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A Note From the Editor

It's that time of year again -- autumn -- my favorite time of year! The air has started turning cooler, and there is a definite crispness in the mornings and evenings. Leaves are changing to vibrant shades of red, orange, purple and yellow, and people are decorating their doorsteps with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. I eagerly await the opening of a local greenhouse and their rainbow of mums like a child awaiting Santa's arrival.

This October issue brings a wealth of autumnal colors and stitching projects that will keep autumn front and center in your stitching basket. With my love for mums, I am in awe of the Chrysanthemum Pillow on page 14. The colors are amazing, and this bloom will never wilt. Another fantastic fall decor item is the Give Thanks design on page 12; this simple, elegant design is finished atop a wicker basket, which begs to be displayed with pride. Two popular motifs for fall include pumpkins and owls, and the adorable candle wraps on page 25 offer a way to showcase your stitching in a whole new light. For Halloween fun, check out any of the 10 adorable ornaments in the annual Ornament Spooktacular.

No matter what your taste or style, you're sure to find several designs to add to your stitching basket this fall. We meet designer Terri Bay as she presents her Autumn Lotus Box, which features whitework-embroidery techniques in a pair of color options. And for those stitchers who want to craft a project after stitching, the Quaker Acorn Etui on page 62 is the perfect choice.

I hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we have and that you find multiple projects that will be added to your "must-stitch" list. There's nothing like stitching on a crisp, cerulean-sky autumn day. And when you take a break from stitching, please let us know what you're stitching. Email me at and tell me what your favorite autumn projects and subjects are -- I'd love to hear from you! Or post photos of your projects to our Facebook page at!

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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