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A Note From the Editor

Two of my favorite fall/winter cross-stitch projects elicit thoughts of people and times that aren't part of my everyday awareness. Like a whiff of Shalimar perfume jogs memories of my mother, a glance at my long-ago projects incites a flicker of emotions.

When I was a newlywed, I gave my in-laws a picture of two cardinals on a leafless tree branch. After they passed away, I was surprised and happy that my sister-in-law saved this autumn picture for me before the estate sale. These birds remind me of my husband's parents who embraced me as a new member of their family.

A winter design with warm associations is a portrait of Santa that appears on my mantel every Christmas. I stitched this old man with a bulbous nose in my first home after I married, a duplex tucked into a side street. I called myself "Lilly of the Alley" at the time, and I spent many days stitching in this apartment located on an alley with my first cat, Annie, curled up with me on the couch.

Before I frame a design or finish it in some other way, I stitch my initials and the date on the project. Every once in a while, I go through the house checking the dates as if I were looking at labels in a museum. There is history with each project, and memories etched in each stitch.

I hope that readers will find one or more projects in this issue that will become a source of happy memories. Please don't forget to add the date -- it will come in handy when you want to recall the people and circumstances important at the time.

Stay in stitches!

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Lillian Anderson, editor

Lilly Anderson is editor of Just CrossStitch magazine and a needlework fanatic. Starting as a child with printed cloth embroidery, Lilly progressed to counted cross stitch and never looked back. Lilly has degrees in English, business and education, and is a former newspaper copy editor and journalism teacher. Her aim is to bring readers the best, freshest cross-stitch designs, vintage samplers and features about trends, history and personalities in the world of cross stitch.
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