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A Note From the Editor

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
-- Pelé

Autumn, for many quilters, is a time to get back to work on quilting projects after summer chores, vacations and family obligations are behind them. Autumn is a time for inspiration. The beautiful colors of the trees, harvesting, and the coming cool nights by the fire are all part of the need to create. There is no time of the year more inspiring than autumn.

The autumn issue of Quilter's World is bursting with inspiration. The warm tones of the season can be seen throughout the pages. We have projects for the kitchen or dining room, for the living room and, of course, for the bedroom. If warm autumn colors are what inspire you this time of year, Fly South Now! (page 16) could be just what you're looking for. Or maybe Pumpkin on My Patch Topper (page 35) would suit your style more.

We have everything from whimsy to traditional in the colors of the season. We also have a few great projects to jump-start your Christmas stitching. There's no better time to start than now. We have a project ready and waiting no matter what amount of free time you have available. There are small projects that could easily be made in an afternoon, projects perfect for a fun weekend, and then there are those projects that will take a while. Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in this issue. Go ahead and turn the pages and be inspired.

Autumn is also a great time to tackle a new skill, so you might want to read Debby Brown's column on machine quilting on page 82. If learning to free-motion quilt is one of your goals, Debby can help you. Quilting success only takes time, knowledge and practice.


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Carolyn S. Vagts, editor

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Carolyn S. Vagts is a wife, mother, grandmother, quilt designer and the editor of Quilter's World magazine. She also has a successful quilt shop in Lake Orion, Mich. Carolyn has made a name for herself in the quilting world with her award-winning techniques of mixing traditional piecing with fusible art applique.

Carolyn's designs have been published regularly in several magazines, including Quilter's World. She has authored three quilting books, Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish, I Can Quilt and Learn to Quilt With Panels. She also lectures and teaches workshops to guilds and quilt venues.

The creative process has been a notable part of her life. She studied drawing, pottery and sculpture in college and received a Liberal Arts degree. She finally found her niche in quilting as a fiber artist. Her hope to bring a fresh new look to Quilter's World and inspiration for today’s quilters.

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