The Runaway Quilt In the fourth novel of the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series Sylvia Compson searches for evidence of her ancestors courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad

  • Title: The Runaway Quilt
  • Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • ISBN: 9780452283985
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the fourth novel of the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, Sylvia Compson searches for evidence of her ancestors courageous involvement in the Underground Railroad.

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    1. Jennifer Chiaverini

      Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years.

    113 thoughts on “The Runaway Quilt”

    1. 4.5 ★sThe ageing Sylvia Bergstrom Compson is prompted by a stranger’s request to look into items that have been stored in the attics at historic Elm Creek Manor for decades. She finds three very old quilts, stitched by unnamed ancestors, and a book of memoirs, written by her great grandfather’s sister Gerda. It sets out the story of how the Bergstroms arrived at Elm Creek Farm and established themselves. It also reveals, gradually, their participation in the Underground Railway, i.e. an un [...]


    2. I listened to this book on CD.I've become hooked on the Elm Creek Quilts series (and apparently there are a LOT of them!), but I think they just keep getting better. There are the original "Elm Creek quilters" characters from the first book, in which Sarah meets Sylvia Compson and they end up starting a quilt camp business, where quilters from all walks of life come to Elm Creek and participate in classes and activities centered around quilting. In each book, the focus is on some of the "campers [...]


    3. I love historical novels, and I really enjoyed this one. I am planning to read the other books in the series. Sylvia, the owner of a home that predates the Civil War, discovers an old family journal in her attic. As she reads her ancestor's account, she learns that her family history is not quite what she thought it was. The journal's author explains that she feels the need to record her family's history, despite the possibility of the truth hurting her family. The protagonist learns of her fami [...]


    4. I truly enjoyed this book. I liked the way it intertwined both the present and the past, and as usual the quilts played an important part in the story and the mystery. The story gave the reader a more in depth understanding of the Bergstrom family, the founding of their thoroughbred business and the building of Elm Creek Manor. The genealogy of Sylvia's family has been an important part of this series of books, even more so in this book. The story also showed the role of quilts in the undergroun [...]


    5. The 4th book in this wonderful series, the Runaway Quilt could be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. Due to this fact, I am not going to summarize the first three books as I don't think it would help any.Sylvia is the owner of Elm Creek Manor, a large place with grounds that plays host to a Quilter's retreat during the summer. Running the business are her good friends from the Elm Creek Quilter's circle. Since they run the business, she often spends her retirement traveling with her [...]


    6. I particularly like historical fiction, and I really enjoyed this. It features very strong but still vulnerable enough to be relateable female characters, which is a major draw for me. The main character, Sylvia Bergstrom, finds the journal of one of her civil war ancestors, Gerda Bergstrom, and what she reads in it makes her question what she always believed about her family. A good portion of the book is set during the Civil War as if you're seeing the events Gerda wrote about in her journal t [...]


    7. Sylvia Bergstrom is the last of her family. An avid quilter, she has set up her family home, Elm Creek Manor in Pennsylvania, as a mecca for quilters, with her staff hosting a series of summer quilting camps. Sylvia has always taken pride in the family stories of their farm being a station on the Underground Railroad, and after a quilt from the deep south turns up with the name "The Elm Creek Quilt," she is motivated to search through her overstuffed attic for the Civil War era quilts her aunt t [...]


    8. I loved this book! Sylvia found her great aunt Gerda's private memoir in an old trunk in the attic. There were also a couple of quilts in the trunk. The memoir divulged so many details about the Underground Railroad. It also became apparent that Sylvia's grandfather, David, was either Anneke and Han's blood son, or he was the adopted son of Joanna and her master, Josiah Chester. The severe right wing faction found Joanna in hiding at Anneke and Hans' Bergstrom's house and tied her to a horse and [...]


    9. This is by far the best of the series! Each story in the Quilt series is better than the one before. This is a completely satisfying story: part mystery, part history lesson, and part geneology study.After a speaking engagement, Sylvia is approached by one of the attendees. Margaret Alden has an old family quilt that has always been called The Elm Creek quilt, and she wants to share her information with Sylvia. This sparks Sylvia's curiosity, and she sets out to find the old quilts her Aunt Luci [...]


    10. I have only just started this book, but it is grating on me already. The thought of using quilts as part of the trek to freedom for slaves n the 18th century is compelling, the backstory of the characters is interesting, but the present is dull. I am having trouble liking the main character, Silvia, who is self absorbed and prone to self pity. What has bugged me the most, however, is the fact that the attendees at her quilting camp must share of themselves as if this is group therapy rather than [...]


    11. Ah, the oft- and poorly-told story of the fleeing slaves, guided on their path by the coded messages in the quilts hanging on a line outside a station on the Underground Railroad. This is not an urban legend (it would have to be a rural legend, wouldn't it?) but we so want it to be true. It has a ring of truth to it, yes? Chiaverini does a better than average job with this concept, although the amount of time Sylvia took to read her great-aunt's antebellum journals boggled the mind. JUST SIT DOW [...]


    12. I'm embarrassed to say I've now read all of the Elm Creek Quilts novels--embarrassed because they're not great literature and because the darn things are so repetitive. The same stories get retold over and over again in a lot of the books, especially the holiday ones, but I keep reading them because I enjoy the aspects of the books that deal with quilting and because when the stories are new, they can be quite moving and at times comforting. I have to say that The Runaway Quilt was my favorite o [...]


    13. This is a book I could not get into. I returned it to the library & relegated it to my "May Never Read" shelf. But as with the first book of the series, The Quilter's Apprentice, I could not let it rest. I kept thinking about it & wanting to know more. Finally, I picked it up at the library. I kept it 3 weeks, again loath to pick it up & finish it.I gave it 3 stars, because once I did get through it, I did like it. I can't say it was just "ok" because I kept thinking about it. I can' [...]


    14. I love the way Ms. Chiaverini blends the story-within-a-story. I'm a huge history buff, and the Civil War era is one that I don't often study. But I enjoyed this book. The characters are still richly drawn, and I like the way there's just enough material set in the present to continue that story as well. I know that Ms. Chiaverini has written several historical novels to date, and I'm sure I will enjoy reading them, interspersed with finishing the Elm Creek set.


    15. fourth in a series – intertwined with historical fiction regarding slavery and the possible use of quilts as signs/guides for the underground railroad – more of Sylvia’s family history and their abolitionist activities which Sylvia learns about from a memoir – also, tales of love gained and lost, of love that should have been and may still be – intriguing and suspenseful – quick read – at least half a dozen more in the series


    16. Fourth in the series, this book delves more deeply into the backstory of the Bergstrom family and the establishment of Elm Creek Manor in the years before the Civil War. A key element in the story is the apocryphal belief that quilt patterns were used to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad, and while that has never been conclusively proven, it does move the story along.


    17. Audio book -- CDLooks like it is going to be an interesting book.This was very interesting to listen to. And Christina Moore had just the right voice and accent to be the narrator. It had quite a surprise ending.


    18. This book made me want to learn to quilt. I am still trying to finish my 1st quilt, even though it has taken me awhile, I haven't quit. I hope to be done by Christmas 2009.



    19. By FAR the best in the series so far. I became so engrossed in Gerda's story, I forgot I was reading a story within a story. I absolutely loved this book.


    20. I love this series. It's light reading but I feel so invested in the characters, and I like them all. I am trying to read them in order, in between some heavier reading choices. This one has a bit of a mystery to it. It also made me revisit my rating of the first one in the series- so I'm going back to give it 5 stars. This book follows a memoir written by someone a few generations ago that involves strong women, the history of a small Pennsylvania town, and it has many ties to current day chara [...]


    21. It has been a while since I've read an Elm Creek quilt adventure and I enjoyed it. It was interesting finding out about the 'codes' supposedly used in quilts to guide runaway slaves via the Underground railway to safety. All this found out by Sylvia reading memoirs written by her great grandmother's sister Gerda and quilts stitched and kept in the house she wasn't aware of. It would appear they gave shelter to a pregnant runaway Joanna who desperately needed shelter. This is a large part of the [...]


    22. I loved the book! I was captivated by the story especially the way that Jennifer weaves the back story in with the present day story. The friendship between the main characters was very heartwarming and was developed nicely. I really enjoy the way the author starts bringing in the story of other members of the group. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. If you don't have time to read, get the books on tape! They are excellent - the narrator is marvelous!!!


    23. my favourite of the series so far, about the history of quilts used to make runaway slaves aware of Underground Railroad stations and the connection to Sylvia Compton of Elm Creek Quilts. i'm really enjoying this series.


    24. This book's cast of characters was different, the basis of the story was about the history of the family and land. Introducing Sylvia relatives and their lives. Definitely some historical fiction.


    25. Another enjoyable story loaded with history and interesting characters. The list of quilts inspires the reader to search for them to see the variations available adding another dimension to the read.






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