May 3, 2011

Good reading material for your trip to Salt Lake City

Mailing day is always a good day around here! Our “almost 100th” issue is heading your way! Actually, this is Issue 99 (and counting). Our upcoming July issue will be Issue 100. However, we want to celebrate this milestone with everyone at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, so we are celebrating our “almost 100th.” You will be there to celebrate with us won’t you?

In this issue Jim Salinas talks about “smaller put-ups” and gives us a good historical perspective on how the “put-ups” have changed over the years. Our business profile is on the Sweet Home Quilt Company in Conyers, Ga. Owner Melisa Morrison does a splendid job with her displays.

Sweet Home Quilt Company owned by Melisa Morrison in Conyers, Ga.

We also have more display ideas in my “Wow-it!” column which relate to “Beaucoup!,” the FREE-to-use pattern in this issue. Hope you like the pattern and display ideas, and that they jump start “beaucoup” ideas of your own.

"Beaucoup!" — The FREE-to-use pattern from Issue 99

More good news to celebrate! We are taking orders for The Answer Book II by Jim Salinas! The Answer Book II will include all the “Just ask Jim” columns from American Quilt Retailer, Issues 78 to 99 — more answers to your questions — all bound in one resource. You can order this on our website within the next couple of days, or you can order your copy at Quilt Market. They will be ready to ship by the end of May.

NEW! The Answer Book II by Jim Salinas

Also, so you can plan your time at Quilt Market, in this issue we have printed a list of the titles of our advertisers’ Schoolhouse presentations. At deadline we did not have all the times and rooms, but the titles will help you decide which you might like to attend.

American Quilt Retailer is hosting Kizer and Bender for one Schoolhouse:

“Street Savvy ideas to jump-start your business”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

4:20 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., room 255A

Kizer and Bender are also presenting two professional seminars:

“The science of shopping: How to help your product sell itself”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

“Reinvention or else: 15 strategies to attract new quilters”

Friday, May 13, 2011

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Many people tell me they read the new issue on the plane traveling to market. I have this funny vision of looking down the aisle of the aircraft and glancing from side to side and each and every passenger has their own copy of AQR in their hands as they study the contents. Now that would make a good promotional photo wouldn’t it?

See you soon in Salt Lake City! Safe travels and enjoy your reading!