“Suc­cess is where prepa­ra­tion and op­por­tu­nity meet.”

Quilter's World - - Editor’s Letter - —Bobby Unser

Not hav­ing enough time to pre­pare for quilt projects can some­times leave quil­ters find­ing them­selves with free time but no avail­able project to work on. In this su­per-busy world, plan­ning and pre­par­ing for my quilt­ing time has be­come so im­por­tant. I’ve found that us­ing the avail­able pre­cut fab­rics that are on the mar­ket to­day can some­times work to my ad­van­tage. I now col­lect pat­terns that are pre­cut user-friendly. I have cre­ated a binder with pos­si­ble pat­terns so I can find them with ease. You never know when plans will change, and I want to take ad­van­tage of that oc­ca­sional free af­ter­noon.

Our theme for this is­sue is Op­tions for Pre­cuts. You’ll find sev­eral great pat­terns you can start on that un­ex­pect­edly free af­ter­noon if you plan ahead. There are small and large projects in this is­sue. Tiny Bub­bles on page 54 or the Charm­ing Run­ner on page 58 are both smaller projects, but both have great style. De­pend­ing on what type of larger projects you may be look­ing for, we have a great se­lec­tion of those also. Over the Hills on page 50 and Oh, So Charm­ing on page 63 are both great quilts that could be made in a week­end or pos­si­bly a day if you have pre­pared for the project and have the pre­cuts on hand. And if you’re look­ing for an on­go­ing project with a bit of a chal­lenge to work on from time to time, you may want to check out Con­tem­po­rary Wed­ding Ring on page 16. This one is a must- do! Here you can cut your own 2½" strips from your color choices and still en­joy the con­ve­nience.

These are just a few of the great pat­terns we have for you. We also have won­der­ful cre­ative projects made with fab­ric yardage or from your scrap bas­ket and, of course, our reg­u­lar fea­tures. Don’t for­get to read Debby Brown’s col­umn for the be­gin­ner quil­ter. She al­ways has great tips for those of you learn­ing to quilt your own quilts. All in all, this is a great is­sue!

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