The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini takes place primarily at Elm Creek Manor, Sylvia Compson's girlhood home and family estate. Elm Creek Manor is located in the fictional town of Waterford, Pennsylvania. The author writes, "Elm Creek Manor is fictional, but the red barn on the estate is based upon a real barn in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania that has been restored and turned into a theater-in-the-round for a local community theater group, the State College Community Theatre. The fictional town of Waterford, Pennsylvania is based upon State College, Pennsylvania -- but Waterford is much smaller, just as Waterford College is much smaller than Penn State." Jennifer discovered too late to change The Quilter's Apprentice that there is an actual town of Waterford, Pennsylvania!
In the book, Mrs. Compson teaches the much younger Sarah McClure how to quilt by having her create a sampler quilt. Two of the blocks in Sarah's Sampler Quilt fit perfectly with the setting of the book. The first block is the
Chimneys and Cornerstones Quilt Block. When the author created the sampler quilt, she arranged the pieces differently than is shown in the pattern. Check out her Sarah's Sampler Quilt here: http://elmcreek.net/gallery/quilts/sarahs-sampler if you want to make the block just like she did.
The Lancaster Rose Quilt Block would also be a good one for the setting of Elm Creek Manor in Waterford, Pennsylvania. I am sorry that I cannot find a pattern for it online. However, there is a pattern available in the book Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired by The Elm Creek Quilts Novels. I checked it out from my local library, so maybe you can find it in your local library, too.
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