HP she has written 16 books so far, some say you have to read in order, some say it doesnt matter. Here is what the author says If you want to read the books in the order I wrote them, read them in the order listed above. However, since I wasn't planning to write a series, I have written each book so that it stands alone. On my book tour, I often hear longtime fans tell new readers that the books should be read in the order I wrote them, but other readers have told me that they have read the books out of order and were able to follow everything just fine. Ultimately it's up to the individual reader. Please note, however, that later books inevitably give away events that occurred in previous books. If you would like to read the books in something approximating chronological order, please note the following:
•The Christmas Quilt takes place in the interim between The Quilter's Apprentice and Round Robin.
•The Sugar Camp Quilt is set in 1849-1850, so it takes place before the events chronicled in Gerda's memoir in The Runaway Quilt.
•The Quilter's Homecoming is set mainly in 1925, but it branches off from a storyline introduced in The Christmas Quilt.
•The New Year's Quilt immediately follows The Quilter's Legacy.
•The Lost Quilter begins in 1849 immediately following the events chronicled in Gerda's memoir in The Runaway Quilt.
The Lost Quilter, The Sugar Camp Quilt, and The Quilter's Homecoming work particularly well as stand-alone novels and can be enjoyed as your first Elm Creek Quilts novel or at any point in the series
There are also 2 or 3 quilt books that she had to do to go with them, featuring quilts made from her descriptions in her books, most libraries have them so you can look for free. Here is the order list. What I have read, I read in order simply because I read them as they were published but I havent read anything past 2007.
•The Quilter's Apprentice (1999)
•Round Robin (2000)
•The Cross-Country Quilters (2001)
•The Runaway Quilt (2002)
•The Quilter's Legacy (2003)
•The Master Quilter (2004)
•The Sugar Camp Quilt (2005)
•The Christmas Quilt (2005)
•Circle of Quilters (2006)
•The Quilter's Homecoming (2007)
•The New Year's Quilt (2007)
•The Winding Ways Quilt (2008)
•The Quilter's Kitchen (2008)
•The Lost Quilter (2009)
•A Quilter's Holiday (2009
Hope this helps, they are enjoyable books and characters
"My will is mine.....I shall not make it soft for you" Aeschylus, Agamemnon