Will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue available May 15 a drawing for prizes

AURORA, Ill. – February 2, 2018 – BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Artistic Artifacts, a BERNINA Dealer in Alexandria, Va., has been recognized as one of North America’s top quilt shops by Quilt Sampler magazine, a Better Homes and Gardens publication. Quilt Sampler has been profiling top quilt shops since 1995 and will feature Artistic Artifacts in a multi-page profile in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue, available on newsstands May 15. Artistic Artifacts is located at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Va. 

“We are blessed to have been chosen as one of ten top quilt shops in the country,” said Judy Gula, owner, Artistic Artifacts. “I believe our “creative finds for creative minds” mantra and distinctive fiber arts and mixed media offerings really set us apart from other quilt shops. We are certainly a unique shop and I hope the community will take this celebratory moment to come in for a visit.” 

Nearly 3,000 quilt shops were eligible to apply for this year’s honor. To apply, quilt shop owners submitted a detailed application about their history, business promotions, charitable work, teaching schedules, and design philosophies. Only 10 were selected by a panel of quilt experts, spearheaded by the American Patchwork & Quilting staff. 

According to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s Quilting Consumer Insights study, the U.S. quilting market is comprised of 4.2 million avid quilters, who spend an average of $1,165 a year on quilting supplies. Additionally, this group completes nearly 11 projects a year. 

Artistic Artifacts is an authorized BERNINA Dealer which provides top-quality service to area residents. The Dealer located at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, offers BERNINA sewing machines, software, and accessories, and also provides a variety of sewing, embroidery and quilting classes for people of all skill levels. For more information, visit or visit the store on Facebook at, Twitter -, Instagram - or Pinterest -

Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers, and embroidery software. BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education. Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased online. BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year. You can follow BERNINA on Facebook:, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:, and read BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog at To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.