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In This Issue

May 2014, Issue 117

  • Kizer and Bender — Keeping Customers Close
  • Teaching a New Generation of Quilters
  • Inventory Ideas for the Modern Quilter
  • Charming Opportunities
  • Summer Sewing Pattern Round-up
  • Great Expectations — Cotton + Steel
  • The Sky’s the Limit — Digital Fabric Printing
  • Home Grown. Home Sewn. — American Made Brand
  • Getting into Improv
  • Designer Spotlight: Kate Spain
  • Spring Quilt Market Fabric Preview
  • Giving and Getting Good Advice

This issue mailed May 5, 2014

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Diamonds Are Forever

Designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale exclusively for American Quilt Retailer.  Clever cutting makes this a quick yet intriguing quilt pattern. Depending on how you look at it and which colors and patterns you use, the look will change, drawing attention to the diamonds or making the focus on the Xs and Os. Go ultra-modern with bright solids or pick a bunch of your favorite prints. Either way this is one dynamic design!

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Free-to-use Pattern CD Volume 2

American Quilt Retailer’s FREE-to-Use pattern CD Volume 2 includes 35 of our most popular patterns from Issues 81 through 112 in convenient-to-use PDF format. Each pattern is an individual file, allowing you to print as many copies as you need. You’ll get our wildly popular “Waste Knot,” “The Curated Collection,” “French Bread,” “Holy Snowballs,”  and dozens of more great designs.

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The Answer Book 2

The Answer Book II

The Answer Book II is proving to be as popular as The Answer Book was four years ago! The Answer Book II picks up where Jim’s first book ended. With great answers from American Quilt Retailer’s “Just Ask Jim” columns from issues 78 to 99, you are sure to find Jim’s insight and advice helpful in your retail business. Our industry continues to change and there is no one more knowledgeable about how to stay profitable in this business than Jim Salinas.

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What’s Up With Cotton?

If you are wondering what is behind the increase in the retail prices of your quilting cottons, American Quilt Retailer columnist Jim Salinas helps you understand the situation.

» Download the Article (123kb PDF)