I(Char Hopeman) have been a quilter for over 30 years. My passion is designing and teaching. I've lived in the Midwest most of my life. My husband and I have two daughters and three(soon to be 4) grandchildren.
As a child I spent many summers visiting the family farm in Iowa. Some of my favorite memories are of staying at my grandmother's little cottage bungalow. She had a large garden and loved flowers. She made simple tied quilts for each of us and was very influential in my desire to learn to quilt.
A lot of my design inspiration comes from old traditional quilt blocks. I enjoy looking for fun blocks to piece using today's quilting techniques.
While looking for a way to strip-piece an old block called Left and Right from the 1930's, I ended up inventing the ZIG-ZAG Ruler. It allows you to create a diagonally pieced square without cutting templates by using simple strip-sets. I then designed a series of patterns and projects to use with the ruler. Each of the patterns are suited for the average quilter and have instructions for at least three quilt sizes.
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