The Quilter's Apprentice

The Quilter's Apprentice

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Tangled, anxious thoughts relaxed when she felt the fabric beneath her fingers and remembered that she was creating something beautiful enough to delight the eyes as well as the heart, something strong enough to defeat the cold of a Pennsylvania winter night. She could do these things. She, Sarah, had the power to do these things.
From debut novelist Jennifer Chiaverini comes The Quilter's Apprentice, a delightful, timeless story of loyalty and friendship.
When Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, move to the small town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, to get a fresh start, Sarah struggles to find a fulfilling job. Disheartened by failed interviews, she reluctantly accepts a temporary position at Elm Creek Manor helping seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale after the recent death of Sylvia's estranged sister. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this reclusive, cantankerous master quilter.
During their lessons, Mrs. Compson slowly opens up to Sarah, sharing powerful, devastating stories of her life as a young woman on the World War II home front. Hearing tales of how Mrs. Compson's family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, Sarah is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about her own family -- truths that she has denied for far too long. As the friendship between the two women deepens, Mrs. Compson confides that although she would love to remain at her beloved family estate, Elm Creek Manor exists as a constant, unbearable reminder of her role in her family's misfortune. For Sarah, there can be no greater reward than teaching Mrs. Compson to forgive herself for her past mistakes, restoring life and joy to her cherished home.
Heartfelt and inspiring, The Quilter's Apprentice teaches deep lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood -- and about creating a life as you would a quilt: with time, love, and patience, piecing the miscellaneous and mismatched scraps into a harmonious, beautiful whole.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1998.
ISBN: 9780684849720
Branch Call Number: CHIA
Characteristics: 271p. 22cm.


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Apr 08, 2019

If you are like me, you sometimes need a change of pace. Although my favorite books are murder mysteries, I find that occasional change can be a good thing. By now, the savvy librarians at my beloved nearby branch are way ahead of me. When they see something good that just might grab my fancy, they set it aside to tempt me. That often works, with this book being an excellent case in point. By now, author Jennifer Chiaverini has penned 14 novels in her Elm Creek Quilt series. But my library buddies also know that rather than picking up partway through an ongoing series, I like to start at the beginning. What is a series, after all, but the continuation of place, focus, and characters with a story line nuanced to pull the reader in? I find both the characters and the story line more meaningful when I know what drew them all together in the first place. Although true, it would be superficial (and a tad obvious) to say that quilting is at the heart of Chiaverini's books. I would argue, however, that the meaningful story line and complex cast of characters are what made this non-quilter enjoy this author's book so much. I give it 4 stars and highly recommend that you read it.

Aug 29, 2018

A young woman who is going through life changes and seems somewhat lost, works for and befriends and elderly woman. As their relationship develops, the elderly woman tells the stories of her life through the quilts she makes. A charming, enjoyable read.

Nov 08, 2016

The first book in the Elm Creek Quilts series

Feb 27, 2012

loved this book. nice story easy reading. it was hard to understand all this quilting part but the stories behind the patterns were wonderful

Jan 21, 2012

This book has everything I could want: history, romance, friendship and crafts :)

smiletoday Mar 10, 2011

You don't need to be a quilter to enjoy this book. It is the beginning of a fabulous series.


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