Sunday, October 6, 2019


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.
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 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

Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
Sunday, November 10 – Friday, November 15, 2019

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: __________________    

Saturday, July 27, 2019

One Loose Thread and Sisters Oregon!!

I am just going to take a minute here to post some pictures of our FABULOUS trip to the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon. I'm trying to get all of our pictures together so I can share all of them in one place, but, that will take some time and I am currently prepping for Summer Quilt Camp. So, this is what I currently have. Hope you enjoy them.

One Adult Beverage

Maybe there is a Clemson fan in Oregon???

The 'Frayed Knots' were in SISTERS!!!

There will be more later when I have more time. Special thanks to those who supported this trip. I hope we can do something like this again in 2021!!! This time....Lobster!!

Thanks to Country Heritage Tours for taking such good care of us!!

Let's go sew!!

Sunday, April 7, 2019 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.

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!!!