Monday, April 24, 2017

What a DEVINE Weekend

Well, it's Monday morning and I am in 'reflection' mode. Our guild held its inaugural Studio Tour just this past Saturday. This is an event that I have wanted to happen for years. How nice it was when someone stepped up to the plate and took on the job. Sally and her committee set out to have a very professionally done event and they accomplished their goal. It was a year in the planning and, just like Christmas, was over in a flash.

The committee named the tour 'The Needle and Thread' tour so that in the future other types of studios can be added. Those of us whose studios were on the tour spent the last year getting our studios ready by cleaning (never get all of the dust) and adding organizational elements to share with our friends. I wish I had photos to share of the other studios, but, I was busy here and didn't get to any of the others. Hopefully I can visit them over the next few months. However, Here are a few photos o
f my studio and studio annex.
This is where I store some projects on the top 2 shelves. Now, on the bottom shelf I have bobbin storage.
I use athletic shoe boxes from 'The Container Store' with dividers. I use only Superior Bottom Line Super Bobs, so I now have every color neatly at my finger tips.

My new thread wall, in the Annex, is my latest 'favorite thing'. It is 4' x 16' of slat wall and it is slowly filling with my favorite threads. I currently have all of Superiors Omni, Sew Fine and I am building my collection of Magnifico and Fantistico and MicroQuilter. That's on one end and the other is my collection of Fit-Tec Glide....I still have a long way to go with that one. My wall of Sew Fine is in the Studio where Olivia Gammill resides. Since I use her for most of my custom quilting, it is readily available there.

The other nice aspect added to the Annex this year was my Accucut corner.
Now I have all of my dies off of the floor. They are labeled so that I actually know what I have and no longer order duplicates. They are laying on shelf brackets so that they don't have to lay on top of each other which is not the way to store them. I also have my heat press in that corner. It is only used for T-shirt quilts so it is out of the way, but, accessable when I need it.

During the tour Penelope Statler worked very hard and managed to quilt 3 Quilts of Valor. She stitched from 8 that morning until about 5 that afternoon. NOT ONE THREAD BREAK!!!! through the entire time. I'll put the binding on those today and be ready to turn them over the next time I see Anne Mixon.

Well, that's it for now. I am in the Studio for today and then tomorrow I am off on a retreat with my Sister and some friends. This has been a very busy month and things won't slow down until after May Mester (that I have not cut the first paper on my project yet). Thankfully my clients are very patient with me and have not yet started complaining. I will spend June, July and most of August catching up on my clients custom quilts. The edge to edge quilting just rolls right along and I am still in that 2 week window of turn around.

So, I'm off to work. Hope you have a pleasant day?

Friday, April 14, 2017

May Mester 2017 registration is closed.

Registration for May Mester 2017 has closed
Sorry to miss you this year. Maybe some other time.

Stay tuned for more fun times with One Loose Thread, LLC. Summer camp is coming up in August. Registration will begin in just a few months.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Longarm Quilting and My Home Quilt Guild

Only about 6 weeks until the 'Needle and Thread Tour' with the Devine Quilt Guild in Columbia, S. C. and there are 7 studios involved. We are in three different areas around Columbia and NO THEY ARE NOT ALL LONGARM STUDIOS. Buy your tickets and spend a Saturday with us in beautiful Columbia, S.C. visiting these studios. Get ideas to use in your own sewing space. The studios range in size from a small room to half a house, so there is a lot to see. Enjoy a light lunch on the grounds of one studio and learn about the charities that Devine supports with their quilting efforts. Visit a large quilt exhibit in one of the premier retirement communities and shop at several of the local shops. It will be a fun 'girlfriend' day and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

All of us are 'sprucing up' just a little and trying new ways to organize and store threads and fabrics, just so we all get some new ideas. Feel free to share your ideas with us too so that we can get more use from our sewing spaces.

Tickets are available for purchase here on a secure site:

Now, as to what I am working on:
I am spending an hour or two each morning working on my English Paper Piecing project of Dear Jane. I have a grand total of 3 blocks completed, but, you know what they say about being 'slow and steady'.

Also under my needle with Penelope Statler is a beautiful Double Wedding ring quilt I am custom quilting with some beautiful digital designs and maybe some freehand ones too.

Olivia and I are working to finish a wool applique quilt after I un-stitched the border that I didn't like. I also have a few corrections to make on a quilt that I finished before camp. Just a couple that will only take a few minutes. I love having that quilt back in the studio...who knows, I just might have to keep it for display during the tour??? Maybe.

That's a few of the things going on at One Loose Thread,LLC this week. Hope this finds you well and in a place where you can apply needle and thread to fabric.

Have a great week,

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Longarm Quilting

This has been a really fun type of weekend. I had a bag of Quilts of Valor tops to dig into and so, I did. A few weeks ago I did 3 tops. This weekend I quilted another 3 tops. Today (Sunday) I put the binding on all six (6) of those tops. So, I really feel as though I have accomplished something. I'll post pictures of these later. Tomorrow, I'll load another client quilt on Penelope Statler and work with that. I have some corrections to make on some custom client quilts, so, that will be the focus for Olivia this coming week. Pictures of all of this later this week. Have a great start to your week.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Longarm Quilting

I haven't actually written a post in many months. That is one thing that I used to do at the end of almost every day. I am going to try to do better with that. So, let's go back several months and see what's been going on.

These are a few of the quilts that I worked on last year. It was an interesting year and it seemed that I had a lot more custom quilting than I had in previous years. In the last few weeks I may have discovered why that is happening.

You see, I have been told by several people that they understand that I am so busy that I am not taking in any new clients!! THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT TRUE!!! I stopped taking in Christmas Quilts in October because I knew that I could not get them done in time for Christmas. However, that did not mean that I was no longer taking client quilts for delivery after Christmas. Without edge to edge quilting, a longarmer cannot stay in business. That is the bread and butter of the longarm business.

Then I have clients, old and new, that tell me that they will bring me their custom/special quilting and take their edge to edge quilting to someone else. Why?........because they have been told that I am to busy to do anymore edge to edge quilting. THAT IS NOT SOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Therefore, let's set the record straight. I am in the business of longarm quilting. I have 2 machines. One does edge to edge with computer assistance and the other is hand guided and I use that one strictly for custom quilting. Both machines can run at the same time. I can multi-task. I am accepting new clients. My prices are posted on this blog and they are baseline prices. I have pick up and delivery at Pieces & Patches Quilt Shop in Lexington, SC. I will meet with clients in my home studio. Many clients mail their tops to me for quilting and that works well. I have been known to drive to Aiken, Summerville, and other areas for pick up, delivery and lunch. I love my job.

So, there you have it. That's where I am right now. I have hosted a total of 70 or so quilters at two retreats since November of 2016 and I have Maymester 2017 coming up shortly. I still have a couple of spaces for this wonderful Judy Niemeyer weekend under the direction of CI Karen Conley. Retreats are going well and I am into my 10th year of conducting these retreats. Normally I have 3 UFO retreats and 1 teaching retreat. I am currently in discussions regarding a teacher for 2018 so if you have any special requests, let me know. CI Karen Conley has been with me for 5 years??? and we have discussed the possibility something different. Of course, everytime we do that, the 'Frayed Knots' talk us out of it and schedule Karen for another class. It is possible to have 2 teachers at MayMester and I have done that before and may try it again.

I do have a new addition to the studio:
Meet 'Loosey'

She came to live with us on Christmas Ever 2016 at the ripe old age of 3 months. She really has her hands full keeping Rocky straight, but, she is up to the task. Loosey is part Lab,spaniel,beagle,and some other stuff...but, the real part is that she is a sweetie and she is training us very well.

I guess that's it for now. Want to see a couple more quilts?

Hope you have a great weekend,
Let's go sew!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Judy Niemeyer Weekend led by CI Karen Conley---MAY MESTER 2017!!

May Mester 2017- a Judy Niemeyer
with CI Karen Conley
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Thursday, May 18, 2017- Sunday, May 21, 2017

Registration information available by clicking on the tab at the top of this page: May Mester 2017 registration.

For this event, we will split into 2 buildings. In one building, CI Karen Conley will be teaching Vintage Rose and Clam Shell. Class will begin after dinner on Thursday night. In the second building, you can work on whatever project you want, whether that is a Judy Niemeyer pattern or not. CI Karen Conley will be available to solve problems and offer suggestions on anything from Quiltworx, as you go through the day. You will also be free to ‘stand in’ as CI Karen demonstrates the techniques used for Vintage Rose and Clamshell. In order to work on Vintage Rose, you must have previous Judy Niemeyer experience.
Your fee includes:
All instruction with class beginning after dinner on Thursday evening. Class wrap-up will be Sunday morning following breakfast.
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 Thursday night 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
Any Questions should be directed to: Joyce Greer
One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
FAX NUMBER: 803.776.7643

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Yes, I have a special announcement for those of you that have wanted to attend May Mester, but, did not want to work on the chosen Judy Niemeyer pattern. I am going to open registration for sewing in Cole Lodge. You can work on whatever Judy pattern that you have in progress and still have our CI Karen Conley to help with problems you might have.

This is how this will work: 
CI Karen Conley will be spending most of her time with those of us that are working on Vintage Rose or Clam Shell (Clam Shell is the 'beginner' pattern for this retreat).  She will schedule time to spend with those that are sewing in Cole Lodge to answer questions or solve problems. If you are in Cole and have a problem, you can also have access to CI Karen Conley just a short walk away. 

I really believe this will give our May Mester Retreat more flexibility. Sometimes you just need a little help and would just like to sew at your own pace. I recently did that in Charleston and loved knowing that I could get expert help if needed. That is what will go on in Cole Lodge. 

Our 'full' classroom instruction will be in the Chapel.

Now, I know I am going to get the question: "Can I just come and sew on whatever I want to?", the answer is, "Yes, you can". Cole Lodge will basically become a 'sit and sew' location with the added benefit of a Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor.

Registration for May Mester will begin on January 1, 2017. You will need to indicate what pattern you will be working with so that I will know where to place you for sewing. 

Until then....................Registration is still on going for Spring Quilt Camp 2017 and that will continue until February 1, 2017.

Yep, there is a lot going on here at One Loose Thread but, that's what keeps life interesting.

Any questions, feel free to email or call me.

Joyce----One Loose Thread