Is Time Standing Still?

Time Stands Still
Life without Walls, or Insulation!

It does feel like time is standing still. But things are actually moving forward. Here’s the status update for things at the Overton household and The Quilt Rambler Studio (all under the same roof!)

Yesterday the Repipe Specialist dropped the water lines to replace the old galvanized pipes. This is not part of Harvey damage but an out of pocket expense that needed to be done while the walls are open.

Next step is to totally remove everything out of the house and Studio either in storage or the necessary things we will need to reside in the RV. Due to continued waiting on funds to be released by mortgage company from insurance, and our contractor’s schedule, mercifully, we have until the 15th – rather the night of the 14th to complete this task!

Current conditions 🎶baby it’s cold outside 🎶. We have chosen to remain in the house (without walls and insulation) vs a total move to the RV until the 14th If you’ve been keeping up with us you will know that includes our RV as our only “outhouse” due to an inoperable “facility” in the house- reminds me of Girl Scout camp and running outside to the latrine – thankfully this one is warm inside (and odorless 😏) We are counting our blessings that while it may be cold we are not having to make a run in the rain 😳

There’s lots to do in the next few days including 3 quilts that have deadlines. So I best get off and get busy!

Carry on – that is all




Friends and Fabric

colorful stack of quilts by The Quilt Rambler

I get by with a little help from my friends! Especially quilting friends.

Quilt Angels come in all sizes

Today my friend Dianne took a day off of work and brought her granddaughter Beyonca over to help me sort and organize my quilts and fabrics for storage. These are items that had previously been dispursed post-Harvey and taken by “quilt angels” to wash and return. Our first order of business was to lay out all the weathertight totes and start going through the bags and boxes that had been returned. Our goal was to have one bucket per color, with a special one for Christmas prints and collections. It seriously took longer than one would imagine!

By 3 o’clock we’d run out of totes, even with pulling in the black ones from Home Depot (new thankfully). Those totes held my collection of antique quilts and a few of my personal quilts. It quickly became apparent that I need more buckets!

Counted 22 totes, one shy of my favorite number 23…sigh…

The red lid totes are housing my “quilts in waiting” – these are quilt tops that I have pieced but have never made it under the needle of the longarm. Some are over a decade old. One tote is nothing but Island Batik quilt tops and quilt tops pieced using  Deb Tucker tools and patterns – they have priority once my studio is operational again, as I need to add them to my traveling trunk show. That’s why they are in the special red lid totes (actually I overbought for my Christmas decorations but I’m going to pretend that I did that on purpose!)

Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts!

There are still quilts that need to be put into buckets. The ones in the red wagon are just everyday personal quilts. No telling how many others are scattered around the house. I don’t know about you but I use my quilts! Watching TV, sitting outside under the tiki hut, and of course several on the bed! The quilts on the table are set apart for my traveling trunk show – there are more in the studio – I figured I need at least 6 more totes to travel with. Time to go shopping again…but that will have to wait until tomorrow as I do have a deadline quilt I’m going to try to finish tonight before midnight…

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, thankful for friends who help in time of need – you gals know who you are, you quilt angels you!

Day 28 #31dayblogchallenge #2017blogwritingchallenge





And So It Begins

The day after Christmas marks the official “beginning to move out” process. We have a week until Repipe Specialist come to replace our old galvanized pipes. We have been instructed to have certain areas cleared so they can work. It does help that we don’t have walls, thank you Harvey, makes their job easier!

Today it was clean out the hall closet (which backs up to the tub in the bathroom) and clear out the bathroom cabinets – transferring most to the clear plastic totes that will go into the RV when we make that our official home during reconstruction.

Oscar finds it fascinating that there is so much stuff behind the closed cabinet doors!

Who knew there was so much in a one-bathroom home! Oh my goodness, the over-the-counter things like Pepto and sunscreen with expiration dates several years past expiration! Yep, it’s a good thing to be deep cleaning and tossing as we go.

First things first, move the necessary bathroom items to the RV along with our rain boots!

There are still quilts to work on in The Quilt Rambler studio before the big move, so don’t tune me out! But right now things are focused on the bathroom and hall closets. Tomorrow it’s the kitchen!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler keeping this short and sweet – lots of shakin and movin going on over here.

Day 26 of the #31dayblogchallenge