Since it's been three months since The Union Quilters came out and The Wedding Quilt won't be published until November 1, you might not have noticed the most recent addition to my Events page. I'm going to be meeting readers and quilters at Broadway Quilts in Sonoma, California on Sunday, June 5 at 1 PM. I haven't visited northern California in several years, so I hope to meet lots of Elm Creek Readers there very soon!
These posts are filed under Event News.
When was the last time a New York Times best-selling author asked for help from the community to create characters for a book?
Jennifer Chiaverini, the author of the Elm Creek Quilts novels, did just that. Jennifer is a mother, best-selling author, avid quilter and a supporter of Project Linus. Ms. Chiaverini asked for help from her readers, Project Linus volunteers, and the community to determine the gender of expectant mother Sarah’s twins. To cast their “votes,” readers and volunteers created quilt blocks from a provided pattern, using red fabrics if they wanted Sarah to have two girls, blue fabrics for two boys, and purple for a boy and a girl. After quilters from around the word contributed more than a thousand quilt squares, Jennifer tallied the votes and is preparing to announce the winner!
"I was thrilled with the overwhelming response to my request for quilt blocks for Project Linus,” Jennifer Chiaverini says. “Readers have been waiting a long time to learn whether Sarah will have boys, girls, or one of each, and it hasn’t been easy keeping this secret from them! I’m looking forward to revealing the result of the vote in an exclusive, sneak preview reading from The Wedding Quilt at the Project Linus Institute.”
On Friday, July 22 at 6:30 PM at the Peoria Civic Center, Illinois, everyone is invited to A Night with Jennifer Chiaverini: A Benefit for Project Linus. Ms. Chiaverini will be sharing excerpts from her soon to be released book, The Wedding Quilt. Quilts made from the “votes” will be on display, and she will announce the gender of Sarah’s twins! This is a night for book lovers, quilting enthusiasts and anyone that knows the power of a handmade blanket given to a child in need.
Tickets are available for $50 per person. Your ticket price includes keynote speaker Jennifer Chiaverini, dinner, viewing of quilts from the nationwide contest and supporting a great cause, Project Linus. Tickets are available at http://www.projectlinus.org/institutedinner.html or call 309-585-0686 for more information.
About Project Linus
Project Linus, founded in 1995 with its national headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers” To date Project Linus has donated over 3.8 million blankets to children in need.
For more information or to get involved with Project Linus visit: http://www.projectlinus.org/institutedinner.html or call 309-585-0686.
Carolyn Beam of Quiltmaker magazine blogged about my visit to their offices during my book tour stop in Denver. I'm glad they had as much fun as I did!
I regret that due to heavy snow in Cleveland and cancelled flights out of Chicago, my Hudson, OH event at Laurel Lake is cancelled tonight. I'm truly very sorry!
I'm pleased to announce the publication of my seventeenth Elm Creek Quilts novel, The Union Quilters, which goes on sale today.
In 1862, the men of Water's Ford, Pennsylvania, rally to answer Mr. Lincoln's call to arms, spurring the women of the Elm Creek Valley into their own battle to preserve the nation. Dorothea Granger, dismayed by her scholarly husband's bleak descriptions of food shortages and illness in the soldiers' camps, marshals her friends to "wield their needles for the Union" and provide for the men's needs. Her friend Constance Wright staunchly supports her husband as he is repeatedly turned away from serving in the Union army because of the color of his skin, determined to help him secure both the privileges and the responsibilities of citizenship. Anneke Bergstrom's pacifist husband does not enlist, but his safety becomes her shame—and compels her to work ceaselessly for the Union cause to prove her family's loyalty. A gifted writer committed to hastening the end of the war, Gerda Bergstrom takes on local southern sympathizers in the pages of the Water's Ford Register, risking the wrath of the Copperhead press—and the jealous wife of the regimental surgeon she loves.
Please visit my website for more information about The Union Quilters, including a preview of Chapter One. While you're there, go to the Events section to see if my book tour will bring me to a town near you, and click on the "Quilts Gallery" link to see a photograph of Dorothea's Dove in the Window, a quilt that plays an important role in the story.
The pins I designed for A Quilter's Holiday and The Aloha Quilt were so popular that I decided to create a new pin to celebrate The Union Quilters:
You can receive one of these limited edition pins if you come see me on my book tour from February 22-March 11. I'll be visiting several of my favorite shops and libraries across the country and will give away a pin with each copy of The Union Quilters you have me sign, while supplies last. For book tour locations, dates, and times, please see the Events page on my website.
Can't make it to one of my events? The wonderful booksellers at the Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon are ready to help. If you order The Union Quilters from the Next Chapter Bookshop website, they will include a The Union Quilters pin with your book when they ship it to you. I will autograph the books when I visit the store on March 7, 2011, so all orders need to be placed before then. If you would like your book to be personalized, please be sure to indicate the name of the person to whom the book should be addressed.
Quantities are limited, so make your plans to attend one of my book tour events or place your order with the Next Chapter Bookshop soon.
Thanks, and Happy Reading!