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A Note From the Editor

I recently went through my closet full of neatly folded quilts and wondered what I was going to do with all of them. I have holiday quilts and seasonal quilts that I bring out at different times of the year. And there are quilts that are special for one reason or another. But there are also lots of quilts that I make just because -- to try a new technique or from a pattern that I like -- lots of different reasons and lots of quilts. My family members have all have received multiple quilts from me, so what am I going to do with all of these quilts?

My youngest son is a firefighter nearby. I went through my stack of quilts, picked out 12 and gave them to his department to use as comfort quilts for victims of fires or accidents, or when they thought a quilt hug might be appropriate. This is the second time I have donated 12 quilts to his station. When I was there making my donation, they shared the story of one recipient of a quilt. A lady who had collected owl knickknacks lost everything to a house fire. Without looking at the quilts, a quilt was chosen to give to her. It just happened to have owls on it, and she was extremely touched by the generous offer. These are the stories I like to hear.

In this issue, we are featuring quilts made using precuts -- strips, squares, fat quarters -- all different types of precuts. Any of these quilts would make nice donation quilts or gifts when the need arises. If you don’t have prepackaged strips or squares, you can easily cut leftover fabrics into 2 1/2"-wide strips or 5" or 10" squares to use in these projects.

In addition, Part 2 of Wendy Sheppard’s Norfolk quiltalong with two companion projects, as well as fun summer designs, are also included in this issue.

Grab an ice-cold beverage, pull up a cozy chair and enjoy the different quilts featured in this issue. As usual, we’d love to see what you make from these patterns. You can share your quilts on our Instagram page @quiltersworld using the hashtag #myQWmake. We’d love to see what you make.

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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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