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A Note From the Editor

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year -- the long days, the bright skies and the opportunity to spend long weekends relaxing in the warmth of summer's sun. I grew up spending summers at the beach, so I associate summertime with the water, but I know others associate it with mountains, vacations abroad and even "vacations" taken close to home. That's why I'm so excited about the travel-inspired projects in this issue. Bright, vibrant colors take center stage in Venice on page 61, and the rugged beauty of the northeastern coastline is captured flawlessly in the Cape Cod Summer design on page 20.

And since summer also brings us multiple patriotic holidays, I am excited to showcase three designs that feature the red, white and blue festivities, including the Flowers & Flag Hornbook & Pincushion on page 44 and the Fireworks Tag on page 68. This last project combines perforated-paper stitching with easy card-making techniques and creates a fun and quick-to-finish project that I know we all enjoy. I encourage you to try the techniques used in this project for other holidays and themes too.

Also in this issue is the much-anticipated Christmas Ornament Preview. This is the ninth year that we have asked a sampling of some of your favorite designers to design an ornament for the preview issue. These designers graciously agreed and have come up with 11 amazing designs that will surely whet your appetite for holiday stitching. Go ahead and get a jump-start on the season by beginning a few of these now. The compact sizes of these ornaments make them perfect for taking along on that summer vacation.

I hope you enjoy the summer and your vacations. Take some time to stitch outside this summer and feel the warm breeze as you pass needle and thread through fabric. Take advantage of those long days and sunshine after work; I know I will. And take a minute to check out our Facebook page. Type in "Just CrossStitch magazine" in the search box and "like" us for updates and free patterns, and to share more on your summer stitching.

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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