December 20, 2011
Issue 103 — almost ready!
’Tis the season for looking back and looking forward — and ’tis the season for joy … and, yes, stress. We create both of these emotions for ourselves, don’t you think? For me, I must thrive on a good balance of both — as I do both so well. But, really, how joyful would joy be, without a little stress on the side? And, as we stress along, time passes, stress vanishes and all is well in the end, right?
Looking back, I stressed and stressed over my decision announced in the last issue — you know, the one where I decided to go from six print issues of American Quilt Retailer each year to four print issues a year with new online content? I thought this would be a good move for all. Well, now looking forward — scratch that plan. I have (again!) stressed, and changed my mind, and we will continue printing six issues a year. Six issues is what we know how to do best, and we will proceed doing our best to suit your needs and the needs of our advertisers. You can read more about this decision in this upcoming issue.
The cover of this issue, a pattern called “Oh, Boy!” from Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs, and our “Fall Quilt Market Review” present a look at the new products geared towards “the guys in our lives.” This has all been especially joyful to research and write, and it all is so timely. One of my two favorite guys, Jay, the little super hero shown above, is getting married at the end of this month. A lot of looking forward and looking back going on around! As an avid “sewist” and crafter, for years (until he outgrew me), I made stuffed animals, clothes, costumes, toys and this magic cape complete with a cool silver falcon emblazoned with a super “J.” May you find ways to bring such joy to your sewing mothers and grandmothers with some of our featured products.
Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender in “Experts Speak” speak of changes, a new year and a new attitude. If we can create joy and stress, we are also the ones to create attitude — and make it a good one at that! Jim Salinas in “Just Ask Jim” implores you to change another attitude and not blame cash flow woes on over-buying. He makes a good case — as he always does. More attitude adjustment needed? Some changes can make us take an “up in arms” attitude — talk about creating stress? Remember when people were “up in arms” over Internet shops? We got over that, didn’t we? Internet book sales? Internet pattern sales? Roseann Kermes in her column “Make it Happen” talks about how there is no need to be “up in arms” about downloadable patterns. She has taken what she at first saw as a negative, and has turned it into a positive. See how you can utilize online content inside your shop. Roseann also has a slew of suggested new attitudes to embrace as you look forward in “How do you want your 2012 to look?” .
Then Beth Ferrier in her “Off-Grain” column on page 38 will make you smile. She said, “Given time, the aspects of our lives that keep us feeling stuck can shift away. Problems that seemed too overwhelming to continue will be resolved at last, freeing us to once again take the next step. The trick is to be patient …” Looking forward to new beginnings, you can turn your ship around with changes “grand or small.”
Magazine done — check. Christmas shopping done — check. Now on to the big wedding celebration and looking forward to new beginnings for all!
Issue 103 of American Quilt Retailer will mail January 3, 2012.
Merry Christmas! — Susan