As an intern on the local newspaper copy desk, I was introduced to the world of crosswords by the best people you'd hope to solve a puzzle with. I mean, these people come up with synonyms all day long to fit the space (and you had access to tomorrow's paper and crossword answers if you got really stuck)! Unfortunately, the fall of 2008 was not an ideal time for a newly minted journalism graduate to make her debut in the world. You can imagine how much a byline (in whatever form!) in The New York Times means to someone like me.
This theme came to me while I was sewing a quilt to keep my mind busy as I grieved a miscarriage. I realized that there are so (sew?) many sewing puns. Once I thought of "common thread" I knew I had something. Seeing my finished quilt and this puzzle in print helps me realize there are things we can control and things we can't, so I've tried to instead focus on the beauty in my life I can invite in.