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The Elm Creek Quilters are home for the Christmas, where hand-stitching brings out the holiday spirit in for their loved ones....

Title : A Quilter's Holiday
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ISBN : 9781439139325
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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A Quilter's Holiday Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-04-01 15:33

    I'm either getting a bit tired of the Elm Creek series or Chiaverini is getting a bit tired of writing them. Much of what is in this book is in several of her past novels; and I'm not sure this book even qualifies as a novel. There was some new stories about some her characters, but not that interesting or enticing. If you hadn't read the previous books,this book would not entice you to read another and if you have read the previous books this one was more often boring than not. Personally, I'm close enough to having read the complete series to date, I'll finish them. I know that #16, The Lost Quilter is good, because it's the book that got me into the series in the first place, there is hope for #17, the Aloha Quilt.

  • Staci
    2019-03-23 09:30

    Don't get me wrong....I love the ladies from Elm Creek. They feel like old friends and for the most part I enjoy visiting them. What I don't like is rehashing OLD stories that we're already familiar with.....boring!!!! Sometimes these small holiday books feel very formula to me and end up rubbing me the wrong way! There was one character though that I really enjoyed in this book-Gretchen. I'm a die-hard fan so I'll read the next one but I'm hoping that it isn't another "let's feel good but not talk about anything substantial" book!!

  • Melissa
    2019-04-04 09:57

    This series has so many ups and downs. While this one went back to the original characters and storyline, I didn't find it as charming as the others. That's not to say it wasn't any good, it just wasn't as expressive as some of the others. Since there are so many books in the series before this one I'm not going to recap them as it would be way too lengthy.This book involves the "Quilter's Holiday" which is a day when the Elm Creek quilter's get together near Thanksgiving (more on this later) and enjoy leftovers and quilting together. A lot of this book focuses on different things that are happening in the quilter's lives.Sarah is preparing for the arrival of her twins but learns that her husband has different plans for their last few months before they are born. While she would like him to stay at Elm Creek Manor to help her and go to Drs. appointments with her, he has decided without talking it over with her to go help his father with his business. While she understands why he wants to, she can't help but think his priorities are a little misplaced.Diane is feeling a little bit of empty nest syndrome and when a blizzard starts trapping the quilter's at the manor, she becomes determined to get home where her boys are back visiting from college. Despite the snow she starts off and unfortunately becomes stuck on the way. With no one answering the phone, she has to try and make it back to the manor in the blinding whiteness.Sylvia is in search of long lost relatives. Enlisting the help of some of her researcher friends, she has them look for descendants of her favorite cousin Elizabeth. Although a private investigator had told her earlier that she had no one left in the family, she can't help but believe there must be someone else out there.Anna is adjusting well to being the cook at Elm Creek. Her biggest frustrations come from Jeremy. A friend of hers and the boyfriend on one of the other quilter's daughter, she discovers that she is falling in love with him. When he leaves to go visit his girlfriend he keeps calling her and she can't help but wonder if maybe he'd like more from their relationship as well.Gretchen thinks back on her past of helping people. She once volunteered at a home for displaced pregnant teenagers and she reflects on the hardships and joys this has brought her. Now that she lives somewhere else, she hopes to find another volunteer opportunity that gives her as much satisfaction as the previous one did.Gwen thinks back on a mentor and friend who has recently died. She inspired Gwen to do great things and Gwen in turn inspired her to quilt. In order to help this friend she had also formed a bone marrow drive to help find a match and keep her alive. Despite the match though, she still loses a good friend and wonders what else could have been done.All the wonderful characters were back and it was so nice to see them continue their story. While I understand Chiaverini likes to branch out, it would be nice if she used those books in a different series instead of combining them with this one. There is one flaw in her characters I do have to point out though. Summer, the daughter of Gwen and girlfriend of Jeremy is becoming extremely unlikeable. While I realize she's supposed to be finding herself, I can't help but think that she treats Jeremy horribly and that it is a total disconnect from what her character is supposed to be.The writing is back to being unoffensive. Chiaverini barely ever uses harsh words let alone vivid disturbing descriptions. For other descriptions, there are a great many quilts mentioned in this novel but they lack the color and charm that some of her earlier books brought to life. She used to spend great time on colors and shapes, describing patterns and stitches, now we're lucky if they are called "jewel-toned". I also had trouble with something that didn't match up in the book to me. The Quilter's Holiday is supposed to feature a potluck of Thanksgiving leftovers, but then goes on to say the day is the day before Thanksgiving. Perhaps they had a Thanksgiving of their own but it still wasn't very clear to me.I of course will always continue on with the series. Even her worst is still pretty good. I just hope that she re finds what made the series so charming to begin with. I want to see the character reconnect and picture the quilts so elegantly described in my mind.A Quilter's HolidayCopyright 2009278 pages

  • Patti's Book Nook
    2019-04-19 14:59

    This might seem an odd read for a non-quilter, especially since this is the fifteenth installment in the series and I haven't read a single one! I simply picked this up at a library book sale and decided it looked like a delightful, easy Thanksgiving read for a busy Holiday. We follow a bunch of sweet ladies who meet each year at Elm Creek Manor the day after Thanksgiving, which coincides with the first day of quilting season. They sew all weekend and catch up on each other's lives. This story is rich in cozy detail. From the intricate stitching detail on the gratitude quilt blocks, the descriptions of food, and the stories of the women as they talk about their year, this book is like a giant blanket. It also felt like I was watching a Hallmark movie, with perhaps a bit less cheese.I had fun with this and liked that it was exactly what I expected. It made me want to take classes at my local JoAnn Fabrics! There was an interesting section about how most people who take up the hobby quickly realize that it is more than a frivolous venture. The mere act of creating does the mind good, but the collaborative effort with other people is enriching as well and has substantial benefit for health and happiness.I'm sure I would have a bit more context if I'd read some of the other books, but that didn't seem to matter as everyone was introduced adequately. In my opinion, you could read this as a standalone and it would be fine. I don't know how this book compares to the rest of the series, but if you like quick, enjoyable, and heartfelt books about friendship, food, and quilting, this seems like a good choice.

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-04-17 12:43

    This is book 15 in the Elm Creek Quilters series, and I really like how Jennifer changed things up from some of the previous books. This one takes the focus away from Sylvia and puts it on the ladies that come to the manor to quilt.I loved everyone's stories. Gwen, Gretchen, Diane as well as the new cook, Anna, who we met in The Quilter's Kitchen get to shine. All of these women have something to give and we learn that as we see what brought them to Elm Creek Manor. Oh and we also get more of Sarah and Matt, who are expecting twins now!Chiaverini lets us see some marital issues, as well as people trying to hold on to traditions and making new ones through past actions. Each woman has a special story and you really will come to love them. I think I loved Gwen and Gretchen the most. Gwen made her mistakes but was able to overcome those and we hear how one woman really influenced her life. Then there's Gretchen who has a wonderful ability to give of herself.Sylvia also gets some good news in regards to her cousin Elizabeth's family. That really brings a tear to your eye, because Jennifer Chiaverini really drives home how much Sylvia loved this cousin in most of the books.This book was set on the days following Thanksgiving. Almost all of the Elm Creek books revolve around the year end holidays. I loved the discussions of food for the pot luck lunch that the ladies have for their special get together after the holiday.This was such a sweet cozy read. I always look forward to reading about the quilting ladies.

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-03-29 14:39

    A Quilter's Holiday, by Jennifer ChalverniHave read most of the other books in this series and enjoy not only the patterns but the friendship others get by coming together to sew for charity.Love hearing of the occupants of the house and what the latest is with their families.Thanksgiving tradition by sewing quilt blocks and why they selected that particular one..Quilting marathon and everyone has brought a leftover dish from the special day to share with all quilters that have assembled. Snow is due and a lot of it.Loved hearing of how to name a quilt and of the advent calendars-much like the one our kids when younger had.Loved learning of the importance of the 9 block and how many other things in our lifes correlate to it.Alternating chapters from those at the celebration talk about what's going on in their lives. So many mysteries and clues throughout.Auction of their items, proceeds go to food bank, so generous! Hate that the snow brings about a lot of tragedies....love hearing of the winter get together and where the proceeds for that go.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

  • Judy
    2019-04-02 14:44

    I used to like this series of books, but they have become too predictable as the series has gone on. I grabbed this book from the library thinking, "Hey, it's a Christmas book and I'm in the Christmas spirit." Well, thankfully, I'm actually in the Christmas spirit because otherwise I wouldn't have finished the book. The basic plot is that it is the day after Thanksgiving and the Elm Creek Quilters all meet to start/finish/continue their Christmas projects. Each of the quilter's has her own thoughts about why she is making her individual project and, of course, they all get snowed in together in a freakish early storm. The plot is a classic set up of back flashes and memories, but I was only marginally interested in each of the stories. I think that I will give the Elm Creek Quilters a rest for a while. I wasn't even captivated by the cliff-hangers--I think that I can already figure out what will happen.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-20 11:35

    This was very disappointing. I used to enjoy this series. This book seemed like a rehash of previous books. Plus a couple of the characters were so nasty to each other, it became unpleasant to read. I still have a few of these books on my shelves left to read. I am seriously debating whether or not to just give them away and not waste my time. I haven't decided if the author is just gotten complacent in her writing or my taste has changed to the point where these books just don't interest me anymore. This book didn't help win me over.

  • Denise
    2019-03-31 16:35

    This was a wonderful book. I have liked all of the Elm Creek series and I figured this would just be a typical "holiday" book, a quick read, not much content. I was totally wrong. This book gives quite a bit of backstory to many of the characters. It also left quite a few "cliff hangers" for future books. I don't think I would recommend this book for someone that hasn't read the rest of the series; I'm not sure a "new" reader would be able to pick up at this point (this is the 15th book in the series).

  • Rayni
    2019-03-31 12:47

    This is a favorite series at our library & it's hard to get the books out in order. I did not realize this was #15 in the series. I picked it up because I had read the recipe book, The Quilter's Kitchen, where I met Anna, & thoroughly enjoyed it. I expected it to be a holiday book with not much substance to it. I enjoy it when Chiaverini gives us back stories & weaves the stories together.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 10:58

    Another wonderful series. I always look forward to hearing more about the Elm Creek Quilters. It always gets me itching to start quilting. Excited about the entire series.

  • Adena
    2019-04-02 11:47

    This book is as warm and cozy as the homemade quilt. The characters are multi-faceted.

  • Susan
    2019-03-22 14:35

    3 may be generous. This was light and fluffy, so for someone who likes a feel-good read this is for you. Easy and fast read, and the author does add some depth to the characters.

  • Jan
    2019-03-24 16:47

    I have always said there are three sides to every story; Side A, Side B, and the truth. I enjoyed how she wrote the same story from the perspective of everyone at the retreat. It was the same event, but everyone experienced it differently. I found the character development rushed, but then again this is a series of books and i only read the one, so many i am missing a great deal by not having read the other books.

  • Massanutten Regional Library
    2019-04-20 12:34

    Selah, Grottoes patron, July 2017, 3 stars:This one takes place right after Thanksgiving when the Elm Creek quilters get together to quilt. It is not as good as most of her other books. It does carry the story of the ladies lives further along and seems like a preparation for her next book.

  • Lynne Radcliffe
    2019-04-09 11:51

    Another good Elm Creek Quilt story. Parts of this book retell information from previous books, but that did not distract from the story for me. I enjoy the ongoing stories of the characters that Jennifer Chiaverini has created in this series.

  • Carol Moore Kollar
    2019-03-25 13:43

    Ending the read with a few books from my favorite series Elm Creek Quilts. This is a wonderful feel-good read that helps you prepare from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Each quilter shares the project they are working on and the "giving" theme calls on all of us to do more for others.

  • Anwnh5
    2019-04-09 13:45

    I am reading the series in order. I feel like the books are acting like movies, leaving open questions at the end. The next two books do not deal with the same people so those questions are going to be unanswered for at least three books. Not sure I like that.

  • Pat Scroggins
    2019-03-20 12:55

    It was a good book but I've enjoyed her other books more.

  • Pelican Rapids
    2019-04-14 17:45

    This book was very enjoyable. As women came together to make a quilt, for it makes them relax and enjoy each others company and even become good friends.

  • Angie
    2019-04-09 17:49

    A sweet little easy read (one day for me) reminding me of why I loved these Elm Creek Quilter Books so much.

  • Gabby
    2019-04-16 09:39

    I enjoyed this story because it gave a background of all the main characters.

  • Evelyn Harvill
    2019-04-11 12:42

    Entertaining continuation of the series

  • kmm1985
    2019-03-29 14:35

    Sweet!

  • Amanda
    2019-04-15 16:34

    Definitely not as good as the Christmas version. There were almost too many characters used. Some of them were a little whiny. I would have like more tie-ins with quilting.

  • Jean
    2019-03-29 13:39

    I enjoy this series. I had difficulty reading the ending of this book through happy tears.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-09 10:40

    Has me pondering what quilt block patterns I would choose while spending the day after Thanksgiving quilting with a group of friends. What are we thankful for? Can we put that into a quilt? Loved reading about what the Elm Creek Quilters are thankful for and how they will show this thankfulness.

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2019-04-06 11:32

    I almost didn't pick up this book. I've liked most of the Elm Creek Quilt books I've read, but I think Jennifer Chiaverini needs to put the series to bed and write something else. There is a compelling element to these stories, however, and I'm sure that is what keeps people reading them. I have mixed feelings about this one. It's a shorter, holiday novella style book that takes place over the course of two days and is easily read in one sitting. This one shares viewpoints from each quilter, and we do learn a bit more about each one. However, there are still redundancies, just like there are in past books. Diane is the character I like the least and she whines and snipes her way through this book. Yes, her issues are wrapped up neatly at the end, just like everyone else's, but to say she is annoying is an understatement. Sarah and Matt end the book with somewhat unresolved issues and Sylvia discovers more answers to her family history. So I have no doubt that at least one more Elm Creek Quilt book will be published: one that features a return to Elizabeth's story from The Quilter's Homecoming. Another one dealing with Sarah and Matt and the birth of their children is probably on its way as well.Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. Because my library has them, I might pick up the next ones. I don't know. Like I said, there is a compelling element to these stories and kudos to Jennifer Chiaverini for capitalizing on it. If you've liked the rest of the series, you will probably enjoy this one.

  • Donna
    2019-04-09 16:51

    A Quilter's Holiday begins the day after Thanksgiving when the Elm Creek Quilters gather at Elm Creek Manor to spend the day stitching and quilting gifts for loved ones for the holiday season.During a recent remodeling of the kitchen at Elm Creek, Sylvia had found a cornucopia that once was the centerpiece of the Bergstrom's family holiday table. Sylvia had each of her quilting friends sew a quilt block that represented their thankfulness and gratitude.On this day after Thanksgiving a really bad snowstorm develops and one of the quilters, Diane, wishes to go back home to her family as her two sons are home just a short while for the holiday. It had been sleeting and snowing pretty awful, but Diane sets out for home. She does not get very far and becomes stuck in the snow with her car. Her cell phone, which she often forgets to recharge, is dead and is unable to contact anyone on her whereabouts. After a period of time, she gets out of the car and starts back to the manor. Luckily on her way back, Jeremy is returning to Elm Creek and comes upon Diane and brings her back to the manor also. Jeremy had been on his way to see his girlfriend, Sarah (a former Elm Creek Quilter), in Chicago; but the snow storm had him turn around and come back. Everyone is glad to have Diane safely back and asks Jeremy what he is doing back.As the winter storm continues to blanket everything, the quilters find new meanings for their traditions and new reasons to be thankful.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-13 14:54

    The 15th book of the Elm Creek Quilt series returns to the current day, surrounding their own Thanksgiving tradition of a day after party with each potluck item having a leftover component. They have added a tradition of putting a quilt block in the family cornucopia which represents what they are thankful for. The ladies are all facing some changes or challenges. Sarah has to deal with her husband's wish to help his father's business, which will mean a separation between them during her pregnancy, Diane is dealing with her need for tradition versus the practicality of her sons growing up, Sylvia has found out that she may indeed have living relatives in California that are descended from her beloved cousin, and Anna, one of the newer characters, is dealing with her growing feelings for Jeremy, who is her friend, but also the long distance boyfriend of Summer, one of the original Elm Creek Quilters and daughter of Gwen. The story goes back through the timeline from different characters perspectives, with the drama/excitement coming from a snow storm that threatens two of the characters who have ventured out into it. This was a nice addition to the series, and was a light, enjoyable, and quick reading experience.