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Monday, 12 February 2007
Each applicant enjoys quilting and has a lot to give Elm Creek, but who will Sarah, Sylvia and the team choose?
I am so disappointed, this is the last Elm Creek novel on my bookshelf, well until book 10 is published!
Sunday, 11 February 2007
A really lovely little book, from the size of the book (18 x 12.5cms), the decorative dust jacket, and storyline. Indeed the cover has a "read me" feel to it and I wonder just how I resisted to read for so long, but I have read the books in order of publishing.
The book is actually set between The Quilters Apprentice and Round Robin. Sarah and Sylvia are in the attics of Elm Creek Manor hunting for the Christmas decorations. Instead of removing to the foyer two chests and a box, Sarah brings an extra box. Upon opening it they discover the Christmas Quilt.
As Sylvia explains to Sarah the history of the quilt, that it was worked on by her great aunt, her mother,her sister and herself, her memory spirals back to past Christmas's,to those of her childhood, including and especially the last Christmas that her beloved mother was alive, the Christmas following the Wall Street Crash and the subsequent Depression in the US (1929-1930). Also remembered is that last Christmas when Andrew spent it with the family as a young boy, the making of Apple Struddles using a recipe that has been passed down from previous generations both in America and Germany.The traditions of the newest wed couple selecting a Christmas tree from Elm Creek grounds and when Sylvia and her late husband selected the tree and coincidence involving Sarah and her husband Matt some 60 years later.
Friday, 9 February 2007
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
We nearly have all the wall paper off, and decided that the tiled floor was now going to come up. We purchased a hammer drill, which removed the tiles like cutting through butter. The floor underneath the tiles is concrete, despite the hall and lounge being floorboards. We came across an inscription in the concrete from when the floor was last done - I've loaded a photo, but reads J Burgess 1970. Was that the owner or perhaps builder/decorator.
I need to access a local phone book for that year or a house directory.
The very gentle story of Sylvia's search for her mother's quilts. Sylvia is about to marry her long term friend Andrew. She remembers her mother's quilts and searches the attic, only to be told that the quilts were sold by her sister Claudia when money was short. Sylvia explores and researches what happened to the quilts and begins to piece together her mother's ancestry, and the lives of her beloved family.
Sunday, 4 February 2007
This was a beautiful story, and for me the series of books gets better and better.
Sylvia is approached by a fellow quilter and shown a quilt named the Elm Creek Quilt. There is not obvious connection between the two women, but Sylvia's curosity is aroused and upon her return to Elm Creek she searches in the attic for the chest that legend has it contains several quilts. The chest indeed does contain quilts, three of them, and a journal. The memoirs of her great aunt, Gerda Bergstrom.
The memoirs reveal the early life of Gerda and her brother, their connection to a local family who became their friends and the story of Gerda's love for a local doctor. Through what is a terbulant time in American history, leading to the abolishion of slavery and the part Sylvia's family played in it. Summer, one of the Elm Creek quilters assists in searching at the local archives and soon, much of what is written in the memoirs is confirmed through other sources.
Although Jennifer Chiaverini states that this is a work of fiction, I can't help but wonder if there is just a strain of truth as the foundations for her book. Perhaps a diary or folklore than she has come across?
Saturday, 3 February 2007
Thursday, 1 February 2007
Another satisfying book from Jennifer Chiaverini. As you read them, they are books that you can soak up and enjoy!
Julia, Megan, Donna, Grace, and Vinnie meet at the Elm Creek Camp to enjoy a week of quilting. Julia is an actress, attending camp because she needs to learn before her next movie, Megan & Donna are online friends who have never met,Vinnie is a regular to camp, whilst Grace is an old friend of Sylvia's.
As the week of the camp draws to a close the five women have formed a friendship,race,religion and geography can not affect. Pledging to return next year and complete their friendship quilt.
This book, is essentially about love,mothers & their children, and most importantly, friendships.
1. Where were you 1 hour ago? In the study, talking to my boss
2. Who will be your next kiss? Peck or tongues? From Stuart when he comes home this evening
3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? yes, mobile & slippers
4. When is the last time you went to the mall? Before Christmas
5. Are you wearing socks right now? No pink slippers
6. When was the last time you went out of the state? I went to Cornwall about 3 weeks ago for a meeting
7. Have you been to the movies in the last 7 days? No.
8. What was the last thing you had to drink? Cup of tea
9. What are you wearing right now? Blue jogging bottoms and a green top
10 Last food you ate? grapefruit & orange segments
11. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? No.
12.Do you have a pet? Yes
13. What's the last sporting event you watched? I endured watching some fishing with Stuart
14. What was your favourite class in high school? History & English Lit
15 What is the last thing you purchased online? Book from eBay
16 How old are your parents? Approaching 60
17. Are you in love? Yes
18. Do you miss anyone? Yes, Stuart & my family in Australia
19. Last play you saw? The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in London about 10 years ago
20. Ever go camping? Not if I can help it - where would I plug in my hairdryer?
21. Were you an top set student in school? Yes. - History & English
22 Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? No.
23 Do you have a tan? No.
24 How old do you want to be when you have kids? 30s
25. Do you collect anything? Books, Early royal commemoratives & fishy things!
26. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? It's never happened
27 Have you ever drank your soda from a straw? No
28. Last time you took a shower? 6.30am
29 Are you someone's best friend? Yes
31. What's the last TV show you watched? Sky News at 8am
32. Do you own a Britney Spears C.D? No
33. Are you a Lost fanatic? No.
34. Have you ever eaten an entire pint, or more, ice cream by yourself? No
35. Do you sing obnoxiously in the car when you're driving alone? I sing badly whenever I sing!
36. Have you ever liked a girl/boy but didn't ask her/him out because you were afraid? Oh yes!
37. Have you ever written a poem/story about your love life? No
38. Do you eat all the servings in the food groups on a daily basis? Yes
39. What's the current ringtone on your cellphone? Harry Potter music
40. When you open your closet, what is the dominant colour of your wardrobe? dark - black,brown,navy & dark green
We heard from two friends, one in New Zealand and One in Australia that they had, had new additions to their families, strangly enough both girls!
Mum and I spent several hours sorting out her pension arrangements for Feb, which she reaches the big 60! There is lots of form filling and each wretched form has to be accompanied with her birth certificate, which means they have to go, one after the other, which is understandable, but irritating!
I managed to keep up with my journaling for several projects, and the weekly journal over at
I reduced the ring pile from 10 at the start of the month. If I am totally honest, I've had a succession of books here, totaling between 7-10 since October! It has now reached the dizzy number of one book and I am almost done with it.
January was a month of reading, I read a total of 15 books, including 4 books scoring a 10 and several 9s. Actually there wasn't much I didn't enjoy. Here is my list, culled from my web page reading list.
1. KNITTING RULES! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee *
2. YARN HARLOT, THE SECRET LIFE OF A KNITTER by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee *
3. THE MANGO SEASON by Amulya Malladi
4. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND by Sarah Challis *
5. SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson *
6. THE BIRTH ORDER BOOK by Dr Kevin Leman
7. TESTIMONY OF AN IRISH SLAVE GIRL by Kate McCafferty
8. THE JASMIN MOON MURDER (A Tea Shop Murder Mystery) by Laura Childs
9. NO! I DON’T WANT TO JOIN A BOOK CLUB by Virginia Ironside
10. (UN)ARRANGED MARRIAGE by
11. WILL YOU BE MOTHER?: WOMEN WHO CHOOSE TO SAY NO by Jane Bartlett
13. BOUND FOR MURDER by Laura Childs
14. THE QUILTER’S APPRENTICE (Elm Creek Novel Book 1) by Jennifer Chiaverini
15. ROUND ROBIN (Elm Creek Novel Book 2) by Jennifer Chiaverini