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“One of the most compelling storytellers I’ve read. . . . This is a series that has touched my heart. Chiaverini makes her characters and plots so real readers feel as if they’ve stepped back in time.”

—JEAN PEERENBOOM,
Green bay Press–Gazette

A
fter learning of her family’s ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia Compson scours her attic for clues and discovers a window into the world of her ancestors: the memoir of her great–grandfather’s spinster sister, Gerda Bergstrom.

Gerda’s memoir chronicles the founding of Elm Creek Manor and the tumultuous years when Hans, Anneke, and Gerda Bergstrom sheltered fugitive slaves within its walls, using quilts as a signal of sanctuary. But little did the staunchly abolitionist Gerda know that a traitor was among them, placing the Bergstroms in grave danger and leading to family discord, betrayal, and a secret held for generations.

With the help of the Elm Creek Quilters and clues hidden within antique quilts discovered in the manor’s attic, Sylvia stitches together the pieces of her past and decodes the true nature of the Bergstrom legacy.

“Chiaverini’s fourth offering in her
Elm Creek Quilts
series weaves a modern–day family mystery around a pre–Civil War tale of bravery, deception and the Underground Railroad. . . . Chiaverini manages to impart a healthy dollop of history in a folksy style, while raising moral questions in a suspenseful narrative.”

—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

J
ENNIFER
C
HIAVERINI
is the
New York Times
–bestselling author of sixteen Elm Creek Quilts novels, as well as four collections of quilt projects inspired by the series, and is the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit her online at
www.elmcreek.net.

 

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ENNIFER
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The Aloha Quilt

A Quilter’s Holiday

The Lost Quilter

The Quilter’s Kitchen

The Winding Ways Quilt

The New Year’s Quilt

The Quilter’s Homecoming

Circle of Quilters

The Christmas Quilt

The Sugar Camp Quilt

The Master Quilter

The Quilter’s Legacy

The Cross-Country Quilters

Round Robin

The Quilter’s Apprentice

Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired by

the Elm Creek Quilts Novels

Return to Elm Creek: More Quilt Projects Inspired by

the Elm Creek Quilts Novels

More Elm Creek Quilts: Inspired by

the Elm Creek Quilts Novels

Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts:

The True Story Behind the Quilt

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2002 by Jennifer Chiaverini

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The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows

Chiaverini, Jennifer.
The runaway quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel / Jennifer Chiaverini.
p. cm.
1. Underground railroad—Fiction. 2. Female friendship—Fiction. 3. Quiltmakers—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3553.H473 R86 2002
813'.54—dc21
2001057567

ISBN 978-0-7432-2226-6
ISBN 978-1-4516-0609-6 (pbk)
ISBN 978-1-4391-4261-5 (ebook)

To Marty and Nicholas,
with all my love.

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Author’s Note

Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Discussion Questions

Enhance Your Book Club

Author Q&A

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book would not have been possible without the expertise and guidance of Denise Roy, Maria Massie, Rebecca Davis, and Tara Parsons. Thank you for your wisdom and your friendship.

I am grateful to author Barbara Brackman for providing me with important historical information regarding Civil War–era quilts and the use of quilts as signals on the Underground Railroad.

Thank you, Christine Johnson, for reading the manuscript of
The Quilter’s Apprentice
so many years ago and posing the question that became this novel.

I thank my friends and family, especially Geraldine Neidenbach, Heather Neidenbach, Nic Neidenbach, Virginia and Edward Riechman, Leonard and Marlene Chiaverini, Martin Lang, Rachel and Chip Sauer, Anne Spurgeon, Vanessa Alt, the Mad City Quilters, and the members of RCTQ, for your encouragement and support.

Most of all, I am grateful to my husband, Marty, and my son, Nicholas, who inspire me every day with their humor and their love.

THE
RUNAWAY
QUILT

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