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Jennifer Chiaverini Books In Order

Publication Order of Elm Creek Quilts Books

The Quilter's Apprentice (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Round Robin (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cross-Country Quilters (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Runaway Quilt (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quilter's Legacy (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Master Quilter (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sugar Camp Quilt (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Quilt (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circle of Quilters (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quilter's Homecoming (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Year's Quilt (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winding Ways Quilt (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quilter's Kitchen (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Quilter (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Quilter's Holiday (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aloha Quilt (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Union Quilters (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wedding Quilt (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sonoma Rose (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giving Quilt (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spymistress (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas Bells (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fates and Traitors (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Elm Creek Quilts (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Elm Creek (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Elm Creek Quilts (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Traditions from Elm Creek Quilts (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Jennifer Chiaverini is a New York Times best-selling author from America. She writes mostly in the Historical Fiction and Literature & Fiction genres. Jennifer is best known for writing the Elm Creek Quilts series as well as the quilt patterns. She was born in the year 1969 and is a graduate from the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. Jennifer is also a former writing instructor at Edgewood College and Penn State. Other than writing the 17 different novels of the Elm Creek Quilts series, she has also written four other volumes of quilt patterns by getting inspiration from her previous novels of the series. Jennifer is also the designer of the Elm Creek fabric lines, which is from the Red Rooster Fabrics. The original quilt designs of Jennifer Chiaverini have featured in Quiltmaker, Country Woman, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and Quilt, and the short stories written by Jennifer have appeared in the newsletters like Quiltmakers Newsletter and Quiltmaker. All the novels written by her go on to capture the texture of life for rich and poor, women and the black and white alike. Her fabric lines include Gerda’s Collection, The New Year’s Quilt, Joanna’s Collection, Elizabeth’s Collection, Circle of Quilters, etc. to name a few. Jennifer lives a happy life along with her husband and a couple of sons in Madison, Wisconsin. The series, ‘Elm Creek Quilts’ consists of seventeen different novels published from 1999 to 2012.

Jennifer Chiaverini was born in Cincinnati, Ohio with the full name Jennifer Neidenbach. She was brought up in Thousand Oaks, California and Waterford, Michigan. After completing her B.A in English Literature from the University of Notre Damme, Jennifer went on to complete M.A from the University of Chicago. She met her future husband in Pennsylvania when she moved to the State College in order to pursue undergraduate course in creative writing. Initially, she was struggling with her writing career and so decided to teach English language to mechanical engineering students at her husband’s college, where he himself was pursuing Ph.D in mechanical engineering. At the same time, she got married and had to make a quilt for her wedding gift, on her own as she did not have any friends there nor there were any quilt shops in the State College. She purchased an instruction book and began learning to quilt on her own. Soon, she developed her passion and became an expert in this art. Jennifer continued to teach in Pennsylvania and also began writing some novels. She took the women’s friendship as her subject to write and developed her novels around her life story. Her first novel ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice’ was based on her struggle in becoming an expert quilter. No sooner did the first novel came out than it became a regional bestseller and sold out in a number of quilt shows throughout the country. Soon. Jennifer began receiving letters from her readers about the forthcoming installments of the series. She realized that her description of characters and plot of the first novel was very much appreciated by the readers and so she continued to write in a similar fashion with similar characters.

The first novel of the Elm Creek Quilts series was published under the title ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice’ in the year 1999 by the Plume publishing house. The plot of the novel revolves around the life of Sarah McClure and her husband Matt, who live in Pennsylvania. Sarah is depicted as a girl who is struggling to overcome the hardships of life and develop a passion for herself. She moves to the small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, along with her husband, Matt, still struggling to find a satisfying job. During that time, she up to help Sylvia Compson in preparing her family estate for sale, the Elm Creek Manor. Sylvia is a 75 year old lady who is an expert quilter. As a part of the compensation, Sarah received quilting training from Sylvia. They both come close to each other and share their family stories. Sylvia explains Sarah about the tragedy, betrayal and jealousy that torn her family apart. While listening to her stories, Sarah is forced to face the uncomfortable truth of her alienation from her widowed mother. As their friendship starts to strengthen, Sylvia tells Sarah the reason of selling out her estate. On the other hand, Sarah decides to bring back the joy in the life of Sylvia by helping her not to sell out her family estate. In return she asks for keeping their cherished friendship for years to come. The novel teaches important lessons about friendship, sisterhood and family. It depicts a quilter’s attempt in creating a life out of misery with love, patience and time. The novel was described as a wonderful story of relationships, love and understanding, by the fellow authors and motivated Jennifer to keep continuing her motivational work.

The second novel of the series was titled ‘Round Robin’ and was published in the year 2000 by Plume publishing house. The novel is said to reunite the readers with the Elm Creek Quilters. It is a heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed debut novel by Jennifer Chiaverini, ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice’. Jennifer has depicted the Elm Creek Manor with blue and green colors, green for a new beginning and blue for truth. The novel depicts the plot where the Elm Creek Quilters attempt to complete a round robin, a type of quilt created by a circle of friends by sewing concentric patchwork to a middle block. The group was led by Sarah McClure, who aimed to gift the round robin quilt to her beloved Sylvia Compson. The delicate cross stitches of the quilt represented their thin threads of happiness that they had to unravel with the co-operation of one another. Each woman of the quilt faced some or the other personal crisis. They gained confidence from the enduring and complex bond of the quilt between the daughters, mothers, friends and sisters. With the continuous weaving and overcoming their crisis, the quilters realized that their friendship was a precious gift to one another, which can be strengthened further by understanding, love and care. This can lead them to a new beginning and illuminate their lives with happiness and joy. The novel was very much appreciated by the readers and the critics. The people of the society enjoyed reading the novel as they felt that it made the people realize the importance of love, family, friendship and sharing. Women felt extremely overwhelmed by the emotions of the novel and the feeling of sisterhood in them grew even stronger.

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