My name is Joyce Greer and I am a retired dental hygienist. I practiced dental hygiene for 42 years and loved most of it. I'm married with 2 grown 'children' and 3 grandchildren. Rocky and Loosey are my constant companions and supply most of the humor in my life.
My business, ‘One Loose Thread’ is basically 2 parts. First and foremost (to pay the bills) I am a longarm quilter and have been for about 7 years. I do both digital and hand guided quilting for my clients. I do live in Columbia and work out of my home.
One Loose Thread conducts 4 retreat per year and mostly at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center just outside of Aiken, SC. I limit attendance to no more than 40 as that gives all of us room to 'breathe' and work.That also splits us into two buildings to give us space.
The February retreat features a mystery quilt designed by a friend and is totally optional for the campers. Everyone receives the clues but you don’t have to work the quilt. We try to arrange them where you can work on any of your UFO’s and complete the mystery top at the same time.
May Mester happens in mid May and is a teaching retreat. For the last 6 years I have had a Certified Judy Niemeyer instructor teaching Quiltworx patterns. This year I had one group working with her and another group working their UFO’s in another building. One year I brought in 2 teachers and we had two different classes for the weekend. In 2018 I know that I will have my CI Karen Conley back to work with the Judy fanatics, and I am currently working on the possibility of having something different taught in the other building.
Summer Camp is held in August and is the longest of my camps at 5 days. This is a total UFO retreat for the campers. Periodically, I will throw in a charity project for all of us to work with, but, that is totally optional.
Fall Camp Is held in November and is a ‘mid week’ camp from Tuesday until Friday. This is also a UFO retreat. It gives us a chance to complete many of our Christmas presents or start a new project.
Massage is available at each retreat with the exception of May Mester. Smoking is not allow at anytime during a One Loose Thread retreat and we also don't allow political discussions. These are the only hard and fast rules of my events.
Costs for each retreat vary depending on time of the week, whether or not there are classes offered, and type of accommodations.
Fees include: All food (and it’s really good too), lodging in either a motel type of room or a cottage type of room. I furnish a 6 foot table to every participant and I also furnish all electrical from the wall to the sewing pod. One Loose Thread also furnishes the raised ironing and cutting surfaces for the groups. There are also a lot of surprises included in the mix.
Everyone who attends a retreat with OLT becomes a ‘Frayed Knot’. I have a fabulous and diverse group and we welcome everyone.The dates for upcoming retreats are:
Fall Quilt Camp-November 7 - 10, 2017
Looking for Spring- February 22-25, 2018
May Mester - May 17 - 20, 2018
Summer Camp - August 8 - 12, 2018
Fall Quilt Camp - November 6- 9, 2018
If you are my 'friend' on Facebook or 'like' my business page then you will always know when registration begins for each event.
Registration for Fall Quilt Camp 2017 will begin within the next few days, so, stay tuned!