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A Note From the Editor

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
-- Mark Twain

A lot can be accomplished in a small amount of time if you have a plan. As a summer approaches and family commitments, vacations and chores take over our every moment, quilting tends to take a backseat. I've found that if I plan ahead and line up my projects, and prepare and cut them out, I manage to quilt all year round. At this time of year I have to take advantage of an unexpected free afternoon or a rainy day if I want to quilt.

In my planning I try to be prepared and have at the ready a fun take-along project, a scrappy possibility, and one or two other quilt projects that I know I can pick up and work on as time allows. Usually this means a project with easy blocks or units. Summer is that season when quick and easy quilt projects are needed even more if a quilter wants to continue sewing though this busy time. In this issue we have compiled projects that are just what you need.

Keeping in mind the time element, we've put together a collection of bright, fun, quick and easy projects of all skill levels for your to choose from for your summer enjoyment. The perfect project to take along for traveling is Grandma's Doll Quilt. You can even learn English paper piecing while you travel. Triangle Maze, Take a Spin, Triangles in Motion and Confetti will all help brush up your skills with piecing triangles, not to mention that you'll end up with a stunning quilt. If you're looking or a great project to work on when you have a bit of free time, but you don't mind a slower pace, Daisy Chain Throw is your project. This summer issue has 17 projects just waiting for your selection.

So sit back with this issue of Quilter's World and plan out your summer projects now!

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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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