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A Note From the Editor

Happy spring! This time of year always makes me smile. The grass is green again, the plants are budding out, and tiny blooms are starting to open. It's a rebirth and explosion of color and life.

Springtime always seems to make me want to start new projects too. My home is organized (thanks to my New Year resolutions!), and I'm ready for something fresh in my stitching basket too. My eyes are drawn toward those bright, bold colors that mimic what's going on outside in my yard as the color seems to expand daily against our neighborhood lake. My weekends are shared with my youngest daughter as we travel to and from dance lessons, and my stitching is always with me as I wait for her on these warmer, longer days of spring.

Speaking of bright colors, this issue is bursting with designs that showcase hues from every color in the rainbow. From the Folk Hello tote on page 23 to Strawberry Harvest Hoop on page 41, vibrant corals, rich greens and sunny yellows demand to be added to stitching baskets while bringing delight and smiles with every pull of the needle and floss. For those of you who adore spring's blooms, florals abound as well with the second installment of Julia Lucas' Floral Band Sampler on page 32, the Roses Table Runner on page 36 and the Spring Garland design on page 20.

For those spring-travel lovers, a pair of vintage-inspired Spring Travel Postcards begin on page 26. The designs employ full and partial stitches and intricate shading to create designs that are reminiscent of paintings. Fun whimsical designs also bloom into the issue with Little Miss & Her Puppy on page 52 and the adorable and dimensional Twirl, Leap, Dance! on page 46. Spring is also the time for Easter celebrations, and we're delighted to bring you designs that will fill your Easter basket. The elegant Ornate Easter Egg design appears on page 12, and the specialty-stitch–banded A Stitcher's Egg appears on page 5.

I hope your spring is lovely and full of bountiful stitching time. Our team is excited to bring you this colorful issue celebrating all things joyful and colorful, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Until next issue, friends.

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Tanya Fox, editor

Tanya Fox has served as editor of various Annie’s publications since 2006 and editorial director since 2016.

She said, "I have enjoyed stitching and creating art of all kinds since very early in life. My earliest creative memory is of sewing doll clothes with my mom and grandmother. I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my great grandmother in my early teens starting with simple stamped designs and progressing to projects on stitched on Aida and linen. I truly love that whether I’m working with fabric and floss, yarn or paper, there's always something new to learn. Part of what makes stitching so enjoyable is sharing what I know and learning from others."

Tanya is a native of Indiana, and she and her husband, Jim, have six children.

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