Sweet Strings ~ revealed

Sweet Strings is complete! The un-embroidery and re-embroidery is complete. I decided instead of wandering out, in the bright and blistering cold, to stick with the picture I took last week, when there was no snow, even if it is a bit brighter than does the colors justice. I can not imagine I could do any better with the way the sun was reflecting today.

Deer in the yard

Because the colors of this quilt reminded me so much of candy colors, Smarties in particular and because it is a string quilt, I chose to name it Sweet Strings. It is the second, no make that third, (no picture of Hugo’s), string quilt I’ve made. My base blocks use a piece of printer paper cut square, so 8 1/2″. Once they have been quilted, then washed and crinkled, my blocks are 7 1/2″.

Sweet Strings quilt @ Sewfrench

Sweet Strings
38″ x 46″
Machine pieced, Machine quilted.
2013
Created for A Mother’s Hope.

I’d like to try a larger block, string quilt, next time. I bought yards of a white cotton that turned out to be too thin for quilts, not quite the bargain it seemed…. but I think it will be perfect for the foundation piecing of a string quilt. Plus I won’t have to peel it all away, like you do with paper, I’ll just leave it for a thin extra layer.

And as for my book finish this week….

Townie Andre Dubus III Townie by Andre Dubus III won’t get out of my head.  I really enjoyed it. I always think it is interesting to see where people come from and how they got to where they are going and the circumstances, along the way, that caused them to take the path they did. This one I picked up while browsing the library. I had no idea who this guy was, and why he wrote his memoir, but I liked the book description.

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed – or killing someone else. He signed on as a boxer.

Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark – or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.

This book takes place in and around Boston. Andre is in and out of Haverhill, Lynn, Salem…. all small towns we have visited on our last two trips out there. To have the first hand experience of being there, seeing the lay of the land and history of the area made it especially fun. Andre Dubus III also wrote House of Sand and Fog, a National Book Award finalist in 1999 and made into the 2003 movie, maybe you read (or saw) it?
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18 Responses to Sweet Strings ~ revealed

  1. So pretty! Love those soft beautiful colors… and thank you for the book recommendation too. I loved the House of Sand and Fog and have also enjoyed some of his short stories.

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  2. Maribeth says:

    I love the colors too! BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  3. citricsugar says:

    It is very sweet! Fun fact: what you call smarties, Canadians call rockets. Smarties for us (and UK) are candy-coated chocolate similar to but a little flatter than M&Ms.

    I’ll be adding the book to my ever-growing list of things I’ll probably not get a chance to read. I really must make more of an effort… lol.

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  4. mtetar says:

    You sure had a fun, and nice time stringing your quilt. It is beautiful, and so are the colors. http://projectsbyMtetst.wordpress.com

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  5. The string quilt is beautiful!

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  6. Teje says:

    Hi! ‘Sweet Strings’ is so beautiful! In the photo it has same sweet colours as the lovely photo of Bambies! That photo is like from a fairy-tale! I have never made a string quilt; would be nice to try! x Teje

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  7. Tabatha says:

    I love your sweet string quilt, it’s so soft and feminine. I really love string quilts, I just can’t push myself through the bordem of making them. ~ Tabatha at BendingPins.com ~

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  8. Annabella says:

    Popping over from TGIFF – your finish is so sweet and the name perfect. Thanks for the book review.

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  9. Sevi says:

    Sweet Strings is beautiful! I absolutely love the colors.

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  10. Lynette says:

    Whoop Whoop 🙂 Yes – this one sure is soft and sweet. 🙂

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  11. Wow, it’s beautiful! I love the soft colours and asymmetrical design!

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  12. salliesue says:

    Whoop whoop! That’s a wonderful quilt – soft and sweet looking!

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  13. Pattilou says:

    Love the way you place your string blocks and I think those soft colors look great! Really a nice quilt.

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  14. Shauna says:

    Beautiful quilt – soft and sweet! I love it and the pattern.

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  15. What a beautiful, sweet quilt!

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  16. meagangracie says:

    Such a beautiful quilt!

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