A Note From the Editor
"There is much to discover that's not on the back cover!"
-- E.A. Bucchianeri
Making a quilt is more than fabric selection, cutting, piecing and stitching. It has a story. It begins with a thought or an inspiration. Maybe it's a color or possibly a novel you read that sparks the idea for a particular look or the direction you want to go. Quilting inspiration can come from many sources. How we get our inspiration isn't as important as how we choose to use it. Quilter's World strives to be that source.
We've painstakingly collected a superb collection of projects from some of the best designers in the industry today. This issue is so much more than just another issue. The projects were selected with you in mind.
There are five quilts inspired by great American novels: The Great Gatsby, Sophie's Choice, Little Women, The Awakening and The Red Badge of Courage. All are outstanding quilts with many possibilities. Celebrate an era or the memory of one of your favorite books.
If you're forced to budget your quilt time, maybe the Nesting Bread Baskets on page 104 or Beach Calypso on page 52 is the project for you. Both can easily be made in an afternoon, and you probably have everything you need in your sewing room to complete each one.
The Vintage Review & Renew is a new feature that revisits vintage patterns and updates techniques for construction. You may find this a good read and inspiration to start your next project. Or if you love to read about other quilters' experiences, Calico Connections on page 96 is worth your time.
Whatever you're looking for, I'm sure you'll find it in this issue -- great patterns, inspiration past and present, and great products. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I did as I was putting it together for you.
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.