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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
  • Kizer & Bender: 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
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Seasonal Sampler" tablerunner

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July 2014, Issue 118  — 

  • Shop Profile: Modern Domestic
  • Spring Quilt Market Review
  • Collaborating with Quilt Guilds
  • Make your next event a success
  • Using trunk shows to increase sales
  • Email Marketing 101
  • Bees & Swaps
  • How & why to schedule Facebook posts
  • Building your community with Instagram
  • Rising to the Hoffman Challenge
  • Class ideas with modern appeal
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Gather Around" quilt

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May 2014, Issue 117  — 

  • Kizer and Bender: Keeping Customers Close
  • Teaching a New Generation of Quilters
  • Inventory Ideas for the Modern Quilter
  • Charming Opportunities
  • Summer Sewing Pattern Round-up
  • Great Expectations — Cotton + Steel
  • The Sky's the Limit — Digital Fabric Printing
  • Home Grown. Home Sewn. — American Made Brand
  • Getting into Improv
  • Designer Spotlight: Kate Spain
  • Spring Quilt Market Fabric Preview
  • Giving and Getting Good Advice
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Diamonds are Forever" quilt

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March 2014, Issue 116  — 

  • The Quilt Shop Owner's Ten Commandments
  • The CHA's Winter Mega Show Report
  • Kizer & Bender: How to Find Hidden Money in your Store
  • Get Crafty with Crossover!
  • Connecting with the Modern Quilt Guild
  • We are Makers
  • Your Shop's Internet Footprint — Business Blogging
  • Kizer & Bender: Music Matters
  • Facebook for Business
  • Show Me the Money!
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Scrappy Irish Runner"

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January 2014, Issue 115  — 

  • Strong solid basics!
  • Kizer and Bender:  Taking control of inventory
  • Crafting events for your crafting customers
  • Slower, fewer, better
  • So many solids, so little shelf space
  • What’s the difference?
  • The joys & challenges of selling sewing machines
  • Goal-setting
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Plus Times Two" quilt

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November 2013, Issue 114  — 

  • Kizer & Bender: Little retail life lessons
  • Pros, cons and how-to's of offering PDF patterns
  • Rewarding loyalty
  • Coming together in Houston
  • International Quilt Market Fabric Preview
  • 10 Ways to show customer appreciation
  • The niftiest of notions
  • User error, it's all in the context
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Our Shining Star" quilt

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September 2013, Issue 113  — 

  • Mission Statements
  • Quilt Market priorities and efficiency
  • CHA's new emphasis: Sewing
  • Create a "Wow!" shopping environment
  • Shopping with Kizer & Bender in Vegas
  • Kizer & Bender: We're all in this together!
  • Signage with flair
  • Are you happy where you are?
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Fast Track Runner"

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July 2013, Issue 112  — 

  • Lifestyle sewing
  • Seeing what's new at Quilt Market
  • The future of retailing
  • Are you taking your business seriously?
  • Kizer & Bender: Merchandising beyond the expected
  • Display without distractions
  • Ten ways to get customers in the door
  • On the runway — Hosting a Fashion Show in your shop
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Blown Away" pillow

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May 2013, Issue 111  — 

  • Shop Profile: JEllen's House of Fabric
  • Spring Quilt Market preview
  • Employee relations: How to build a team of superstars
  • The value of staff meetings
  • Kizer & Bender: First impressions
  • Celebrate the Season — Whatever season it may be!
  • Christmas in July
  • Reaching shared goals
  • Creative display for e-device pattern
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "Whatever the Season" quilt

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March 2013, Issue 110  — 

  • Shop Profile: My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe
  • The power of PR
  • Creating original content
  • Celebrating Father's Day
  • Abundance of activity online
  • QuiltCon Wrap-up
  • Regain control
  • Accomplishments beyond the obvious
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "What a Trip!" quilt

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January 2013, Issue 109  — Tell a color story like our wintery cover look, Fall Quilt Market Review, Increase your shelf-esteem, Peeking past the windows Craftsy — opportunity to grow, Change your overhead into daily profits, Retail health: Happier times in 2013?

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October 2012, Issue 108  — Be a curator and curate your own unique inventory unlike any other; If you knew what was going to happen in the retail world tomorrow, what would you do differently today?; Happy, whacky holidays to celebrate all year; Read about The Gathering Place in Rupert, Idaho — a shop with a long history; Silver and gold: Reach new and existing customers with your social media; Make your shop home for the holidays; More thoughts and ideas on the modern quilting movement; Machine embroidery mania

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September 2012, Issue 107  — Crafting in France with French General; Woad & shibori dyeing — offer something different; Pre-holiday homework to do now!; Be someone's mentor — giving from your experience; A day in the social life — business potential!; Vending at quilt shows — how to make it a success; Lasting impressions — even in the restroom!; Words of advice from Jean Wells

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July 2012, Issue 106  — The modern quilt movement; Work on your store!; Crafting a plan for successful events; Attract the modern quilter; Market review: Modernicity in quilting; Get in motion!; Think your growth is maxed out?; Mobile and wireless solutions for quilt fabric retailers; One the class begins; Baby steps make small work of big tasks

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May 2012, Issue 105  — May 2012, Issue 105 — From all sides: the pleasure of figuring it out; Hexagons to go!; Product Reviews; Habit-forming hexagons; Snippets — Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: Five big ideas to keep customers close; Social life — Instagram: The newest tool in your social media arsenal; Business profile — The Needle Shop; Reproductions: History continues to repeat itself; Make it Happen — Online connections bring people together; Make ‘em stare — How do you measure up?; Mini-Boot Camp — Be a “daydream” believer: Here’s what works; Preparation and organization: a lesson plan; Men in store!; Are you an asset or liability to your business? Totally Off-Grain: The cranky business of expectations; FREE-to-use pattern: “The Go and Sew Mini”

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March 2012, Issue 104  — Easy plans for spring and summer; Product Reviews; Snippets — Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: Maximize customer care; Social life — Pinterest: The next big thing!; Business profile — Hen & Chicks Studio; Make it Happen — Itty bitty event ideas with big impact; Make ‘em stare — No more hide-and-seek; Mini-Boot Camp — Block of the month programs: Here’s what works; Networking — The value of teamwork, friends and relationships; Craft industry news of growth; Totally Off-Grain: The right stuff every which way is okay; FREE-to-use pattern: “The Pretty Pinkeeper”

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January 2012, Issue 103  — Boys to men: Sewing for the guys in our lives; Product Reviews; Count ‘em! Back to six issues!; Snippets — Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: New year, new attitude!; Make it Happen — Using online content inside your store; Fall International Quilt Market Review; Mini-Boot Camp — Why advertise? Because it works!; Networking — Random encounters; How do you want your 2012 to look?; Totally Off-Grain: Free to move forward; FREE-to-use pattern: “Everest the Elephant”

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November 2012, Issue 102  — 

  • Jim Salinas: Just Ask Jim
  • Kizer & Bender: Customer service training tips
  • Burning the event candle at both ends
  • Social media policy for your business
  • Shop Profile: The Creation Station
  • Quilt Market: Plan your work & work your plan
  • Perspective from an art quilter wannabe
  • How the magic happens
  • Ups, downs and investment foresight
  • Free-to-Use Pattern: "The No-Sew Cone"

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September 2011, Issue 101  — Hands-on textile fun in France; Product Reviews; Sojourners were we...; Snippets — Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Trying to figure it out: What’s really working for you?; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: 15 event ideas to spin the doors; Social life: Five cool tools for managing your social media marketing; Make it Happen — It’s all in the trunk — just waiting to be seen!; Mini-Boot Camp — How to handle negative feedback; Networking — Darlene Zimmerman; Holding things up; Totally Off-Grain: Steal a few moments to gain perspective; FREE-to-use pattern: “French Bread”

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July 2011, Issue 100  — Issue 100!; Snippets; Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: Listen to your customers; Social Life: Get the most from your Facebook fan page; “Wow it”; Create atmosphere and dynamic visual displays; Spring International Quilt Market review; Make it Happen; It is possible to make your own magic; Networking; Who do you know?; Stabilizers 101; Totally Off-Grain: Good bosses can still have fun; FREE-to-use pattern: “Petit Point!”

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May 2011, Issue 99  — Celebrating almost 100 issues!; A few words from our charter subscribers; Product Reviews; Snippets: Small bits of information; Just Ask Jim, Jim Salinas; Experts speak: Kizer and Bender: Make a good first impression; “Wow-it!” — Create atmosphere and dynamic visual displays; Business profile: Sweet Home Quilt Company; Make it Happen — Celebrate milestones with style; Mini-boot camp: Profit 101: the most basic principle; Networking — Sara Trail; Straight from the Hip: There is a market for a variety of styles; Gift market; Patriotic spirit abounds; American Quilt Retailer advertisers’ Schoolhouse sessions; Totally Off-Grain: Complete or “almost” perfectionist?; FREE-to-use pattern: “Beaucoup!”

March 2011, Issue 98  — 

  • Shop Profile: In Between Stitches
  • Create atmosphere and dynamic visual displays
  • Jim Salinas: Just Ask Jim
  • Kizer and Bender: Fix the problem and the customer
  • Evaluating the “squeal” factor
  • More evidence for branching out
  • BOMs: The good, the bad and the ugly
  • Networking — Heather Bailey
  • Roseann’s winners from CHA
  • Avenues for gaining business exposure
  • Let go of what always worked
  • FREE-to-Use pattern: “Season’s Star” quilt

July 2010, Issue 94  — 

May 2010, Issue 93  — 

March 2010, Issue 92  — 

January 2010, Issue 91  — 

March 2009, Issue 86  — 

September 2008, Issue 83  —