Surprise Giveaway: Jennifer Chiaverini!

The Union Quilters 250x378 Surprise Giveaway: Jennifer Chiaverini!

Woohoo! It’s a surprise giveaway on Quilty Pleasures. One of today’s featured designers is Jennifer Chiaverini, whom you probably know as the author behind the Elm Creek Quilts novels. We have for giveaway an autographed copy of The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini, and we’ll add in some other quilting goodies, too! For your chance to win, leave a comment by midnight May 3. Tell us if you’ve read any of Jennifer’s titles and which was your favorite. If you haven’t read any, what is the all-time best book you’ve ever read? The winner is LaVera, comment #117. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for playing along. Keep trying! Still lots of chances to win all this week.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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309 Responses to Surprise Giveaway: Jennifer Chiaverini!

  1. Teresa Berry says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books and my favorites are The Sugar Camp Quilt (my first read) and the Quilters Apprentice. I have a friend who I shared these books with and she has now read all of them, too. Looking forward to the new book!

  2. Kathy Taylor says:

    I have read all except the Union Quilters. My favorite was the first one – when everything was coming together and I loved all the descriptions of the mansion. I also suddenly find myself in need of making a Hawaiian Quilt.

  3. Leisha R says:

    I love Jennifers’ books! Haven’t read all of them yet but loved Quilters Apprentice, Runaway Quilt and Sugar Camp Quilters! I love to quilt and also love reading and combining the two makes me very happy!

  4. Barbara Galentin says:

    I’ve read all of the Elm Creek books, but my favorite was The Runaway Quilt. I love the ones that go back in history. The stories are great and you learn something, too.

  5. I have read every one of her books. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer and her mother in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I love the historical content that is always present and the wholesomeness of the reading material. My two favorites were The Master Quilter and The Lost Quilter.

  6. Carla says:

    I have all of Jennifer’s Elm Creek books. I was hooked with the first book. I always think the most recent one is the best – until the next one comes out and then it’s my new “best”.

  7. Mary Kay says:

    Loved her first one the most.

  8. Melissa Garcia says:

    I only got to read the first 4 because I lived out of the country. Having reading material in English was such a treat and that the books were about quilts was wonderful. We are now back in the USA and apparently I need to get caught up on her books. Maybe I’d go with Runaway Quilt. A real thought provoker.

  9. cynthia says:

    I have read this whole series!! I love love love love her books!! I can not wait to read this new one!! :D

  10. Pam Balster says:

    Love her have all her books except the newest one. Have read them several times. She a great writer Would love to own an autographed book.
    I do have a signiture block from a swap in which is was wonderful enough to0 sign is ended up signing 24 block centers it was a sirprise and a thrill to recieve

  11. Cindy Yungwirth says:

    All of her books are great but I guess my favorite would be “The Quilter’s Apprentice” followed closely by “The Runaway Quilt”

  12. Jan Spychala says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books except the new one. I am not a reader, but couldn’t put her books down, They are such good reads. Love them all, but favorite is Aloha Quilt. Would love to win the new book. My Aloha Quilt book is autographed . Jennifer is a very lovely lady.

  13. Pam says:

    Yes, I’ve read quite a few. My favorite is The Aloha Quilt…the story set in Hawaii was a great read and made me long for palm trees!

  14. Kylie says:

    I have read (and own) all of them apart from this one. I love them all. But my favourites would probably be The Aloha Quilt Circle of Quilters, and also the Runaway Quilt. :)

  15. Gretchen says:

    I have read all her books. Great series. My favorite is Circle of Quilters.

  16. Isabelle says:

    My favorite is the Aloha Quilt, but I also loved Circle of Quilters. I love reading and I always enjoy Jennifer’s books.

  17. Jan N says:

    I’ve read many of the books and so far, The Runaway Quilt, is the best. It doesn’t matter whether you read the books out of sequence either. thank you for the chance to win a copy of the newest book.

  18. Chris says:

    I have not read any of her books, but I plan on it and thanks for such a great giveaway!

  19. Colleen says:

    I loved the Runaway Quilt and would love to read this new one! thanks!

  20. Pat V. says:

    I have not read any of Jennifer’s books. Time to check them out, I’d say! My favorite book of all-time? Difficult question, but I’ll go with War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. I’ve read it and its prequel, The Winds of War, multiple times.

  21. Lucy says:

    Great books – one sister that isn’t a quilter got me started and now I’ve gotten another sister and sister-in-law into reading them. I especially enjoyed Aloha Quilter – would love to do a Hawaiian quilt. I’m looking forward to reading her new book and it would be very special to win an autographed copy.

  22. Lyn says:

    My favorite was her first book, The Quilter’s Apprentice. It was the first fiction book I’d read that featured quilting and I really enjoyed it.

  23. Beverly says:

    The very first book and The Runaway Quilt were my favorites.

  24. Jennifer says:

    Iv’e never read any of her books yet. I remember reading Winnie The Pooh in the second grade that was a lot of reading for me back then. It was a hardcover book that was red. I don’t remember which Winnie The Pooh it was but loved it and would like to find one now.

  25. Kathy Conley says:

    I’ve read all of Jennifer’s books. I love the quilting and history I’ve learned in her stories.

  26. Patricia says:

    I have not had the pleasure of reading any of Jennifer’s books. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to read one of her books soon (especially if I win…hint, hint!) My all-time favorite novel is The Thornbirds.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. I have not read any of her books but I love any books dealing with the Witches, supernatural and quilts of course!!! Would love to add this to my collection.

  28. Lynne says:

    I have read the rest of the series and I’m looking forward to this new book. My favorite is hard to choose, but I guess it’s The Lost Quilter. Thank for the chance to win the new one.

  29. Bren says:

    I have not read any of these books but they look really good. I hope I win one.

  30. Jocelyn says:

    I have never read any of Jennifer’s books. My all time favorite read is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I’ve recently started reading Jan Karon’s Mitford series and I am loving them :-)

  31. Valerie says:

    I have read about the first four or five books. Right now I am reading No Time On My Hands by Grace Snyder. She is a real pioneer women who has amazing quilts. Some are pictured in the book!

  32. Karen says:

    I have read (and reread!) and loved The Runaway Quilt and The Sugar Camp Quilt. What a great give-away; pick me, pick me!:)

  33. Ariane says:

    Oh I love Jennifer’s books. I own all her books except this one. My favorite is quilter’s apprentive and the Runaway quilt. I’ve read quilter’s apprentice so many times. I think it’s because I relate to so many parts of the story and just love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Jennifer says:

    I remember reading Winnie The Pooh in the second grade that was alot of reading for me back then. It was a hardcover book that was red. I don’t remember which Winnie The Pooh it was but loved it and would like to find one now.

  35. Angela Jones says:

    I haven’t read any of Jennifer’s books, but I’ve heard great things about them. I have Sylvia’s Briadal Sampler book, but haven’t made any blocks from it yet. My favorite book of all time is The Shining by Stephen King. It scared the bejesus out of me!

  36. I haven’t read any of her books, but I’d love to! My favorite book of all time would have to be Les Miserables. Not anything crafty, but a great story regardless…

  37. Erin Wilson says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE her books, I have read almost all of them ,my favorite one was the sugar camp quilt and I think that was my first one. That was one of her books you start it and can’t put it down. The one I am on now is The Lost Quilter, I would love to win this new one and add it to my library she is A fantastic Author, And I am so excited to have A chance to win her new book. Thanks


  38. dianne bondaroff says:

    Wow… thanks for a great giveaway. I really enjoy her books and haven’t read this one.

  39. Mary says:

    I have never read any of Jennifer’s books, but now would be a good time to start!

  40. Laura says:

    i havnt read any of her books but my all time favorite book is Mrs. Mike.

  41. Judy R says:

    I have not read any of Jennifer’s books, but I do love to quilt and love her designs. My most favorite reads are Gone with the Wind and Hawaii. Tomorrow is my birthday and I am one of the “Boomers” turning 65 this year. Thanks, Judy

  42. Linda K says:

    I’ve read a few of her books and I really liked The Lost Quilter. Thanks for the chance to win her new book!!
    Also, I just love every book by Alice Hoffman, especially Turtle Moon.

  43. Sandy Martin says:

    I have only read the Aloha Quilt but would now like to read the rest of the series…in order. :-) Plus I would get lots more quilt ideas!

  44. Betty says:

    I have and love Jennifer’s books. I just felt that I was there in her retreats, enjoying all that was going on. Sylvia is a sweetie. I do have each one on my shelf. I would be more that happy to share with someone if they can’t find them. Each book is a special read. To say which is my favorite wouldn’t be fair, they are ALL Great. Looking forward to reading her latest.

  45. Deb Austin says:

    I think that I have read all of her books so far. Most of them twice. I haven’t read The Union Quilters yet. I’m looking forward to The Wedding Quilt coming out in October 2011.
    I can’t say that I have a favorite because I love everyone of them. Reading and Quilting are my favorite things to do besided playing with my grandsons. Thanks for doing the drawing. Deb A

  46. Sandi P. says:

    I have just started Sugar Camp Quilt and have read them up to that point. My favorites were the Master Quilter and the Runaway Quilt so far. Would love to have an autographed copy of the newest one.

  47. Deanna S says:

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but if my library has them I’m going to get started. I enjoy Karen Kingsbury and Debby Macomber books. thanks for the give away!

  48. Colleen says:

    Ive never read any of her books but I would love to. My favorite book ever is a toss up between 101 Dalmations(the novel not the Disneyfied version) and Arabels Raven.

  49. Marianne says:

    Just started my first book. So far I like it very much. Will read more.

  50. Louster says:

    I have read them all except for this one and the one before that. They are all great reads!

  51. Terri in BC says:

    I would love to read Jennifer’s books, but they aren’t available for my e-reader in Canada yet ;(. One of these days, I hope!

  52. Linda Henry says:

    My favorite book so far is Runaway Quilt. But each book stands alone and successfully transports me to another world every time. I am working my way through all of Jennifer’s books and loving it.

  53. Beth says:

    I’ve only read “The Quilter’s Apprentice” so far, but I enjoyed it enough to read more of her series!!

  54. Rachell says:

    I love Jennifer’s books! My local Bernina store, Dave’s Bernina, UT, is hosting a block of the month club from “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” so I joined and we’re reading the books and sewing blocks for a quilt for a year! So excited. I’ve read Apprentice, Round Robin, Cross-Country, Master-Quilter, Runaway Quilt, Sugar-Camp quilt (which I believe you need to read Runaway and Sugar Camp back-to back), Legacy, and Christmas Quilt. I love them all and can’t wait to read more! It’s so nice to read well-written, engaging novels about topics that are near and dear to my heart (one of my hobbies and passions), and the stories of lives of women. I love Debbie’s “mama-bear” story from “Cross-Country”. And I was outraged along with Sylvia when someone cut up her mother’s quilt to make a vest! I want to make some of the block on the Christmas quilt!

  55. Phyllis says:

    I read 4 or 5 of Jennifer’s books about 10 years ago and loved them! I can’t even remember the titles but I’ve been thinking about reading them again.

  56. linda watt says:

    Sounds like a great book! Would love to read it! Just getting into quilting in Africa! My all time favorite book is the Bible!

  57. Nan says:

    I Haven’t read any of Jennifer’s books, but I have read “This Old Quilt” edited by Margret Aldrich. It was a lot of fun to read, too.

  58. Robyn Brown says:

    OOOOH This book is on my list. . .

  59. Dolliejean says:

    Love all of Jennifer’s books. Just read “The Aloha Quilt” and it was wonderful, of course. I don’t know if I can pick just one, but I relaly liked “The Sugar Camp Quilt” book. It was such a difficult time in history. There are still a few I haven’t read, but will. & can’t wait. :)

  60. Joan says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books except for Aloha Quilt – which I have but haven’t read yet – and her new Union Quilters. Love each and every one!

  61. I have read several of her books. They are fantastic. My favorite so far is–I think the title was, “A Quilter’s Legacy.” I would love to win her newest book.

  62. Ashley Malinowski says:

    I have not read any of Jennifer’s books YET!!! But it is on my SUMMER to do list!!! I am a longarm quilter and have quilted for years. My mom has been telling me to read these boooooks…so I could start right now if someone could give me an excused absent note for college…hahah.

  63. Joyce says:

    I don’t believe I’ve read any of her books. Love to read and her book sound great Thanks for the chance to win it. Lover Debbie Macomber’s books.

  64. Cindi P. says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books. They are all in my library. I’ve enjoyed them all but I guess if I have to pick a favorite I’d say her first, The Quilter’s Apprentice. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  65. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t read any of the books–yet! I do have many of them in my pile of “to be read” books, so I will get to them someday soon. Karen in Breezy Point

  66. Margery Jansonius says:

    I have read 2 of her books and enjoy them tremendously. thanks for the opportunity to win another one.

  67. Would love to read her work. Have heard good things about her.

  68. Lois Crotty says:

    I’ve read them all except this last one. My favorite was Runaway Quilter.

  69. I never read or heard about her books, so I must read them now!
    I couldn’t tell only a name of a book but I must say “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë is one of my favourite books.

  70. Judi R says:

    I have read every one of Jennifer’s novels and enjoy them so much. I got hooked when I received a book with the first three
    all in one. I have not read the newest and would love to win it!

  71. Lynn M says:

    I just love Jennifer Chiaverini’s quilt inspired books!! I discovered the Quilter’s Apprentice quite by accident in a book store many years ago when I first started quilting. It’s my favorite one, but that doesn’t mean that the others aren’t also as I’m reading them. But I’ve reread that one several times. Just love the idea of a big old retreat house just for quilters!!

  72. Stephanie Matz says:

    Actually, I credit “The Quilter’s Apprentice” with getting this sewer to consider quilting. Having found a “home” quilt shop, I have since read all of her books and have loved all of them for different reasons. I love the different historical threads and family “sagas.” “The Union Quilters” was finely written, although perhaps the hardest emotionally to read. I think she captured the day to day life of soldier and family realistically and simply–which made it more powerful. I don’t own this book yet; the library helped me out here.

  73. Mel Meister says:

    I haven’t read any but would love this book. Not sure what category you mean by best book we’ve ever read, but the Lord of the Rings trilogy ranks right up there.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Deltona, Florida

  74. Crystal says:

    I’ve only read one and can’t remember the title but I’m definitely hooked!!!

  75. Candy in MI says:

    I have read many – but not all! of Jennifer’s books. My favorite so far was Runaway Quilter. I do like historical fiction! I also like following the ongoing story of the Elm Creek Quilters.

  76. duff says:

    I have not read any of her books and really had NO idea that she actually quilts! What a fabulous life!!
    My favorite book is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The book is 10X better than the movie!

  77. Lisa Marie says:

    I mostly read non-fiction books (nerdy, I know) and one of my all-time favorites is called “The Goal” which I first read when I was in college. I think these quilting novels would really appeal to my MIL who reads mostly fiction. I”d love to win one and give it to her. I’m loving the blog tour, and thanks for all the chances to win!

  78. Sue Parenti says:

    I love Jennifer’s books. I’ve read most all of them. And, I can’t possibly pick a favorite. I love the historic ones and the comtemporary ones. After reading the first I was hooked, I bought several more, got several for my birthday, and hope to get the last few this birthday!!!! It’s difficult to decide whether spend time quilting or reading!!!!!

  79. CathyC in Alberta says:

    I have read most of Jennifer’s books and have many in my quilt library. Love them all and can’t really choose a favorite.
    Would love to win the latest!

  80. Cecilia Young says:

    I have read all of her books, except this one. My favorite is a toss up between “Quilter’s Apprentice” and “The Aloha Quilt”. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Paula Young says:

    I really love Jennifer’s books. I like the Elm Creek books because I enjoy following the characters in the books, but I really loved “The Runaway Quilter” because I appreciated how she tied history to the story of Elm Creek.

  82. deb b says:

    I love Jennifer’s books. I started reading her about 6-months ago and just finished “The New Years Quilt.”
    I have purchased the “aloha” fabric but not sure what pattern to use yet. Sylivia’s Bridal Sampler is on my “bucket lost.”
    Thanks so much for the blog tour!!!

  83. WendyMT says:

    I haven’t read Jennifer’s books YET, but I so want to … just don’t know where to start :) Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could start with this one :) :)

    As for an all time favorite … that’s so hard to nail down. I love Anne of Green Gables, but liked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn then Loved the whole Harry Potter series … what canI say? :)

    Thank you so much for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer’s book!!

  84. LaVera Crownover says:

    I am currently reading through the entire series. I enjoy all of them, but think my favorite is the “Circle of Quilters” because I also like to track down the detailed information about things. I was fascinated with the story of the quilt.

  85. arlette says:

    Dang… I’m sooooooooo unpolite… forgot to say thank you so much for sharing the book and thank you for the chance in giving it away to one of us :D

  86. arlette says:

    Good evening people!!!!!, I’m enjoying this party more each time. Desafortunalely I haven’t read any of her blocks…, crossing fingers I’ll do that someday *hint-hint*. I love, sorry I mean I adore to read quilting books, but sometimes they’re really difficult to find. I love to read romance and historical books (when I don’t have a quilting book in my hands ;) )

  87. Mary Richardson says:

    I have just come home from our annual quilt guild retreat. On Saturday night we had an auction and someone put two of Jennifer’s books on the table and they among the most highest and vocal bidding. It was commented on that we needed more for next year.

  88. Marie says:

    I have read Jennifers books and love the ones with the Elm Creek Quilters best. I’m always excited when a new one comes out.

  89. MoeWest says:

    I’ve read some of Jennifer’s books and loved them all. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I need to get caught up on the series.

  90. Kay says:

    I really enjoy Jennifer’s books–I would love to go to a quilting retreat with those in the book! I am sitting beside by sister who is in the hospital–I think I will have to get the newest book to read!

  91. Peg S. says:

    I’ve read all her books and look forward to the latest, but not sure the name of the one I liked the best. They’re all a good read

  92. Kaye M. says:

    I read 4 of Jennifer’s books this winter and my all-time favorite was The Runaway Quilter. She is a very talented writer.

  93. Lyn says:

    I Love Jennifer’s books! I’ve purchased and read most of them.
    :) Her books make me smile! the people and situations are so realistic!

  94. I love her books, I’ve read most of them although I’m still looking for a couple of them, she draws me in like few authors can, I can’t put them down! Like my house isn’t messy enough just from quilting taking time lol

  95. Madeline says:

    I’ve read all the books through 2010, on the waiting list for Aloha Quilt at the library. I’d love to have one for my own. My favorite is all of them!!

  96. Janet says:

    I have only read the Quilter’s Apprentice. I would very much like to read more of Jennifer’s books. Right now I am reading Sandra Brown’s Prayers for Sale–another great book that has quilting and quilters in it.

  97. Sandy sraphael says:

    I have gotten so into the civil war since I started making the quilt blocks. I had the book in my hand the other day and then I thought What a great Mothers Day present!

  98. Sally Belshe says:

    I really don’t have a favorite – I love them all!

  99. The Aloha Quilt, having read many of the Elm Creek series. This one is great also, I am certain :)

  100. Sherry Book says:

    I liked all I’ve read but mostly my first one The Quilter’s Apprentice, and am looking forward to her new one due out this this fall The Wedding Quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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