2020 - The Year in Review
Others have, despite enormous personal sacrifice, nursed and cared for those unlucky enough to catch the dreaded Covid. We know we're not an essential industry but for many of our customers the making of quilts for others, whether it's for care givers, care leavers, people in care, those who need a comfort blanket, or for friends and family has helped us get through what has been a difficult year by any measure. Whatever it is, making and doing has helped in some way either as therapy or in the results of those labours.
In the quilting world, we've become more connected at the same time as being disconnected from our traditional habits of quilt shows, education and installations. Meeting with customers was one of the joys of our job. Despite everything that has hindered it, 2020 has been a very busy year at Pinhole Quilting as we adjusted to the new normal, doing many of the things we would normally have done but doing it "virtually".
Please join Pete and Liz for a review of the Pinhole Quilting year. Our You Tube video is just under 10 minutes and is made up of photos from our 2020 album including some video clips of some of our 2020 installations. You can watch it by clicking the photo of Liz and John Scott with the new Moxie below.
At the beginning of the year we took a three day trip to the North-east, Scotland and the North-west for an installation, visited Handi Quilter Ambassador Pauline Burbidge and installed a Forte with Pro-Stitcher at Sew Hot at Thornton-Cleveleys.
It is always a joy to see Pauline and Charlie at Allanbank Steading. We purchased one of Pauline's quilts (on the table in the picture below) and were delighted to receive the sketches of her inspiration for the quilt as well. The quilt now hangs in our Pinhole Quilting Showroom. Pauline was due to exhibit some of her work and hopefully that will still take place in 2021.
|Pete admiring one of Pauline's cyanotype quilts.|
|Pauline's quilts for her 2021 exhibition|
We attended the first and only show of our 2020 at Duxford. Demonstrations directly to potential customers became more difficult from then on. Showroom visits were cancelled in March. We didn't know when they might resume so we bought a webcam, learnt how to use our cameras for video and started doing Zoom demos. That was week one - it was a rapid learning curve!
The cancellation of our UK Longarm Quilt Academy was our biggest disappointment of 2020 and more importantly for our 55 customers! We sold out in under 15 minutes when it was launched and we knew it was going to be an amazing event with teachers from Australia, South Africa, America and the UK.
Fortunately we had orders from customers whose machines were going into sewing rooms and "she sheds"/ garden rooms where we could get access safely . That meant that after the initial lockdown when we couldn't travel, we were able to install some of the bigger machines with frames.
A virtual "Festival of Quilts" was introduced by Sheri Warren, President of the Quilters Guild and Handi Quilter Ambassador Stuart Hillard. We were disappointed that the arrangements for teaching with Angela Walters at Festival of Quilts 2020 had to be postponed but hopefully that will be reinstated when Angela can travel again and the Covid vaccine is in place.
|The new Moxie 15" Longarm|