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A Note From the Editor

Early summer is one of those busy times in my opinion. From graduations to weddings, vacations to baby showers, it seems like there is always a celebratory event happening. And with this season, I have an overwhelming urge to be outside. So what better way to combine prepping for the inevitable events and my need to be outside than stitching?

This issue is jam-packed with projects for all events, all skill levels and all styles. There are two beautiful options for weddings -- My Heart Wedding Sampler on page 27 and Jennifer's Ring Pillow on page 48. Celebrate the new addition of a child with Baby Footprints Sampler on page 52, or decorate a baby or child's room with an adorable set of owls. This charming quintet appears on page 11 and has easily become an office favorite from this issue. For those wanting a showstopping beauty, Dahlia Pillow on page 15 and Noah's Ark on page 7 are two that will have you and friends oohing and aahing over each and every stitch. And if you're looking for quick-to-stitch projects, there is no shortage of those in this issue either. Groovy Mushroom Towel Duo on page 68 will go from stitching basket to finished project in no time.

Despite the busyness of this early summer, I hope you take time out of your day to enjoy the beautiful world around you. Celebrate special events with friends and family, and stitch a host of beautiful projects. I hope that you're still enjoying the new look of Just CrossStitch; I have appreciated hearing from you all and want to continue to know what you want to see in future issues of JCS, so please keep those notes coming. Email me at; also, be sure to check out our Facebook page. Type "Just Cross Stitch Magazine" in the search box and "Like" us for updates, polls and free patterns.

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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