December 17, 2014

December 2014 — Issue 120

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  • The Art of Organization
  • Time to Count — Inventory Advice
  • The 12 Days of Christmas
  • Fall Quilt Market Review
  • The Dairy Cream Story by Jim Salinas
  • 7 Ways to Tell the Story of the New Year
  • Designer Profile: Pat Bravo
  • Snippets: Industry news and events
  • Product Reviews

Patchwork Perfection

Classic beauty meets modern precut precision in our retro re-make of an antique heirloom. Your choice of six size options makes this a versatile project — full of timeless appeal.

Patchwork Perfection was designed by Heidi Kaisand  — the new Editor of American Quilt Retailer. Heidi also runs an awesome quilt shop called Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa and hosts a weekly radio show about the many facets of creativity.

The inspiration quilt (pictured left) for our pattern this month is an antique Nine Patch on point from Heidi’s private collection.

Everyone who has subscribed to or purchased a copy of this issue is welcome to download a copy of the pattern PDF to use in their shop.

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns/pattern-archives

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns

 

Several companies contributed fabric for our cover photo this month. Our selections include:

  1. Robert Kaufman – Bunny Tales by Darlene Zimmerman
  2. Moda Fabrics – 30’s Playtime Favorites by Chloe’s Closet
  3. Marcus Fabrics – Aunt Grace Simpler Sampler by Judie Rothermel

 

The next issue of American Quilt Retailer will mail to subscribers at the beginning of February 2015.

For subscription or advertising information please visit    AmericanQuiltRetailer.com

October 13, 2014

October 2014 — Issue 119

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  • American Quilt Retailer’s 20 Year Anniversary
  • Industry news and events
  • 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

 

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!

Designed and sewn by Heidi Kaisand  — the new Editor of American Quilt Retailer. Heidi also runs a thriving quilt shop called Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa.

Everyone who has subscribed to or purchased a copy of this issue is welcome to download a copy of the pattern PDF to use in their shop.

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns/pattern-archives

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns

 

Several companies contributed fabric and notions to our texture themed cover photo this month. Our selections include:

  1. Robert Kaufman – Cotton Linen Denim 6oz
  2. Robert Kaufman – Shetland Flannel Ocean
  3. Robert Kaufman – Shetland Flannel Pumpkin
  4. Robert Kaufman – Shetland Flannel Flame
  5. Westminster – Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton Aqua
  6. Aurifil thread and Aurifloss
  7. Renaissance Ribbons — Tula Pink collection
  8. Robert Kaufman – Studio Stash Yarn Dyes Indigo
  9. Moda – Bella Solids Cheddar
  10. Moda – Mixologie Linens Blueberry Ice
  11. Robert Kaufman – Studio Stash Yarn Dyes Cardinal

 

The next issue of American Quilt Retailer will mail to subscribers approximately December 10, 2014.

For subscription or advertising information please visit AmericanQuiltRetailer.com

August 5, 2014

July 2014 — Issue 118

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  • Shop Profile:  Modern Domestic in Portland, OR
  • Industry news and events
  • Product Reviews
  • Spring Quilt Market Review
  • Collaborating with Quilt Guilds
  • Make your next event a success
  • Selling without Sewing — Using trunk shows to increase sales
  • Kizer & Bender’s Email Marketing 101
  • Bees & Swaps — Fostering Community and New Quilters
  • How & why to schedule Facebook posts
  • Building your community with Instagram
  • Rising to the Hoffman Challenge
  • Class ideas with modern appeal
  • Plays well with others

 

GATHER AROUND

This quick-sew quilt is the perfect project for summer.  Strip piecing makes it a fast finish. Your choice of five size options makes this a versatile project for many different reasons and seasons.

Designed and sewn by Heidi Kaisand  — the new Editor of American Quilt Retailer. Heidi also runs a top-notch quilt shop called Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa.

Everyone who has subscribed to or purchased a copy of this issue is welcome to download a copy of the pattern PDF to use in their shop.

 

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns/pattern-archives

www.americanquiltretailer.com/free-to-use-patterns

 

118 Cover Photo_RGB_No headerSpecial thanks to Alex Ledgerwood for providing our cover photo quilt.  Read more about Alex’s quilt “The Therapist” at teaginnydesigns.blogspot.com.

Photography by Lauren Hunt at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art Sculpture Garden in Kansas City, MO.

You can learn more about what Lauren’s creative adventures by visiting her blog at myauntjune.blogspot.com.

 

 

The next issue of American Quilt Retailer will mail to subscribers on October 3, 2014.

For subscription or advertising information please visit AmericanQuiltRetailer.com

 

May 28, 2014

2014 Spring Quilt Market Highlights

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, it’s now safe to say we are fully recovered from Spring Quilt Market 2014.  A few blisters and bruises are to be expected. Quilt Market is a contact sport, right?  It’s definitely a marathon!  The most experienced know that it is important to pace yourself!

This was our first trip to this year’s venue, Pittsburgh, PA.  Even though we arrived during a torrential downpour, this city was beautiful and inviting.  When we thought of Pittsburgh, we pictured steel mills, factories, and soot.  We were pleasantly surprised to see lush trees, interesting terrain, and beautiful bridges.
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The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with it’s 1.5 million square feet and 75% natural light, was the perfect setting for Spring Market.  Even though there was still a chill in the air outside, the market floor felt like spring when the sun peeked through the clouds and illuminated the gorgeous fabrics and quilts.

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There was so much to take in! It’s difficult to summarize, but among the highlights here are just a few of our favorite moments from the showroom floor…

The debut of RJR Fabrics new division, Cotton+Steel

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The massiveness of Moda!  Their award-winning booth was designed around the exciting new Modern Building Blocks Sampler Quilt.

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We saw a lot of navy as a neutral. The quilting on the dress by Angela Walters is nothing short of stunning.

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So many of the new lines are just downright cheerful!  April Rosenthal’s Best.Day.Ever. fabric was spectacular in her Dahlia pattern.  Doesn’t it just make you smile?

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We loved the mini quilt clothes-line display by Fig Tree & Co.  Mini quilts might just be a great way to introduce quilting to newbies, without being overwhelmed by the idea of an entire quilt!  We’re kinda fond of the idea of “instant gratification!”
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Emily Herrick’s Rustique for Michael Miller Fabrics might have been our favorite new line!  The colors are so vibrant and what’s not to love of about deer?  More on “The Year of the Deer” next week!
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If you weren’t able to attend market, have no fear!  The July issue will include an in-depth market recap.

 

Photos and copy by Amanda Wray for American Quilt Retailer.

March 31, 2014

Cover by Lauren Hunt

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Our new Cover Girl, Lauren Hunt, artfully captured our awesome cover photo

for the March issue of American Quilt Retailer.

 

Pattern

Lauren’s pattern “Studio Stitches – A sewing themed embroidery set” includes the “Maker” sign along with seven other fabulous stitching projects.  Learn more about the pattern at Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio.

Lauren was inspired to make the rainbow-licious embroidered “I am a maker” sign after seeing Jacquie Gering’s lecture given at QuiltCon in 2013.

You can view all of the great QuiltCon lectures for free on the Craftsy site at www.craftsy.com/class/quiltcon-lecture-series-2013/194 The QuiltCon Lecture Series has a little bit of something for everyone and is certainly a must-see for anyone who loves our industry and didn’t make it to Austin to see the lectures live.

 

 

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Lauren was also a contributor to Kansas City Star’s first modern imprint book “Classic Modern Quilts” in which 10 top modern designers were challenged to create a modern quilt inspired by a historical Kansas City Star block.

“Classic Modern Quilts” is an fantastic book which helps tie the quilting generations and genres together in such a beautiful way. This book has mass appeal!

Learn more about Lauren’s style and background on the Kansas City Star’s My Stars blog.

 

Lauren is currently working on the photography for Shea Henderson’s first book, School of Sewing coming out this fall from Lucky Spool Media. You can learn more about what Lauren’s creative adventures by visiting her blog, www.myauntjune.blogspot.com.

Lauren is quite a talented lady and we feel extremely blessed that she agreed to work with us on this month’s cover. She was a delight to work with and we hope for more successful collaborations in the future.

 

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