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A Note From the Editor

"Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been."
—Alan Alda


Imagine what you can accomplish with vision and imagination. I think you will find everything you need in this issue to create that special quilt. As always, our designers have outdone themselves. We have everything from table accents to queen-size bed quilts.

This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to family, gift-giving and giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. It's a time for reflection. Our theme for this issue offers everything needed to make long-lasting traditions, thoughtful quilted gifts and unforgettable memories. As an added bonus we've also included several lap-size quilts perfect for charity giving, along with color options for many others to give you the visuals you need to support causes near and dear to your heart.

Whether it's the autumn colors, the family gatherings or the holidays that inspire you to quilt, we have projects for them all. The Autumn Dresdens Table Runner on page 95 would be perfect to dress up your Thanksgiving table. If Christmas is what you're decorating for, try the Gifts of the Season on page 14. Maybe you're looking for fun ways to use your stash. Well, there are several ideas that use smaller amounts of fabric. A gift that's made is a treasure that
will stay in the heart for years to come.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to jump-start your holiday quilting!

All best,

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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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