The cover and beginning of the Quilt Sampler Spring/Summer 2018 profile of Artistic Artifacts as a Top Shop

Quilt Sampler Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018 Now Available!

Artistic Artifacts was chosen as one of 10 shops from across North America to be featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine! Published by Better Homes & Gardens, the issue is now on newsstands — or purchase from us and get lost in the inspiring pages featuring these destination quilt shops from across the U.S. Quilt Sampler asks each quilt shop to design and sew an original, magazine-exclusive quilt project with complete instructions for inclusion in the magazine. Each shop has created a kit for easy completion of their project — purchase your choice of colors of the Artistic Artifacts Quilt Sampler kit!

Quilt sampler photographer Jacob Fox

Artistic Artifacts (and the other nine chosen shops) were extensively photographed and interviewed by a team from Quilt Sampler for the multipage profile that appears in the issue. Our interview and photography session was in September 2017 and the Quilt Sampler crew could not have been nicer to us! Pictured here, photographer Jacob Fox focuses on quilts created using our hand-drawn batik panels.

The Quilt Sampler team created beautiful, colorful vignettes to showcase both the shop and our wide range of products to our best advantage. It was an exciting day — and very hard to keep the secret until we able to share the news earlier this year!

Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops since 1995. Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is high — nearly 3,000 quilt shops were eligible to apply for this year’s honor!

Artistic Artifacts owner Judy Gula, like all other shop owners, submitted a detailed application on the store history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules, and design philosophies.

Spearheaded by the American Patchwork & Quilting® staff, a panel of quilt experts reviews the applications each year to select the shops that will be featured. The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, and quilting is experiencing a major renaissance. A Quilting Consumer Insights study completed by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine reports that the U.S. quilting market is composed of 4.2 million avid quilters. Further research shows that readers of American Patchwork & Quilting spend an average of $1,165 per year on quilting supplies and complete nearly 11 projects per year.

Below, Quilt Sampler crew Linzee Kull McCray and Jacob Fox at work photographing Artistic Artifacts and interviewing owner Judy Gula

Quilt Sampler crew Linzee Kull McCray and Jacob Fox at work photographing Artistic Artifacts and interviewing owner Judy Gula