A Note From the Editor
"Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way."
-- Joichi Ito
There's not a better time of year to start a quilting project or to learn a new quilting technique than in the winter. The thrill of making last-minute Christmas gifts or planning and starting new projects for after the holidays is what this issue is all about. If you find yourself with extra time before the holidays why not make a few very unique gifts for a few of the very special people on your gift list? There are several great projects you may want to consider, like the Winter Birds ornaments or the Hexie Snowman mug rug. You could easily make a set of Christmas Cabin Place Mats for your table or maybe for a dear friend. A handmade gift from the heart will be cherished and remembered for years to come.
If you're looking for a great project to start off the new year, well, we have those too. Why not try A Little Bit of Christmas? It's the perfect stash buster for cleaning out the scrap basket. Actually, you could use any theme or color group to make this a special project. Maybe you've been collecting themed fabrics and need the perfect quilt pattern to put it all together.
Do you have an upcoming baby shower to attend? There are two great projects for babies in this issue. One is made with a panel, and one is made with fat quarters. Both would make great shower gifts.
Go ahead and page through this issue for some fantastic ideas to inspire you to get started right away. Once again our fabulous designers have met the challenge for fresh new designs, ideas and inspiration.
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.