Wednesday, June 6, 2018


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.

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 ( ) or Instant Messenger


Saturday, May 26, 2018


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Joyce---One Loose Thread

Monday, April 23, 2018


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


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!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

It's Sunday with One Loose Thread

This has been a very busy and fulfilling day.

I started my day by finishing up a client's custom quilt. That took about 2 hours. Then I pulled it down for pictures...another hour. After those photos, I spent another hour or so working with them and setting them up as a 'smile box'.

I do a smile box for most of my custom clients. I try to take the quilt from start to finish in a really good slideshow format. Yes, I even include my problems when I create a tuck in the back, but, I also show how I take care of the other issues that might occur with wavy borders or really 'full' blocks. It helps both of us to remember what happened and how the issues were addressed.

Then, I decided that I wanted some outside photos of the quilt....Did I say it is REALLY COLD in South Carolina right now? Well, it is, but outside I went. Took those pictures and came back in to edit them. That took another hour.

Then it was time to trim the quilt...did that. Now I have just spent the last hour removing all of the basting threads from the quilt. Finally, it is ready to place in the bag for pick up.

Invoice posted to client and 'Smile Box' sent to client and posted to the blog.

Started all of this around 9:00 this morning. It is now around 4:00 and it is Bull Bat Time for sure.

So, I have poured a glass of Pinot Grigio and I will now settle back and enjoy the evening. That said, I am going to go cut more half square triangles and work on Bonnie Hunter's mystery, 'On Ringo Lake'. I am very close to being ready to piece the blocks.

May all of your seams be 1/4"...............

Custom Quilting of the 'Girl Next Door' is complete

I finished this quilt today after about 5 weeks on Olivia's frame. It is 100% handguided quilting. Even though the top had an issue or two, I was able to deal with it and I am very happy with the results. I believe that my client will be too.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year New from One Loose Thread!!!

Happy New Year to all of you and thank you very much for your support over this last year. I am looking forward to 2018 and plan to make it a very good year.

For those of you that have been waiting so patiently for your quilts, thank you. Now that the crazy Christmas schedule is over, I can get back to regular scheduled programming for quilting. I hope to have everything that is currently 'in house' completed and back to their owners by the end of February. That is with a few exceptions. I have some heavy custom quilting that is on the schedule that will run later than that time. 

All edge to edge that comes in will still be completed and returned to you within my normal 2 week time frame.

I am currently scheduling custom quilting into June of 2018. Because of this, I will only schedule 2 custom quilts per month, whether they are hand guided, Statler assisted, or a combination of both. Once I get through this backlog of custom quilts, this may change. However, for now, I am going to hold to this scheduling time frame.

Please keep in mind that the 'quilting' part of One Loose Thread is still the major focus of the business. However, I love hosting our retreats and will continue to do so as long as it continues to be 'fun' for us all.

There are, currently, 4 retreats scheduled for 2018 and each is different.

 Spring quilt camp is currently registering and Beth Karr has designed an interesting mystery for us. May Mester 2018 will start registration within the next week or so and this year I am trying something a little different. One building will house our Judy Neimeyer class with CI Karen Conley. She will assist us with many different JN designs that we currently have in process. At the same time, if you have never worked with the Quiltworx patterns, she will be offering 'Moroccan Courtyard and Fractured Paint Box. Either of these will allow you to learn the process and finish with a fabulous quilt. The other will be hosted by Cindy Bundrick as she takes you through the construction of a beautiful bag and wallet that looks as though it is from a high end boutique.You will complete both projects within the weekend and still have time to work on other projects that you might bring with you.

I will, at this time, tell you that this will be our last May Mester that will feature a Judy Neimeyer class with a Certified Instructor, for a while. Karen has been with us for 5 or 6 years now and it's time for us to move on. I am open to suggestions from the 'Frayed Knots' as to which direction we should take with this project.

 Summer camp and Fall camp will both be bring your own project camps with several surprises thrown in.

That's all the news that I have for now other than these little 'tid bits': Mr OLT is doing very well. Loosey is adapting to her new collar and is smart enough to 'get it' on the first beep. Rocky is tolerating Loosey and loves her very much. 

Have a fabulous day and may all of your seams be a quarter inch!!