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A Note From the Editor

Welcome autumn! The air has started turning cooler, leaves have changed from their vibrant green to vivid shades of red, yellow, orange and purple, and the fall staples of hay bales, pumpkins and mums are making their way into stores and homes. I love this time of year, and even more, I love decorating for this time of year.

This October issue brings a bounty of autumnal colors and stitching projects to keep your needle and thread busy all season long. One of my favorite flowers is the hydrangea, and I am amazed by the Hydrangeas & Roses design on page 8. The colors and shading are perfect, and these blooms will never fade. Another showstopping design is Apple Bobbing & Broomsticks on page 18; this adorable design features a wide palette full of beautiful colors. If fall decor items are your preferred stitching treats, the Bountiful Harvest Coasters on page 14, the Totally Nuts Doorknob Hanger on page 22 and the Basket of Apples on page 69 will bring the crisp autumn season indoors. In this issue, we continue two popular series with the Red Robins Birdhouse on page 45 and the Hardanger Bookmark Duo on page 54. If Halloween is your style, be sure to check out the annual Halloween Ornament Spooktacular on page 24 with 13 tempting treats.

I am also excited to bring you our first ever Stitch Pink feature. This special feature spotlights breast-cancer awareness; the annual national campaign runs throughout all of October. Nearly every one of us has been touched by this disease, whether personally, or through a family member, friend or neighbor, and finding its cure is one cause that the stitching community holds dear. Designers Belinda Karls-Nace and Elizabeth Spurlock each created a project that celebrates the hope that is part of this campaign. Our Favorite Finds column also focuses on all things pink. Check out this feature section starting on page 57.

I hope autumn is treating you well as you enjoy the glorious fall weather and clear, bright blue sky. There's nothing like pulling needle and thread through fabric while enjoying the crisp weather outdoors. What are you stitching this fall? Email me at and tell me what's on your list for autumn stitching -- I'd love to hear from you! Or post photos of your projects to our Facebook page so other stitchers can enjoy too!

Happy fall and happy stitching!

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Christy Schmitz, editor

Originally from Mobile, Ala., Just CrossStitch editor Christy Schmitz holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Christy began stitching at the age of 5 when she was handed a piece of Aida cloth, a few colors of floss and the instruction to pretend she was coloring; with that, she was off with a needle in hand. Christy has been with Just CrossStitch since 2005 and now makes her home in northern Indiana where she spends her evenings stitching, cooking, renovating thrift store finds and taking her two beagle mixes for walks in the quiet, rural area.
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