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 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 in town. 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 today's beautiful quilt fabrics, but my passion is really working with old traditional quilt blocks, using today's quilting techniques to make quilts that look and feel like they could have been found in the attic of the old farmhouse.
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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