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The Christmas Quilt

(2005)
(The eighth book in the Elm Creek Quilts series)
A novel by

 
 
When Christmas Eve comes to Elm Creek Manor, the tenor of the holiday is far from certain. Sylvia Bergstrom Compson, the Master Quilter, has her own reasons for preferring a quiet, even subdued, Christmas. Her young friend Sarah McClure, however, takes the opposite view and decides to deck the halls brightly. As she explores the trunks packed with Bergstrom family decorations that haven't been touched in more than fifty years, Sarah discovers a curious Christmas quilt. Begun in seasonal fabrics and patterns, the quilt remains unfinished.

Sylvia reveals that the handiwork spans several generations and a quartet of Bergstrom quilters -- her great aunt, her mother, her sister, and herself. As she examines the array of quilt blocks each family member contributed but never completed, memories of Christmases past emerge.

At Elm Creek Manor, Christmas began as a celebration of simple virtues -- joy and hope buoyed by the spirit of giving. As each successive generation of Bergstroms lived through its unique trials -- the antebellum era, the Great Depression, World War II -- tradition offered sustenance even during the most difficult times. For Sylvia, who is coping with the modern problem of family dispersed, estranged, or even forgotten, reconciliation with her personal history may prove as elusive as piecing the Christmas Quilt.

Elm Creek Manor is full of secrets, from a Christmas tree with unusual properties to the sublime Bergstrom strudel recipe. Sylvia's tales at first seem to inform her family legacy but ultimately illuminate far more, from the importance of women's art to its place in commemorating our shared experience, at Christmastime and in every season.

Genre: Romance    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

November 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #8)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 0-7862-8073-5 / 978-0-7862-8073-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #8)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 0-7432-8657-X / 978-0-7394-5881-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 1-4767-9285-2 / 978-1-4767-9285-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Audio Editions

December 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Quilt
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


December 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Quilt
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #8)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 1-4281-7003-0 / 978-1-4281-7003-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Christmas Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #8)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 1-4281-6958-X / 978-1-4281-6958-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Christmas Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts)
Author(s): Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA