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The Quilter's Apprentice (Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 1)
The Quilter's Apprentice - Elm Creek Quilts, Bk 1
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN-13: 9780684849720
ISBN-10: 0684849720
Publication Date: 4/6/1999
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 8
Very good book. I got this book from PBS just to try something different. I found that it was the first of many in this series after I had the book in my hands. I am for sure going to find the rest of the books in this series.

The way that Sarah and Sylvia come to be more then just employer and employee. To see both of them grow and learn from each other and to see them become very good friends. To listen in on all the family history that Sylvia has to impart to explain why she is still mad at her sister in law and then to come to terms with her past and to again connect with her sister in law was really good.

I also liked the quilting references although I am not a quilter. I found myself reading instead of watching the TV or movies we had rented this was such a good book and so well written that I just did not want to put it down. Now I have to see if I can find the next book in the series so I can see what will happen next to this wonderful bunch of people.
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Helpful Score: 7
The first in a series of books about an older woman Sylvia and a younger woman Sarah . It takes place in an old victorian home after Sylvia's sister dies. The author incredibly weaves a wonderful story involving quilting and the history of the time. It is a MUST read book but beware you wont want to PUT IT DOWN!!! For a synopsis and look at all the books in the series go to www.elmcreek.net.
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Helpful Score: 3
I became addicted to Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series. I ADORE them and can't put them down! A MUST read for anyone, not just quilters!
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this book. I am delighted to have found a new series to read. This is the first book in a series of 14, so far...

An elderly woman comes back to her family home and hires a young man and his wife to help her put the grounds and house back in order. She developes a friendship with the wife through teaching her to quilt. The wife helps the older lady regain some friendships with local people that she has be estranged from for many years.

I won't tell you the ending...but it's really great...and launches you into wanting to read the next one as soon as you can get your hands on it! :)
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a pleasant story... Not an extremely sophisticated story, but a nice read. It's a story about friendship between two unlikely characters. Some of the situations in the book were over-simplified, but if you can overlook that, you'll enjoy the story. I didn't realize that this book was the first in a series, until I completed the book. I will check out the rest of the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
cute story. quick read. i was hoping the sarah would "grow" based on her relationship with sylvia. but maybe she will in the rest of the series?
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When Sarah McClure and her husband Matt move to Waterford PA she hopes to make a fresh start in the small college town. Unable to find a job both practical and fulfilling, she take a temparary postion at Elm creek manor helping its reclusive owner Sylvia Compson prepare her family estate for sale after the death of her estranged sister. Slyvia is also a master quilter an as part of Sarahs compensation offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts.

DURing their lessons the intricate varied threads of Sylvias life began to emerge



I loved this book. I could not put it down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Heartwarming -lots of friendship here and you learn bout quilting.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm not a quilter but started my first as I read this book - and gotta say I'm hooked. I'm looking for the rest in the series, for sure! Not your typical page turner kind of book - but I definitely didn't want to put it down!
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it. Can't wait to read more in this series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very enjoyable. A fast read. Loved all the quilting talk.
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Helpful Score: 1
great book -- easy read, "clean" text -- would let my mom read it!
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Helpful Score: 1
First in series. Really good!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a great start to a series of books about the Elm Creek Quilts. There is info about quilting worked into a story about friendship and healing. A great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A delightful, light book about friendship and forgiveness and warm characters who love to quilt! I did not put it down until I finished reading it!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an enjoyable book and even more enjoyable if you are following the series. The characters are very human and realistic. The storyline is interesting.
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Fun, easy read. The first in the series and I've already started getting the rest. As a newby quilter I enjoyed the quilting references, but most of all enjoyed the character development and look forward to watching them as they move on. Great escapism on a rainy day!
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This series is awesome, I have read books later in the series and was excited to find the one that started it all. Having an interest in quilting makes the book more interesting, but I'm always excited to hear about their adventures as well!
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As a quilter I loved this book with a great story about a young woman and her quilting mentor.
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I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the other books in this series.
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The book was a really good read. I am not a quilter but thoroughly enjoyed the book and all its characters.
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I can't recommend this book. The writing was ok. The characters felt two dimentional to me. Matt was hardly a character at all. The story is nice and it does move along, but the plot felt artificially sweet. I won't be reading the rest of the series.
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Great book, the past always teaches the present and future.
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What a wonderful story. It was informative and instructive about quilting as well as an entertaining story. It made me want to pick up my quilting and start working on some pieces my mom had started many years ago. I will be completing some of these projectsbasba result of reading this book.
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Good quick read ... great build up to the characters in the book series.
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This is a light read, and an engaging story. First in the series, it sets the stage for the Elm Creek Quilters school which is followed in subsequent books. The writing is pretty simple, not requiring a lot of the reader. But, if you want to have an enjoyable escape, this story will charm you. It is even more enjoyable for quilters.
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I enjoyed learning about each one of the characters. The main story is about relationships, the different kinds and a persons reaction to them. I finished The Quilter's Apprentice saying where can I get this. A week of Quilting/scrapbooking with nothing else stopping me from enjoying the activity and the people I an with. I have already picked up book 2.

Great to spend the afternoon reading in the park.
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Wonderful story. Love all things historical and vintage. I am a quilter and of course I enjoy that part too. Can't wait to read all the follow up stories by Jennifer Chiaverini
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Such a pleasant read with all the details and description a quilter could hope for. This first in the series is sure to be a starter for the whole lot by Chiaverini.
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i love this series,great reading.
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Sarah McClure and her husband, Matt, have just moved to Waterford, PA. While Matt finds work with a landscape company, Sarah, an accountant, wants to try something new. With no leads and no offers, she is depressed and frustrated. When elderly Sylvia Compson asks Sarah to help prepare her family estate for sale, Sarah finds new friends, and Sylvia, a master craftswoman, agrees to teach Sarah how to quilt. Sarah's new relationship inspires an exchange of confidences; she learns about Sylvia's "family skeletons" while facing her own difficult relationship with her mother. Patiently piecing scraps of material, the quilters explore both women's lives, stitching details and solutions together slowly but with courage and strength. Chiaverini, a quilter herself, has pieced together a beautiful story in this first novel. Sarah and Matt are a charming couple who prove that problems really do have solutions. Women?daughters, sisters, and mothers?will enjoy it.
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loved it could not put it down.
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Charming. An easy read, realistic characters, sweet story of friendship across generations.
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A ho hum book. Not bad, but not so good that I actually cared what happened to anyone. Very predictable and a good antidote for insomnia.
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In this first book in the Elm Creek Quilts series, Sarah unravels the mysteries of Elm Creek Manor as she tries to find a place for herself in a new town.
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This is the book tht started my love for all the Elm creek book series. BEWARE once you start reading these series you can't stop
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Enjoyable series even if you are not a quilter. I found I did enjoy learning more about what goes into making a quilt and the process, even though I will probably never attempt it. My grandmother was an excellent quilter, but only living near her till I was four, I never had the opportunity to learn these things from her.

I liked the building of the relationship between an older and younger woman. They both came out richer for it by the end of the book. I look forward to seeing what happens between them in the next book.
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excellent book. Esp if you like/love to quilt
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I'm an avid quilter so this appealed to me. It's a sweet story about friends and family getting closer through a quilt project and it gives quilt samples, but not instruction. CUTE!
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What a great book!!! First in the series!
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Loved it! Eager to read more. Knowledge of quiltmaking not necessary, but an appreciation would help.
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Totally predictable, but very sweet story.
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If you are a quilter you will enjoy this book. I think the writing is a little simplistic, and the story could use a few more details, but it was overall a fun read. I love quilting, so I really connected with the quilting aspects.
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I enjoyed this book, will look for more in the series.
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A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Great book! This is the book that started my addiction to the Elm Creek series! I love them all! I love that this book gives such a great foundation for the series! A wonderful book!
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I LOVE this series!
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Kind of a thin story, a bit too Polly-Annish for me. The bits about the actual quilting the characters do was lacking in detail, the plot was predictable: unemployed young woman hooks up with a wealthy, sharp-tongued older quilt-maker who has family secrets; helps her resolve them while learning quilting from her; everything ends up impossibly rosy.
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A great book to read when looking for something quick and simple. It was a heartwarming story with interesting historical tidbits about quilting. There was enough mystery to keep the reader interested without too much suspense. An enjoyable read! Recommend it!
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Oh I am going to love this series
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Excellent story. Loved it. Can't wait to read book #2.
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and an easy read.
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It was an interesting read. I enjoyed hearing about the techniques of quilting and the different quilt patterns. I am planning to pass the book along to my sister-in-law who quilts. The story within the story was intriguing.
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This was a charming book that, while predictable, was a fun summer read. It was also fascinating to read the steps for building a quilt and learn some of the terminology and quilt pattern histories.
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This is the book that started the Elm Creek Series. I loved the entire book and cant wait to read all the others in this series.
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Good Refreshing
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when sarah and her husband matt, move to waterford, PA, she hopes to make a fresh start in the small college town. unable to find a job, she takes a temporary position at elm creek manor helping its owner , Sarah,prepare her family estate for sale. sylvia is also a master quilter & as part of sarah's compensation, offers to share the secrets of her creative gifts with the younger woman. sarah's life begins to emerge, a story of a young women living through the hardships of world war II: of a family torn apart by jealousy and betrayal, misunderstanding and loss, and tragedy that can never be undone.
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Wonderful book