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The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,349 Ratings  ·  1,173 Reviews
After moving with her husband, Matt, to the small college town of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Sarah McClure struggles to find a fulfilling job. In the meantime, she agrees to help seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate, Elm Creek Manor, for sale. As part of her compensation, Sarah is taught how to quilt by this cantankerous elderly woman, who is a mast ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Plume Books (first published April 6th 1999)
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AngieA I found the pace of this book just right. It takes place over a few weeks during the summer and moves right along. I was never thinking, "get on with…moreI found the pace of this book just right. It takes place over a few weeks during the summer and moves right along. I was never thinking, "get on with it already!" It is not long and there is no wasted space.(less)
Connie Norheim check your local library, that's where I got mine. And if they don't have it they should be able to get it through Interlibrary Loan

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May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There are times that you want to read a book that doesn't have any vampires, werewolves, serial killers and/or detectives from various historical periods and you just want to read a book about normal people, leading everyday lives but with a story to tell and if that's the case then this book is just the thing! It wasn't particularly exciting, but it has a cast of warm characters, quilts, and is very easy to read. It's very much along the lines of Debbie Macomber's books - the feel rather than t ...more
Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a quick easy read with nothing heavy of tense. I liked the way it explained some of the history of the block names. That was new to me. I also found out that I quilt left handed! I would've liked more description of the house which was being sorted. It was good to have a more realistic character who isn't finding life a bed of roses. I went to the Elm Creek web site so I could find out the proper order to read the books in so the story is more continuous:

"If you would like to read the b
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: quilters, anyone who likes a book with absolutely nothing offensive or controversial inside
I picked this book up because I had heard gushing reviews from many members of my quilting guild. Note to self, don't rush out and buy books recommended by gray haired ladies. Not to say that gray haired ladies can't recommend excellent books. I will be checking out recommendations, like the rest of this series, from the public library. Well, at least I can pass this on to my gray haired mother.

It's a decent story but a bit predictable. Ok, very predictable. But it has a couple of interesting tw
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, quilts
What a charming story. I love quilting. I love reading. So this book was just about perfect for me. While it was largely a work of fiction, the aspects about quilting were not. They were very instructional in a non-boring type of way.

Sarah and her husband have recently moved to a small town where he was able to find a job. Having had to give up her own job for the move, Sarah is desperately trying to find one in this place with no luck. No luck that is until she accompanies him to one of his cli
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I started reading Jennifer Chiaverini's series on the Elm Creek Quilts. This first novel takes Sarah and Matt McClure to Waterford, Pennsylvania. Matt had accepted a position with a landscape architecture group in Waterford. Sarah had to leave her job and hopefully would find another in Waterford. Her potential was in accounting; but she hoped to try and get into some other area of business.

Sarah being unable to find a job, took a temporary job with Sylvia Compson to prepare her estate for sale
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
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Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth Elm Creek Quilts novel that I have read. This is actually the first in the series and explains how Sarah and Matt became involved with Sylvia Compson and began Elm Creek Quilts. The others were fine read out of order but it was nice to hear the beginning of the story.

Once again, well developed characters who had both their strengths and weaknesses and who fought to work through problems with other family members. The storyline was interesting as Sylvia brought Sarah into the
BJ Rose
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lovely story-within-a-story telling of two women who learn to patch together the unraveled parts of their lives as they stitch together a quilt. My only disappointment is the lack of pictures or drawings of the quilt squares; they were well-described, but I would have loved to see what they looked like.
Kathy Davie
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
The first in the Elm Creek Quilts quilting series, Quilter’s Apprentice is disappointingly juvenile in its writing although Chiaverini does a lovely job of setting up the series.

The primary character, Sarah, has given in to her husband’s need for a job by throwing up her accounting position when Matt gets a job offer in another city. Sarah does not want to continue in accounting and is having trouble landing interviews for anything else so when Matt has the opportunity, he takes Sarah along on a
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading about the elm creek quilters. They seem like old friends.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Wonderful book, especially when you're into quilting. I even cried a bit in the end, because isn't it wonderful when people are kind to each other?
Teresa in Ohio
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Recently I came across a tote of my grandmother's quilts which reminded me of this series.

I am not a re-read type of person. too many books not enough time.

But I dont remember much about the series or where I stopped reading( stupid looooooooong book slump and real life) so I am starting over with this series.

Sarah and her husband relocate to Waterford for his job. She has always been a dutiful daughter so she majored in accounting for job security as her mother preached.Upon arriving in town sh
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, color, fiction, quilting
I am a quilter. I should state that at the outset. But I don't make quilts like many other people make quilts. I admire lots of tiny little pieces and stitches, but mine are...mine. They sometimes resemble something you've seen before, but sometimes they are something completely different. It depends on the fabric. Fabric is usually my starting point, not the pattern. Anyway…

I initially resisted this series but I was desperate one day for an audiobook and my library had this first in the series.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book, and I plan to post a Review very soon!
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, I almost didn't read this book. I loved it! It was filled with friends and a project and history and loss. And a beautiful ending!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Very sweet. I have read several of the books in this series and was glad to find out how everything started.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice story but not much to it.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quilt-fiction
I had an assignment to read a book I've read before and loved, I chose The Quilter's Apprentice and I'm glad I did. Though I remember reading this book at least ten years ago and loving it, I was surprised to discover how much I had forgotten. It was, again, a great read, so much so I'm reading the second in the series now.

Sarah eager to switch from her accounting job to one in public relations agrees to move to small town Waterford, PA where Matt, who was layed off a few years ago, accepts a po
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second book of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt series that I have listened to recently. The first book, 'The Lost Quilter', had more depth to it because of the historical references and the characters, in my opinion.

'The Quilter's Apprentice' had just a hint of historical fiction woven into a sweet story about a relationship between a grouchy, sad, very direct older woman who is a master quilter, and a bubbly, idealistic, young woman wanting to learn the craft and inspire the o
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun introduction to the quilting world, which I've been interested in for quite a while. It was also quite quick, but I think I'm going to go back through the book to look up what some of the quilt blocks look like. They sound quite pretty and are in my imagination, and I want to know if I'm anywhere near my guess! The story follows a rather predictable path, every time Sarah is quilting with Mrs. Compson the older woman shares a story of the farm's earlier, brighter days. As the ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a warm and inviting escape into the world of quilting and friendship. I was able to identify with Sarah as she lost her sense of self when she was jobless, friendless, and lonely in a new town. She did have mom issues that I assume will be dealt with in a later book and acted a bit immature at times, but the imperfections were mostly interesting to me.

I loved the sassy Sylvia and her story and look forward to continuing with this series in the future. This is a great book for quil
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read. Amazingly clean. Sometimes I think she struggles with describing the quilts, although being a quilter myself, I know many of the blocks by name and can visualize them without a description. She does a wonderful job weaving the stories into the plot. I think she could have done more description, as well and development of the relationship between Sarah and Sylvia. It seemed a little too scripted - it happened too easily. I am curious to see what she does in the next book, alth ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A perfectly sweet little novel to charm a crafty reader. There is no pretension in this novel, no blood and guts, no thrilling intrigue. It is what it is - a nice novel that centres on the friendships of a small community that come together to solve each others problems and celebrate each others achievements. Sarah and Matt have just moved to town and have no friends. Matt begins working for the prickly Mrs Compson and, somehow, entices Sarah to become cleaner/companion at the large, rundown Elm ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah moves to a new town with her husband and must look for a new job. She is an accountant but is looking for a different career direction. While searching for a new position she meets Mrs. Compson, an expert quilter. She agrees to exchange manual labor for quilt lessons. I wanted to like this more than I did because it dealt with quilting. Unfortunately the characters of Sarah and her husband come across as weak and boring with heavy doses of banality. I kept waiting for a backbone to show up ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this is a very heartfelt and inspiring read. This is a series with 20 books, and I look forward to reading all of them.

Jennifer Chiaverini is a new author for me and I really like her writing style. Her characters are real and her books flow with ease. These are perfect books to read this time of year, they are cozy and warm. If you like a good book, add this one to your bookshelf!
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I definitely needed my google search engine as I read this book! So many quilting terms were used and explained really well, but I really wanted to see what the quilt patterns were that were brought up. I absolutely soaked up this beautiful story and although predictable, everything that I wanted to happen, happened, including the desire to make a quilt! (What? It could happen!) can't wait to read more installments!
Doreen Colby
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a guick and easy book to read. I needed something light with a feel good story. I enjoyed learning about the quilts and their names. I have tried quilting in the past and can appreciate the time and work that goes into making one. I will probably read some of the others in this series.
Nathalie S
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the very first book in the series when Sarah McClure reluctantly takes a job with Sylvia Compson and how their uneasy relationship matures and deepens as they get to know each other. This is the beginning of the Elm Creek Quilt Camp. More pieces to the puzzle fall into place!
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful book. It was just what I needed to read today. It was sweet and good and innocent. I loved Sarah's relationship with Mrs. Compson. I loved the stories she told and I loved the quilting. It was just a beautiful book.
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Listening to this book, at first I didn't like the narrator, but she grew on me and I feel in love with the books.
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Se ...more

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