I can’t remember exactly when I was first introduced to the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. It was at least three or four years ago. I was in the library with my children and spotted one of her books on the new releases table. I had recently gotten serious about quilting so I grabbed the book. I was completely hooked and returned to the library week after week till I had read every one of her books on the shelf!
I was delighted when PLUME, the publisher of the latest book by Jennifer Chiaverini called An Elm Creek Quilts Companion, asked if I would be willing to review the book.
The first thing that struck me about the book was how pretty it was. The cover can often make or break a book can’t it? It has to draw your eye enough to pick it up and give it a try! I find the cover of this book really appealing.
The book isn’t a fictional novel like her other books; it is a companion to the series. It is broken into different sections that might appeal the fans. I, personally, loved reading the Introduction and learning a bit more about the author and how she arrived at writing this series. Next up is a synopsis of each book in the series. Reading those was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. It reminded me of my favorite books in the series, The Runaway Quilt and The Sugar Camp Quilt. Both explore the use of quilts in the Underground Railroad. Those novels really appealed to the art historian in me who adores studying material culture. This section also revealed to me a couple of books that I had missed because my library doesn’t carry them. There are pattern books that accompany the series! I am going to have to look for those. Next up is a timeline of Elm Creek Manor and the people who lived there, followed by lists of Residents and Visitors to the Manor and snippets of information about them. There is also an index of sorts for Places mentioned in the series as well as Artifacts, Souvenirs, and Associations. In the center of the book, there are some full color photos of quilts featured in the novels. Toward the back of the book are several pages of block designs with the names of the blocks and some information telling you how that block was used in the novels. I loved flipping through the block images for inspiration. Lastly, there is a short story by the author called A Stitch in Time: Behind the Scenes at Elm Creek Quilt Camp. It is written in a question and answer format inspired by questions asked by readers of the Elm Creek Quilts series.
An Elm Creek Quilts Companion is available for preorder on Amazon. It starts shipping tomorrow, October 29th.
Would you like a copy of the book? I have one to giveaway courtesy of PLUME. To enter, please just leave me a comment here telling me what you like to read. I am always looking for new books! I will draw a winner’s name on Halloween! Please, domestic entries only due to shipping costs. Thanks for your understanding!
***The giveaway is now closed. The winner is: Laura C