Thursday, September 30, 2010


Pieceable retreat---------here we come!!!!!!!!!!

Fall retreat with the Quilters of South Carolina starts tomorrow at 11:00. This will be a great weekend.

Pat and I first have to help set up the 'Fiber Art' for Harvest Hope Foodbank's :
I understand that there are 6-8 pieces and Pat and I are charged with displaying them to their best advantage. I have borrowed racks from everyone. I have purchased black curtains to show the pieces to their best advantage. I just hope Pat and I can pull this off early and hit the road for Winnsboro in time for lunch. At the same time I certainly hope that Harvest Hope can get a bundle of $'s for all of the work. Since I can't be there, Mr. One Loose Thread will be attending. Now all I have to worry about is that he doesn't exceed the budget during the bidding. If there is one thing he really loves, it is an auction of any kind.

Oh yes, feel free to log onto the Harvest Hope website and make a contribution.

Have a great weekend. Hope to have lots of pictures by the end of the weekend.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I spent my afternoon with this young lady. We went to the 'new' JoAnn's--sob, sob, sob. The new store is like 15 miles away instead of 2 miles from my house. The store is very nice, but somewhat crowded. The fabric is packed together and difficult to see. This store is a 'Michael's' with fabric wanna be. It may be a good thing that it is so far from the house.

Sadly, we are loosing our favorite Local Quilt Shop the Quilted Pearl. It has been expecially wonderful to have this shop that has become such a significant part of quilting in Columbia. Cheryl has made her classroom and full service shop available to all of the guilds in Columbia anytime of the day and any day of the week.

Quilters of South Carolina will be meeting at the White Oak Conference Center next weekend. I am looking forward, not only to the classes, but also to seeing many of my friends from across the state.

Have a great week and don't forget that registration is open for 'Spring Fling' Quilt Camp in February. Check out the information on the Retreat page as there have been some changes. If you want to register just email me and I will send you a simple to print registration form.

LET'S GO SEW !!!!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010


Registration is now open for Think Spring 2011.

February 17 - 20, 2011

Check the retreat page for additional information.

LET'S GO SEW !!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Me and My Gammill

Client Quilt

Client Quilt

These are the cute little quilts that I have been working on this weekend. I have tried some new pantographs and some different ways of loading the frame, so it really has been a learning experience. However, I do want everyone to know that I LOVE MY GAMMILL!!!! This girl (I know she is a female Gammill) has worked flawlessly all weekend. Not one bad stitch has she taken. She is absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!! However, she still does not have a name. One will come to me I'm sure

Client Quilt

                                                                         You see that stack of 'stuff' on top of my cutting mat? It is yards and yards of 'hanging sleeve'. I have obtained racks for the Gravatt quilts, the ones for the auction at the 'Under The Tent' event. The problem is, that most of these quilts don't have sleeves on them, sooooooooo, I am going to apply sleeves.  NOTE TO SELF: When you donate a quilt or wall hanging to someone to auction--put a sleeve on it so that it can be properly displayed.  My major concern when we give pieces to these groups is that they will be shown laying on a table and look like a placemat. That is the reason that I am trying to get involved with the display of the quilts.  I will also be helping with Harvest Hope Food Banks'  'Empty Bowls' event------even though I won't get to go. That is the weekend of QSC's Fall Retreat and I will be at White Oak.

That's my report for now. I do have this quilt on my design wall. Need to get the borders on it so that it can get in line to go on the frame. I do have a few other personal quilts to work on in line before this one.
Stay tuned: Registration will open this week for One Loose Thread's 'SPRING FLING' in February 2011. Keep checking as this information will be posted on the retreat page.

Hope everyone has a good week. Stay safe and LET'S GO SEW!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Special Quilt

I finished this special quilt and delivered it this morning. This is actually my first t-shirt quilt and I was more than pleased with the results. As you can probably tell, it was a design project from the beginning since everything was different sizes. Lots of thought and plenty of fun. I just hope that Rachel likes it even more than I do.

Rachel's Quilt

Rachel's Quilt Closer

I am spending the day in the studio working on some sweet little tops that I picked up yesterday. Have fun over the weekend and GO TIGERS----BEAT AUBURN!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Tigers are Quilted

I did get the One Block Wonder, known as 'Tiger Butt' on and off of the frame this weekend.  Pat came over on Friday and worked for a few hours on the Name Tags for QSC Pieceable Retreat, so there was someone in the studio at the time I was working. Really rather nice. She talked to the computer and I talked to the longarm (yet to be named).  We had some music on the Ipod and the time just flew by.  Here are a few pictures:

Fast forward to Sunday afternoon. I have the binding sewn to the T-shirt quilt (will post finished pictures soon) and it is stitched down on 2 sides, so I will finish that today.  Then I have the binding ready for the 'Tiger' quilt, so I will sew it on and hopefully get it stitched down today too.

I now have all of the labels for the Camp Gravatt quilts, so, will have to get those on so that June can take some pictures and finish appraisals. The 'Under the Tent' event is fast approaching.

The weekend has flown by!!! Where does time go? I just don't seem to have enough of it lately.  I do hope everyone has a good week.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back by Popular Demand

I had taken this off of the blog, but, it is back by popular demand.

I give you:

"Nuns and Roses" Quilt Camp Style

Feel free to click the link however,
Be careful-------laughing too hard can hurt sometime.

On My Soap Box-Can You Hear Me Now ?

A number of people have told me that they cannot find the rules for entry into the SC State Fair that address a possible conflict when entering a quilt into the "Fancy Work" division. This is #17 rule on the first page of the Home and Craft Department's web pages.

"# 17.Professional vs. Amateur Defined - A Professional Exhibitor is defined as anyone who has earned more than $1,000 during a calendar year either by selling their items, teaching the subject, doing extended exhibiting, or involving themselves in other professionally related activities in a capacity that would give the entrant unfair advantage over a hobbyist. Unless otherwise designated as a Professional section, all classes should be entered by Amateurs." This has been copied directly from the State Fair Web page.

I point this out because of the confusion that occurs when we enter these forums and we shouldn't. When evaluating our status whether it be amateur or Professional many of us stop with the $1000.00 figure and ask if it is gross or net. This does not matter as other aspects of the rule come into play. Have you been selling, teaching or exhibiting? Do you quilt professionally? Do you teach in a quilt shop? Do you work in a quilt shop?
Unfortunately, the SC State Fair does not have a professional division for Quilters. This is really very sad as we have MANY talented quilters that fall into the professional catagory whether they want to admit it or not. If you want to enter this event, you must enter into the 'Fine Arts' division which has not a clue about our fiber art and how quilting is featured in that part of the world.
There is also not a catagory for the 'Professional/Longarm' Quilter. If your customer enters a quilt that you have quilted for her/him then it must be entered into the 'Group' catagory. For her/him to enter it otherwise is not to be allowed. What a shame as this state has so many gifted professional longarm quilters and we have no place to show off our talents.
OK. I am now stepping down from my 'Soap Box'. I get into this mode every year around this time. One of these days I won't feel that it is necessary to remind people to READ THE RULES OF ENTRY!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I have Finished Something!!!!!!

I have promised many things to many people for this year. One of them was to furnish a piece for Harvest Hope Food Bank's,  'Empty Bowls' auction and fundraiser. Well, I did finally finish it. This is a 30"x30" wallhanging. The pattern was taught by Lynn Buske and she calls it 4 patch swirl. This one is done in miniature. The fabric used is the same fabric that I used in the wide border. I quilted on the longarm(yet to be named) on Friday and will gladly turn it in tomorrow. The time is 12:25 PM on Monday, September 6, 2010. 
The Finished Product--Includes Label and Sleeve on the Back!!
One Corner of Quilting

Another area of Quilting

Beautiful Label--Document, Document, Document

Now on to my next project: Load the frame and start quilting the T-shirt Quilt

 Blogger is really getting on my last nerve. I may have to move this to another
Service if this doesn't change soon. I HATE this new format!!