Chuck Nohara Blocks, and This N’ That

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It’s Chuck Nohara update time, as I just finished my last block for September.  This is how one of them started: a wonky mess.  I realized that while I had decided to paper piece this one, not each piece was identical to its brother/sister piece.  If you decide to do #CN1723 (which is how we identify them on Instagram), number the pieces from 1-8, so you get neighbors together, rather than mixing them up.  Yes, I unpicked it all and started again.

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Here are September’s blocks: #cn1723, #cn1105, #cn570, and #cn1454 (links are to IG).
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I cheated on the EPP on this one, as I first pieced together the four-patch, then treated it as one unit in the construction.chucknohara0916_4

Here they all are.  Now that we are getting closer to the end, I need to think about the shape I want to make.  I tend towards square quilts, so if that’s what I want to do, I only need four more.  Or eighteen.  (Maybe I won’t make it square.)kcity_1

You know already that I went to Kansas City, but I thought their restored Union Station was stunning, which includes the ornate ceiling and scrubbed-up chandeliers.
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The folks in Kansas City are rabid enthusiastic about their sports teams, as I’m sure you can see the Chiefs logo in one of the giant windows.
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While I was there I had a chance to sew on a new label for Starry Compass Rose, and it was good to see an old friend again.  Not only was my quilt an old friend, so were the people who work at Paintbrush Studios–it was Anne’s birthday and we all went to lunch to celebrate.  Yes, we sang to her in the restaurant–she is a lovely person and I was happy my trip coincided with her birthday.pbstudios_2 pbstudios_3

They do food big here; it was delicious (I took home the leftovers).  I think there’s a special feeling about the Midwest.  You kind of feel like the center of the universe there, with all the trains and planes and people having to go through there, or pass over there on the way to somewhere else.  I lived in the Midwest for a couple of years, and still have very fond memories (just not of the snow in the winter).shine_0916_back

Lastly, I finished Shine: The Circles Quilt, and have been photographing it in preparation to enter Road to California.  I’ll give a big reveal here in a couple of weeks after I finish some more photographs, but for now–it’s done by the deadline.

road-entry-for-2017Now comes the nerve-wracking waiting part.

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(I swiped this illustration from Susan’s blog: we are doing this Chuck stuff together.)

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8 thoughts on “Chuck Nohara Blocks, and This N’ That

  1. Hurray for Shine! I knew that once you settled on a border design, it wouldn’t take you long to execute. Can’t wait for the real reveal (what were all of those earlier reveals?). I certainly hope that it gets juried into RtC. As you know, I feel a particular fondness for this quilt (and one or sixteen more).

  2. I enjoy following your blog. You show me places I might never get to, and quilts I might never make. Although, I once dated a boy who moved from Auckland, NZ to Kansas City to study at the Church of the Nazarene college there. That was way back in the late 1980’s.

  3. You’re having way too much fun. I’m re-thinking this adjunct teacher thing. When I’m in a job interview and they ask why would I want ever to stop teaching itsonoble, I’m gonna say it’s because Elizabeth doesn’t have to grade papers anymore and LOOK at her! She’s not missing it. 😉

  4. I love that photo of your Shine: Circles quilt! It looks fabulous with the sun shining through it! I hope you have good news about its acceptance into the show! ( I love Harlan’s comment previous to mine- of course you wouldn’t miss grading papers!)

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