I’m Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler.
I love to ramble and I dearly love to quilt, so I’m a self-proclaimed quilt rambler with the gift of gab and the glee of show and tell.
For over two decades I’ve been talking about quilts, making quilts, teaching quilting, longarm quilting for hire and making t-shirt/memory quilts.
Through my blog, I hope to share with you many tips and techniques gleaned over my years of being involved with quilting. A writer needs an audience and I figured a rambler does too! I don’t profess to be witty or intelligent; in fact, my lacking in these qualities will quickly shine forth! But I love to tell stories – which are usually quilt related or humorous everyday events typically learned through the school of hard knocks. Just sharing the journey.
Speaking of journey, have I mentioned that I love to cruise? In 2015 I was invited to teach on my first of many quilting cruises and created a quilt I called Illuminated Journey made from 2 1/2″ strips of Island Batik precuts using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler by Studio 180 Design. Little did I know at the time I would later become associated with both companies in 2017 as an Island Batik Ambassador and as a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor. Each of these major quilting events in my journey has opened the door for me to design and publish my own quilt patterns, with the first being Illuminated Journey.
I love teaching both the true beginner as well as challenging the seasoned quilter in a fun relaxed nurturing atmosphere mixed with a little humor, and of course some rambling tips along the way. My workshops are designed to put the students at ease as they maximize their learning experience in overall instruction combined with individual attention as I enthusiastically share my love of Studio 180 Design tools and techniques. I’ve adopted the motto from Ben & Jerry’s “If it’s not fun, why do it!”
I teach in area quilt shops, churches and my home studio located between Houston and Galveston. I’m excited to be expanding my teaching and traveling in 2018. As a Certified Instructor with Studio 180 Design, I have so much to share! And yes, some of that includes cruising! I love cruising, quilting and teaching – even better when all three are combined!
Let’s Talk Quilts!