One of the Elms Creek Quilts' books, Chiaverini does a wonderful job of blending the old with the new. Sylvia Compson and the reader are transformed back in time as she ponders and reads about Joanna, a runaway slave who made her way to Elms Creek Farm prior to the Civil War. Wondering what happened to Joanna, who was captured by slave catchers and returned to her master, separated from her new born son, Sylvia delves into a bundle of letters she finds stuck in an old desk. The tale woven through the pages of The Lost Quilter is one of sadness and hardship and also of perseverance and hope. Learn of Joanna's life through slavery and the heritage she left behind.