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Elm Creek Quilts

Updated on June 5, 2014

Elm Creek Manor

It all begins at Elm Creek Manor in rural Pennsylvania.

Sylvia Bergstrom Compson is a woman who has lived through the hardships of the World War II. Her family was torn apart by tragedy of jealously, betrayal and misunderstanding. A fear of what can never be undone but forgiven.

Along the way she has become a master quilter. She attends a art college and uses her gift of quilting experience as a quilt lecturer for quilt shows and guilds across Pennsylvania. She returns home after fifty years to take care of the Elm Creek Estate. She is saddened by what has become of her home she grew up at. She is cantankerous upon her return home at first but softens as time heals the memories and new friendships form.

In this lens you'll learn more about a friendship between that unfolds between Mrs. Compson and Sarah. Friendships are a blessing in a disguise.

Photo by Elm Creek Photo Gallery

Sylvia and Sarah

Friendship begins....

Sylvia Compson hires a personal assistant, Sarah McClure to help get the Manor ready to sell but in the meantime as Sarah learns to quilt under Sylvia's instruction; the story unfolds of her life as well Sarah's.

As the friendship builds and forgiveness endures; they turn the Manor into a quilt camp. A quilt camp is a retreat for quilters to get away; to share patterns, relax and make new friends.

"A heartwarming story of relationships that, like pieces of a quilt, can be connected with discord or with harmony. You'll discover friendship here, and you'll learn a thing or two about quilting, too." -Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle Club

The sampler quilt featured in this photo is the one that Sylvia teaches Sarah to make in the first book The Quilter's Apprentice. This pattern is in the first pattern book called "Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts Novels."

Photo by Elm Creek Photo Gallery


What I love about both of these fictional characters is the courage and strength they share about their lives. How they've found solutions through the sharing with one another, the giving of forgiveness and the friendship they made. Even though I am not a quilter these story's are heartwarming; to learn art of piecing my life together into quilting designs and to make friends with those like Sylvia and Sarah.

I am half-way through these novels. As the New Year approaches so does the next book "The New Year's Quilt".


The Quilter's Apprentice - Where it all begins at.......

The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts Book 1)
The Quilter's Apprentice: A Novel (The Elm Creek Quilts Book 1)

This is the 1st book where all begins at the Elm Creek Manor.


Elm Creek Series - IN ORDER!

To get you copy of these books click here to taken to a Amazon link: Elm Creek Series

  1. The Quilter's Apprentice
  2. Round Robin
  3. The Cross Country Quilters
  4. The Runaway Quilt
  5. The Quilters Legacy
  6. The Master Quilter
  7. The Sugar Camp Quilt
  8. The Christmas Quilt
  9. Circle of Quilters
  10. The Quilter's Homecoming
  11. The New Year's Quilt
  12. The Winding Ways Quilt
  13. The Quilter's Kitchen
  14. The Lost Quilter
  15. A Quilter's Holiday
  16. The Aloha Quilt
  17. The Union Quilters
  18. The Wedding Quilt
  19. Sonoma Rose
  20. The Giving Quilt


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Author Jennifer Chiaverini Shares....


"Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile." Excerpt by Elm Creek Giving Novel

Photo by Elm Creek

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens, I love Quilting although I must confess I actually never get to the quilting part; and on that note I bid you Good Night (I'm all Squidoo'd Out).

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 5 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @getmoreinfo: Yes it is but also great to for the friendship that goes with it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about Sylvia Bergstrom Compson it is great to learn about quilting.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 5 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @ohcaroline: Your Welcome! They are awesome to read. I love stories such as these. They are very heartwarming.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing about these books. I've never heard of them before...but now am bookmarking your lens to follow up and do some good reading. They look quite interesting. Great presentation.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 5 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @TeacherSerenia: How nice that you have quilts that your Mom made. How special! I'm looking forward to reading more these books as well. Thanks for taking time to read my lens.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Hi there, I have been reading Jennigàferès Quiulting books for a number of years now. While I dont do any quilting myself, my mother has been doing ptachwork quilting for many years and both my son and myself have received gorgeous blankets from her. I just found The Giving Quilt on the library shelf today and am still on chapter 1 so far. I have also borrowed the Union Quilters and Sonoma Rose from the library as I am sure I have not read those yet either. Thanks for a great lens.