time lines. The stories though flow to each other nicely as both are focused more on the quilters who run the camp as opposed to quilters visiting or Sylvia herself and her past. Perhaps this is what makes this series enjoyable. There are many different types of stori ...more
Amy
Mar 04, 2017 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Background information on the women who make up the Elm Creek quilters. An interesting and enjoyable read. Not challenging.
Jill
Oct 13, 2008 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Loves Quilting or Friendship
Recommended to Jill by: I Found It At The Library

The Master Quilter (Elm Creek Quilts Series #6)
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A Cozy Quilt On A Cold Winters Night, September 8, 2008

The Master Quilter

I'm sure I skipped ahead with this book, since Sylvia is now married and I didn't see it coming. I still enjoyed jumping into this story. Quilt Camp has been established at Elm Creek Manor. Each of the quilters, from the Tangled Web Quilters, takes part in teaching classes on different aspects of quilting. Sylvia Compson, the
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Melissa
Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crafts, quilts
I didn't like this book as much as I have the rest of the series. That's not to say it isn't any good; it just isn't up to the standard I've come to expect from Chiaverini. It can be read as a standalone or as a part of the series; and for that fact I'm not going to recap the other 5 books as they are varied and irrelevant to this novel.

This book starts out with the Elm Creek Quilter's deciding to make a surprise wedding quilt for Sylvia, who wed her sweetheart Andrew on Christmas Eve. They send
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Susan T.
Feb 24, 2017 Susan T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately there was much repetition in this novel so it was lacking a bit. the plot held this one together.
Sorcha
Feb 12, 2013 Sorcha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2013
This ninth Elm Creek Quilts novel continues the series with a tribute to matriarch Sylvia Compson, who surprised her fellow quilters by marrying her longtime sweetheart on a recent holiday. Eager to honor their favorite Master Quilter, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds. Until the time comes to unveil the surprise gift, Sylvia will be the one in the dark.

Just when it seems that the women have everything to celebrate, forces conspire to threaten their happine
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Jane Dugger
This is probably my favorite book Ms Chiaverini has written. It wasn't the plot that I found so fascinating but the way she delivered it. I don't know if there is a specific name for this style or if it may fall under the POV category. She tells the same story in each chapter from every character's POV. So with chapter one you get Sarah's POV (I can't remember who actually was first), the second you get the same events/story told from Summer's POV, etc. Every chapter gives the reader more inform ...more
AnnaMay
Mar 02, 2010 AnnaMay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Chiaverinin's books are great for skimming, then enjoying the bits of great storyline (case in point, it took me about 20 min. to get through the first 90 pages until it 'got good.') This time, the parts skimmed were letters different quilters from past books wrote to Sylvia along with a submitted quilt block. Since I've read all the past books, I didn't feel like reminiscing with the old characters (they weren't THAT indearing.)

The storyline was fun in this one. I'm struggling to re
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Kate
In this latest read, the Elm Creek Quilters decide they are going to make a surprise for Sylvia Compson and Andrew, her new husband. They send letters, inviting former campers and quilters nationwide to create squares which they will put together as a bridal quilt for Sylvia and Andrew. In the meanwhile, all the Elm Creek Quilters are beset with their own issues: Summer wants to become her own person. Judy struggles with issues surrounding her job and her family. Bonnie has an evil realtor on he ...more
Rayni
Mar 31, 2011 Rayni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy
Recommended to Rayni by: fave author
I have read this series out of order. I was happy to finally find out why Grandma's Attic was forced to close & who the boys were who vandalized it.

Chiaverini is a master at the plait motif, weaving the stories of the 9 women together. I loved seeing the same scene through someone elses eyes. I was quite concerned when Judy was seen with another man, yet when the same scene was played out through Judy's eyes, it was innocent.

I love Agnes. She really is a survivor & a fighter, so I was g
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Kathleen Dixon
Apr 26, 2015 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft, novel
I probably didn't like this 6th in the series as much as I liked the first 5, but I'm still giving it 4 stars because I absolutely love the series. Something I particularly noticed in this book is that time moves on. It's several years since the setting of first novel, and that's excellent. Some series, so many things happen (like in a soap opera) that you end up not relating to any of it, but in Elm Creek time moves on as it should.

The main theme of this one is the way things change in groups o
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Terri Tinkel
Apr 13, 2012 Terri Tinkel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books by author Jennifer Chiaverini. I know I have read at least one other in this Elm Creek Quilts series. This one took me longer to get into. The chapters were often devoted to a different character and some of the same events were rehashed over and over. I found this confusing when a chapter about each character would go back in time and then move forward to explain how that particular character reacted to the same events. And I did think the ending was conveniently arrange ...more
Loralee
Oct 14, 2009 Loralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Changes are coming to the Elm Creek Quilters group. Soon after the surprise wedding of Sylvia and Andrew, the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters decide to surprise them with a bridal quilt. They send out a letter requesting blocks from Sylvia's friends and former students with an accompanying letter explaining why that block symbolizes their relationship to Sylvia. In this atmosphere of secrecy (so as not to ruin the surprise) many people in the group harbor other secrets--some very painful.

Each cha
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Carol
Mar 29, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changes are coming to Elm Creek Quilters. Soon after the surprise wedding of Sylvia and Andrew, the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters decide to surprise them with a bridal quilt. They send out a letter requesting blocks from Sylvia's friends and former students with an accompanying letter explaining why that block symbolizes their relationship to Sylvia. In this atmosphere of secrecy (so as not to ruin the surprise). Each chapter is written from the point of view of each main character in the Elm C ...more
Trish
I rather enjoyed this book in the series. Each of the characters serially tells what is happening in their lives at the same point of time, and we get the persepctive of their behaviors from the others. Chiaverini did well with this technique: there is enough diversity of activity in everyone's lives to add depth to the story rather than thin it out. On the last few pages and still am not entirely sure why the story is called The Master Quilter, but presume it refers to Sylvia Compson, for whom ...more
Michelle
This is the sixth book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and returns to the present day. This book had much more turmoil than the previous books and it was good to see the characters start to evolve. Sylvia has married Andrew earlier than expected and the quilters are caught off guard in making her surprise bridal quilt. They reach out to the quilting community for help in getting enough squares to make the quilt. Summer is deciding what she wants to do with her life- school or remain in Waterford. ...more
RumBelle
Feb 23, 2015 RumBelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sylvia and Andrew have gotten married, and as a gift, the Elm Creek Quilters wanted to make her a bridal quilt. That is the premise of this sixth installment of the series. As the Elm Creek Quilters work on their own quilt block, and also soliciate blocks from others across the country whose lives Sylvia has touched, we got a peek into their lives at the moment. From financial troubles, to developing, and degenerating, relationships, to crime, this was a complex web of plots. Each chapter was to ...more
penelopewanders
This books uses a slightly different technique - basically the same sequence of events is experienced by several different characters, one after the other. It's a fairly interesting experience, and somewhat amusing how each character perceives things differently. As Sylvia more or less comments at some point,it's surprising how these close friends don't share their concerns with each other, and in fact, most of them are very self-absorbed and are unaware of the issues the others are facing. Some ...more
Donna
Sep 18, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
The Master Quilter, Sylvia Compson weds her fiance Andrew at Christmas. She had planned this wedding in secrecy from all her Elm Creek Quilter friends. Now all of her friends are scrambling to stitch a bridal quilt for Sylvia and Andrew.

The quilters send out a letter to all of the quilters that have come each year to the Elm Creek Manor for quilting classes to help with the bridal quilt. Each must make a block that commemorates Sylvia. As the blocks accumulate, the quilters celebrate the joy of
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Allison
Very sweet. Just like all of the "Elm Creek Quilter" books. It was a little disjointed - every chapter (9 or 10 of them) told the same events but the perspective of a different person. It was difficult to keep all the timelines straight. And I was a little bummed that they kept so many secrets from each other. If they truly were as close to each other as they say they are, why did they keep so many things hidden from each other?

But I quibble.

It's fun to catch up with the gals. And the premise o
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Nathalie S
Nov 30, 2012 Nathalie S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read one of Jennifer Chiaverini's quilting series before but just couldn't get into it and once again, BOOK ON CD to the rescue! I quite enjoyed this little mystery (no dead body) AND it features a little wedding which I always enjoy. Master quilter Sylvia Compson just got married and her friends at the Elm Creek Quilter's Guild want to make her a quilt, of course. All of Sylvia's friends and students are invited to send a little quilt square sharing how they feel about her. All the s ...more
Suzanne Skelly
Another in the Elm Creek Quilts series. Always a comfortable group of characters that make you feel like part of the family.

When Sylvia Compson , the matriarch of Elm Creek Manor surprised her fellow quilters by getting married to longtime sweetheart Andrew on her recent holiday they decided to give her a surprise, too. Eager to honor their favorite Master Quilter, the Elm Creek Quilters hasten to stitch a bridal quilt for the newlyweds as a surprise.

In their race to commemroate the bride and in
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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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