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A Note From the Editor

Fresh air! Throw open the windows and let in the spring breeze. It's time to shake out the rugs and sweep away the last vestiges of salt on the sidewalk now that winter's snow is melting away.

Little green daffodil stems are poking through the dirt and birds are chirping earlier and earlier each morning. Spring is buzzing outdoors and inside the pages of Just CrossStitch.

New patterns, happy colors and interesting articles made this issue a joy to put together.

If you like birds and flowers, you'll have plenty of designs to stitch. We have pictures and pillows that will make conversation pieces for you and your friends.

For the young at heart, we have a dreamy unicorn and an octet of kittens color-coordinated with a kitschy lampshade.

Our Sampler Sleuth found a piece from Haiti stitched by girls guided by Belgian nuns. The story shows how cross stitch crosses cultures with universal appeal.

The designer who reproduced Susanna Rambo's 1836 sampler provides insight into the motifs stitched by a young girl in this second of a three-part sampler series.

We also have more Double-Sided Fun to share, along with a lucky clover pincushion and other St. Patrick's-inspired patterns.

De Selby presents a modern beaded cross for Easter, and Cathy Bussi celebrates the holiday with an oval sampler.

Like the cheerful chickadees on a ruffled pillow, I couldn't be happier to wish you a wonderful spring and many pleasurable hours of stitching

Stay in stitches!

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Lillian Anderson, editor

Lilly Anderson is editor of Just CrossStitch magazine and a needlework fanatic. Starting as a child with printed cloth embroidery, Lilly progressed to counted cross stitch and never looked back. Lilly has degrees in English, business and education, and is a former newspaper copy editor and journalism teacher. Her aim is to bring readers the best, freshest cross-stitch designs, vintage samplers and features about trends, history and personalities in the world of cross stitch.
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