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A Note From the Editor

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable."
-- William Pollard

Quilting can always be creative if you challenge yourself. When the craft starts to feel like the same old activity, change it up. Try a new technique, size or style of project. You can always refresh and restart. Make the decision to tackle that quilt you've been wanting to make. You can do it if you want to. It only takes the will to start.

Our theme for this issue of Quilter's World is "Out of the Box." Our designers have a way of meeting our challenges and bringing you outstanding quilts and projects that will not only challenge your creativity but also inspire you to learn and grow. Many quilters find curved piecing intimidating and shy away from it. Well, if you're one of those quilters, now is the time to jump in feet first; select one of the many quilts in this issue and make it happen. You can do it. There's no time like the present to start. And if curved quilting isn't for you, we have many other great options.

Don't forget to also sign up for the drawing to win the original Happily Inc. Quilt designed and quilted by Jenel Looney, "virtual assistant" to best-selling author Susan Mallery and quilter extraordinaire. Here's your chance to not only make this lovely quilt, but also win it. It's the perfect quilt to make and cuddle up under while you read Mallery's Happily Inc. book series. You'll love every page.

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Carolyn S. Vagts, editor

PS. Did you know that Quilter's World is published by Annie's, a family-owned company that dates back to 1925? We share your passion for creative expression and your love of home and family. Annie's publishes seven different magazines, and we're a leading source of craft patterns, supplies and kits! If you'd like to see the full range of creative products from Annie's, just visit our website at Annies-Publishing.com. Also, you can join the Quilter's World conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/QuiltersWorldMag.

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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