Carolyn Beam, Creative Editor
Sewing and crafts of all kinds have interested me since I was a little girl growing up in Illinois. I took my first quilting class over twenty years ago when my husband and I relocated to Virginia and have been hooked ever since. My husband's job kept us moving and each time we relocated, I became active in local quilt guilds and small quilting groups. I have found that quilters everywhere are always caring, friendly and a perfect way to meet new people. Over the years I have made some great friends and developed some lasting relationships through my quilting experiences.
Traditional quilts are my favorites, and I started traveling around the country to teach and lecture about them at quilt guilds and quilt stores. I soon began designing my own patterns. Designing quickly became my passion, and I started my own pattern company. I continue to love all the aspects of quiltmaking from designing, selecting fabrics, to quilting the finished product.
I get to spend my days working with designers looking for new projects to bring to Quiltmaker along with all the aspects of writing and editing quilt patterns and special features, including Design Studio. It's all part of making this great magazine come alive for our readers.