Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday at the Table

It kind of feels like the last 10 days or so vanished into thin air. The cold I told you about last week kept me down for a while, but there was at least one up-side. Though I didn't feel like doing much, reading felt pretty effortless, and I managed to make it clear through Delicious! which I really enjoyed. Now what?
Since my recent post about foodie books, your suggestions on what to read next have just kept on coming - thank you! I thought it might be helpful to have them listed in one place - for you and for me. So here they all are! I marked the ones I've read with an '*' . . . you can see I have plenty more to choose from!
  1.  A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg*
  2. Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg*
  3. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl*
  4. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl*
  5. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl*
  6. Delicious: A Novel by Ruth Reichl*
  7. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
  8. The Tuscan Year: Life and Food in an Italian Valley by Elizabeth Romer
  9. Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson 
  10. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn*
  11. On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrman Loomis
  12. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé: A Novel (Chocolat) by Joanne Harris
  13. My Life in France by Julia Child*
  14. Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop
  15. American Pie: Slices of a Life (and Pie) From America's Back Roads by Pascale La Draoulec
  16. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
  17. Fried Green Tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
  18. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin*
  19. More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin*
  20. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  21. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
  22. How to Cook a Wolf by M. F. K. Fisher 
  23. Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunée
  24. Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home--A Memoir by Lise Funderburg
  25. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp
  26. The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
  27. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones*
  28. anything by Anthony Bourdain...
  29. ...Calvin Trillin
  30. ...Michael Pollan
  31. ...Elizabeth David
  32. ...Claudia Roden 
  33. ...Nigel Slater
  34. ...Marcus Samuelsson

Monday, July 28, 2014

July Bee Blocks and Such

Time for a block round up for July! Believe it or not, we had to twist PatchworknPlay's arm to let us make blocks for her in the Mid-Century Modern Bee this month! She gave in, asked for star blocks, and I chose an adaptation on Megan's Star by Maverick Quilts in Modern Blocks.

It was Christmas in July in That Stash Bee, where mihertz had us make either a 4-patch or a 9-patch AND a 16-patch or a 36-patch in Christmasy fabrics. I was reminded how much I like those chartreuse Metro Living Rings with Christmas fabrics as I put that block on the right together. I used up my last little bit, so I ordered more to put with my Christmas stash.

As I may have already mentioned, FAITH Circle is making Postcard blocks for me this month, with solid or tone-on-tone "fronts". Here's several that have shown up in the group so far.
I redid these blocks after I noticed my measurements were off on the first set. Hope these are ok @aquilterstable. For July #faithcircle #dogoodstitches blocks #postcardblocks

Postcard blocks for Do Good Stitches Faith Circle July 2014.

And though not technically bee blocks, I did make 2 blocks for the giving committee of our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. These are 2 of the suggested blocks of the month. First I made a hashtag block, using some crazy-piecing left over from last fall's Crazy Rainbow.
Next was a wonky star, using the tutorial by The Silly BooDilly, using our signature guild colors of aqua/light blue, citron green, greys and white/ivory/neutrals. Blocks are being collected for charity quilts in  4.5″, 6.5″ or 12.5″ (unfinished) - these 2 are both 12.5".

So that's it for miscellaneous blocks for this month! Enjoyable, but it's always a relief when they're done!