Link at the top of the page for registration Registration is open!! All rooms in the lodge are filled. Still plenty of cottage rooms available!!FALL FUN QUILT CAMP!!!
Location: Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken, SC
Tuesday, November 8 – Friday, November 11, 2016
This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing good time.
All meals are provided by the fantastic Gravatt kitchen! No dishes to wash!!!
Walking paths all over the camp so that you can get your daily exercise. Walk by the lake and just lose yourself in your surroundings.
Sew all night, sleep all day.
Your fee includes: Neat and clean lodging in either Cole Lodge or Our quaint cottages. The rooms in Cole Lodge sleep 2 and have their own bathrooms. The cottage rooms have 2 adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom. All meals starting with dinner on Tuesday night and ending with lunch on Friday.
A 6 foot table as your work area-Small personal tables are also allowed Ironing surfaces furnished by One Loose Thread Raised cutting surfaces Snack Area
Massage available Lots of Laughter Of course, a few surprises will be thrown into the mix.
Any Questions should be directed to:
One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
P. S. Also mark your calendars for
Looking for Spring 2017- February 16 - 19, 2017 May Mester 2017- A weekend of Judy Niemeyer Fun, led by CI Karen Conley May 18 - 21, 2017
I posted this in 2011. This is an explanation of what 'Bull Bat' Time means to me. This is a very special time of the day.
Oh what memories that statement brings back. This would happen at the end of the day. Usually around 5:00 or 5:30. I guess that was the time that the 'bats' would start to fly. I have no idea. However, when Mama and Aunt Helen were both alive we would gather on their patios for 'Bull Bat' time. Mama would mix her favorite adult beverage, Aunt Helen would mix hers and I would open a beer. We would sit out and enjoy the beautiful South Carolina Spring, Summer, and Fall. Someone would add in some cheese and crackers, nuts, something to munch on and we would just enjoy the end of the day. So many problems were solved during those times. I learned alot about my heritage, gardening, canning of vegetables, child rearing, just all sorts of stuff. I'll just bet that you have had times like that too. I miss those days.
Several months ago, Cheryl had a water leak in her basement. She was able to save her quilt tops and brought all of them to me for quilting. Some of them were still damp. This week I finally returned the last of those quilts.
I also returned completed quilts to another client that I have been working with over the last few months.
JoAnn has her favorite patterns and she does them beautifully. Love working with her on her creations.
I've also been working on Nora's quilt. I am almost finished, only one more border.
There was one more that I started on, but I ran into problems with the design. I wanted a specific elephant and when I found it, the design didn't stitch like it needed to. Well, I posted on the Statler Sibs group and received immediate help. Not only from members of the group, but also from the company that I ordered it from. Sooooooooooooo, this morning I was able to stitch out the borders. Only problem was operator error. On one border, the elephants are facing the wrong way.
The border on the right is the one that is dancing to a different drummer. So, while the machines are down tonight due to weather, I'll edit that border and it will be ready to finish in the morning.
What a great week. Even with all of this I had lunches with friends,missed a massage appointment, took Rocky to the Vet for a check up and took in a few new quilts to work on.
This coming week includes a Dr.'s appointment, a Guild meeting, a re-scheduled massage and the quilting of several quilts. I will also baste a new one on for Olivia and I to work with over the next few weeks. Pictures later.
Have a great week and stay cool!!
Just a note to let you know that there are no available single motel rooms available. However, I have several single cottage rooms available and double motel and cottage room available. Sewing in the Summer 2016
Gravatt Camp and Conference Center
Aiken, S. C.
Wednesday, August 10 – Sunday, August
This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing
good time. All meals are provided
by the fantastic Gravatt kitchen! No dishes to wash!!! Walking paths all over
the camp so that you can get your daily exercise. Walk by the lake and just
lose yourself in your surroundings. Nothing is structured or
The only scheduled activities are meals and massages.
Your fee includes: Neat and clean lodging
in either Cole Lodge or our quaint cottages. The rooms in Cole
Lodge sleep 2 and have their own bathrooms. The cottage rooms have
2 adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom. Meals starting with
dinner on Wednesday night (Thursday night-for three day campers) and ending
with lunch on Sunday.
A 6 foot table all to yourself as your work area
Ironing surfaces furnished by One Loose Thread Raised cutting
surfaces Snack Area
Massage available Lots of Laughter Of course, a few
surprises will be thrown into the mix.
Any Questions should be directed to:
One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters
Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
What's been going on with everyone? I know, I haven't written a blog post is months. I'm sorry about that, but, I really have been just a little busy while having a ton of fun.
Spring Quilt Camp was wonderful. I believe that everyone had fun and I know most people accomplished many goals.
Olivia and Penelope have been working hard in the studio with client quilts and I have been posting those to the 'customer quilt' page here on the blog. I also post most of the inprogress pictures on Facebook for all to watch and see.
So, let me go through my calendar and see just what I have been up to:
January: Our longarm group started another year. We are learning so much from each other and enjoy our meeting.
At the end of January we loaded up the 'Quilt Mobile' and headed to Richmond for the Gammill Longarm Conference. That was 3or 4 days filling our heads with all kinds of longarm information. Not just Statler, but other interesting classes for the longarmer.
February: Of course that's ONE LOOSE THREAD'S QUILT CAMP. We hosted 36 fabulous 'Frayed Knots' for 4 days and 3 nights of sewing fun. I always come home with sore ribs from laughing so hard. Then on February 29th I was off to Charleston, SC
March: I had the prevlidge of assisting in the judging rooms for Cobblestone Quilt Guilds semi-annual quilt show. (Yes, I am a longtime member, but I am not usually in a position to participate. This was very special to me to be able to do this.) Watching and listening as each quilt was presented and the judge awarded the ribbons. Then I helped hang the quilts, which I understand were blown over by a slight draft, after I left the building. The show was fantastic and I was allowed to 'white glove' for several hours on Saturday. I could have stayed much longer. Imagine being in a position to answer questions and educate the public about quilts and quilting. The artistry of the quilt. So much fun.
As the month passed Devine guild hosted Karla Alexander for a weekend with a lecture and a workshop, so as President of that guild, I was where I could spend time with Karla and really enjoyed meeting her.
Later in the month Karla was the featured speaker for Quilters of South Carolina's Spring meeting. While at that meeting I presented QSC with a quilt that I had pieced and quilted for them to use as a fund raiser for their scholarship program.
This is the quilt that I presented to them. It is a Judy Neimeyer pattern called Vintage Compass. I did piece it and free hand quilted it just for this purpose. This is a picture of it hanging in the Cobblestone Quilt Show. Notice it does not hold a ribbon. sigh.
Now, on to April:
DID I TELL YOU I WON 2ND PLACE AT MQX!!??
It's true. The quilt that I entered was one that Sally King allowed me to quilt for her. She and a group of friends stitched this as a Round Robin. It was beautiful before I started quilting it.
Our Longarm Group met again this month, my machines have been running almost every day. I am currently getting ready for May Mester 2016. That will be in just 2 weeks. I'm trying to make sure all of my client's quilts are caught up and then I need to organize and cut my project for that weekend. I love that I can organize an event such as this, but, still be the student from 9 to 5 in classes. It will be fun and I hope to share some pictures with you here on the blog.
OK, enough for now. Just so that you will know, registration for Sewin' in the Summer 2016 starts this weekend and all of the information will be posted right here before Monday. Promise.
4 days and 3 nights of quilting fun with
the Frayed Knots of One Loose Thread.
Karen Conley, Certified Judy Niemeyer
Class will begin
after dinner on Thursday night with 2 hours of formal instruction. We will
continue with 6 hours on Friday and 6 hours on Saturday. Class instruction will
conclude on Sunday morning with 2 hours of ‘wrap up’ between breakfast and
lunch. That’s 16 hours of professional
instruction!! Where else would you find that except at a One Loose Thread
event!! In between class times it will be ‘free time’ for working on your class
project, a ufo, or reading or walking around the beautiful retreat site or just
taking naps, as you choose.
Lodging will be
provided on site. You may choose from a quaint cottage room that shares a
bathroom with the room next door or a lodge room with 2 double beds and its own
bathroom. I have set aside just a few single rooms for this event and they will
be first come first served. All other rooms will be doubles. If you can’t find
a roommate, I will be glad to try to pair you with someone that will be
compatible for you. With very few exceptions, all rooms are on the ground
All meals, beginning
with dinner on Thursday and finishing with lunch on Sunday, are included in
your registration fee and will be prepared and served by the fantastic kitchen
staff at Gravatt. If you have special diets or food restrictions, please note
that on your registration forms so that we can address those. I promise that
you won’t go hungry during your stay with us.
Yes, we do have a
special rate for day students!! See the registration form for additional
information or email
All classroom space
will be close to lodging and the dining hall. I usually tell everyone the
longest distance to the dinner table is 100 yards. Classroom space is on the
ground level, so no steps to climb.
Karen Conley, Certified Instructor for Judy
Neimeyer, is returning for her 4th weekend with the Frayed Knots. She will be
formally teaching ‘Desert Sky for any first-timers. However, others are welcome
to bring Judy Niemeyer “WORKS IN PROGRESS”. Also, any quilter with previous JN
experience may work on a TOM (Technique of the Month) pattern during the
retreat. She is willing to offer Glacier Star, Mariner’s Compass or Paradise in
Bloom patterns. For those participants, patterns can be ordered from Karen. I
have special information on ordering from Karen if that is what you would like
to do. Please note that she needs at least 6 weeks notice on any patterns.
Patterns are not included in the posted fees.
This is the way that Karen describes the retreat class:
“Judy currently has three
Technique of the Month patterns:
Each pattern contains six
different Judy techniques.
Traditionally we taught the class
as a six month series -
each month was
a new technique.
The CI’s are now teaching them in
long retreat situations.
Students with prior JN experience
often are already familiar with some of the techniques – e.g. New York Beauty
from the first retreat in 2013
and feather borders in the Hosta.
All three TOM’s have an optional
expansion pattern which will make queen-size quilts.
These are the patterns that can
only be sold by the Certified Shops or in a TOM class by the Certified
So, for those of us with Judy Niemeyer experience WE CAN
WORK ON JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!! This is pretty much what we have been working
towards the last few years. I really expect to see some big quilts out of this
retreat. We will have plenty of room and if necessary we will use part of Cole
Lodge for cutting larger pieces of fabrics or setting up some special design
walls. That’s how we can get additional exercise, taking our units to Cole to
hang on design walls…
So many choices………………I can’t
wait!!! How do I decide?
Register early to reserve your 'place at the table'.