Thursday, April 30, 2020

SUMMER QUILT CAMP!!!! iT'S GOING TO BE A REAL TREAT!!



If you would like to be added to the waiting list, just sent me an email. Thanks!

Summer Quilt Camp in ‘Whoville’

Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 

Wednesday, August 5- Sunday, August 9, 2020
Let’s spend our time in the magical, mystical place of ‘Whoville’ while we stitch with friends.

This is a UFO event, with fun thrown in. 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 Quilt Camp!!!  4 NIGHTS!!!
Theme for the event—Dr. Seuss and all the people of ‘Whoville’
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
Wednesday, August 5- Sunday, August 9, 2020
 Name:_________________________________________________________
 Address:_______________________________City,State,Zip______________________________
Phone: Home________________Work_________________Cell________________________________
Email: ______________________________________________
Lodging Type
Rate
 Motel-Single
$810.00
 Motel-Double
$678.00
 Cottage-Single
$730.00
 Cottage-Double
$638.00
 One Loose Thread is not responsible for finding roommates. If you reserve a double and no roommate can be found, then OLT may bill you for the difference.
These fees include lodging and all meals beginning with Wednesday supper through Sunday brunch/ lunch.  Check-in no earlier than 1:00 PM on Wednesday. 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
You do not have a reserved space until I have this paperwork and your deposit.
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 will be sent when deposit is received. Remaining balance is due July 15, 2020.
                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: __________________   

Thursday, April 23, 2020

TOUR WITH ONE LOOSE THREAD AND THE FRAYED KNOTS!!!

Come join us in June of 2021 as we embark on this fabulous journey with Country Heritage Tours.
We are going to the Vermont Quilt Festival!!! and other great places in New England!! The festival was cancelled this year due to this nasty virus. That said, can you just imagine how great it will be in 2021!! More available quilts!! I would think that there would be larger crowds too. However, our guides will make sure that we see it all and have plenty of time for shopping and site-seeing along the way.

If you decide to join in the fun this is what I would like for you to do. Call Country Heritage Tours and reserve your spot (1-800-346-9820). Tell them that you want to travel with One Loose Thread and the Frayed knots and they will take your deposit ($200.00) and hold your reservation. THEN you can make payments on your trip if you need too, or you can wait and pay the full amount just a few months before our trip.

You will be responsible for your airfare into the Boston airport and your return flight home. Once you get to the hotel for the beginning of our journey, Country Heritage will take care of all of the details after that.

Last year we traveled with them to the Sister's quilt show in Oregon. I was so pleased with our trip and the care that Country Heritage took to make sure we had a safe and exciting trip. You could tell from the way that the different venues treated the tour director and his staff that they had excellent relationships with them. You only get that type of respect by being the best in the business.

So, if you have been wishing that you could travel and feel safe and comfortable then come join in the fun. All of the 'Frayed Knots' will be kept together, but, we will also be in the position to meet other quilters from all over the world.

I am sooooooo looking forward to this trip, especially after the events of this year. Reserve your spot today. If you wait, there might not be any openings and I would really miss seeing you!

Make that call and then go sew!!!



Friday, March 6, 2020

Anniversary Quilt Camp with One Loose Thread

Cancelled due to Virus----watch for August Camp registration coming soon.


Anniversary Quilt Camp with One Loose Thread
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Thursday May 14- Sunday, May 17, 2020

It’s my 51st wedding anniversary! Let’s celebrate!! And SEW!!
This is a UFO event, with fun thrown in. 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.
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




Tuesday, December 31, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year to one and all!! I am so looking forward to whatever 2020 brings to the table, but, I certainly hope that it's all good.

When I first started quilting I would begin a new project on New Years Day each year. Usually I would be cutting a new pattern. However, this year I plan on either loading a 'show quilt'( I don't know which one) or beginning my MAJOR applique project.
I truly have not yet decided and it is already New Year's Eve. Whatever I choose will be fun to do.

In the year of 2019, there have been many hurdles to jump. Mr. OLT has been very sick, there have been relationship problems within the family, and I have been somewhat depressed about the entire situation. In 2020, that will all change!! The things that have previously caused the depression, I am just going to KICK TO THE CURB!!! It's sort of like 'out of sight out of mind' for me. That has worked well for me in the past and hopefully will work again.

We will find out toward the end of January how Mr. OLT is doing. We certainly hope for the best, but, will deal with whatever the outcome is. Dealing with 5 different cancers over the last 3+ years has been stressful, to say the least, but so far so good.

In addition to quilting beautiful quilts for many wonderful clients year round, I also do a 'little' traveling.


I have some 'fun' events coming up in the first part of the year. First up is the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party in January. I am so glad Pat and I started going to this event. We go a couple of days early and sew in our hotel room. Then we may or may not take some great classes. We are at the beach and get to see the ocean out of our window..then we get to have great meals with some fantastic friends. What a wonderful way to start the New Year.

February brings on the first One Loose Thread Quilt Retreat of the year. I can't actually remember how many years we have been getting together for food, fabric, friendship, and fun, but it must be at least 15. This is a retreat that is totally open to all who want to attend. We spend 4 days in the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center in Aiken, South Carolina. Everyone brings their own machines and projects to work on. We host a Mystery Quilt for everyone, but, you are not required to participate. The Gravatt kitchen furnishes us with delicious meals 3 times a day and we have nice warm comfy beds to climb in when we can't see to sew another stitch. If we want to sew at 3AM in our PJ's that is so possible during this retreat. I have people come from all over the country to sew with us. We have a great time and build many lasting friendships.


March will bring on the Quilters of South Carolina Spring Meeting. This event always reminds me of Southern Teas, but we don't wear hats and gloves. We have a couple of days of classes with a national teacher and then a big luncheon with that teacher being the guest speaker for the day. This year it is Gundrun Erla. I have been working on a couple of her designs and really love the way her patterns are written. So, I do look forward to taking a class or two with her.


MQX Logo New 2013
April will bring us to MQX!!!!!! I am so excited to be going back to Manchester, New Hampshire for this show. We always have a great time and are privileged to be some of the first to see the 'new show' quilts. Janet Lee and Mary do such a great job with this show. With this location, everything is kept under one roof and easily accessible. Wonderful restaurants are within walking distance of the venue.The vendors are always top notch and did I mention the classes? No? Well, let me tell you, some of the biggest names in the industry teach at this show. Then there are the 'new teachers'. People you have not heard of yet. This is a good place to begin their journey and I have taken classes for many of the beginners that have gone on to be the 'biggest names in the industry'. Not only are there classes for longarmers, but also for any machine quilters. Classes in piecing have been added. They have classes for dying fabric or quilting on leather. Then there are those addressing the die cut machines.....many more...Such a big variety that it really become difficult to choose the ones you want.


I almost forgot. I am very excited that our South Carolina Longarm Group will be hanging an exhibit at Quiltfest Greenville in 2020. Our exhibit is titled 'South Carolina Dreams Big'. There will be 20 of the Hoffman Dream panels hanging that have been quilted in different ways by the talented longarmers that belong to this group. Put this show on you calendar to visit. 

In May, we find ourselves back at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center for our Mid Spring Quilt Retreat. No teachers this year, just time to sit and sew and laugh a lot. Those dates are May 14-17, 2020. Stay tuned for registration information sometime in March.

Then things get quiet around One Loose Thread and I spend most all of my time with my longarms until August and then things start up again. Summer Quilt Camp, AQS will be in Charleston,QSC will have our Fall retreat at the beach,Winter Quilt Camp in November and then the year is over.

TIME REALLY DOES FLY WHEN YOU'RE HAVING FUN!!

So, let's get this party started!!! I hope that all of you have a Blessed 2020. I am available all year to quilt your tops for you, just email or give me a call and we'll set up a time for drop off.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!
LET'S GO SEW!!!!


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Longarm Quilting--Down to the wire

T'was the weekend before Christmas:

Well, I am down to the wire. One regular client quilt to do and then the last 'promised' Christmas client quilt to finish and deliver on Monday. It's been crazy good over the last few weeks. I am so glad that I do my Christmas schedule the way that I do it so that I can work-in these last minute quilts for clients.
Unfortunately it appears that one top being mailed to me has been lost . I hate that and it's the first time this has happened in the 10-12 years that I have been in business. So, here are some suggestions for mailing your quilts or top to or from your longarmer:
1. ALWAYS put tracking on your package
2. Wrap your top in plastic in case it arrives on my doorstep while it's raining.
3. When you declare what is in the package do so as TEXTILES......never say it's a quilt.
4. You can insure your package, but with the understanding that you will never get the full value out of it if lost.
5. Inside the plastic bag, make sure that you have pinned your name, address, and phone number to a couple of places on the quilt/top. Then ship it and track it and make sure the person receiving it is also being updated as to where the package is.
I'll post a few pictures over the coming days of what's going on at One Loose Thread. We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas with tons of great food and lots of laughter.
Registration continues for the February Quilt Retreat. That is always a great time to renew your creative juices and spend time with old and new friends.
As the year draws to a close I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. It's been a rough year at One Loose Thread and with Mr. OLT, but, we have made it to this point and we hope to carry through for another year. We could not do that without all of you.
So, here's wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!! LET'S GO SEW!!!!



PS:  GO TIGERRRRRRRS!!!!!!!!!! (That's CLEMSON TIGERS!!!)


Sunday, October 6, 2019

SOME DAYS!!!!

Some days I just really need to sit in a chair and not move a muscle.
This is the Hoffman Dream Panel that I quilted last weekend:


So, Friday, I put the binding on this one and started trying to find fabric to bind this one:



Well, I found a great stripe to use. I cut it in the wrong direction and did not have anymore to use. So, I stitched those strips back together and ended up with fabric that would be 6" to short for the binding.
Sent out an SOS and Beth K. went head first into her stash to find some pieces for me to check out. Went over to her house this morning and came home with a piece for this one and two possibles for a Dream Leaf Panel.

Started work. So excited. Stitched all of the strips together, ironed the binding and started applying it to the front of the panel. (keep in mind that I usually machine stitch my binding) So I got to the join and cut one side to short!!! Brilliant quilter that I am, I promptly pinned a new piece on the end of the binding and started stitching....Yep!! ran over the pin full force. Bent the needle bar of my Bernina 180. Yes, it does get better.

About this time Cooper decided he needed to surf the counter in the kitchen.
WHO ME??
No, he is not a Dachshund!!!!!

Mom........I would never do anything like that....

He knocked the grease can off of the counter. Thankfully, there was just a little oil in it, but, I did have to stop and clean that up.

Back to my project for the day:
I also have a Bernina 153 that is the same footprint as the 180 (thankfully!!), so I swapped out the two machines. finished applying the binding and took it to the ironing board to press it out.

THAT is when I realized that I had stitched it on the wrong side. So, now, I need to spend sometime hand stitching the binding down.

This has been quite an eventful weekend. I could have done without many of these 'events'. Now, hopefully, I can sit for a few minutes and stitch down this binding without cutting my finger with the scissor or using my hand as a pin cushion.....

Sure hope that your weekend has been uneventful and full of sunshine and laughter. Special prayers are going out to 'Smilie' and Noel for tomorrow and the days and weeks to come. If you have a minute or two, I would appreciate it if you would add a word or two for them too.

Have a good week...and ....LET'S GO SEW!!!



Friday, September 13, 2019

NOVEMBER QUILT CAMP------VERY SPECIAL TIME AND PRICE!!!!!


November Quilt Camp plus THE BIG DELISH
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Sunday, November 10 – Friday, November 15, 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.
Rooms in Cole Lodge not available for this event. They are being RENOVATED!!!! 
The cottage rooms have adjoining rooms, each sleeping 2, with a shared bathroom.
All meals starting with The Big Delish on Sunday night and ending with a tasty lunch 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 QUILT CAMP 
plus 
THE BIG DELISH
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
Sunday, November 10 – Friday, November 15, 2019

 Name:_________________________________________________________
 Address:_______________________________City,State,Zip________________________
Phone: Home________________Work_________________Cell________________________________
Email: ______________________________________________

Cottage Double: $600. 00 per person

Cottage Single: $700.00 per person

These fees include lodging and all meals beginning Sunday night with the Big Delish featuring Chef Brandon of Juniper, through Friday lunch . Check-in no earlier than 1:00 PM on Sunday. Check out of rooms by 10:00 AM on Friday. Check out of Sewing area by 2:00 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
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 October 15, 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: __________________