DES MOINES, Iowa (April 24, 2015) – Stitched with Love, a quilt shop located at 500 N. Custer Rd., Ste. 110 in McKinney, Texas, has been chosen as one of the 10 featured shops across the United States for the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine, published by Better Homes and Gardens®.
Stitched with Love had its ribbon cutting ceremony in January 2012 and since that time has been voted by SCORE as McKinney’s New Business Success Story in 2013 and almost doubled their space in 2014. Maintaining a light, cheery atmosphere, customers delight in an uncluttered shop that’s arranged to entice, satisfy and sooth.
Quilt Sampler, published twice a year, has been profiling North America’s top quilt shops for the past 20 years. Quilt shops submit a detailed application on their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules and design philosophies. A panel of quilt experts led by Linda Augsburg, editorial content chief of American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine, narrows down the applications to 10 featured shops for each issue. The names of the selected shops are kept secret until Jan. 2, and the shops are officially unveiled at spring International Quilt Market.
Competition to be included in Quilt Sampler is keen. Nearly 3,000 quilt shops are eligible to apply for this year’s honor. Stitched with Love and the other nine shops chosen were photographed and interviewed by a team from Quilt Sampler, and a multi‐page profile of the shop will appear in the issue, which will be available on newsstands on Tuesday, May 5. Employees of each quilt shop also design an original quilt for the magazine, and the full‐sized pattern for the quilt appears in the issue of Quilt Sampler.
Quilt Sampler has proven to be a huge success, and early, out‐of‐print issues are collector’s items. Chosen shops are inundated with visitors and requests for the shop’s quilt patterns and fabrics. Quilters are known to try and visit all the shops in each issue, getting the signature of each shop owner in their copy of the issue.
This issue will also have a special feature to celebrate the 20th year of Quilt Sampler.
The art of quilting has changed dramatically since the days of quilting bees in church basements, with quilting enjoying a major renaissance across the country. A Quilting Consumer Insights study, completed in 2011 by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, reports that the U.S. quilting market is comprised 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. This group is overwhelmingly female, well educated, affluent and have been quilting for almost eight years.
For additional information on Quilt Sampler, contact Lori Eggers at Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group at 515-284‐2874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on Stitched with Love (stitchedwithlove.us), contact Lynn Farestad at 972-540-5355.