Friday, February 12, 2016

Judy Niemeyer retreat as led by CI Karen Conley

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May Mester #5
Thursday, May 12, 2016 – Sunday, May 15, 2016
Camp Gravatt Conference Center
Aiken, S. C.

4 days and 3 nights of quilting fun with the Frayed Knots of One Loose Thread.

Karen Conley, Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor

Class will begin after dinner on Thursday night with 2 hours of formal instruction. We will continue with 6 hours on Friday and 6 hours on Saturday. Class instruction will conclude on Sunday morning with 2 hours of ‘wrap up’ between breakfast and lunch. That’s 16 hours of professional instruction!! Where else would you find that except at a One Loose Thread event!! In between class times it will be ‘free time’ for working on your class project, a ufo, or reading or walking around the beautiful retreat site or just taking naps, as you choose.

Lodging will be provided on site. You may choose from a quaint cottage room that shares a bathroom with the room next door or a lodge room with 2 double beds and its own bathroom. I have set aside just a few single rooms for this event and they will be first come first served. All other rooms will be doubles. If you can’t find a roommate, I will be glad to try to pair you with someone that will be compatible for you. With very few exceptions, all rooms are on the ground level.

All meals, beginning with dinner on Thursday and finishing with lunch on Sunday, are included in your registration fee and will be prepared and served by the fantastic kitchen staff at Gravatt. If you have special diets or food restrictions, please note that on your registration forms so that we can address those. I promise that you won’t go hungry during your stay with us.
Yes, we do have a special rate for day students!! See the registration form for additional information or email
One Loose Thread
All classroom space will be close to lodging and the dining hall. I usually tell everyone the longest distance to the dinner table is 100 yards. Classroom space is on the ground level, so no steps to climb.

Class Information:
Karen Conley, Certified Instructor for Judy Neimeyer, is returning for her 4th weekend with the Frayed Knots. She will be formally teaching ‘Desert Sky for any first-timers. However, others are welcome to bring Judy Niemeyer “WORKS IN PROGRESS”. Also, any quilter with previous JN experience may work on a TOM (Technique of the Month) pattern during the retreat. She is willing to offer Glacier Star, Mariner’s Compass or Paradise in Bloom patterns. For those participants, patterns can be ordered from Karen. I have special information on ordering from Karen if that is what you would like to do. Please note that she needs at least 6 weeks notice on any patterns.

Patterns are not included in the posted fees.

This is the way that Karen describes the retreat class:

“Judy currently has three Technique of the Month patterns:
    Glacier Star
    Mariner’s Compass
    Paradise in Bloom

Each pattern contains six different Judy techniques.
Traditionally we taught the class as a six month series -
    each month was a new technique.
The CI’s are now teaching them in long retreat situations.
Students with prior JN experience often are already familiar with some of the techniques – e.g. New York Beauty from the first retreat in 2013 and feather borders in the Hosta.

All three TOM’s have an optional expansion pattern which will make queen-size quilts.

These are the patterns that can only be sold by the Certified Shops or in a TOM class by the Certified Instructors.”

So, for those of us with Judy Niemeyer experience WE CAN WORK ON JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!! This is pretty much what we have been working towards the last few years. I really expect to see some big quilts out of this retreat. We will have plenty of room and if necessary we will use part of Cole Lodge for cutting larger pieces of fabrics or setting up some special design walls. That’s how we can get additional exercise, taking our units to Cole to hang on design walls…

So many choices………………I can’t wait!!! How do I decide?

Register early to reserve your 'place at the table'.



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