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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Chiaverini Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Elm Creek Quilts Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470327637
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“Why do you give?” asks Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson Cooper in The Giving Quilt, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s artful, inspiring novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.

At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus.

Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.

Featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, The Giving Quilt will remind us all that giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chiaverini’s themes of love, loss, and healing will resonate with many, and her characters’ stories are inspiring.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chiaverini delivers another satisfying Elm Creek Quilts story in the latest title in this excellent series...This volume features the series at its best, with warm, fully realized characters and powerful themes.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/16/2014

    " Chiaverini is back! I was disappointed in the last couple books but this one was delightful. I was still left wishing for a better overarching story, but the new characters were fun and dynamic. The quilting descriptions left me eager to get to work on my sewing machine. The ending was very abrupt but overall, the book was a fun read for quilters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ccmonday | 2/10/2014

    " I'm a sucker for this series due to my passion for the art of quilting:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 2/7/2014

    " Another good book in the Elm Creek series-well written and thoughful. I liked the question "Why do you give". A little too much description of the quilting process for a non quilter but the concerns of the quilters were a reflection of the times, especially the concerns of Linnea who is a librarian in a small town. As a volunteer for a library her concerns mirror many libraries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina Honzell claude | 2/6/2014

    " Makes me want to finish the quilt I started 8years ago. Was really hoping this was a real place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice L. | 1/26/2014

    " The Giving Quilt is the latest in the Elm Creek Quilts series which I enjoy very much. This book was no exception. I like meeting new characters and I appreciate her return to the present rather than the future as with her last book. The one criticism that I have is the author inserting her political views in the story, a trick she has done before. I don't object to her views in particular, but this is a work of fiction about quilting. I wish she would leave it that way. The story would have been fine the way it was except she had to promote her favorite radio and tv stations and obliquely paint all those on the right side of the aisle as ignorant radicals. The story is about quilting and friendships. Leave it that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mim | 1/17/2014

    " This was a great book about giving back. A group of women spend a week at Elm Creek, while getting to know one another, (the author gives great personal details}, they make individual quilts while learning new techniques, for Quilts for Linus ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb.mcquillangmail.com | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of Jennifer's better books. (I have read all of them to date). It takes place in the present time and covers everything from the untimely death of a spouse, the recession and job problems as a result, the "future" of books and libraries, online shopping and the repercussions for small businesses, quilting for charity, and of course the friendships formed by the women at the Quiltsgiving class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/14/2014

    " Always enjoyable getting to know a few more women who become friends through their interest in quilting. Story is loosely woven together through a giving retreat to make quilts for project Linus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/12/2014

    " Better than the last one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 1/4/2014

    " Great addition of a few new characters. Loved the theme of giving too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 12/29/2013

    " I did not think it was as good as her other books were in the Elm Creek series was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/25/2013

    " I just plain enjoy this series. It's not that the books are so amazing, it's that the characters have become old friends to me. I feel like my old friends are back! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/16/2013

    " It was ok...not too exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/1/2013

    " Not her best she brought her politics into it a bit to much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 11/28/2013

    " Another great Elm Creek Quilters novel by Jennifer Chiaverini! Each one takes you back to old friends and a place where time seems to tick by a little slower. A great holiday read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/16/2013

    " Really enjoyed this one. New characters, and old favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 10/13/2013

    " I liked this book best of all the Elm Creek Novels I have read. Strong and detailed characters and a great story about their lives and why they are attending the Elm Creek Quiltsgiving. This book was hard for me to put down. Inspiring, both to give more and to start quilting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 9/1/2013

    " Another Elm Creek Quilts novel gone by too fast! I really enjoyed the focus in giving, and may start a Giving Journal of my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis | 8/10/2013

    " I have loved all the Elm Creek Quilts novels! They are gentle reads, with engaging plots and characters. I highly recommend them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnea | 3/9/2013

    " There is a Linnea Nelson!!!! What's not to like!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/14/2013

    " I love this series, enjoyed this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Davis | 12/9/2012

    " Wonderful book... I am not a quilter myself and do not want to be one... however I really love Jennifers books... They are so detailed and her charachters are very believeable... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megowen | 12/1/2012

    " A political diatribe disguised as a quilt novel...pro-union, anti-fox news, leftist garbage held together by weak threads and poor fabric. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/29/2012

    " Not my favorite in this series, but still worth the read. :D "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mrs. Lincon’s Dressmaker, The Spymistress, Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. She has also written numerous collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, and her quilt patterns have been featured in publications such as Country Woman, Quiltmaker, and Quilt. A former professor of writing at Edgewood College and Penn State, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.