American Quilt Retailer is the quilting industry's premier trade magazine. For over 20 years, thousands of independent quilt shop owners have depended on our publication for the information and resources they need to improve their businesses.

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In This Issue
October 2016, Issue 131
  • Seize Every Opportunity: Seven tactics to learn from
  • Block of the Month Clubs: Can your shop benefit from an ongoing program?
  • Learn the cost of losing one customer
  • Holiday Glam: Inspiration for holiday store displays.
  • Hot Picks: Showcasing new patterns, tools, and products
  • Quilt Shop Focus: Meet Gail Kessler of Ladyfingers Sewing Studio
  • Safe and Sound: Keep your business and you secure with great tips
  • Designer 15: Meet Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs and Kelly Mueller of The Wooden Bear
  • Foot Traffic Formula: Find customers and keep them coming back
  • Material Matters: New fabrics for 2016 and into 2017
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: Pinwheel Play by Gail Abeloe of Back Porch Fabrics
  • Create a Teaching Environment: Encourage customers to learn in your store.

This issue mailed October 3, 2016

Pinwheel Play
Free-to-Use Pattern
Pinwheel Play
Our Free-to-Use pattern in this issue was designed by quilt shop owner Gail Abeloe of Back Porch Fabrics.


Retail Aids
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 II

The Answer Book II is proving to be as popular as The Answer Book was several 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