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The Museum of Lost Quilts

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It's been a while since I read a Quilters novel and this was very good. Such wonderful history related and i totally get small town hierarchies and trying to fight them.

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Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of The Museum of Lost Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini.

The main character Summer has spent the last two years pursing a master's degree.. Summer returns home struggling to complete her thesis. She starts helping organize an exhibit of antique quilts. As she working on this project she uncovers a history of town that is unpleasant at times.
Jennifer Chiaverini artfully blends historical fiction with the love of quilting.
Summer researched the stories of the individual quilts and the stories behind them. These stories are filled with family, friends, overlooked contributions of women, the love of crafting and the exploration of history.

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Great to be back with the Elm Creek Quilt gang! Summer returns home after failing to finish her thesis and finds support and love from her Elm Creek family. She is recruited to start a quilt exhibit by the Historical Society and discovers that she really enjoys researching the history of the quilts as well as writing the exhibit signs. She discovers that perhaps her life has a different route than getting a doctorate and discovers love with a fellow history buff. Along the way, she fights against a company who is out to discourage and stop the exhibit.

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This is another in the Elm Street Quilters stories. Summer Sullivan, the youngest of the founders, has returned for the summer. She is struggling to complete her thesis having just had her topis "scooped" by another academic. Once back she undertakes a project to mount an exhibit of quilts of historic and social significance to the local community. The exhibit is a crucial fund raiser t save the Hisorical Society's Union Hall. Finding and tracking the quilt and their stories opens up new opportunities.
This is a review of an eGalley.

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This latest installment from the Elm Creek Quilters series revolves around the unexpected return of Summer Sullivan to everyone’s delight. Summer is seeking solace and inspiration to overcome her writers block in order to finish her thesis. During her time home, she takes charge of the historical quilt search in the restored Union Hall. While researching quilts of the time, she discovers uncomfortable history of Elm Creek and their residents, bringing discourse to some current residents as well. I enjoyed the return of Elm Creek and their quilters far more than the author’s historical fiction novels.

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Enjoyed returning to Elm Creek Quilts. I'm just going to pretend The Wedding Quilt never existed. Strangely - so does the author. While their pasts may have been difficult - these women really lead charmed lives. Also, I want to teach at Elm Creek Quilt Camp. While it was a bit predictable, it was still an enjoyable read.

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I come from a historic community much like Summer, and a lot of the history of my community can also be told through the handmade quilts of the counties ladies. While I did not read the entire series, I found it really wasn't needed. Summer Sullivan has had a setback while trying to finish her thesis and now can't seem to write anything. She flees to the comforts and friendship of home (and who wouldn't?) to see if the quilters can help her gain some confidence once more. I have always love the historical fiction genre and was gratified to fall into this book, it's cozy but still brings family, friendship, activism, the importance of crafting and history into sharp focus. Yes, the villain is a bit wooden, but he wasn't the focus of the story. All in all, I really enjoyed stepping out of my usual read and picking up this series. It's a good one.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book.
I have read two of Ms. Chiaverini's historical fiction novels as well as a couple of the Elm Creek Quilts titles.
I do enjoy seeing quilts and knowing about the stories behind them, so this book was quite a treat. Research, conflict with resolution, well-drawn characters....

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Another well-researched, well-written and captivating novel from Chiaverini. She just keeps getting better and better. Book clubs will eat this one up.

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I read this whole series and was excited for a new book in it. However, I was confused, because the story seemed to go back in time and not continue the series. I enjoyed the story on its own, but as part of the series, it didn't fit well.

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Chiaverini is back to quilts with this one, and though it is a good story it is not so much about making quilts as it is about the history associated with quilts. I am aware of the general history of quit making, but had not connected the idea of specific quilts to the history of a specific town. It is also about a young women finding her true calling for a profession. Recommended for quilt lovers. I received this as an arc from NetGalley and am under no pressure for a positive review.

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A great addition to the Elm Creek Quilts series. All the characters are back, and the plot is interesting. I’m glad to see the author has decided to continue this series.

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The Museum of Lost Quilts is number 22 in this well-developed series--Elm Creek Quilts. It is also the first book that I have read in this series, by Jennifer Chiaverini. I am wondering how I missed such a compelling series. The story is wonderful, and the characters are interesting and capture the readers' attention. The Museum of Lost Quilts focuses on how handmade quilts can reveal history, and in this case of Chiaverini's novel, quilts reveal the racism of the past and how war impacted the women left behind.

Although book 22 in this series, The Museum of Lost Quilts stands alone and can be read that way. Although the characters were all new to me, it was easy to catch up on the past. The descriptions were lovely and brought the atmosphere into focus. what stands out are the women's lives and how friendship and family are rivaled in the quilts that women create. Crafts and art can heal a community and bring people together, which makes for a compelling and interesting story. I do recommend The Museum of Lost Quilts.

Thank you to the author, publisher William Morrow, and NetGalley for making this ARC available for me to read and review. The comments above reflect my honest opinion.

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The Museum of Lost Quilts
Jennifer Chiverini
Pub Date: April 30, 2024
William Morrow
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The plot focuses on fundraising for a historical building restoration.
Great book!
5 stars

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Summer returns home to Elm Creek Quilts to spend the summer finishing her masters thesis and prepare for a doctorate program in history. Life interferes when she is ask to curate a quilt show as a fundraiser and gets sucked into a rabbit hole researching quilts both lost and found. A wonderful addition to this series with more in the future I hope. It has also inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and dig into my stash!

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I tend to think of Chiaverini’s “Quilt Books” as generic uplifting women’s fiction, but coming to this latest installment after reading her fantastic WWI historical fiction — Switchboard Soldiers and Canary Girls — I now recognize all of the deeply interesting history embedding in the Quilt books. Specifically history focusing on the often hidden contributions made by women. The plot of this book focuses on the fundraising for an historical building restoration to save it from a (somewhat two dimensional) greedy developer by collecting and curating a set of beautiful old quilts with strong ties to local history. It is the story of the individual quilts and the research process for tracking down and understanding their history that made it so interesting to me. Plenty of individual stories and the unearthing of historical context that made those stories possible. While the plot was fairly predictable, it was pleasant and entertaining, and the historical bits really kept my interest.

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Another wonderful historical novel of the Elm Creek Quilters through the years. Thank you Jennifer Chiaverini for the detailed descriptions of the quilts and the characters that feel like my next door neighbors. Thank you Netgalley for the early preview and William Morrow ,publisher.. What a great idea to use a Museum showing of quilts for a town to realize they too had community disagreements but could work together making their town for all. Looking forward to reading about Summer in her new Archives position. A very heartwarming read!

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This novel is a celebration of the art of quilting and its ability to weave together the fabric of lives. . It’s a testament to the enduring nature of craft and creativity, showing how something as simple as a quilt can transcend time and touch the hearts of generations revealing rich, complicated histories.

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I read several books in this series but it has been a while. It was fun to catch up with the characters. Summer Sullivan returns to Elm Creek to finish her thesis for her Master's Degree. She is wrangled into setting up a gallery of historical quilts. I enjoyed the explanation of the quilt blocks and coloring. I looked up several of the blocks to refresh my memory. The history behind the blocks, although controversial to some of the town, was engaging and Summer was true to the history.

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I received an advanced reader’s copy via net galley in exchange for an honest review.
When I was a very new mom- I kinda sorta lost the ability to read for a bit. It’s not that I couldn’t read the words, it’s just that I didn’t really know what to read, or how to fit time for reading. And it made for a weird time for me. But two things happened and I started to find my groove. First, I took up a craft- second I realized that I really loved reading about people crafting and enjoying their craft. Enter the Elm creek quilters. It was a kind and lovely group of friends who quilt. I grew up with quilters so this was all a language I understood. I devoured the series to catch up and stay caught up! And from that I discovered a love of historical fiction I didn’t know existed.
My favorites from the series tended to be the historical ones looking back over Sylvia’s family /family adjacent. I loved sugar camp quilt, runaway , and union quilters… (I also prefer to strike the Wedding quilt from the record ).
The Museum of Lost Quilts- was the perfect sort of reunion. It was exactly what I craved in seeing all my old friends back together, and catching up. In addition to old friends- it was the actual connection of those quilts and how they fit together historically and why they are significant. And it was perfect, exactly what I wanted!
And as someone who now works at a library- there was quilters and delving into history and a library and all those things were lovely

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