14 years ago, on March 10th
1999, Paul and I looked around my basement studio at our house, with a
few hundred bolts of fabric, and decided to send out our first
newsletter announcing that we were open for business.
By the end of the year we had moved to a 4400 sq ft warehouse, a year and half later we moved to 11,000 sq ft, and another year and a half later we expanded to our current 15,000 sq ft warehouse in Northeast Boulder.
Today we employ 37 employees, have 22,000 products in stock, and over 1000 new products each month. We've raised over $1 million for charities in the US and abroad, and we support many quilt shows and contests with sponsorships and prize money.
In the last several years I've traveled to quilt shows and creative events in Japan, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Bali, Spain, France, Thailand and China. You've followed my travels on my video page and my photo pages, and have supported us on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. We've shared video interviews with artists, photo reviews of international shows, and generally had a good time connecting quilters from all over the world.
Time has a funny way of warping when you are busy. In one way, it seems like I've been doing this forever... at least 20 years! On the other time, time flies when you are having fun, and I can't believe it's been 14 years already.
With your quilt donations, we've distributed 10,000 quilts over 13 years to people affected by 9/11 and the Katrina hurricane, the Haiti earthquake, an orphanage in Pine Ridge SD, the tsunami in Japan, Colorado Fires, and most recently our continuing efforts for those still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
We've partnered with rocket scientists from NASA to help an orphanage in Rwanda, and I've traveled to support a surgery team in Guatemala doing cleft lip/palate repairs for Mission of Love. We've paid for a heart surgery for a child in China, and we've rebuilt houses with MOL on the coast of Louisiana after hurricanes wiped a small fishing town off the map.
We've adopted a child from China, raised our 3 children, and recently watched our eldest graduate from college - all shared with our eQuilter friends and customers. Some of you who followed our adoption trip in 2003, are still following Sophie's story as she grows up and expresses her own love of sewing.
The quilting community stretches around the globe, and wherever I go, I find quilters. We are all part of an international community that feels like family, and we all have a love of fabric and color that transcends any other differences.
I am truly grateful for the friendship and support that you have shared with our family and our wonderful eQuilter staff, and we look forward to serving you again in the coming year!
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* Sandyhook Elementary Memorial Quilt Project *