Saturday, 3 October 2015

off the bookshelf

I can't resist a good book, can you? 
Here's what caught my eye at the library this week...



First up... "Unconventional & Unexpected American Quilts below the Radar" by Roderick Kiracofe, a wonderful collection of quilts from between 1950-2000. These are quilts not often seen, quirky, improvisational, and sometimes not perfectly made, but a visual delight!



From the kitchen..."Healthy Every Day" by Pete Evans, a judge for one of those cooking programs. He tends towards the Paleo way, but there are no hard & fast rules. I enjoy trying out new recipes, but tend to pick ones that use what I normally have here in the pantry. I'll test a couple out this weekend, like his 'super summer salad', and 'spiced crispy chicken' using quinoa flakes - which I do have in the pantry - frying organic chicken first then baking it. A few of these recipes do call for a few ingredients that I will need to go shopping for first though! There's a section on cultured food, one of the oldest ways of preserving but seems to be the newest craze just now!



And in the post this week... The Tula Pink Colouring Book, just perfect for the 'rainy day drawer'! I think I'll photocopy some pages and Olive & I can get busy colouring-in next time we have a rainy day.































back soon with a sewing update
Linda


11 comments:

  1. I enjoyed looking through that American Quilt book - saw the Tula book at Ribbon Rose the other day too. Have fun colouring!!

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  2. Your photo from the Roderick Kiracofe quilt book really caught my eye. So I looked him up on Google ( just imagine having collected 150 quilts! Where does he store them?!) and then followed up the book on Amazon. Some great reviews there. I think I will have to put this book on my Christmas wish list. I love the idea of utility quilts and using every scrap of fabric so I think this will be a book that stimulates my imagination. You are lucky that your library has bought it. Our libraries are very short of money so I don't think there is a lot of new book buying.

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    1. Hi Linda. I am very fortunate to have a building that was originally a milking barn, now referred to as the Quilt Barn, where I store the quilts and unfinished tops when they are not out on exhibition. Hope you get your Christmas wish! Roderick Kiracofe

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    2. Wow! How amazing to see a reply from you - the author himself! Thank you for your comment. I hope the book appears under our Christmas Tree!

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  3. I LOVE Roderick's book! I got to see some of those quilts up close last week. Will post them soon. So glad you have it in your library.

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    1. Hi Lee Ann,Yes, I’m enjoying the book immensely! Some of those quilts that aren’t ‘perfectly pieced’ are really very endearing. Linda

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  5. Thank you for posting! Glad your library has the book for many to enjoy. Roderick Kiracofe

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    1. Thanx for stopping by & commenting. I love your book! No chance of bringing an exhibition over to NZ?

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    2. I would LOVE to do that! I need a "connection" there. Roderick

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  6. I bought the book as soon as it became available, I had read about the release on Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog.
    A beautiful book which lives on my coffee table! How fun that Roderick Kiracofe read your comments - especially your question re an exhibition here in NZ!!! Good on you.

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