|Eight Hands Around Quilt Block|
Of her first novel The Quilter's Apprentice, Jennifer Chiaverini wrote, "I wanted to write about women and their work, and about valuing the work we as women choose to do. . . I believe that if our work is worth the time, energy, and talent we commit to it, we ought to value it, especially if we expect other people to do the same. If we don't value this work to which we turn over so much of our lives, then we ought to do something else. Friendship was another theme I wanted to explore, especially women's friendships and the way women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture each other."
from Elm Creek Quilts by Jennifer Chiaverini and Nancy Odom
In The Quilter's Apprentice, Mrs. Compson teaches Sarah McClure how to quilt and has her make a sampler quilt to learn different skills and techniques. The author made a Sarah's Sampler Quilt, which you can view here: http://elmcreek.net/gallery/quilts/sarahs-sampler I thought it would be fun this month to make a block from Sarah's Sampler Quilt to represent our April book selection, The Quilter's Apprentice.
The author chose to include the Hands All Around block and the Sister's Choice block in Sarah's Sampler Quilt because they represent themes in the book. The Hands All Around block represents the theme of work. I could not find a pattern for it online. However, it is found in Elm Creek Quilts: Quilt Projects Inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts Novels by Jennifer Chiaverini and Nancy Odom. However, this Eight Hands Around Quilt Block has a similar theme, and its pattern is found online. (It also contains NO curved seams!)
The Sister's Choice block represents the theme of friendship in the book. (It also represents the theme of sibling rivalry and conflict between Mrs. Compson and her sister Claudia.) This pattern for the Sister Star Quilt Block is exactly like the pattern for the Sister's Choice block with some slight color changes. (In the quilt block below, the green squares become green rectangles, and the only tan block is the one in the center.)
|Sister Star Quilt Block|
What work have you found meaningful in your life? It can be paid, unpaid, or volunteer work. Please answer in the comments section below. Inquiring minds want to know!
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