Sunday, November 11, 2018

WHAT A WEEK!!!!

It's Sunday morning and I returned from Quilt Camp on Friday. Everything is packed away. Now it is time to reflect on our 4 days at Gravatt Camp and Confrence Center. It is time to make some decisions on how I do things for retreats, when retreats are scheduled, and what type of retreats I am hosting. I do this at the end of every year. I sit and reflect, make lists, make decisions. I do this for my business and for my life.

One of the first things I need to do is to thank each and every 'Frayed Knot' that attended the One Loose Thread Retreats this year and every year prior for the last 10+ years. Without you this endeavor could not happen.

 I also need to say a gracious thank you to all of my longarm clients for trusting me with their 'children' and allowing me to finish them. When I look back at the quilts that I have worked on this year, your talent humbles me. You have also allowed me to work with quilts that I might love to make, but, would never take the time to do so. However, working with yours.....I can almost say that I have.

This November retreat ( as all others) was an eventful time. The 'show and tell' was amazing as usual. The wide variety of projects showed the depth of interest and experience of the quilters. The sharing of ideas and knowledge was fabulous as usual. Unfortunately, we did have an event that made all of us realize how fragile our time together is.

Sue is doing fine and is home from the hospital now. We had a visit from EMS with red lights and sirens. However, this brought to my attention a few additional emergency procedures that I need to have in place. Among our group is always at least 1 nurse and this time was not different, except we had 3. Unfortunately one was the patient, but, thank you to Wilma and Judy for your fast response to the emergency. Once a nurse............always a nurse.

I have scheduled 4 retreats for next year along with the trip to Sisters, Oregon for the quilt show. Our dates are:

                             February 14-17, 2019-----this is a UFO retreat
                             April 25-28, 2019-----this is a UFO retreat
                             July 8-16, 2019---------Trip and tour with Country Heritage to Sisters, Oregon
                             August 7-11,2019----------this is a UFO retreat
                             November 12-15, 2019-----------this is a UFO retreat

So, no classes this year, as of this writing. You never know, that may change if I get requests for some special technique, quilt, or project.

Registration for our February dates will begin right after Thanksgiving. So, if that is what you would like to be given for Christmas......tell your family to contact me or they can just give you a check for partial or full payment.


There is still some space available for the Sisters trip. All you need to do is contact Country Heritage Tours to register and you can tell them that you want to be part of the 'One Loose Thread' Group. They will reserve your space with all of us that are going.

That's it for now. I will be in the studio from now until Christmas. There are a few spaces available for Christmas quilting and I will have Penelope Statler running until December 21st. So if you have some last minute tops that you need to be done, just call and we'll see what we can work out. The edge 2 edge 'que' always runs faster than the custom que. Custom quilting is currently scheduled out to late March-early April, 2019 so if you want something special, you need to reserve time on that list. If I have the piece 'in house' I may get to it sooner.

Thanks again for all of your support of my business and for me personally.
Now, Let's go Sew!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

WHY DO I CARE??? This is a rant.



Soap Box Rant July 7, 2018
As I have been standing over my quilt frame today I am trying to figure out why women so undervalue their abilities. I have spent the last 4 hours dealing with poor piecing, wavy borders, selvages left in a quilt top, puckered seams and just over all frustration. I just can’t believe that a professional longarm quilter would work with all of this for less than ½ of minimum wage. With everything that I have had to deal with on this top my hourly wage will be approximately $17.00 per hour. This comes to $105.00 for the quilting. Whereas if another longarmer was to do the same piece that I have done, her hourly wage would be approximately $8.50 per hour.  That would be $50.00 for the quilting. Why would someone do that? This person is supposed to be a professional. She has invested in her machine, threads, designs……….yes she has computer assist. I just don’t get it.  Does she so devalue her ability that she feels so inferior that she should charge so much less than the local going rate? And is doing so, devalues my work, knowledge, and experience. Someone please explain this to me and tell me, WHY DO I CARE?
I will say at this time that this ‘other longarmer’ is not in my area. For that reason, she really has not impacted my business, but, she will impact the businesses of other longarmers in her area. So, will she have these prices for a year to get quilters to bring her their tops for quilting and then try to raise her prices? Will she burn out on quilting because she has taken on so much business. Once she tries to raise her prices what will happen then. Who knows. Quilters do shop for quilting just like they do for fabric.  What might she do/ feel, when another longarmer comes along and starts working on tops and cuts her prices even lower than the first one.  WHY DO I CARE?
I know this all sounds like sour grapes. It may be, but, I’m just trying to understand the business of longarm quilting. I have been in this business for less than 10 years. However, I already know the costs both financial, physical, and mental. It’s not all chocolate and good wine, let me tell you that. Every time I put needle to fabric it’s someone else’s fabric that they have put money, blood, sweat and tears into and now it’s my responsibility to bring it all to life. I suppose that I really am taking all this stuff too seriously. Maybe I should just throw the top on the frame, line up the e2e, push the button and walk away. Then whatever happens, happens………… I’m not made that way. I treat each top as though it is mine and I am going to send it to a judged quilt show. Yep, maybe to seriously. WHY DO I CARE?
So, WHY DO I CARE?
I care because I want my new profession (I am a retired Dental Hygienist) to be taken seriously as a technical art form. This profession takes time, money, practice, continuing education, upgrading equipment, another stash of threads, batting, so much more than most people realize. Then if you do this as a LEGAL business, you have taxes, insurance, bookkeeping, more paperwork than you can believe, rent, electricity, heating and air…. Never mind that you might be in your private home..you still have these expenses. So, WHY DO I CARE?
I care because I love my new profession. I love the people, the art form, the fact that I am pushed to my creative limit every day. I love it when one of my clients cries tears of joy when she sees her finished quilt. If she wins a ribbon in a show I am just as proud of her as though I had won it myself. I love the fact that I can contribute to various charities by working on some of their quilt tops. I love it when I deliver that very first quilt back to that beginning quilter and seeing the look on her face when she actually ‘sees’ her quilt. Let’s not forget that I love being in a position to take some great people on quilt retreats where we all enjoy this wonderful artform.
I ‘think’ this completes this rant. I have said all of this before. The members of the South Carolina Longarm Group have heard me say all of this out loud and with extreme emotion. I really should just let it lie, but, I find that very difficult to do.
BECAUSE I CARE

Thanks for your time,
Joyce Greer-One Loose Thread Quilting, LLC



Friday, July 6, 2018

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

I was looking through and found these pictures from 2012. Some of them I remember, some and don't. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

JOIN ONE LOOSE THREAD ON A TRIP TO SISTERS' IN 2019 !!!

Let's take a trip to Sisters Oregon!!!
Register with One Loose Thread now to reserve you seat on the bus!!


Yes, I have set a tour with Country Heritage Tours for us to visit the famous Sister's Quilt Show in  the beautiful state of Oregon in 2019 Country Heritage tells me that this tour always sells out and they are limited on the number of guests that can travel on this tour. That is why I have started this process so early. We can get our seats and begin to pay for our travel so that, by the time we leave, we are in a good position to just have FUN!!

The actual dates of the show are July 9- 15, 2019, however, we will need to arrive on the 8th of July to begin our journey. You will each make your own flight arrangements into Portland, Oregon. Our 'early' arrival will not be included in the cost of the tour, so you will be responsible for this one night at the hotel. Country Heritage is in the process of making the arrangements for this extra night for us.  Then, Country Heritage will take over on July the 9th and we can all just enjoy the journey.  I am so excited about this trip and it is probably the only way that I will ever get to this show.

Some of our expected destinations on this tour will be: The Sisters Show, of course. Along with 'The Stitchin' Post, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Portland Rose Garden and so much more!
So that we have our seats, I have paid deposits for 20 seats. In order to insure your seat on this bus you will need to make an immediate $200.00 deposit and that will be made through One Loose Thread (because I have already made this deposit). All other payments after that will be made directly to Country Heritage Tours. The  cost of this tour for 2019 is $1925.00 double occupancy and single is $2825.00.  This will not include your air fare or any additional days in the Portland area.

Following receipt of your deposit, you’ll receive a confirmation letter with all the information necessary to schedule your arrival and departure. All balances are due 60 days (90 days for international) prior to the tour departure date. Following receipt of the final balance, and 4 – 6 weeks prior to tour departure, you will receive the final Pre-Departure travel information.(From Country Heritage Tours)

Additional information will be available in the very near future. However, if you want some idea of what is in store, then you can visit the Country Heritage website to get some ideas.

https://countryheritagetours.com/tour/sensational-sisters-tour/

So, to recap:
1.Our tour is through Country Heritage Tours.
2.To travel with the 'Frayed Knots' of One Loose Thread, I will require a $200.00 deposit, since I have already paid that to the tour company.
3.Once you register with me, then all other communications will go through Country Heritage Tours and One Loose Thread Quilting.
4. Currently, American Airlines has a Non-Stop flight out of Charlotte, NC directly into Portland. Hopefully this will hold as this is our 'go to' flight.
5. You do not have to travel directly with One Loose Thread to be a part of this tour (just register through One Loose Thread), so get with friends from other parts of the country and meet us in Portland in 2019!!
6. Any questions? can be either left in the comments or, contact me through either Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/One-Loose-Thread-Quilting-160844243951197/ ) or Instant Messenger


So, LET'S TAKE A TRIP!!!





Saturday, May 26, 2018

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN
















































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Joyce---One Loose Thread

Monday, April 23, 2018

QUILTS, QUILTS, QUILTS

I have been really bad about posting. It's been a busy time, especially with a week in Manchester,NH at the worlds best quilt show MQX. I took a full 4 days of classes, saw a lot of beautiful quilts, shopped with some great vendors, and reunited with friends previously made and made some new ones too. Such a great show, I highly recommend it.

So, allow me to post some recent finishes for client. Some of these go all the way back to the first of the year.








Hope you enjoyed these.
Now, let's go sew!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

SPRING QUILT CAMP!!!!

Many times I refer to February quilt camp as 'Looking for Spring' quilt camp. The reason is that we are in the doldrums of winter and usually we are seeing sleet, snow, rain or a combination of all of those. The days are dark and the excitement of the Holidays leave me with a drained, empty feeling. Well, let me tell you, WE FOUND SPRING!!! The last 4 days with the 'Frayed Knots' of One Loose Thread were beautiful!!! The weather was warm enough for shorts and flip flops. The sun was shining and the skies were beautifully blue with occasional white, fluffy clouds. I could not have asked for better weather for this retreat.

I want to thank everyone that participated. We had several new faces (always a good thing) and many more 'old friends' (and I mean that in a good way). We sewed, we laughed, we cried, WE ATE!!! My goodness did we eat!! The Gravatt kitchen out did themselves again!!! I love the fact that the food is excellent and varied. Pat, Ruth, and Belinda really work hard to make our stay very special and have us coming back for more!!! We'll see you in May!!

We are always looking for a few new quilters to add to this bunch. This is NOT a closed retreat and everyone is welcome. You can come and quilt, just sew, knit, scrapbook, crochet, or just sit and read a book.......Camp is a time to 're-center' yourself. We leave problems at the gate and just enjoy the time that we have with each other.

Now, it's back to work for me. I have to get lots done this week because I will soon be off to Charleston to work with the Cobblestone Quilt Guild and the quilt show at Omar Temple. I always look forward to this and it is the only time I can really 'give back' to the guild. I am an out of town member so during show week I try to do as much as I can.

Have a great day!!! I am off to sew on some binding, and load both of my longarms to do some quilting!!