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A Note From the Editor

For most quilters the winter season is a time for inspiration. It starts with the holidays -- all the hustle and bustle of company, gifts and gatherings -- and then it slowly settles into a time to reflect and relax. The excitement eventually dies down, and life returns to a normal pace. This is the best time to try something new. It's a fresh new year, so why not step outside of your comfort zone and try a new technique or an entirely different color scheme for your next quilt project? Challenge yourself to experiment.

There are several fabulous projects you'll want to check out in this issue. If you want to concentrate on scraps, Flock of Geese on page 58 would be a perfect fit. Or maybe you want to celebrate the season with Bright Stars, a color study in blues, on page 10. Whatever your inclination, there is a project just for you.

Our Meet the Designer feature has an inspiring story about Marilyn Badger's journey to recovery after the loss of her husband and about her award-winning quilts. This is a must-read.

Think ahead. There are many projects that could start you on your way to the next holiday season. Imagine how wonderful it would feel to have a jump start on all the quilting you always run out of time for. This issue is bursting with great possibilities. You only have to turn the page.


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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 Annie's Publishing. 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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