Surprise Giveaway: Jennifer Chiaverini!

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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. Sheila Jane says:

    To make it an even 300… but I am too late!!! This is a historical fiction and I have read all of her books and am in the middle of this one. It is wonderful light reading. I even had the chance and took it to meet her on her book signing tour!!!

  2. Lynn D in NC says:

    Like so many, I’ve read all of her books and am always anxious for the next one to come out. I love the characters in the modern books, but love the stories in the historical settings.

  3. Judy C in NC says:

    I am a devoted follower of all Elm Creek books and have read all of them. Wonderful giveaway. Judy C

  4. linda creech says:

    i love to read and can not find any of her books. would like to add this to my collection of books

  5. Ingrid says:

    I own and love all of Jennifer’s books, but my favorite have to be the Sugar Camp Quilt and Runaway Quilt. I loved the history of these ones. I would love her newest book, too!!!

  6. carol collins says:

    I don’t know what to put in the website block. I have not read any of her books but would like to get started. love to make quilt tops . carol collins

  7. Inge says:

    I only recently discovered Jennifer Chiaverini’s books and haven’t read any of her fiction. I bought Sylvia’s Bridal sampler and love it a

  8. Anne Williams says:

    First read the Sugar Camp Quilt but have now got them all! Started reading the latest when visiting Charlotte NC from England which made it even better, being so close to where some of the book is set – well closer than England! Would love a signed copy as I will never get the opportunity to meet Jennifer.

  9. Kelli says:

    I have only read a few of her books, but really enjoy them. My favorite so far is The Runaway Quilt. Looking forward to reading every one.

  10. Claudia says:

    I’ve read all her books through the New Year’s Quilt. A little behind. Very thoughtful writing. Not just a quilt story.

  11. Kyla Olson says:

    The Aloha Quilt – love her work

  12. Ellen says:

    The Runaway Quilter – Pick ME!!!!

  13. wordygirl says:

    It would be hard for me to pick a favorite, but I can easily say that I like the historical novels even better than the contemporary ones–so I would love to win a copy of this newest book! Thanks for the chance to enter.

  14. Val says:

    I haven’t read any of her books but I love themed books. I like all Laura Childs’ books

  15. Donna says:

    I am dying to read this book. I love the books she writes. Syliva and her friends feel like friends. Quilting is my thing and I can relate to so much of the experiences they all have. The Cross Country Quilter was a favorite…but I love them all and look forward with anticipation for the next. I hope she never stops!!!!!

  16. Shannon says:

    I have not read this book. It sounds interesting. I love reading. I can not pick just one. I am going to that since I can’t name just one book then how about an author. I love to read anything buy Steven King. I have been a fan of his for about 25 years!!

  17. Andrea Johnson says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books. I’m liked them all, but I have 2 favorites. My first one is “The cross country quilters.” The second one is “The circle of quilters.” I started reading her books before I started quilting. The description of quilting help fuel my desire to start quilt. Now I’m hooked.

  18. veronique ricquier says:

    i’ve only read her first one, quilter’s apprentince in dutch, and i just loved the way she wrote it… it was so relaxing and didn’t want to stop reading… greetz, veronique

  19. Billie K says:

    I haven’t read any, but am working on the Sylvia Bridal Sampler.

  20. Elizabeth Wetmore says:

    I have read all of the Jennifer Chievarini books, and I love them. My sister-in-law bought me one as a present because I quilt, and I read. I then had to go out and get the rest of them! My current favorite is the Aloha Quilt. I live in Canada, and read it in winter. I had not yet started to quilt when I was last in Hawaii, and now I REALLY want to go back! I want to see some Hawaiian quilts.

  21. MarciaW says:

    I haven’t read any of her books — and would like to – my favorite book is still the Bible.

  22. Sue b says:

    I have read the entire Elm Creek series. I would have a hard time just choosing one book from the series. I am anxious to read this one.

  23. Jen Morris says:

    I have read up through the New Years Quilt…I just started Winding Ways…I love them all but I especially enjoyed reading Dorthea’s story and Elizabeth’s story. I have only known of these books for the last year and a half so I’m hitting up the library to get them all read..LOVE THEM! Jennifer is an amazing story teller. Thank you. I’m only a beginner quilter but I become inspired through the books!

  24. I have read all of her books except the newest one – I have enjoyed them all but my two favorites are her first one _ The Quilter’s Apprentice and The Aloha quilt( a more recent one.
    Regards from Western Canada,

  25. quiltcookie says:

    I have not yet read any of the books but I am currently making the “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” blocks.

  26. Zelma Reid says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books and I like every single one. However, The Quilters Apprentice might be my favorite, as it introduces Sylvia – and I love her dearly!

  27. Ginny S says:

    I have not read this one yet–loved all the others. Would be great to be gifted!!!!!

  28. Lynn says:

    … just added her name to my “authors to track down and read” list! I am lucky to come from a long line of quilters and know I will like the linking of quilts and historical fiction … how have I not come across her novels before this?!
    Favorite book is very hard as I read A LOT! But Laurie R. King’s Beekeeper’s Apprentice and all of the fabulous Mary Russell series rank very high!

  29. I have read 5-6 of her books. LOVE THEM! But it has been so long… I think the last one I read was the “Winding Ways Quilt”.

  30. Karen Armstrong says:

    I’ve read all the books and loved them all. Runaway Quilt is my favorite. Can’t wait to read this one and share it with my bee friends.

  31. Carolyn Rush says:

    I have read all of her books an have enjoyed everyone. My favorite is the Aloha Quilters. All the books are great!

  32. NancyMyers says:

    Wow! I looked at a listing of Jennifer’s books and found I have read 10 of them. I liked The Quilter’s Legacy, perhaps best of all.

  33. tammy cosper says:

    LOVE HER BOOKS!!! I have all of them but this one! And it would be hard to say which is my favorite. I love the settings in all of them! And its great when you’re actually a quilter so you relate to whats being done in the book. I even have the pattern books that goes with the Elm Creek novels! Hopefully, there will be many many more.

  34. Debbie says:

    Have read and Love all of the books so far and If I had to pick a favorite I guess it would be Aloha Quilters, would love to go to a quilt retreat in Hawaii.

  35. Sharon Griffith says:

    I hope I made it in time although being over 200 is not good I will tell you I love the Aloha book by Jennifer it just hit home for me….thanks you

  36. Diane Vick says:

    I have read all your books!! They are all wonderful and can’t wait until a new one comes out. The Aloha Quilt has a special place in my heart as we travel to Maui each year and recognized many things you talked about. We have purchased a Ukelele from Mele’s and we stop and see Peter every year…he plays a song for me. I have also purchased all the fabric from your collection to make the Aloha Quilt. It’s almost done and I’ll send a pic when finished. Thanks for your books and would love to have a signed copy of the Union Quilters.

  37. Priscilla says:

    My favourite is “The Elm Creek Quilts Sampler” – which has the first 3 novels in the one book – thats my favourite because that was the first one I read and just couldn’t put down until I was finished and then was sad that I finished because I had loved every minute of reading it! – Needless to say I quickly got hold of another of Jennifer’s books to read.

  38. Alana Berlin says:

    I have not read any of your books but do enjoy reading books about quilting and historic books related to quilting. It is just amazing the quilts that were handmade and are just beautiful or works of art now.

  39. Gina says:

    I have read all of the Elm Creek Quilt Books. I can’t pick a favorite but like the first books the best. I hope she keeps the books coming.

  40. Marie A says:

    I love her books! I have read and re-read all of them. Can’t wait to read the new one!

  41. Bridget Urban says:

    I have read all of Jennnifer’s books-most as soon as they are released.My favorite were the early ones that focused on the quilt camp and characters. But I love how she has spin off new characters and taken the stories backwards in history.
    As a quilter I have had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and hear her speak.As a librarian I follow closely for new releases.
    The style of writing reaches a wide range of audiences while quilters will love the content, the stories are very engaging.
    We love Jennifer and look forward to many more great books!

  42. Chris says:

    I’ve read most of the Elm Creek Quilt books. My favorite is The Runaway Quilt. She comes to my area to speak at our library, I just love to go and listen. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  43. Kathleen says:

    With the exception of the newest in the series, I’ve read every single one of the books of the Elm Creek Quilts novels by Ms. Chiaverini. I have loved every single one, but if I had to choose one, I’d say it would be The Quilter’s Apprentice–the one that started it all!

  44. Kris Scharfenberg says:

    I have read all of Jennifers books. It is hard for me to pick my favorite so I think now it would be The Aloha Quilter.
    I think your books are great.

  45. Bonnie Sweatman says:

    I’m so glad I was turned on to the Elm Creek Quilters series. Jennifer really develops each of the characters in her books and I enjoy their intertwining plots. My favorite, if I had to choose one, would be THE RUNAWAY QUILT. It really ties into my love of genealogy, plus the Civil War. That’s why I was especially excited about her new book, but was waiting till summer when I go camping and to the beach for when I could read it with no distractions (aside from the noise of nature, waves, etc.).

  46. Susan Monroe says:

    Love reading your books. I have read everyone and they are all good. Thanks for your hard work.

  47. Melissa says:

    Love your books. Have read seven of your books so far. Reading The Sugar Camp Quilt now.

  48. Jan Wilson says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books except The Union Quilters–which I am planning to read soon. My favorite Jennifer Chiaverini book–ALL of them! I have never been disappointed in any of them, except for the fact that they end to soon. I always get very impatient waiting for the next book to come out. So tell Jennifer I said she needs to keep up the good work–just speed it up a little bit. I really can’t wait for new ones! (LOL) I am and always will be a fan from WV.

  49. Linda Gerig says:

    I have read them all. love them. linda gerig

  50. Jill McCoy says:

    I love and own all of the books in the series. It is hard to pick just one, but I did really enjoy The Aloha Quilt since it described the history of the Hawaiian quilts and how they were made in detail and made me want to go there and make one too!

  51. Lucie says:

    I’ve only read An Elm Creek quilts collection, since it is the only one I could find in our area so far. (Your books are hard to find in Montreal) so I would definitely love to put my hand (and eyes) on this one.

  52. I love Jennifer’s books…I have all of them except this one…my favourite is the Aloha Quilt…thank you so much…Dzintra

  53. Karla says:

    I’ve read all of Jennifer’s books and own most of them. It’s so hard to pick a favorite! I enjoy the historical books, like the Runaway Quilt, quite a bit, but also loved the Aloha Quilt (which contained quite a bit of Hawaiian history, too). I’ve been to Jennifer’s book signings for about the last five years and always enjoy what she has to say about writing her books. She’s an amazing and gifted author and I always look forward to what she will be writing next!

  54. Lori from WI says:

    I amusually not a reader unless it is a quilt book. But if I win I promise to read her book. Thanks Jennifer.

  55. Carol C says:

    Love her books and have read most of them. My favorites are The Quilter’s Apprentice and Circle of Friends. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  56. Irma says:

    I havthose about quilting.e read nearly all of her books. I especially love

  57. Leslie Reilly says:

    I have read all of her books and love each one. My favorite was A quilters Holiday but I also really enjoyed the Aloha Quilters. I have loved learning the stories of Sylvia’s friend and family and the history of the quilts.

  58. Nichole Myers says:

    I own and have read all of Jennifer’s books. About half of them have been signed by her. I shlupped them to a reading in Menomonee Falls, WI several years back. I love them all, but if I had to choose, it would have to be The Quilters Homecoming or The Runaway Quilt. Love the historical settings she uses and I can’t wait to read The Union Quilters. This would be a great giveaway to receive. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  59. Mary Jane says:

    I have read five of the Elm Creek books—so far. My favorite is the Quilter’s Homecoming. I really enjoy the history of these books….and of course, the quilting!

  60. Rosalie McCrummen says:

    I have read all her books, just finished this one :) Thats a hard choice to pick out which one is my fave, I love all the books. Down to 2 books I love The Aloha Quilt, because I love Maui!! Made me want to go back! Also, inspired me to want to learn to hand appliqué a wall quilt of my own. The other one is The Quilters kitchen, to finally have the recipes from all the books. I cant wait to make the apple strudel one day on Christmas morning. My next goal to try and do Sylvia’s quilt. I think Jennifer is a very good writer, you get lost in the story from the first chapter no matter which book you pick up and start reading. I know I am addicted!! I am ready for her next. I can tell shes got many more for us to read. :)

  61. Kris says:

    I have read ALL of Jennifer’s books. The favorite?…..The Runaway Quilt, the Lost Quilter and the Union Quilters. I love history especially Civil War and Jennifer did a great job with the Historical fiction. However, her Elm Creek retreat books inspired me to organize retreats for our area

  62. MaryBeth Little says:

    I haven’t read any of Jennifer’s books, but I’d like to win one to try! My favorite book to date is “Outlander” by Dianna Gabaldon. I’ve read all of the series and can’t wait for the next installment next year.

  63. Barb Dabrowski says:

    I love, love, love ALL of the Elm Creek books. I have read all of them and am on the 4th chapter of The Union Quilters. (Just got it from the library) . I get so excited when a new book comes out. I hope the series never ends…Keep up the good work Jennifer. Thanks for keeping me so interested in your books.

  64. Diane Whiting says:

    I have read all of them up through The Quilters kitchen. I love them all and in a way think of them all combined as one very big book because they all tie in together

  65. Debbie says:

    I have read and I own all of Jennifer’s books except for The Union Quilters! It’s not possible to pick a favorite! The most recent one is always the best. It would be great to win this book in order to keep up my collection. Thanks for counting me in.

  66. sue smith says:

    I’ve read most of the Elm Creek Quilt books. My favorite is The Quilter’s Legacy.

  67. Patti says:

    I have read all of her books and love them all. Too many to pick a favorite. I love the historical fiction ones and enjoy more the ones at Elm Creek with the retreats. Love the fellowship. Anyway would love to win this one especially with the autograph.

  68. Daniela Martisovitsova says:

    I have not read the featured book yet. My all time favorite is Dumas’ Count of Monte Christo.

  69. Christina says:

    I am a huge fan of Jennifer’s books. I am currently re-”reading” all of them by listening to them on audiobooks. I LOVE sewing and listening at the same time. It’s like quilt nirvana!!! Anyway, I just can’t choose my favorite, but I haven’t had a chance to read either The Aloha Quilt or The Union Quilters. But that’s about to change whether I win or not. Thank you for this giveaway!

  70. deb says:

    I read the first 5, three of them were in one volume. I read all of them in a very short period of time. I couldn’t tell you which was my favorite, I really enjoyed reading all of them.

  71. I haven’t read any of her books…yet. I can’t say I have a favorite book, as I think my library rivals a small town collection *gulp*. LOVE the arts!

  72. Renea says:

    I am so excited to see the new book of Jennifer’s. I have read every one of her books and it is so hard to pick a favorite. If I had to pick a favorite I would have to say the very first book because it started this wonderful journey for the Elm Creek Quilters. Thanks for the giveaway and I can’t wait to read this next book!

  73. Marty Smith says:

    The summer of 2009 my sister recommended the Elm Creek Quilts to me. I started with The Quilters Apprentice and have read all of the books in order. My very favorites are the Runaway Quilt and The Lost Quilter. It took me just 6 months to read all of Jennifer’s first 15 books. These books have been by far my favorite reads!!

  74. Amy says:

    I have read ALL of her books!!! I loved every one of them, but would have to say that The Aloha Quilt is my favorite!! It was a great story and I am dying to make my own Hawaiian quilt!!

  75. Sue Goodin says:

    I have read all of the books but the Union Quilters…… My favorite is always the newest one…. Everytime I think I have a favorite there she goes writing a better one….. I would love to pick up the phone and call any of the Elm Creek Quilters just to chat or get help BUT better yet would be to go visit them…. Why does she have to make them soooooo real.

  76. Carmen says:

    Loved all her books but not too thrilled with this one

  77. Krista says:

    I love the Sugar Camp Quilt! I have read all of her books but slavery issues are close to my heart. I have not read The Union Quilters but I am looking forward to winning it…hint, hint!!

  78. Toni says:

    I believe I’ve read all of her books, but my favorite would have to be The Runaway Quilter.

  79. Linda Long says:

    I have read all of Jennifer’s books. It is difficult to pick a favorite because all make for excellent reading. However, having to select only one, it would have to be The Master Quilter because it has opened to me a world of online quilters based upon Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler for that book. I have learned so much about quilting from Jennifer’s quilt books and the support groups that are online. Although Jennifer’s books are fictional, the information that she incorporates in her storyline is often historical and always accurate. Jennifer is definitely my favorite author.

  80. Jeanne Butler says:

    My favorite book was The Quilter’s Legacy. I love the characters and the meaning of Sylvia’s lost and later found quilts.

  81. Jaci E says:

    Love all her books, but my favorite is the one that started it all – The Quilter’s Apprentice. Thanks for the chance to win her most recent book.

  82. Linda Geertsma says:

    I have not read any as of yet…but have been searching for them, and so far no luck, but really want to read them, they sound so good…I would love to add Jennifer to my list of favorite authors, so really hope I win :) but I will keep looking as well!!

  83. Marie Hassan says:

    I’ve read all of Jennifer’s books, they are wonderful and also inspire me to create something of such beauty. I love the friendship that is linked through quilting, they are wonderful characters and you really feel a bond with them.

  84. Joe Ann says:

    I have been reading about my friends in Elm Creek since the first book came out. O have all of them.!I love the way Jennifer brings them to life. I have loss count of how many times I have reread all of them.
    In Paducah last week at the aqs quilt show, Istayed in a bed and brekfast with all quilters. Iwas thrilled that it was somewhat close to an elem creek retreat.
    thank you so much Jennifer for this gift. My favorite one is the very first book. God bless

  85. kathy says:

    I loved Round Robin! Great history detail.

  86. Susie Stough says:

    OOPS forgot to put my favorite. Hard to choose, probably
    The Winding Ways Quilt

  87. Jana Oppendike says:

    I have read most of Jennifer’s books and have enjoyed them all. I like the historical ones and the ones that focus on Sylvia’s family history and ongoing Quilt Camps. The last one I read in the series was “A Quilter’s Holiday”. It is really hard to pick a favorite! I have tried to read them in the order they were written and get them from the local library. I am looking forward to reading the new one.

  88. Susie Stough says:

    Oh My Gosh, I love all of the Elm Creek Quilts books. I started with the Runaway Quilt, out of order, but I didn’t care! Have read them all, but am finishing the Union Quilters right now.

  89. Gina Loss says:

    I’ve read all the books in the Elm Creek Quilts series. I have to admit – I had never heard of the series or Jennifer….then I heard she was going to be at our Project Linus Institute this summer. I was just going to read a couple so I had some idea of what it is all about…but I’ve read, and enjoyed them all! A favorite is so hard to pick. I’ve loved Joanna’s stories because of her strength, I loved Circle of Quilters for the great job interview tip …and for the laugh out loud when the Cheerio was found in the hair AFTER the interview.

  90. Jo Anne Gee says:

    I am a huge fan of Elm Creek Quilts Novels! To choose a favorite is very hard but after much thought I have decided that “The Sugar Camp Quilt” wins hands down. Beginning in 1849, it brings to life the history of quilting and the struggles to preserve it’s strong ties with the history surrounding Elm Creek.
    Not only do you get to know the town but the meaning behind the quilts. Each quilt holds a special meaning to it’s owner but in this book it plays an important part in history.
    Thanks Jennifer for creating a hero for every quilters dream project.

  91. I have read many of her books. I like the books that focus on the quilting retreat and the friends that put it together the best, but they are all good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  92. Valarie says:

    I got to meet Jennifer in February when she was touring. I bought two copies of this book – one for my mom, one for my mother-in-law. I didn’t get one for myself! But hope to read it soon

  93. Barb Wilmot says:

    The Runaway Quilt was my favorite, but I liked them all much and look forward to each new book.

  94. Jeanne says:

    I have only read one of Jennifer’s book which I am reading now. Would like to own more especially this one.

  95. Jeanne says:

    I have only read one of her books which I am reading now. Would like to own more of her books especially this one.

  96. Joey says:

    I have read them all, I like the Circle of Quilters!

  97. Judith Torphy says:

    I have truly enjoyed the 5 books that I have read so far. Beautifully written and I cannot wait to get home from work to read more. These stories have also inspired me to learn how to quilt. I have been a sewer for many years and now I shall learn how to quilt.

  98. Kay Lynn Fournier says:

    I am not a fiction reader but started reading Jennifer’s books and am currently on her 8th one, going in order. I first heard about Jennifer through Country Woman magazine. All her stories that I’ve read so far are decent and thought provoking! It’s interesting how she uses different writing styles in each book. They all have been fascinating but the historical ones are my favorites; Runnaway and Sugar Camp. I’m very much looking forward to reading The Union Quilters!

  99. Jacquie says:

    I would love to have an autographed copy of one of Jennifer’s books! Have not read this one yet, but looking forward to it!

  100. Corinne lewis says:

    Just finished the Aloha Quilter so I am getting ready to buy this one. I LOVE these books. I don’t know if I have a favorite. I really enjoy the ones based in the present.

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