The April book selection for the Quilters' Book Club is The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. It is the first of her Elm Creek Quilts novels.
The two main characters in The Quilter's Apprentice are Sylvia Bergstrom Compson (known as Mrs. Compson in the book) and Sarah McClure. As Sarah works to help Mrs. Compson prepare to sell her family home, Elm Creek Manor, Mrs. Compson teaches Sarah to quilt by making a sampler quilt. This quilt consists of twelve different blocks. Make one of the blocks from Sarah's Sampler Quilt, if you'd like, to represent the book The Quilter's Apprentice. You can see the author's version of the quilt here.
The very first quilt block that Mrs. Compson learns to make as a child is a Nine Patch. Sarah includes a Double Nine Patch in her Sampler Quilt. The pattern can be found here if you want to make that block to represent Sylvia Compson.
Sarah's grandmother makes her a Sawtooth Star quilt when she was a little girl. If you'd like to make a Sawtooth Star block to represent Sarah, the pattern can be found here.
A minor character in the story is Agnes Chevalier Bergstrom Emberly, Mrs. Compson's sister-in-law. (Sarah knows her only as Mrs. Emberly.) Sylvia Compson and her sister Claudia nickname Agnes "Bachelor Puzzle," later shortened to "Puzzle." If you'd like to make a Bachelor Puzzle block to represent Agnes, the pattern can be found here.
Mrs. Compson first taught Sarah to piece blocks by hand and then had her switch to a sewing machine to piece the rest of the blocks. Some of the Tangled Web members are definite hand piecers while others are machine piecers. Do you make an entire quilt by hand, by machine, or do you use both methods? Inquiring minds want to know! Please answer in the comment section below.
Remember that by posting a comment, you are also entering your name in my give-away of Marie Bostwick's latest book, Between Heaven and Texas. The winner will be announced on May 1.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.