Have you ever stumbled across a product that totally exceeded your expectations?
It is one of the best experiences in life. The only thing that can make it better is if you are desperately searching for a solution when you find this product by accident. Such was the case for me.
A product I have used for years went through some changes and I found myself searching for a replacement when a friend asked if I had ever tried Floriani® Products. I had not, but I immediately began looking for them. I contacted several Quilt Shops before finding one that carried the Floriani Products, but once I tried it I fell in love. I couldn’t believe these products had existed for years and I didn’t know about them. Not only did I not know about them, but the Quilting World I live in, except for a very small group, did not know about them and I made it my mission to change that!
I phoned the office of RNK Distributing looking for the creator of the Floriani Product Line, and was referred to Kay Brooks. When Kay got the message she called and we scheduled a meeting to discuss these amazing products I had never been aware of. I explained to Kay how much I loved using the products but I was perplexed that very few people in the Quilting World knew about them or had access to them through their local Quilt Shops. I wanted to change that for the good of the industry.
Within a matter of minutes Ricky (not my Ricky Tims), but Kay’s husband (and by now you know Ricky and Kay are the RNK Founders) asked a question that will no doubt have a major impact on the Quilting Industry. He asked me if I would like to work with Kay to build a line of quilting Products per my specifications using the adhesives and fusibles Kay had created for Floriani that would be distributed exclusively through Independent (no chains or mass) Retailers?
That was the beginning of Quilters Select® from RNK Distributing with Alex Anderson. Since that day Kay and I have worked nonstop to choose the World’s Best Quilting Products and I have personally tweaked each one of them to assure the perfect performance for my Quilters. This line truly is Made Specifically for Quilters!
If you are an Independent Quilt Shop Owner or Retailer this line was created for You too! For too long you have been forced to carry products that were created for your strongest competition, the Chains and Mass Merchants. Quilters Select is not and will not be sold through those retailers. This is not only a line consisting of the highest quality products available anywhere in the world, it will be marketed in a manner that will guarantee its retailer maximum profit margin.
My mission with Quilter’s Select is the same as it is for “The Quilt Show” to educate, inspire, entertain, connect, and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive, and interactive environment. I believe this product line will help fulfill that mission.” — Alex
Alex Anderson’s love of quilting all began in 1978 when she completed her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt as a part of her work toward her degree in art from San Francisco State University. Over the years her central focus has been to understand fabric relationships and an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.
Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages selling nearly 1 million copies worldwide. Her quilts and instruction tips have also appeared in numerous magazines. For 11 years, she served as host of “Simply Quilts” on HGTV. Alex continues to be one of the most sought-after instructors and lecturers in the international quilting and sewing industry.
Alex is a founding partner of The Quilt Show.com and The Quilt Life magazine (publisher AQS) with Ricky Tims. The Quilt Show is the world’s first full-service interactive online video/web TV created just for quilters worldwide. With over 140,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, The Quilt Show.com’s mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect, and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive and interactive environment. The Quilt Life Magazine (2009 – 2014) celebrated the lifestyle of today’s quiltmakers in a fresh and beautiful format. In 2010 it was awarded one of the The Library journal’s top ten new magazines.