Jennifer Chiaverini Visits Quiltmaker

We were thrilled late last year when New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini of the Elm Creek Quilts novels submitted a block for our newsstand special 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers, Volume 3. This issue goes onsale May 10, 2011 and you'll find Jennifer's block there.

When we heard that Jennifer would be in Denver promoting her newest book, The Union Quilters, we invited her to join the QM staff for lunch so we could all get to know each other.

She flew in from Palm Springs with her mom and went to channel 9 news in Denver for an interview on the noon edition before heading to our offices in Golden.

Carolyn, Jennifer and June

Carolyn, Jennifer and June

June had requested several books from her publisher and asked Jennifer to autograph them.


We headed to the Table Mountain Inn in Golden for a delightful lunch. Jennifer and her mom really enjoyed the sweet potato fries!


We had polled our Facebook fans earlier in the week and asked what questions they would like us to ask Jennifer. During lunch we asked their questions plus some of our own.

How much research does she do on the historical background of her novels? A lot she said. She starts her research at the Wisconsin Historical Society library in Madison, Wisconsin, which she said was second in information only to the Library of Congress. From there she contacts the authors of any books she read in the library for additional information.

What plans does she have for more stories? The next novel, The Wedding Quilt due out in October 2011, will feature the contemporary Elm Creek Quilters. She will then return to the characters in The Quilter's Homecoming for another historical novel.

Will a pattern book be written for the Hawaiian quilts from your book “The Aloha Quilt”? The next pattern book will be out this fall and will include patterns for two Hawaiian quilts and the wedding quilt along with patterns for seven other quilts.

What inspired her to write about quilters? Early on, she was taught to write about what she knows. Being a quilter herself, this was a topic she was familiar with. She adds, however, that her novels are about friendship, history and moral courage, and the reader doesn't need to know anything about quilts or quilting to enjoy them.

Jennifer has also teamed up with Project Linus giving Elm Creek readers the chance to decide the sex of Sarah's twins. The results will be revealed at the Project Linus Institute on Friday, July 22, 2011 at an exclusive sneak preview of an unpublished Elm Creek Quilts novel.

Leave us a comment by midnight, March 14th and let us know how many of Jennifer's books you've read and which is your favorite. I'll randomly select 2 winners Tuesday, March 15th to receive an autographed copy of The Union Quilters. [Update: Due to the unavailability of our blog, we're extending this deadline to midnight MST March 15 for comments and the winners will be selected on March 16.]


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