I have a new girlfriend and her name is Chuck Nohara. Like all of my girlfriends, she is charming, sweet with a bite of spice, witty and oh! so clever. This is her book, purchased from QuiltMania. She’s also worth her weight in euros — er, dollars — so get ready for that part, too. If you live near a quilt show that’s coming up, sometimes QuiltMania comes to quilt shows and you can escape the horrific international shipping costs. I admit only to the fact that I was in recovery from surgery when I was shopping and perhaps the drug-induced haze had something to do with it, but now I’m having fun.
suckered drawn into this by the adorably cute photos of her work on the #chucknoharaqal on Instagram, and as soon as I saw some of these blocks, I was hooked.
You can make over thousands of these blocks, hence the title “2001,” which does not refer to the year, but instead to the number of block drawings inside. There have been other Chuck Nohara books, and they are scarcer than hen’s teeth. QuiltMania republished her work (text is both in French and English) and so now we can get her designs. Because of course you want a new girlfriend, too.
This is the one that drew me in. I’m prepping up some of the blocks just to try them out. Susan of PatchworknPlay and I are going to join the quilt-a-long and do some of the blocks, too. If you jump in with us, head to Instagram and post up your blocks there.
I started by scanning the page I wanted, full-size. I then cut out my block, placed it on the copier bed and enlarged it until it measured 6″ on a side. For the birdhouse, I needed to enlarge it by 283%. But the cherries needed 301%. I have no idea why. Those mysteries are way beyond my pay grade.
A perfect little project to tote along to doctor appointments, on car trips, and on a journey to my father’s 90th birthday celebration.