A Note From the Editor
Spring once again brings a breath of fresh air with its new green growth and tiny blooms. Like many of Heaven's promises, spring comes each year to grant us phenomenal color after winter's chill. As soon as I see those first sprigs of new plants, I start planning my garden and planting strategies for the year; however, I know that I must wait for certain things to help ensure their survival. So, to help me wait with some semblance of patience, I stitch a garden instead.
This issue is packed full with blooming beauties of flowers galore. From the simple beauty of Kingfisher Daisy Bouquet surrounded by Hardanger on page 70 to the intricately shaded petals of a single bloom in the Cabbage Rose Pillow on page 7, there is something to tempt every stitcher. Bring the charm of the ever-popular House-Mouse Designs® to your stitching bag with the adorable Look What I Found on page 16, which is also a sneak-peek at the new Four Seasons of Cross-Stitch by House-Mouse Designs® pattern book, which was released Jan. 31, 2014. And if you live in a warmer climate where planting is already in full swing, there is no shortage of quick projects as well, including a set of fun Spring Coasters on page 53 and Easter Bunny's Carrots on page 13. I can't wait to stitch this trio of fun carrots; I have a feeling they'll be on display in my kitchen much longer than the Easter season!
I hope you are enjoying the new look of Just CrossStitch with more pages and more projects. I would love to hear from you and to hear what styles of designs you like and projects you'd like to see in a future issue. Email me at Editor@Just-CrossStitch.com and tell me what you'd like to see from your favorite cross-stitch magazine -- I look forward to hearing from you!
Christy Schmitz, editor