The Quilter’s Apprentice

The Quilter’s Apprentice – Elm Creek Quilts #1

Jennifer Chiaverini

reviewed by bookwolf2

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 master of the craft.During their lessons, Mrs. Compson reveals how her family was torn apart by tragedy, jealousy, and betrayal, and her stories force Sarah to face uncomfortable truths about her own alienation from her widowed mother. As their friendship deepens, Mrs. Compson confides in Sarah the truth about why she wants to sell Elm Creek Manor. In turn, Sarah seeks a way to bring life and joy back to the estate so Mrs. Compson can keep her home — and Sarah can keep her cherished friend. 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 beautiful whole.


An easy read that covers family relationships and forgiveness.  Quilters may enjoy this book for the references to and explanation of quilting patterns, terms, techniques and history. This wasn’t a bad book but I wouldn’t rate it highly either for the following reasons:

1. There are too many descriptions of what the characters ate for each meal.

2. Initially Mrs Thompson is portrayed as a cantankerous old woman. However, almost instantly Sarah has gained her friendship and brings the recluse back into society – a favourable plot idea, but was just resolved to quickly and simplistically.

Appropriate for all ages.








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