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A Note From the Editor

New Beginnings

Life is full of changes as we've all seen this past year. Who could have guessed that we'd be in the middle of a pandemic, sheltering in place, wearing masks whenever leaving home, and not seeing friends and family in person? This past year has brought another change for me as well—a new beginning. I am pleased and honored to take over the role of editor of this wonderful magazine.

I have many years of experience in the quilting industry, both in publishing and designing, and want to share my experience with you. You'll still find the best information and products in the industry in Quilter's World magazine, along with wonderful patterns appealing to all tastes and skill levels. I want to inspire you and guide you through the quilting process. Whether you're new to the craft or a seasoned quilter, you'll find something within these pages that appeals to you.

While we have a talented group of designers whose names you're familiar with and will continue to see, you'll also find some designers who are new to Quilter's World and will bring their inspiring and creative patterns to you. In this issue, check out Buttercup Bouquet by Erin Russek, a delightful handappliqué project great for those hours spent at home or as a take-along project. On page 52, she shares her turned-edge appliqué technique with step-by-step photos and clear instructions. Another designer new to this magazine is Scott Flanagan, a talented designer whose specialty is working with precut 2 1/2" strips. His stunning Stretched Stars Sampler is a definite must-make quilt!

In this issue, we also have part one of a four-part sampler quilt with many different quilting techniques to build or reinforce your quilting skills. The first three blocks of Daydream can be found on page 8.

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful ride. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Email me at editor@quiltersworld.com.

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Carolyn Beam, 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 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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