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A Note From the Editor

I love summer! I don't know if it's the longer days, the warm sun or the overall feeling of relaxation that seems to overcome us all, but I enjoy it more and more every year. It seems we all find ourselves outside throughout these months, and I look forward to dinners and visits with friends as we watch the summer colors stretch across the evening sky.

Speaking of dining outdoors, this issue has several projects that will combine your love of stitching with your alfresco dinners and picnics. From the Picnic Ants Coasters on page 42 to the Kite Cupcake Toppers on page 45, your table will be adorned with stitching in no time. And why not bring your Hardanger Monogram pillow on page 50 to the patio for extra oohs and aahs? The pair of delicate Oriental Paper Lanterns on page 56 will bring back memories of outdoor dining even if the weather forces you indoors.

If flowers and blooming beauties are your favorite summer treats, you won't want to miss the Blooming Tree on page 35 with its dimensional crochet blooms or the timeless, elegant urn filled with brightly colored blooms and juicy fruit on page 13. The fourth installment of the birdhouse series features fiery orange blossoms surrounding vivid goldfinches on page 8. Summertime farm scenes also make a double appearance in this issue with the charming Knee High on page 69 and the stunning Summer on the Farm on page 31.

Also in this issue is the much-anticipated Christmas Ornament Preview. This year, we celebrate the 10th year of bringing you a sampling of some of your favorite designers and their ornaments. These designers have graciously agreed and submitted 10 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.

Enjoy the summer and the outdoors! Take advantage of those long days and warm breezes to stitch outside for the best of both worlds.

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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