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A Note From the Editor

Of all of the months in the year, I think May might just be one of my favorites. It's not too hot, and it's not too cold. It's a busy time, but the time is filled with events that commemorate life's milestones. From graduations to weddings, baby showers to family vacations, there is always something to celebrate. Plus, the weather is usually glorious! I want to be outside all the time. How about you? Does summer mean outside for you?

This issue is filled to the brim with projects for all of summer's events, including an adorable baby announcement, Owl Always Love You, on page 45, a modern, colorful wedding sampler on page 38 and an elegant anniversary project that celebrates the milestone years. Plus, honor Mom with a simple Mother and Child design on page 48 and liven up Dad's study with the unique Soaring Airplanes afghan on page 50. For those wanting a showstopping beauty, De Selby's Butterfly Box is a study in shading and color, while the Seville pillow on page 12 is a project that uses Assisi-style techniques in a sunshine yellow. For those stitchers wanting to expand their specialty-stitch repertoire, the Hardanger Card Duo on page 68 offers the perfect option for learning cutwork and Hardanger techniques. And if you're looking for quick-to-stitch projects, there is no shortage of those in this issue either. The Fern Frond Bookmark on page 10 will go from stitching basket to finished project in no time.

I wish you a summer full of sunshine and a plethora of stitches plied. Don't forget to take time out of your busy schedule to celebrate life with friends and family. As always, I look forward to hearing from you and to hearing what kinds of designs you want to see in upcoming issues. Please take a minute to email me at to let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

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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