| Wow, this issue was another difficult one. In very late
February, I had surgery followed by over two weeks of bed rest.
Between anesthesia, recuperating and all of the medications, I was in a bit
of a fog for nearly a month. If anything slipped through the cracks,
please accept this as my humble apology, and remind me of what I missed or
We have several articles that we hope will be good for beginners. Barbara Blankenship shares her method for piecing
blocks and reviews a couple of good basic books for novices. Sharon
Boggon offers a series of stitch diagrams to help lead you through some
basic embroidery ideas for seam embellishment. In addition, there are
articles on creating fabric and making a punchneedle flower brooch. Oh, and
do not miss Lynn Schoeffler's article regarding her visit to the San Jose Museum
of Quilts and Textiles!
I am always so amazed when an issue comes together and so grateful to my
staff and sponsors. Every minute that I work on the magazine, I think
of Nora, who I miss greatly. She was the driving force behind the
magazine, even though I have been webmaster for over six years, I will never
have her finesse or ability to coax articles and advertisements out of
people. In her honor, I have revived "Callie" the spider, whose job it
was to designate articles that would be good for beginners.