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The Quilter's Apprentice

(Elm Creek Quilts #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  12,379 ratings  ·  1,271 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 ...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 ...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
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
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
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading about the elm creek quilters. They seem like old friends.
Kathy Davie
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
The first in the Elm Creek Quilts quilting series, Quilters 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 husbands 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
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
Nov 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
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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.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book to me is how quilting symbolizes aspects of life and human interactions. Can I then say that the book is shallow? That is what I originally thought after finishing it. I dont really know why I read the book. I have never been interested in quilts, nor had a desire to quilt even though I do other types of handiwork and have had friends who were crazy about it. I will just say that the book is a simple story, and I enjoyed it enough to complete it. But I probably won ...more
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?
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
Reading about hobbies, like quilting, is interesting. I am very curious about all my life, for me, I think it is art to display as well as using them every day. I am intrigued to learn about the history of quilting and the stories behind the quilts and their blocks.
I picked The Quilters Apprentice because I heard Elizabeth from LizziefayeLovesBooks talking about this book and in one of book/reading podcasts they were talking about Jennifer Chiaverini. So I decided to pick it up when I saw it
Maureen DeLuca
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 - good enough that I will read number 2 in this series....
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, audio, color, 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.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read. Amazingly clean. She does a wonderful job weaving the stories into the plot. I think she could have done more description, as well as development of the relationship between Sarah and Sylvia. It was nicely written. I like how she developed the characters and how they began to fall into place. I was curious to see what she did with the next book.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book, and I plan to post a Review very soon!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Jennifer Chiaverinis Quilters Apprentice, our November book club selection, is the first in a 20-book series. Quilts, intergenerational women's friendships, long-time family conflicts, an old estate in disrepairthis book has all the threads (sorry, I had to) needed to launch a charming series. I wanted to like Sarah and Mrs. Compson, but their relationship felt wooden and stereotypical. Events unspooled exactly as expected and mimicked other feel-good, requisite happy ending books Id read. I ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2019
Read & Go 2019 Reading Challenge:2. A novel involving a creative outlet
I am passionate about everything related to handiwork, especially needlework and I find quilting a beautiful craft that requires a lot of patience and dedication but that makes your creative side flourish, I deeply admire the people who are capable of doing these wonderful works of art with pieces of fabric, thread, needle and their incredible hands and imagination.
Chiaverini has been able to weave a beautiful story of
Lauren Smagacz
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a light, enjoyable read. The characters are likable and I felt invested in the story. There were moments that the in depth descriptions of the step by step by step of the quilting made me feel a little like an outsider reading a 'quilters only' book, but not ever more than a mild annoyance. Will certainly read another Elm Creek Quilters story again in the future
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
A young couple move to another a new home. They meet an older woman that changes their life. Naturally, there's information about various quilts. This is a light read.
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!
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This isn't deep literature, but it was an enjoyable read during this phase of my life. I'm going to move on through the rest of the series...
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.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Light and pleasant enough to fill the niche formerly occupied by Debbie Macombers Blossom Street seriesa world where everything is resolved by the end. Still, the characters are so shallowly developed that it wasnt nearly as satisfying as Macomber. Its the first book (on my TBR since about 2000) in a long series so perhaps Chiaverini was reserving some for later books. Loved the details and history of quilting. ...more
Debra Scott
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this feel good story. The characters were well developed and feel like friends that I dont want to say good bye to. ...more
Susan Mallette
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
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
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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 ...more

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