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A Note From the Editor

There are thousands of quilt blocks available to quilters, but there is one block that has been a perennial favorite for over 100 years—the Log Cabin. While it’s a fairly simple block with its center square, half light logs and half dark logs, there are so many variations and block arrangements that give it versatility and keep it popular among quilters. For this issue, we asked our designers to use the Log Cabin block in a creative way, and our designers did not disappoint!

Personally, I have always been intrigued by the Log Cabin block and have used it and variations of it in many of my own quilts. Years ago, I did some research into the history of this popular block and found it had an interesting background. Many believe its origins go back to the mid-1800s during pioneer days, but there is evidence of similar designs on mummies in ancient Egypt. While many Log Cabin quilts are still made the traditional way, there are also many creative interpretations, some of which you can find on these pages. I think you’ll enjoy the variations our designers have come up with, from a pincushion to a king-size quilt.

In this issue, you can also find Part 1 of our new series quilt, Norfolk, designed by Wendy Sheppard. Two blocks will be included in each of our 2022 issues, along with an exclusive companion project. Wendy will also be hosting a quiltalong -- check out our Facebook page for more information.

Be sure to also check out our stashbusting projects, table runners and more in this issue. There’s something for everyone.


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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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