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Since 1994, thousands of independent quilt shop owners have looked to American Quilt Retailer 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, 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! Meet our staff below.
Heidi Kaisand
Heidi Kaisand, Publisher and Editor

Jill Abeloe Mead
Jill Abeloe Mead, Editor

Nancy Dietz, Copy Editor

Elizabeth Tisinger Beese
Elizabeth Tisinger Beese, Creative Director

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.

Linda 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 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 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.