Jennifer Chiaverini is an American author best known for her Elm Creek Quilt books, a series of novels set around a quilting school and retreat. She has also written non-fiction quilting books as well as several historical works of fiction, mostly set in 19th- and 20th-century America.
Jennifer Chiaverini's first novel was "The Quilter's Apprentice," first published in 1999 by Simon & Schuster. "The Quilter's Apprentice" introduces the character of master quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson and tells the story of how she and her apprentice, Sarah McClure, come to found the Elm Creek Quilt Camp. As of the summer of 2015, Chiaverini has published 20 novels in the series, as well as a reader's guide and four non-fiction books of quilting patterns. On her website, she has stated that she intends to keep writing more books for the series.
While most of the Elm Creek Quilts books are contemporary, the series also includes several works of historical fiction that tell the stories of Sylvia Compson's ancestors.
Chiaverini has also published three historical novels set around the time of the Civil War that are unrelated to Elm Creek or to quilts. These books are "The Spymistress," "Mrs. Lincoln's Rival," and "Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule."