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A Note From the Editor

Quilting feeds my soul—it’s my creative outlet and sometimes my therapy. It’s something that I do for myself, but it also warms my heart when I give a quilt and see the smile it brings to the recipient’s face or hear how much it meant to someone. Quilting for others also lets me play with fabrics or colors that I don’t normally use when making quilts for my own home.

There are many projects in this issue that would make great gifts, and several work up quickly. Our theme for this issue is precuts, so a lot of prep work can be eliminated.

Did you know that fabric companies started selling precut bundles as a way to promote their new fabric lines so customers could easily match colors and patterns? From fat quarter bundles to strip or square packs, precuts are a great time-saver and make quilting projects easier and faster. And who can resist the precut displays in quilt stores? I’m always drawn to them and usually pick up a pack or two! Check out Scott Flanagan’s Jelly Roll Checkerboard or Linked Together, or Palmer Chlumsky's Windward Sailing among several other precut-friendly designs.

You’ll also find some great summer-themed projects in this issue, including two patriotic quilts and fun table toppers as well as a large tote and darling book pillow for your book-loving child.

Whether making a gift or a project to use in your own home, there are many options to choose from in this issue. Pull up a chair and start browsing through this fun issue while making your plans for summer sewing.


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Carolyn Beam, editor

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Carolyn Beam is the Editor of Quilter's World. She has been quilting for over 40 years and has been in the quilt publishing business for 15 years.

She took her first quilting class when her oldest son was a baby and hasn't stopped since. She has traveled the country teaching and lecturing and has had many original designs published in books and magazines. Besides making quilts for family and friends, she also makes quilts to donate to the fire department her youngest son works for.

Carolyn is married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson. Besides quilting, Carolyn enjoys all crafts, golf, snowshoeing and hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado where she lives.

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