Sunday, October 31, 2021




May Mester 2022- Dual Retreat-Fun for all!

Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 

Wednesday May 18 – Sunday May 22, 2022

Registrations will be taken as received.

 Register early!!

This will be a dual retreat. One Group will be working on their own projects. A second group will be enjoying the class of Judy Neimeyer projects with instruction by our certified instructor Elsa Neubauer!! Classes will be 8 hours each day for 3 days!!

We will all gather together for meals and evening fellowship each day. Other than class time, the schedule will be unstructured. You can take walks by the lake, enjoy the solitude, take a nap, have a massage.

All of this while enjoying the wonderful food from the Gravatt kitchen and the peace and solitude of Gravatt Camp and Conference Center.

Your fee includes

Day Students: Your class fee and 3 delicious lunches from the Gravatt Kitchen.

Class Students: All food and lodging plus your class fee and all other amenities.

Sit and Sew Frayed Knots: All food and lodging plus everything else you have come to love from One Loose Thread such as:

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 Brunch on Sunday afternoon.

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 JOYCE GREER, One Loose Thread Quilting, LLC

630 Planters Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29209

Studio phone: 803-776-5801


Elsa suggests these patterns for beginners:

Spice Rack                                        Fractured Paint Box

Fractured Star                                    Star Baby

Triple Divide                                     Color Spectrum

Desert Sky                                        Zen Garden

Trifari Jewels                                    Antique Lighthouse

Placemats (Watermelon, Broken Daisy, My2Baby Sisters)

Table Runners ( Cactus Flower)

Those with previous experience with Judy's patterns are open to bring their own projects and Elsa will help us with them. She will need to know, well in advance, which pattern you will be working with. I know that I have at least 2 that I need to restart. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Registration for November Quilt retreat is now closed

 Yes, tables have been ordered. Rooms have been assigned. Surprises have been planned. Now, it's time for some last minute 'stuff' and then packing will begin. It's a process and one that I have been going through for many years now. So, start your countdown!! 

I am so happy that we will all be sewing in the same building for this event. I have really missed being with many of my quilting 'peeps' as we contribute our quarters to the special kitty. 
Letters went out by email last weekend with the supply list, health forms and a map. I'll also be in touch next week to talk about lunch on Tuesday as we check in (I'm sure some caramel cake will be included with this). 
What projects are you bringing? Bring stacks of 'show and tell'. 

Make sure that your balance is paid and, LET'S GO SEW!!!

PS.... registration for May Mester 2022 will begin next week, so stay tuned............ Registration for February 2022 will begin the first week of December. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


November Mid-week retreat with One Loose Thread


Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 

Tuesday, November 9 – Friday, November 12, 2021

Registrations will be taken as received. Attendance will be controlled by Covid-19 guidelines and is subject to change. Register early!!

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 mealtimes.
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 Tuesday night and ending with lunch/brunch on Friday.

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

November Mid-week Retreat with One Loose Thread

Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Friday, November 12, 2021



Phone: Home________________Work_________________Cell________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________

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One Loose Thread is not responsible for finding roommates. If you reserve a double and no roommate can be found, then OLT will bill you for the difference.
These fees include lodging and all meals beginning with Tuesday supper through Friday brunch. Check-in no earlier than 1:00 PM on Tuesday. Check out of rooms by 10:00 AM on Friday. Check out of Sewing area by 1:00 on Friday.

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

You do not have a reserved space until I have this paperwork.

Total included: $________________ with registration form. If you have special dietary needs, contact me and we can discuss how these can be handled.

Request Massage? _______. Requested Roommate___________________. Sew-Ezy Table?___________

 Email confirmation when registration is received.  Remaining balance is due October 15, 2021.

                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: __________________   


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

May Mester, Judy Neimeyer, and UFO'S!!

 Mark these dates on your 2022 calendar!!  

MAY 18 - 22, 2022!!

These are the dates of our quilt retreat that will be the first time in a while we have tried having a dual retreat. One building will be for 'Sit and Sew' UFO projects and the other will be featuring a Certified Judy Niemeyer instructor, Elsa Neubauer, for 3 full days of instruction! More on that in a minute.

One building will be our usual 'Bring your own projects' type of set up. You can bring out all of those UFO's that you started in 2020/2021 and work to finish a few. Or, you can start something new and exciting. Start sewing on Wednesday evening and sew until you leave Sunday after brunch!! You will be working independently but will have others with you that have many different levels of quilting skill from beginner to seasoned professional. You will be sewing in a sharing environment where if you need some help or an opinion they will be readily available.  We all learn so much from each other. Especially during retreat time. I will furnish your ironing surfaces and ample cutting surfaces. You will have a full 6 foot table to use all to yourself. 

The class for the Judy Niemeyer quilts will be a closed class where those attending will have the full attention of our Certified Instructor. She will not be available for those attending the UFO side of the retreat. 

I am looking forward to introducing the 'Frayed Knots' to Elsa Neubauer, Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer and Quiltworx. 

For 3 full days!!! That's right!! We will start our class on Thursday morning and you will have 6 hours of instruction each day!! That is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!!! Your evenings can be used to work on your Niemeyer projects or something else that you might like to use to 'clear your brain'. The choice is yours. 

Elsa will guide us through the different techniques of many of the Quiltworx patterns. Those that you have had in project boxes that are partially finished, this is the time to pull them out and get excited about finishing them up. I know I have 2 or 3 that I need help 'finding' a starting point again. If you are new to these quilts, Elsa has a good number of 'beginner' quilts that she will be glad to use to introduce you to Judy's process of quiltmaking. 

I will furnish ample cutting and ironing areas for the group to use. You will have a full 6 foot table, so plenty of area to spread out and work. 

Here are just a couple of the recommended beginner projects. There will be more.

The whole weekend will be full of fun and laughter. Friends and fabric. Great Gravatt food and just an all around fantastic experience. 

In the evenings we will share stories and quilts that we have made. Everyone will get to meet and be with everyone else attending for the weekend. Elsa will present  a trunk show for all of us to enjoy. I'm sure I can come up with a surprise or maybe even most of you know, you can never tell what I might come up with. 

And yes, there will be massage available. There are those of us that will really need some attention from our Licensed Massage Therapist. 

So, mark your calendars. Start planning what you will stitch on. Get your registrations in early. 

Once you have registered, Elsa will be available to assist in your choice of patterns for the Niemeyer group. We will also need to know, in advance, what pattern(s) you will be working on so that Elsa be up to date with instruction for those projects. 

Due to the need to plan patterns and fabrics for the Judy Niemeyer class, you will be allowed to register earlier than usual. Fees will be published by the first of November 2021 and we will start registration. The retreat fee for those taking the Judy Niemeyer class will be different than for those doing 'sit and sew'. This would make a great Christmas gift and I do sell gift certificates.

So, watch the facebook page. Check your email. Watch the blog!! If I don't have a current email address for you, send me your new one to  (remove all of the spaces in the address). 

Please be aware that I will also be registering for November and February retreats at the same time, so things could get a little confusing. I'll do my best to keep all of this straight!

That's it for now. There will be more to come in the next few weeks. I am so excited to be able to offer this to everyone and I look forward to seeing some new 'Judy fanatics' becoming 'Frayed Knots'. 

Sunday, May 23, 2021


 I took some time this morning and ventured into downtown Columbia, SC. This is my hometown and I love driving around to see what's going on. I knew there was an event happening at the State House today and law enforcement would not be necessary. 

This is the sight that greeted me as I drove down Main Street toward the capitol building. This was what I was looking to see. 

I am so humbled to know that I was a part of this tribute to our veterans. What you are looking at is almost 500 quilts of valor AND presentation bags that have been stitched over the last few months. Several years ago the South Carolina Longarm Group did this:

Since that time, this event at the State House has been a dream. A dream that Anne Mixon and the SC Quilts of Valor Foundation has made real. If not for Anne, I am not so sure this would have happened.

While I sat at that stop light, tears just flowed. I am so proud to know so many of the men and women that made these quilts. So many hands worked on these quilts. From the collection of fabric, the cutting of the patterns, the stitching of the blocks, the quilting of the quilts, the binding of the edges,the sewing on on the labels........and don't forget the construction of the presentation bags. So many steps. So many hours. So much love. 

I personally want to thank the members of the South Carolina Longarm Group that really stepped up and quilted over 100 of these quilts. Many donated not only their time and expertise, but batting and thread and so much more. Doing this would have been more difficult without your help. Every time I ask for your help, you are right there and give freely of your time . Thank you so much. 

So, now I am going to over fill this post with pictures. Every picture that I have been able to capture/steal from facebook since I left my camera in my car. It was a beautiful day!! I really hope that many of you could see this 'live and in person'. 

It was a beautiful day and a outstanding event. Congratulations to Anne Mixon for a job well done!!

Friday, February 5, 2021

A Long Journey Comes to an End

 Well, it is finally over! I logged this quilt top into the Studio on February 14, 2019. I'm sure that Sally intended it to be shown at one of the Guild Shows in Aiken. That didn't happen. It hung for quite a while before I actually loaded it on my machine. 

As you can see, it didn't start to load until July of 2020. So many things had happened in my personal life that somethings had to wait and Sally was kind enough to allow this to wait too. 

So, it was loaded and I started the Stitch in the Ditch to stabilize the quilt. Everything went well. Stitching around ay type of applique' takes time and ditch stitching is one of the most difficult things to do on a longarm machine. Anyway, I worked through that over a period of time. Then it was time for the backgound fills on each block..................and she sits and waits..........and waits.........and waits. 

There are days that I can walk up to a machine and just start stitching. Other times it will not let me take control. So I waited..........then I finally figured out what I wanted to do in the background. Something simple that would showcase the applique' and not just jump off of the quilt. 

So, now I had all of the backgrounds locked down. There were some blocks that had interior areas that I would decide on later.........much later. Time for the sashing. 

And she waits..........and she waits...........and she consults with a quilting mentor..........and she waits. Finally, I decided to do something a little unconventional. I set up my Statler and placed this design in the sashing areas. 

This is the only part of the quilting on this piece that was computer assisted. So, the sashings are done.

Time for the borders. And, she waits........... and she waits...........and she draws........and she thinks........and she again consults her quilting mentor...........Then one day, she stitches.

Don't pay attention to the white lines. That didn't happen, but, it got me started and soon the border was complete.

Then I still had some blocks where the centers were open and those need 'something'. And she waits.....

Do you see now why it takes me so long to complete a custom quilt?........

At any rate, yesterday February 4, 2021, I took the last stitch in this project. Pulled it down so that I could actually look at it and I just cried. That happens to me when I am so into a project like this and then get to the end. It is done. I am really happy with the end results. And, I can't actually believe that I did it. 

So, here it is. It will soon be on its way to Virginia, because Sally moved recently. Lot's of life changes for both of us, but, now we can put this one project aside. 

If Sally will allow, I hope to take this to Quilt Camp in a couple of weeks for 'Show and Tell'. Then I can get it on a rack and get some really good pictures. 
For now, it's off on another adventure. I have custom clients listed for the next few months, so it's off to start on another exciting journey!!

Have a great day!!