In This Issue

October 2014, Issue 119

  • American Quilt Retailer’s 20 Year Anniversary
  • Personality Plus: Learn to Work Effectively with Every Customer
  • The Story Behind your Brand
  • Designer Spotlight: Nancy Green
  • 15 Steps to Merchandising Magic
  • Quilting Icon: Jean Wells
  • The Texture Trend
  • Website Welcome: Create a Hardworking Home Page
  • Pretty Presentation: Packaging a Unique Customer Experience
  • Seducing the Muse: Ways to Inspire Creativity
  • Snippets: Industry news and events

This issue mailed October 6, 2014


Seasonal Sampler

This festive tablerunner would be a fabulous way to get started on your handmade holiday to-do list.  Our simple appliqué pattern is a quick-and-easy way to try working with a variety of textures. Other types of fabric could easily be substituted for our burlap, wool and velvet selections. Denim and flannel would feel right at home here.  Texture is a delight to see and feel. Dress up your table with our textured Seasonal Sampler — perfect for any season! » FREE-To-Use Patterns

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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. » Retail Aids

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. » Retail Aids


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)