Friday, November 7, 2014

2001 patchwork blocks...



So many good books have arrived in the mail this fall and I'm hopelessly behind writing about them. This superb Quiltmania release is "2001 Nouveaux Blocs de Patchwork" by acclaimed Japanese quilter Chuck Nohara. While the title is in French the book includes an English translation.

Chuck Nohara set out to design 2001 original quilt blocks. The book is divided into themes such as creatures, furniture, vehicles, seasons, flowers, wreaths, hearts, ribbons, baskets, houses, log cabins, complex 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 patch blocks, hexagons, stars, curved blocks and double wedding rings. It is made up of a combination of colour photos and very precise black and white drawings. The breadth of the book is extraordinary and is a wonderful reference to design your own blocks, resize and rescale CH's blocks as they are or just admire the interesting way the fabrics are combined.


The book also contains a centerfold shot of a sampler quilt made using over 700 of these new blocks in Japanese fabrics for the Tokyo International Quilt Festival.  The reverse of this beautiful quilt is in red and white. If you are interested, "2001 Nouveaux Blocs de Patchwork" can be found here. Scroll down and click on the cover to see a detailed preview of the contents. There is also a Flickr group with some beautiful images devoted to Chuck Nohara inspired patchwork... Have a great weekend!




11 comments:

  1. You find the most interesting things! What are you thinking of making with the blocks?

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    1. I have no idea but am enjoying designing lots of fantasy quilts in my head:)

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  2. Oh my gosh! Is this guy crazy?! Looks like some really great blocks here.

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    1. Maybe a bit crazy?! Because of this quilter's name I imagine a huge sumo wrestler who sews to relax but apparently this Chuck is a tiny woman:)

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    2. Hi Chuck Nohara is a woman. I met her in 2003 at The Yokohama quilt show. Kerry

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  3. WOW. Very cool. Almost makes me dizzy :)

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  4. Wow! Talk about the endless possibilities!

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    1. And a great jumping off point for our own experiments too!

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  5. AMAZING wow. love the red and white!

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    1. Me too! It makes The Farmer’s wife quilt look kind of simple doesn’t it?!

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