About Us

Since 1994, thousands of independent quilt shop owners have known about American Quilt Retailer as a trusted partner for information and resources to improve their businesses. Each issue contains vital content on basic retailing concepts, industry trends, product information, business profiles, and display ideas, along with a FREE pattern they can use in their stores.

In 2014 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary (and in 2019 our 150th issue), a testament to the integrity, dedication, and quality our publication contributes to the quilting industry. We’re dedicated to continuing our tradition of excellence in providing editorial content that expands the knowledge and capability of quilt shop owners.

With a network of respected advertising partners, American Quilt Retailer delivers accurate and unbiased editorial content on up-to-date product information and industry news that our readers have been relying on for over 20 years! Learn more about our staff and trusted contributors below.


heidi-kaisandHeidi Kaisand, Publisher and Editor



jill-abeloe-meadJill Abeloe Mead, Editor




nancy-dietzNancy Dietz, Copy Editor





elizabeth-tisinger-beeseElizabeth Tisinger Beese, Web Editor





The following is a list of some of the industry professionals who have contributed to the content of American Quilt Retailer.  If you would like to work with us or have editorial ideas for a future issue please reach out to Heidi. She would love to discuss the possibilities with you.

kimberly-carlsonKimberly Carlson
Kimberly Carlson has been a professional freelance writer for over 12 years. Her books and articles have appeared in parenting, financial, educational and trade magazines and forums. She enjoys crafting and DIY projects with her kids, traveling and expanding her horizons.


linda-griepentrogLinda Griepentrog
Linda Griepentrog is the owner of G Wiz Creative Services and enjoys writing, editing, designing, and lots of other sewing fun.



rich-kizer-and-georganne-benderRich Kizer and Georganne Bender
Professional speakers, retail strategists, authors and consultants, Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender are nationally recognized experts on customer diversity, marketing and promotion and everything that affects and interacts with consumers in the retail environment.


roseann-kermesRoseann Kermes
Roseann Meehan Kermes is the owner of Rosebud’s Cottage. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Craft and Hobby Association, as well as the Fabric Arts Council for CHA.

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4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I downloaded Feb issue. Where will I get this issue in my emails or do I need an app?

  2. I would like to get a hard copy of a back dated issues. Is this possible?

    1. Yes, if we still have the hard copies, you can purchase those. Which issues are you looking for?

  3. I found the place to order hard copy. When trying to place my order it is asking me to select shipping method. I don’t see a place to enter this information Help!!

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