Christmas Quilt Countdown

Countdown to Christmas Let's Talk Quilts With The Quilt RamblerIt’s a Christmas quilt countdown in The Quilt Rambler studio today!

Seeing The Count from Sesame Street brings back fond memories. I thought he was perfect for the Day 6 countdown for this 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge – hope memories of him made you smile!

Christmas Quilt Countdown

Today I am working on three, count them, three T-shirt quilts in various stages of completion.

Harley Davison T-Shirt quilt has been quilted, needs to be trimmed and bound
T-shirt quilt loaded on the longarm ready to be quilted
This t-shirt quilt blocks ready for layout and piecing into a top

Carpe Deim

I normally don’t work on multiple customer quilts at a time, but with the Christmas rush, it kinda makes me feel more productive to have several going at once – besides it keeps me moving around to stay warm – still a studio without walls (as in a house with no insulation awaiting Harvey reconstruction).

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, wishing you a warm and productive day as you “count” down to Christmas!

Rough Roads and Rainbows

Rainbow over Galveston Bay, Bacliff TX Photo by The Quilt Rambler
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Life is full of ups and downs, disappointments and times of joy – what I like to call “rough roads and rainbows.” Some days you feel on top of the world, other days you just want to go back to bed and start over.

Yesterday was like a rollercoaster – not bad, or scary, but full of lots of twists and turns. But then again – who wants a dull life, right?!?

Into Every Life, a Little Rain Must Fall

This is NOT what my brother-in-law wanted to see on a Monday morning Post-Harvey

Today marks 102 days post-Harvey for ourselves and our extended family. Yesterday we had our first rain or at least first big storm since Harvey.  Two inches before mid-morning may not sound like much (with more during the day) but when you see things like this posted on Facebook it was a grim reminder of what we’d all been through back in August. Having lost everything and trying to move back in it wasn’t fun when this leak was discovered by my sister in law – fortunately, they hadn’t laid the floors yet!

Let There Be Rainbows!

Rainbow over Galveston Bay
Rainbows are God’s promise that He hasn’t forgotten us!

On a personal note, we finally received a settlement check yesterday from our insurance company for our content loss (amazing how much they depreciate things then take out the deductible), and another check to begin reconstruction. The rumors are true, 28% of the homes flooded did not have flood insurance. We did, however! At the present time, the settlement won’t cover 60% of our rebuild, so the battle continues. But this is a battle for another day. Today I’m reminded that the battle is the Lord’s and I need to trust – He will provide…remembering, this is a journey, not a destination! Rough roads sometimes come before rainbows.

Rainbow over Galveston Bay, Bacliff TX Photo by The Quilt Rambler
Nothing breaks up a storm better than a rainbow, more so if it’s over Galveston Bay!

Let’s Talk Quilts!

So in between all the post-Harvey distraction and the rain, I managed to piece a beautiful Harley-Davidson t-shirt quilt for a customer. By evening I had it on the longarm.

Harley Davidson t-shirts make a great t-shirt quilt pieced and quilted by The Quilt Rambler
A beautiful collection of Harley Davidson shirts will make a wonderful surprise Christmas gift!

Almost got it quilted when all of a sudden my needle bar jammed in the hook assembly! Fortunately, I could remove the bobbin but the hand-wheel crank wasn’t  budging this baby…I called it a night and am determined that I will deal with it after breakfast this morning….hopefully! There’s always Plan B (grin)

Unknown reason for a needle to be jammed in a quilt on the longarm
At the bottom of the quilt, all went wrong! Unknown reason for this needle jam

Rain Rain Go Away – Bring More Rainbows!

The forecast is 70% rain today….that’s okay – it’s always sunny in The Quilt Rambler studio – I couldn’t be happier surrounded by beautiful fabrics and lots of quilts!

And who doesn’t love it when the delivery guy rings your doorbell! Look what came yesterday!!!  Talk about a rainbow of color! And yes, these are available for purchase – use the contact form for inquiries! Our online shopping is scheduled to begin the first of the year – something to look forward too!

A rainbow of color from Island Batik Fabrics, Paisley Dots and Blue Moon precuts
It’s always a sunny day when a shipment of Island Batik fabrics arrives in The Quilt Rambler Studio

 This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler – may you remember to choose joy while keeping your eye out for those rainbows!

Raindrops on Hibiscus
I will say, the raindrops do make for pretty pictures of my Hibiscus.

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Best Laid Plans

Day four 31 day blog writing challengeYesterday didn’t go exactly according to plan..you know what they say about best-laid plans…my word is “be flexible.”

The afternoon sewing plans were interrupted by an unexpected visit from our son and daughter-in-law.  No problem. Family first. So it was evening before I was able to begin my table runner project.

 

cutting diamonds with the Diamond Rects tool by Studio 180 designSunday Sewing Recap

All was going according to plan…Pieces cut out very quickly using the Diamond Rects tool by Studio 180 Design…read the instructions…even the disclaimer of making a few units first before chain piecing…hum…

Looks like this project will have to wait a little longer.

When all else fails, read instructions – time to frog….

The quilting term frogging means to rip out seams

Plan B

Switching gears in the evening I had a phone appointment with The Redneck Quilter, a fellow Certified Instructor with Studio 180 Design. We are collaborating on a pattern that will be yet another secret sewing project over the next few months before the big reveal. I will share more about this later, but here are the beginnings of a color palette based on my twilight moon shot (above) taken going to dinner the other night near Galveston Bay.

Island Batik Basics – great inspiration for the next secret sewing project.

Best Laid Plans for Today

Today’s a new day! Excited to begin putting together this Harley Davison T-shirt quilt for a customer. It’s a surprise Christmas gift for his wife!

Harley Davidson T-shirts to make a quilt by The Quilt Rambler

For those curious as to how I construct my t-shirt quilts here’s a quick little video our son produced earlier this year for me.

 

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, wishing you a happy Monday!

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Sunday Sewing – Christmas Style

Red Aurifil thread matches the fabric perfectly for hand sewing a hanging sleeve on the back of a quilt

Day 3 of the #31dayblogchallengeSundays are my day of worship. The afternoons I consider my “day off” and I generally spend it in the studio with a little Sunday sewing. As much as possible I try to do relaxing projects, usually personal vs business. That’s my plans for today…

Side note:  if you follow me on social media you will recognize my hibiscus from the front yard. This is the first one I have “picked”  – I thought it would look cheery in the studio!

Studio Update

Last night I finished the binding on the 2nd customer T-shirt quilt. She will be picking these up later in the week for her Christmas gift giving.

Monday morning I  will work on the next quilt in line. I’ve got several more to go before the holiday.  It’s always fun to see what other people collect as far as t-shirt memories go….

A&M t-shirts turned into a t-shirt quilt by The Quilt Rambler
College shirts make a great Texas A & M T-shirt quilt
Rush Concert T-shirts made into a T-shirt quilt by The Quilt Rambler
A collection of concert T-shirts comes out of the bottom clothing drawer to become a nice lap quilt

 Sunday Sewing Plans:

After finishing with the customer quilts I pulled fabric for my December Island Batik Ambassador challenge.  The challenge is to make a scrappy table runner. Well, scrappy is my middle name so I’ve been looking forward to this all year!

For those of you new to The Quilt Rambler I invite you to scroll through some of my earlier blogs to view the other projects I’ve made with the 2017 Island Batik Ambassador program. I am enjoying this journey working with beautiful batiks!

I chose a Studio 180 Design pattern and can’t wait to get the parts and pieces all cut out and sewn together – the perfect small project for the afternoon and the season! Check back with me tomorrow when I report in on my progress!

Christmas Island Batik 2.5" strips will be perfect for the Refraction table runner from Studio 180 Design
Looking forward to combining my love of Island Batik fabrics with my love of Studio 180 Design tools and patterns.

What are your Sunday afternoon plans? Are you still working on Christmas or Hanukkah projects? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear about your handmade items.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler keeping the blog short today so I can get a lot of sewing accomplished! See you tomorrow!

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31 Day Blog Writing Challenge – The Quilt Rambler way

Yep, call me crazy, but I just accepted Cheryl Sleboa’s challenge to write on my blog for each of the  31 days OF DECEMBER! Once a day! In the busiest month of the year! What was I thinking!  Grin – this is going to be good!

Background:

I met Cheryl at Fall Quilt Market 2016 as one of her students, taking multiple classes like re-branding, social media marketing, and a lighthearted class where we drew a cartoon of ourselves and then made it out of fabric.  Cheryl is a gracious, knowledgeable and giving person in the quilt industry so when she posted a blog about an hour or so ago to join her on this journey I said YES!

This is the 3rd year for this challenge (my first) and you will be able to keep up with all the participants if you will check back to her blog post where she will be updating with all the fun blogs out there in cyperland. Many of the bloggers you may already know, several you may stumble upon due to this challenge and discover you’ve found your crafting soul mate or at least an entertaining one! I think it’s going to be fun and I am eager to read and learn from others!

Introductions:

Trying to keep this short and sweet. If you are new to The Quilt Rambler, welcome…there’s a lot of “Let’s Talk Quilts” on previous blog posts and I hope you will look around and find that you want to stay.

My name is Karen Overton, I’ve been a longarm quilter for hire since 2003, represented a longarm machine company from 2008 to my retirement in 2014, switching gears this past couple of years to focus more on t-shirt quilts, teaching and designing patterns. The one in the photo above is Illuminated Journey and it is made using Studio 180 Design’s Lemoyne Star ruler featuring the beautiful Island Batik fabrics…you will hear a lot about these two companies over the next 31 days!

I’ve always loved to ‘talk quilts’ and dearly love to ramble….so let’s get this party rolling!

Today: The First Day of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

Yippee! I am actually starting on time as the challenge begins TODAY! December 1st.

Okay, so here’s a quick look around the (messy) studio just moments ago. #thequiltramblerstudio

 

T-shirt Quilts
Completed T-shirt quilt with three more prepped to be next in line for Christmas gift giving

This is my busy season as I am making a lot of t-shirt quilts for customers with the fast-approaching deadline of Christmas. On any “normal” year my studio looks like Santa’s Elves have come in at night and thrown things around ( I call it creative clutter) but this year it is compounded with the whirlwind of Hurricane Harvey dumping flood waters into our home and my home studio. If you want to read all about it you can search through my older posts.  We are at the stage of everything is a mess (no walls, the “wood” you see is my exterior shiplap walls). And soon it will be very messier!

Next t-shirt quilt is ready for binding – the next task for today.

And here’s the business side of my studio – just imagine me sitting here every day blogging to you about The Quilt Rambler’s current worldview.

Nothing fancy here – just a computer on a white table – all the cabinets and desks were ruined by flood waters.

Stay Tuned: More tomorrow on the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

Wow – that was fast! The goal is to be able to make this a habit to blog more frequently. I’d love to hear what you think and what sort of things draw you to a blog – photos, stories, too short/too long. Inquiring minds want to know (grin). #31dayblogchallenge #2017blogwritingchallenge

Mark this link to see all the participants – be sure to like and follow across social media!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, Thank you Muppin.Com for the challenge! Your student wants to do you proud (grin)

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Would You Like to Be An Island Batik Ambassador?

Island Batik posted their application for the 2018 season of Island Batik Ambassadors just a few days ago and there are only a few days left to apply online.

Part of the application process is to complete and mail an unquilted block, which I just finished up this morning.
Birds of Paradise with Square Squared units
“Give Thanks”
 This block represents my gratefulness for this past year as an Island Batik Ambassador. Not only have I been challenged to create a project each month featuring fabrics from my ambassador fabric box, I have also learned a lot from the other ambassadors and enjoyed getting to meet several at Fall Quilt Market and Houston Quilt Festival.
It was natural for me to choose a block based a  Studio 180 Design. You can’t go wrong with Deb’s techniques and tools!  This block is from her technique sheet Birds of Paradise using the Large Square Squared Ruler.
A winning combination – fabrics from Island Batik with tools and technique from Studio 180 Design
The  block units called Birds of Paradise came together quickly using Deb’s tools and instructions
Making a traditional square in a square is made simple using the Large Square Squared tool from Studio 180 Design and extra special using Island Batik Fabrics

I have truly enjoyed being an Island Batik Ambassador this past year – and it’s not over yet! I’ve got to catch up on my October project (I’m blaming it on Harvey)  and work on my December and January projects. I can hardly wait to share these creations with you  showcasing fabulous fabric lines from Island Batik. January will be a blog hop similar to the one we did in September.  There will be giveaways too! So if you haven’t subscribed to The Quilt Rambler blog you should do so now as to not miss out on a single thing!

Birds of Paradise with Square Squared units
“Give Thanks”

It goes without saying that a lot of my projects will be made using the Studio 180 Design tools – I am so grateful to be a Certified Instructor and to be associated with such wonderful people!

I’m thinking I really like this block – I can see it in future projects!

So if you are wondering what it’s like to be an Island Batik Ambassador then check out the information and application. Fingers crossed that I will be able to be one again for 2018! Hope you will consider joining me on this journey!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, with a grateful heart

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Still Kickin’ After Harvey

Quilts are starting to come back home!

Just wanted to touch base and let you know I’m still kickin’ and diggin’ out over here!

The walls have been down for a few weeks – don’t you love the country look of my shiplap! I feel like a log cabin quilter!

The new shelves are filling up…All that is left to organize is the clutter you see on table tops!

This first shelf is “finished” but there’s still a table full of items to sort and find a home in the new tote/shelf system

 

This is my favorite area so far, my newest quilt covers a cutting station and my longarm rulers and threads are all sorted and ready to get back to work
As soon as this area is cleared I can unveil my longarm table – it’s been too long since I’ve heard it’s purr

Who knew it would take so long to unpack and reorganized after a hurricane! Truth be told, there’s a lot to do and it’s not all studio related. I keep thinking I should be further along but there’s so many things on the to do list that “aren’t normal” – like trying to recreate the value of furniture and such that was lost in the flood. It’s amazing to me how much we were able to save, but there’s still a lot of loss.

Can you see my sewing machine under this pile? Unfortunately my beautiful sewing cabinet sat in water for 5 days and is ruined.  I purchased it last year at Quilt Festivial and will replace it at this year’s Quilt Festival coming up soon

Hopefully soon I can show you the cleared space and that I’m able to function somewhat in the studio.  Today’s milstone was actually doing some meal planning and going to the grocery store! We’ve been fast fooding it for way too long now. Kitchen isn’t fully operational but I’ve rediscovered my Instant Pot and am eager to use it! Most days it’s been to exhausting to even think about food….trying to put that in the past! Wish me luck!

Still getting ready for the remodeling – the entire house has to be (re)packed and moved out. Seems kinda strange that I’d focus so much on reorganizing the studio but the plan is it will be easier to put back after the remodel. I’m loving these clear totes!

Sneak peak of my beautiful Island Batiks and Studio 180 Design patterns…good things are in store for the future!

It’s a lot of work but it’s going to be so worth it in the end! One thing that keeps me going is the fabulous quilts I have planned and all the upcoming classes! Can’t wait to put my Certified Instructor status to work! So many good things coming due to my association with Studio 180 Designs. So many good things have already come!

Next on today’s agenda is to find my camera – I have one on my phone of course, but the “real” camera has been MIA for several weeks. Need to download photos for insurance purposes. Have asked for specific prayers concerning locating it…can’t wait for those prayers to be answered!

We keep moving forward, one step at a time.

So that’s my short ramble for today… Short? Was that short?

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, being distracted at the computer when I should be diggin’ out!

PS! I almost forgot – there’s a giveaway going on – checkout the recent Back to School Blog Hop – you can’t win if you don’t register!

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Studio Without Walls

 

The Quilt Rambler Studio January 2017 (see the home page for a virtual tour)

Many of you are aware of Hurricane Harvey, at least if not personally then because of the news. If you have been following The Quilt Rambler on social media (and a few blog posts) then you will know that I was “out of state” when the hurricane flooded our home and my studio. In addition, it was a full week after the first wave of flood waters entered our home before the airports were opened and I could get home to help with the cleanup.

I thought I’d do a quick recap of the studio redo – what I’m calling my Studio Without Walls as the walls all had to be removed due to flooding.

First Viewing “After Harvey”

So many things piled high in the center of the studio to avoid the waters of Hurricane Harvey 9.4.17

I am still amazed at how much my husband did without me to move customer quilts to a safer place then move furniture and personal belongings. So many things were piled high to avoid the flood waters.

If you remember, Harvey gave Texas more than a one-two punch, I remember getting daily reports of how high the water got each night over the four-night downpour. I know God spared me from having to watch the waters rise, then drain then rise again over the course of the storm. Unfortunately, my studio was the hardest hit as it didn’t drain for 4 or 5 days and had to actually be wet-vacuumed after the storm moved on to other parts of the country. There were 6 inches of standing water in the studio.

9.7.17 These were my thread cabinets behind the longarm Bottom drawers were moved to higher locations to save the thread, however, the cabinets were ruined.
This was my fabric stash again bottom drawers were moved higher but the cabinets have since rusted and are totaled

The Call for Quilt Angels

9.5.17 All the quilts and fabrics were moved to the front porch

One of the first things I did was to remove the over 200 personal quilts and all my fabric stash to the front porch and put out a plea on social media for “quilt angels” to help me wash things. Even though they did not sit in water, just the fact that they sat in a room which sat in water…..well….bottom line, there was moisture and it was best to be safe than sorry and have everything washed.

Countless friends came and took home laundry baskets full of quilts and or fabric and have been taking care of my items until I can bring them back home.  Kinda like sending your kids off to camp – a few friends actually posted photos on social media of my “quilt children” as they knew they were missed.

I can’t say thank you enough to all my quilt angels. You know who you are, and I hope you know how special you are to me!

Tear Down Those Walls!

9.6.17 trying to move things to the center of the room prior to wall removal

I’ve been told that one inch of water is the same as several feet of water when it comes to the structure of the home. Generally, sheetrock is removed in proportion to the amount of flood water – this is why you see photos of half walls. That is not the case with paneling. Sigh. The entire wall has to be removed as well as the insulation. What a mess!

The bigger mess was trying to get things out of the way of the demolition crew! Things were quickly thrown into boxes and moved to the center of the room so the wall could be removed.

9.6.17 Once things were taken off the higher cabinets the cabinet then had to be emptied and removed. Flood waters do nasty things to cabinets.
9.6.17 All damaged cabinets from the studio found themselves curbside – not to mention damaged items including carpeting and walls from the rest of the house.
Probably the most emotional part was my son helping the crew tear down the mural he had painted for my studio. So hard to lose art.
9.7.17 The studio walls made a colorful addition to our curbside debris from Hurricane Harvey

Time to Regroup

Lots of new storage ideas for the studio!

As the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Time to regroup, redesign, rebuild….well, the rebuild part is on hold until we hear from Insurance but the rethinking of the studio layout didn’t take long to redesign.

I am replacing all those white cabinets that held longarm threads, longarm rulers, longarm books with a shelf system and storage totes from The Container Store.

In addition, all the items that were in the wire basket drawers are also going to be contained in the same shelving and similar storage totes.

But wait, there’s more! The office area will be included in this shelving system as will the customer quilts, t-shirt quilt fabric, sewing supplies and rotary cutting rulers.

It’s a work in progress and the progress is slow – I’m having to dig through all the boxes where things were “dumped” in haste of getting the walls removed. But I’m excited about the potential and hope to have things sorted out soon so I can get back to work!

Entrance to the studio, on the left, has two shelves. The first with t-shirt quilt fabric and totes with customer quilts.
The top of the second shelf system will be housing all my “class in a box” teaching materials for upcoming workshops using Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools and techniques.
The next two shelves are a work in progress, the one on the far right is the longarm tools with the bottom two rows nothing but thread! The area covered by my latest quilt, Sugar and Spice (see previous blog) will be my cutting station
Backdoor shelf will house sewing supplies and projects

Change is Inevitable, Joy is How I Choose to Embrace It

As you can see, there’s a lot of work to be done to place items in the shelving – only to be undone again when construction begins and the entire household has to move out…

The “log cabin” look of the shiplap will be covered with brand new sheetrock. My beautiful lime green door will be replaced as will my hot pink flooring. Kinda sad in a way, yet exciting in another way!

I choose joy in these changes that were obviously beyond our control. Looking at this as an opportunity to rearrange and rethink how my studio is laid out to best serve my business needs. I’m excited that the new layout that will allow me once again to have classroom space – and boy do I have some fabulous classes planned with all the wonderful tools and techniques from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

There’s Always Hope

If you follow me on social media or know me personally, then you will know that I place my hope, peace, and faith in Jesus. I believe that He makes all things good for those who love Him. Life is hard, but God is good. We continue to trust that He is making all things new and look forward to what the future will bring.

Clean up crew is starting to come through the neighborhood!!! 9.19.17 maybe we are next!!!

Thanks for taking time to read this personal post….I am hopeful to be back to quilting soon and posting beautiful quilt related photos and telling stories about quilting….but as I’ve discovered first hand, quilting isn’t my life but it sure makes my life more colorful!  Thanks for sharing the journey.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, eager to get back to “Let’s Talk Quilts” instead of talking Harvey recovery!

*PS Update: original post said 2 weeks before coming back….well, I was gone two weeks but one week was my certified instructor training, it was only a 1-week delay after that to get home. I  left 8/20, Harvey hit 8/26, suppose to fly home 8/27 but I flew home 9/3 – you can read about my adventures on previous blog posts!

Still the queen of typos (grin)

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Distractions – of the Fabric Sort

Distracted by Beautiful Fabric

I should be packing. My plane leaves in a day for my Certified Instructor Training with Studio 180 Design and what am I doing? Not packing that’s for sure!

Easily Distracted

Sometimes I lose focus. Especially where there’s too much to do, instead of just shutting down I find myself wandering in areas that I shouldn’t be, non-productive areas, sometimes involving my addictions – addictions to fabric that is <grin>

Distracted by Quilt As You Go
Using scraps from my Island Batik stash and an orphan block I got distracted in the Quilt As You Go method

Such has been the case of late. I found myself thinking how nice it would be to have a new covered composition notebook for my trip, after all, I did find an orphan block, a lemoyne star to be exact, that just needed to belong….and having just finished up the August challenge of Quilt As You Go….well…here’s what happened Thursday afternoon.

 

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I love how the star ended up centered on the back…Don’t look, but I discovered why it was an orphan (sigh) not-so-perfect points (GASP!)
Perfect place to keep my notes, with graph paper lines for any design inspiration AND a place to keep my pens. Ready for Class!

But Wait – There’s More (The Distraction is Strong!)

I’ve been doing a lot of online “wishful” shopping concerning travel accessories.  I found this really nifty three zippered pouch that is supposed to fit in the seat-back-in-front-of-you-pocket…Wouldn’t that be great to have things within reach after I put up my carry-on bag? I figured it wouldn’t take much to whip one of those puppies right out, just quick as you please…only I got a little carried away…it was that Quilt As You Go thing again….

Quilt As You Go strips onto Soft & Stable, then aligning zippers
Once placement of zippers has been determined, I cut the vinyl to size to form outer pockets
More pockets – how about mesh pockets for the interior!
.I sewed right sides together to make a tube…would do this differently next time, if there’s a next time
Before midnight I had a bag, of sorts….
At least the inside is light enough to see what I put in there!
One side of my  pocket pouch will hold my snacks for the plane
The other side will hold my iPod and earbuds
The idea was for the interior to hold my travel purse and phone…will they fit?
Ta da! The travel wallet and cell phone WILL fit in my seat-back pocket pouch

I think I would like to try this again, only this time not use the soft and stable, well, maybe just on one side to give it body. I also wouldn’t do the “tube” with my lining – made things too thick to sew the side seams. Bottom line, I’ve proved I’m not a bag expert and will leave the designing up to Patterns By Annie (love love love her patterns). But I’m not too proud to use my little dorky homemade look seat-back-in-front-of-you-pocket holder! And who knows, I might even rework it at some point and actually improve upon it before my next trip….

This is Karen Overton, The Midnight Quilt Rambler, who seriously needs to go pack for my trip!

I must be crazy! All I really need is a toothbrush, right?!!?

 

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What’s in Your Box? Island Batik Ambassador Box 2

Christmas in July for Island Batik Ambassador The Quilt Rambler

It’s like Christmas in July!

Truly.

The Island Batik Ambassadors have been receiving their second shipment for the year these past few weeks.  I’ve enjoyed watching the unveiling and big reveal of “what’s in YOUR box

Without further ado – it’s my pleasure to share with you the joy of being an Island Batik Ambassador.

 

Here’s a link to the other Ambassadors – check out their box openings!

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler (this is me!)
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Island Batik Fabrics are always a pleasure to work with!
Here’s a close up of the bonus fabric included in my 2nd Island Batik Ambassador Box.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler – Island Batik Ambassador

What would you make with the beautiful purple stamped fabric? Inquiring minds want to know! Leave me a comment.