Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Chance to Learn

Our quilt guild hosted a teacher this week named Charlotte Agnotti.  I had not heard of her before, but she teaches at shows around the country and publishes a number of patterns.  She talked at our guild meeting on Tuesday night and showed 5 or 6 quilts that are in her new book.

On Wednesday she led a class for our guild.  I opted to take the class as we don;t often get national teachers.  The pattern that she selected was very very basic, so not much challenge.  The pattern includes lots of hourglass blocks.  Charlotte uses the Easy Angle ruler to make them.  I have such a ruler, of course, but had never used it, so was anxious to learn how she uses it and hopefully discover how to eliminate the wasted time and fabric associated with making HST's with oversized squares.  Much to my dismay, Charlotte's method still requires oversizing, trimming and waste.  So it was worth trying to learn how to use the ruler, but I probably won't change my way of making HST's.

At the end of the day, I had these two blocks done.  I really expected to have much more finished, but there was a lot of cutting and a lot of chatting.  It was a nice day overall and I got a chance to talk to several of the other students.

The color scheme of a black background and batik colors is way out of my comfort zone.  I have been
collecting batiks for years, so I was excited to be able to use them.  


  1. Very striking....brings back memories of the days I did a few Amish styled quilts. Still like them!!!

  2. I LOVE batiks with black--and it is so far from my comfort zone, it isn't even in the same time zone. These blocks are beautiful, but I can see how you would have expected to get more done.

  3. Kris: Go to Hunter~~she explains very clearly how to use the Easy Angle w/out any waste. Your HSTs come out perfect! Trust me...I was one that went bigger then more!