We interrupt this tour of France and the European Patchwork Meeting to bring you breaking news: I finished the Chuck Nohara Quilt Top!
Above are the Chuck Nohara blocks that Susan and I chose; we took turns choosing blocks to make–four a month, which sometimes about did me in. I’ll have you know that she is ALL DONE with her quilt. (I took this photo inside, the quilt smoothed up on my design wall, so all the blocks were visible.)
And then we made signature blocks for each other, to commemorate that year-plus of making weensy little fussy blocks. (How did we decide to do this? Blame the Chuck Nohara QAL Instagram Feed.) The above signature block is hers, surrounded by my tiny plus-sign blocks and the final star borders. I have other posts tagged with “Chuck Nohara” so you can either click on the label at the bottom of this one to get more info, or do a search in the box to the right.
Here’s my signature block. Do I love love this quilt? Parts of it, most of it. If I had another millennium, I might have tried something different besides the two borders, then star borders. Let me rephrase that… I DID try a lot of different things but nothing clicked to me (now I have a lot of cut fabric for string blocks). At some point, the old mantra clicked in my head: “Better done, than perfect” as well as “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”
Sometimes it’s fine to have some good quilts. I love so much of what I learned with this quilt–so many different techniques. But I’m also glad it’s at this spot. I’ll bring it back when I finish quilting it, but for now, I’m putting it up on the 200 Quilts List.