Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Top Shop

To Be Featured in Quilt Sampler Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018

We’re delighted to announce that Artistic Artifacts has been 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 will be available on newsstands on May 15, 2018.

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 Artistic Artifacts store being photographed for inclusion in Quilt Sampler magazineArtistic Artifacts (and the other nine chosen shops) were extensively photographed and interviewed by a team from Quilt Sampler for a multipage profile that will appear in the issue. Our visit was in September and the Quilt Sampler crew could not have been nicer to us — it was an exciting day and it has been hard to keep this secret!

In addition to the photography profile, Quilt Sampler asks each quilt shop to design and sew an original quilt for inclusion in the magazine. Instructions for each shop’s quilt will accompany their profile. We can’t wait to share ours!

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.