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Circle of Quilters

Circle of Quilters

An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

  • reading group guide
When Elm Creek Quilts announces openings for two new teachers, quilters everywhere are vying to land the prestigious post. The impending departure of two founding members means untold changes for the Elm Creek Quilters. As they begin the interview process, a single question emerges: Who can possibly take the place of beloved colleagues and friends?

"We must evaluate all of the applicants' qualities," advises Master Quilter Sylvia Compson. "Our choice will say as much about us as it says about who we decide to hire." Who merits a place among the circle of quilters? Will it be Maggie, whose love of history shines through in all her projects; Anna, whose food-themed quilts are wonderfully innovative; Russ, the male quilter with a completely original style; Karen, a novice teacher whose gifts for language complement her deep understanding of the quilters' mission; or Gretchen, the soulful veteran whose craft is inspired by quilting tradition?
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743260213 | 
  • January 2007
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Reading Group Guide

Circle of Quilters: Reading Group Guide

1. As we meet each of the five quilters, we learn all about how each was introduced to quilting. What is your story? Share with the group how you came to quilting.
2. Karen Wise hopes that her considerable experience as an "amateur" quilter will translate into qualifications enough to land her one of the two spots. But her husband's lack of interest in her dream strains their marriage, and threatens to sabotage her bid. Have you ever gone after a dream or made a decision where you didn't have the full support of family or friends? How have you handled their lack of support? How did it turn out in the end? Or on the other side of the spectrum, have you ever withheld support because you thought a family member or friend was making a wrong decision?
3. Maggie Flynn has come to quilting almost by chance, after a bedraggled quilt, bought at a garage sale for five dollars, turns out to be an important artifact, with a colorful history stretching back more than a century and across the continent. Tell a story about a quilt you have or that you've made that has a real history or story behind it.
4. Russ McIntyre - the only man among the five finalists - first took up quilting as a means of mourning his quilter wife who had lost her battle with cancer. Largely self-taught, Russ sidesteps many of the traditions of the craft, but his wholly original designs have won him fame. How does this combination of see more

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About the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini
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Jennifer Chiaverini

Jennifer Chiaveriniis the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, her most recent historical novel. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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