Friday, May 3, 2019

Registration form available by clicking on the form in the header

                                                  Summer Camp 2019
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2019



This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing good time. Quilters of all levels from beginner to professional.
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 except meal times.
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 adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom.
All meals starting with dinner on Wednesday night and ending with lunch/brunch 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

Questions? Call 803-776-5801---the Studio

Summer Camp 2019- 4 days of quilting fun with friends!!!
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2019
 Name:_________________________________________________________
 Address:_______________________________City,State,Zip__________________________________
Phone: Home________________Work_________________Cell________________________________
Email: ______________________________________________
Lodging Type
Rate
 Motel-Double
$670.00
 Motel-Single
$810.00
 Cottage-Double
$630.00
 Cottage-Single
$730.00

These fees include lodging and all meals beginning with Wednesday supper through Sunday lunch/brunch. Check-in no earlier than 1:00 PM on Wednesday. Check out of rooms by 10:00 AM on Sunday. Check out of Sewing area by 2:00 on Sunday.
A deposit of $200.00 of your fee and signed registration form should be sent to:
One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
Total included: $________________ with registration form. If you have special dietary needs, contact me and we can discuss how these can be handled.
Request Massage? _______( yes or no) Requested Roommate_____________________________________________
I will be bringing a Sew Ezy table _____________________ (yes or no).
 Email confirmation will be sent when deposit is received. Remaining balance is due July 17, 2019.
                I understand that by completing this registration form and making my deposit, I am obligated for the total cost of this event. Also, if, for any reason, I am unable to attend and cannot find someone to assume my reservation, I am financially responsible for the full amount of the balance.
Personal liability waiver and indemnification agreement:  Your safety and the security of you and your equipment is taken very seriously, but neither the retreat organizers nor Gravatt Conference Center will be held liable for any personal injury, loss/theft or damage anytime during the retreat. Your attendance constitutes your agreement to indemnify the organizer and Gravatt Conference Center from any claim for injury, loss or damage for any reason. You are responsible for any damage to the retreat center property, facilities, or equipment caused by you through negligence or willful intent.
Signature: _________________________________  Date: __________________   

Sunday, April 7, 2019

So......you want to make a t-shirt quilt?

So, you want to make a t-shirt quilt. No problem, right? All you have to do is sew the shirts together. Put a border around it. Get some fleece for the backing and take it to the longarmer.......right? WRONG!!!!

Let's talk about t-shirt quilts.
#1.Choosing the shirts.  You do not have to include every t-shirt you or your child has ever worn........No, you don't.
  It's really better to pick anywhere from 12 to maybe 24 of your favorites and only use them. The more shirts, the heavier the quilt. A queen size quilt with 60 or so shirts can weigh up to 10 pounds!!!! Mercy!! you could not even turn over under that quilt and heaven forbid if you need to wash it. Sort out your shirts and keep your quilt a comfortable twin or long twin size. 

#2. Stabilizer. We all have our favorites. Mine happens to be French Fuse. I have a commercial heat press and it is a simple matter of fusing this to the backs of the 'rough cut' shirts. Then I can cut to size and work with my design wall to arrange. French Fuse is also easy to quilt through..another consideration when choosing your stabilizer.

#3. To sash or not to sash. I like the quilts with sashing. That's my personal preference, but, you can stitch them all together in a pleasing design and work with that. The larger the quilt, the more it needs sashing for stability and reduction in weight. Cotton fabric in the sashing weighs less than all of those shirts sewn together.

#4. Batting. Personally, I prefer Thermore for the batting in t-shirt quilts. It is lighter in weight and will dry faster when washed. 

#5. Backing.  Although I have not had any problems quilting minkie and fleece..........I really prefer not to use them on the backs of these types of quilts. The stuff is just TOO HOT!! and requires almost a commercial washer when it's time to clean them. But, if that's what you want to use...I can still quilt them and won't complain. It is, after all, your quilt. My personal preference is either Grunge wideback or Moda's Primitive Muslin. Both quilt beautifully and they are snuggly on the back of a quilt.

#6. Binding. I prefer that my clients do their own, but, I will bind for you for a fee. Binding, I feel, should be cotton fabric to either match the border, or sashing, or to compliment the shirts in the quilt.

#7. Quilting. Yes, you can hand quilt these quilts and I will pray for you and your muscles, joints, and fingers while you do it. Yes, you can quilt them on a domestic machine. You need to have lots of Advil or Tylenol handy and a massage therapist on call......but, you can do it. Or, you can send them to a longarm quilter and we can do this for you. I do alot of these quilts.
Many longarmers will do these quilts and will use a large open meander. That's what I do if the quilt is not well stabilized and square. If it is, stabilized and square, I will put speciality designs on it with my Statler Stitcher. We can do a design that works for the quilt and for the special person that you are making it for. I have done, baseballs, tiger paws, ballet shoes, just to name a few.

So, you want to make a t-shirt quilt. I think that is fantastic, but, let's just follow a few guidlines so that you can have a beautiful end product. 

The easiest way to make a t-shirt quilt is to 'quilt by check book'. Yes, just bring me the shirts. We'll discuss the quilt and the layout along with the quilting design and the finished product. 

So, you want to make a t-shirt quilt.........LET'S TALK!!
That's it for today. We'll talk again soon.



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Quilt Retreat!!! New Retreat, New format, New Pricing!!!


No Frills…………. only food, fabric, friends, and fun!!

Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Thursday April 25- Sunday April 28, 2019

This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing good time. Quilters of all levels from beginner to professional.

No cooking necessary………. All meals included.
Want a little exercise?……… Beautiful walking paths around the lake or just sit and stare at the water.
Nothing is structured…. Want to sleep late?…no problem…snore away..

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 adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom.
All meals starting with dinner on Thursday night and ending with lunch/brunch on Sunday.

For Sure you will have: A 6 foot table all to yourself as your work area
Ironing surfaces furnished by One Loose Thread
Raised cutting surfaces
Snack Area
Lots of Laughter--- A definite!!
 
Any Questions should be directed to:

One Loose Thread Quilting, 630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S. C. 29209
Questions? Call 803-776-5801---the Studio

Friday, January 25, 2019

Catching up with Longarm Quilting

Yes, I was out of the studio for a full week, so, yes, I am really behind. I had a great time at the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party and I now understand why many of my friends have been attending these last 29 years. I'll certainly go back.

However, now to get back to work.

The first of this week I was working on the border of this Dinner Plate design and I kept having severe thread issues. I contacted Fil Tec (Hab+Dash) and they have replaced that thread. It was delivered today and I should be back to using the 60 weight thread by Monday. In the meantime, I have been working on the red areas of the quilt. I have arrived at the middle!!!
Obviously, you can't see the quilting in this picture, but, trust me, it is there. Tomorrow I will continue down the quilt and will hopefully finish the red areas and start the black areas. I am actually going to hold off on going back to the borders until the full interior of the quilt is completed.

What is shown here in the red is all of the quilting that has been done this week. It does not show the weeks+ stitch in the ditch that was done before I went to the beach.

I love every piece of this quilt. Carol had told me that she felt as though a lot of these quilts are done heavy in feathers, and I agree. What appears as 'feathers' on this quilt are what I call 'bat wings' and the swags are some type of leaf. They don't have the curve of a feather and I just love them.

This quilt has an 'edgy' feel to it, so there are a few curves, alot of spikes, plenty of lines, and there will even be some circles....

I've got a long way to go on this project, but, a very hard deadline that I am seriously trying to make. We'll be up early and work late over the next few days trying to make that deadline. I'll let you know how it goes.

Have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A day in the Life of a Longarm Quilter


OK, so this was day 2 of stitch in the ditch. Day 1 was totally unsuccessful and nothing was accomplished. I had thread breaks, skipped stitches and nothing but frustration.
Well, I spent 36 hours reading, studying, dreaming and problem solving with my brain and a few hundred longarm quilters. I figured there were several problems.

First: This is not the way that I loaded the top. I had originally loaded it where it rolled on the inside bar. That caused tension when I moved Penelope. The quilt rolled too 'fat' and caused some drag. So, when I started this morning I unzipped it and rolled it on the outside roller. That really helped alot.

Second: I really loosened the quilt sandwich. Not so sure it was to tight, but, that couldn't hurt.
Third: I cranked the tension back down on the primary tension disks. Then I really loosened the tension at the intermediate tensioner.
Started stitching and would you believe.................It's perfect........well, almost. I am still seeing some of the dark gray bobbin thread pull close to the top of the quilt, but, not so much that I'm concerned.
Long story short...........I quilted for over 6 hours with 1.............I repeat ....1 thread break. And, I went back to using Superior Monopoly on top.............It has been a glorious day!! PLUS the sun was shining outside!!!
I did not get to the half way point, but, things are moving faster, so hopefully tomorrow I can finish this part.
That's it for tonight...........I'm off to try out my new Air Fryer. We'll see how that goes. Now that things are moving along, I know I'll sleep better. So, until tomorrow!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Story of a High Custom Quilt and the Life of a Longarm Quilter

It is January 2, 2019 and I have finally loaded this quilt on my frame. I am starting the quilt with it on Penelope Statler. I have had this top for over a month, but the client knew that I would not  be in a position to start work on it until now. I have also just received the digital designs for this quilt. Most of what I will be using is from Laurie Thomas of It's a Quilt Thing. I will use a few others from other designers and let you know what they are and I will also be doing some freehand work on the quilt.

The first decision that I needed to make was whether or not to add additional batting. My client wants Dream wool and that is a really good choice. However, I feel as though this quilt needs the additional stabilizing that a thin cotton, poly or blend black batting on the back would offer. So, I have added a layer of Hobbs 80/20 next to the black batik backing.
I have those on the frame and now comes the quilt top. Perfectly pieced by a Certified Judy Niemeyer instructor. It is the new Technique of the month, Dinner Plate Dahlia and it is beautiful (even though it is done in Georgia red and black------or Carolina garnet and black). Insert evil laugh and a big tiger paw!! It is also 100% batik fabrics. Not just the top, but, the backing too.
It took 5 hours to load and baste the quilt top on and now it is time to stitch.

January 3, 2019:
Well, I have spent the entire day with this quilt. To say it has been frustrating is an understatement. Bull Bat time could not get here fast enough. I am working on the stitch in the ditch that is really necessary on these tops. I started with a medium gray bottom line bobbin on a black and gray batik backing using first Superior monopoly smoke. Well, I was having thread breaks every few inches and when it wasn't breaking I was getting skipped stitches. Talk about frustration!!! So, I unquilted what I had stitched. Next it was Dark Gray in the bobbin and Clear Superior Monopoly on top............same thing. So..........I tried YLI clear thread with the dark gray in the bobbin......same. I also stopped plotting for the Statler, dropped the belts, put on the extended throat plate and started hand guiding the machine.........no change.
Finally, I decided I was exhausted from fighting with the process for the day. So I shut down and turned off the lights.
I have poured a glass of wine and I'm sitting here talking to you. I think that I have also decided to try Superior Microquilter tomorrow instead of invisible. Microquilter is 100 weight thread and should work well. Notice I said 'should'.
Once I get these 'bugs' worked out, things will begin to go smoother and faster. It is still going to be quite a journey. So, you are on board and we'll talk periodically to let you know the progress. So, what does the quilt actually look like? Well, this is a look at part of the top:
Remember, as I go forward with this, that this top is 100% square and perfectly pieced. Any problems that arise are typical of some that longarmers have, but, that are not usually known by our clients. I just thought you might be interested and it might also go well for you to understand why we charge what we do for our quilting.
Have a good evening and remember that 'Tomorrow is another day'..........


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Registration is open!!!

Registration for February Quilt Camp with One Loose Thread is officially open. You can find a form by clicking on the button at the top of this page. If you have questions, feel free to call me in the studio or email and ask.
Thanks,
Joyce Greer-One Loose Thread


                                                                Looking for Spring 2019
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 17, 2019

This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing good time. Quilters of all levels from beginner to professional.
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 except meal times.
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 adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom.
All meals starting with dinner on Thursday night and ending with lunch/brunch on Sunday.
Optional: Mystery Quilt designed by our own Beth Karr (everyone will receive the clues)
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
Questions? Call 803-776-5801---the Studio