Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times best-selling author of the Elm Creek Quilts series of novels, was our keynote speaker on Friday night at Quiltmaker‘s recent Block Party in Williamsburg.
She shared her journey as a quiltmaker and author. She never anticipated when she wrote her first book about quilters that it would turn into a series.
With 19 books already published, #20, The Giving Quilt, will be released October 30. She’s already working on the next one, to be released in 2013.
She delighted our audience with a sneak preview reading from her pre-release copy of The Giving Quilt. In this story, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters are holding “Quiltsgiving,” a free week-long quilt camp to make quilts for Project Linus. Project Linus is a real-life organization that provides handmade quilts and blankets to kids in need.
I was thrilled to hear about this fictionalized connection to Project Linus—Quiltmaker has supported this worthy organization with a pattern in our Jan/Feb issue for many years. You can find all 14 of our free Project Linus quilt patterns at quiltmaker.com/projectlinus.
Then, the evening got better. As Jennifer closed her session with questions from the audience, a woman spoke up and offered to pay Jennifer $25 for the pre-release book. From the other side of the room, someone else said she’d pay $50.
Jennifer had already told me that she would give the book away—but we hadn’t decided how we were going to do that. Spontaneously I suggested to Jennifer that we hold an auction for the book with the proceeds going to Project Linus. And so the bidding began!
Here’s JoAnn, the winning bidder, with The Giving Quilt signed by Jennifer Chiaverini. I’ve sent the generous donation on to Project Linus.