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"Liberated String Quilts" Book Review posted: 6/20/2005
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
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Title: Liberated String Quilts: 20 Foundation-Free Projects
Author: Gwen Marston

Publisher: C & T Publishing
Pages: 96
Suggested Retail Price: $24.95
ISBN #: 1-57120-207-2

Review: By Dori Hawks

Gwen Marston’s philosophy is “Work intuitively, Don’t over intellectualize.” She says “string quilts have always been made by sewing strings together randomly, and that very randomness is an essential artistic characteristic of string quilts. The thing about random is that you cannot plan it.”

So, just do it! This “liberated” idea of Gwen’s is so much fun! Sometime after you have been working on a particularly exacting quilt project, be it appliqué or piecing, put that project aside and cut strips of fabric and have fun making some string quilts. Don’t plan, just randomly pick up a strip and sew it to another. What a way to lessen the stress of a busy day!

Gwen has over 20 projects with variations of these projects, so you will have an unlimited number of string quilts you can make from this book. With a history of antique, clear instructions, added tips along the way, “Liberated String Quilts” is a very worthwhile and inspirational book.

This would be a great book to inspire a weekend quilt retreat. Everyone brings they cut strips (strings) and puts them in a big pile. Each quilter pulls out a handful and starts making one of the projects from this book.

Have fun – be liberated in your quiltmaking! Add this to your personal or guild library. Look for this book at your local quilt shop!

C & T Publishing, Inc.
P.O. Box 1456 Lafayette, CA 94549

©2005 Dori Hawks

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