The Cross-Country Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 22, 2009 - Fiction - 367 pages
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Readers of The Quilter's Apprentice and Round Robin have been enchanted by Elm Creek Quilt Camp, where women gather each year for quilting, friendship, and fun. The third in the Elm Creek Quilts series introduces the Cross-Country Quilters, a group of far-flung friends who pledge to complete a "challenge quilt" -- symbolic of each woman's personal goals -- in one year's time.
These five women arrive at Elm Creek Manor hoping to find in their quilt lessons an escape from the problems they left at home. Julia, an aging starlet, has pinned her hopes to a plum role in a historical epic whose director is under the mistaken impression that Julia already knows how to quilt. Megan is a successful engineer who has won prizes for her miniature quilt designs. The one challenge she has yet to master is single motherhood. Donna, a mother of two, must hasten to teach her daughter independence and self-esteem -- lessons she, too, must take to heart. Grace is a renowned curator of antique quilts, whose creative flair is waning for reasons she is unwilling to reveal -- even to her closest friends. Vinnie, the senior member of the group, is a sunny soul with a tragic past. Her overwhelming desire is to bring happiness into the lives of those she loves.
Although the Cross-Country Quilters share a common creative goal, as the year goes by their bonds are tested by the demands of daily life. But despite differences in age, race, and background, the friends' love for quilting and affection for one another unite them in a patchwork of caring and acceptance. The quilt they make reminds them of an everlasting truth -- friends may be separated by great distance, yet the strength of their bond can transcend any obstacle.
  

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Review: The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #3)

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An easy read, especially after Pilcher's quality writing style. As a quilter I enjoyed the details of all things quilty. The characters were likeable and their friendships encouraging. It was ... Read full review

Review: The Cross-Country Quilters (Elm Creek Quilts #3)

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I've now read four of the Elm Creek Quilt books. Aloha Quilt was the first, then #1-3. I like how each book is structured differently (one changed narrators each chapter so you could learn more about ... Read full review

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Contents

One
11
Two
42
Three
68
Four
98
Five
119
Six
146
Seven
173
Eight
213
Nine
239
Ten
280
Eleven
308
Twelve
345
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About the author (2009)

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and Mrs. Lincolnís Dressmaker, her most recent historical novel. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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