Friday, December 15, 2017

I DITCH, I DITCH, I STITCH IN THE DITCH!!!

That's the song I'm singing lately. Stitch in the ditch, or, commonly known as SID to many quilters. Longarm quilters in particular do a lot of SID. Did you know that SID is one of the most difficult patterns/designs to do on a quilt for a longarmer? Why would that be? Well, you have to use a ruler/straight edge, or a curved edge, or some type of guide next to the hopping foot so that you can actually get 'in the ditch'. And on top of that, the piecer has, hopefully, pressed the seam in only one direction
and not flipped it in the middle.


Heaven forbid they have pressed it open!! because then you have no 'ditch' to stitch in!!

If I were to try to 'ditch' this seam, I would only be stitching over the thread that the piecer used to stitch the fabrics together. The least amount of pressure placed on this seam and it will be open and the batting will be falling out.............sort of like this 'fat roll' I have at my waist when my jeans are to tight.....

Now, don't think for a minute that I am really complaining about Stitch in the Ditch...although it is very tedious and consumes tons of time....it really has a very important place in the quilting world. Just one of those important places would be with 'show quilts'.

Yes, if you intend to enter your quilts in a quilt show and have them do well then this business of 'Stitch in the Ditch' becomes very important. The SID really sets up the 'bones' of the quilt. It offers a lot of definition to the piecing and the applique. It can define where you quilt, what type of quilting is going to occur, the density of the quilting, and it can carry the eye of the viewer around the quilt and they will never know it. But, if not done well, SID can really detract from the quilts overall appearance. As quilt judges say: "Stitch in the ditch must stay in the ditch". Many times too, it requires a different type of thread.

A different thread you say? Yep........... You really want SID to disappear from view. So, you either need to match the background and really stay in the ditch or probably use an 'invisible' thread to do all of this ditching with.

Not all of these 'invisible' threads are created equal. However, they are much better than they were 20+ years ago when I first started quilting. Recently I have been using Superior's Monopoly. However, on the last 2 custom quilts I have used YLI's Whisper Touch .004 thread in the top and my usual Superior Bottom line in the bobbin. I absolutely love the Whisper Touch. I can stitch all day with it and never have a thread break!! It's wonderful!! (no they don't pay me to say that) That said, don't be afraid to try different threads to see what works for you. I still like Monopoly. It's a very good product, but, YLI is a South Carolina Company   and I am a South Carolina native, so, I think I'll stick with them for now.

Back to the 'Stitch in the Ditch'..............this takes a LONG, LONG time to do. Working on a quilt and doing SID can actually take as long as the 'other' quilting. So, your longarmer has to charge you for that. I have to charge for that. I may ditch for 10 hours or more on a top before I ever do the first feather or continuous curve, or loop. So, keep that in mind as you take your quilt tops in for custom or custom show quilting. Please don't ask us to quilt these quilts for the bare minimum custom fee. You wouldn't do it, so why would I?

If you have questions about this topic, feel free to ask them. I actually don't know all of the answers, but, I will gladly share what I do know. However for now, I am going to do some 'ditch' quilting. Stay tuned and we'll talk about some other quilt related topics as we go along.

Have a great day!!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Quilt Retreat with One Loose Thread

Registration for 'Looking for Spring' 2018 is on going. This is a retreat that is open to all quilters from beginners to experienced professionals. Come join us for fun, food, fabric and friends.

Joyce Greer-One Loose Thread

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spring Quilt Camp!!! Registration is open!!

Registration form can be accessed at the top of this page. It includes other information and fees.          

Looking for Spring 2018
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Thursday, February 22 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
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



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#OLTQuiltRetreats, what I have learned and other things

The monthly meeting of the Devine Quilters, Inc was held last night. Jordan was the speaker for our program and her topic was Social Media. Which is a really good one for those of us that use this platform for communication. That is those of us, over a certain age, that are trying to use this platform for communication. I did learn alot from her discussion. Hashtags are still confusing to me, but, I am going to keep trying. I have decided that every time I post about Quilt Camps or Quilt Retreats that I will use #oltquiltretreats and send the postings on to instagram.....................Eventually, I will figure out how this stuff works.

Did you know that you can actually have political discussions and they NOT be in your public forum on Facebook. Thank goodness that can happen....now, if it just would happen that would be fabulous!!

Yes, I'm just sitting here typing (keyboarding) away and I should be loading one of the last quilts for a client for Christmas. I'll do that later. We really haven't had a nice post in a while, so let's see what I can come up with.


This is Loosey. The top photo was her 'head shot' from Team Stinky Kiss. The one on the bottom was taken by me in July of this year. She has now turned a year old!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOOSEY!!! No, her behavior is the same. This girl is showing no signs of slowing down. Rocky is just tolerating her.....at least that's what he says, but I know better. They think I'm not looking when they play and snuggle.

Mr. OLT is doing well at this point. (Don't tell him I mentioned him..he hates it) He starts treatments on Thursday and then once a week for 6 weeks. Then, once a month. After that once a year for the rest of his life. He has been working on getting his stamina back so that he will have a little easier time with these treatments. I just hope all goes well.

One Loose Thread Quilting has been going steadily along. Thanks to all of my faithful clients both new and not so new. I will finish all of your Christmas quilts by my December 1st deadline and then I can work on some of mine. For those of you waiting for tops that you gave me months and months ago, thank you for your patience. I will be working on those over the next few months and if they are Edge to Edge quilting you will see them very soon. To my custom clients, progress has been slow, but, you will have your show quilts in time for their completion and entry.

If you are planning on having me quilt one of your custom quilts in 2018, then now is the time to get on that list. I am already scheduling into April and May for custom quilting. You know I am very slow at that, but, so far, we have all been pleased with the results I am getting.

 However, if edge 2 edge is what you need, I can normally turn those around in 2 weeks or less.

I have really gotten behind on posting quilts to the blog too. I'll work on being better with that in the New Year. Can you believe that it is almost 2018?? I sure can't. I don't know where time goes, but, I do know that this computer 'sucks up' a lot of it.

 So that said..................be on the look out for Spring Quilt Camp #oltquiltretreats to post on December 1st. As registrations come in they will receive a number and when I reach a certain number, registrations will revert to a waiting list. I'm looking forward to and already planning surprises for February Camp.

I'm going back to work now!! We'll talk soon.

GO SEW SOMETHING!!!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WE Have a Winner!!!

Marolyn Floyds quilt won Best Machine Quilting at the Aiken Quilt Show this year. I am so very proud to have had a part in working on this beautiful piece.
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If you have time, check out the show at the Aiken Museum.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I HATE RUMORS!!!!!

Yes, I do hate to hear rumors. Especially when people can 'go to the source', ask the owner of the business and not depend on hear say.

So, here we go, as it appears that I need to set some people straight!!

#1.   One Loose Thread is not, I repeat NOT, discontinuing quilt camps. 

#2.   The OWNER of One Loose Thread......that would be ME.............can determine when any event is a sell-out. No one else makes these decisions and I should NEVER have to explain myself to anyone as to why a particular decision is made...........THIS IS MY BUSINESS. If I want to 'sell out' an event at 10 people, I could do that. If I want to wait and 'sell out' an event at 40 people, I could do that. This is MY decision to make. There is so much thought and preparation that goes into something like this that it gives me nightmares sometimes.

#3.    As it stands right now, I will continue the same number and dates of events through 2018 and beyond. IF and I really mean IF I decide to cancel one, add one, shorten one, lengthen one (which I have done) You, the Frayed Knots, will be the first to know. I have always said that I would continue Quilt Camp as long as it was fun. Please people, don't make it 'not fun'.

#4.   All of my clients and the 'Frayed Knots' know that they can come to me at any time and discuss policy, make suggestions, criticize, or heaven forbid, tell me I'm doing a good job. I will listen, evaluate, and do what I think is the right thing for me and MY BUSINESS. 

BUT KEEP IN MIND, I am always trying to make your experience at camp fun and different. So, quit talking behind my back and come to me if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks. I will now get off of my soapbox and go sew.


ONE LOOSE THREAD

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

REGISTRATION FOR FALL QUILT CAMP IS NOW OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                    


Fall Quilt Camp with One Loose Thread
Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, S. C. 
Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10, 2017

This is a UFO event. You work on your own projects and just have a relaxing good time. 
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 2 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
Attention: Joyce Greer
630p@bellsouth.net