Quilt Blog Repeat – what a perfect description of my life! Welcome new readers, my name is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, and I am so pleased you are “hopping around” this year’s annual New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop. This is week 4 and I’m eager to share with you a little of my ramblings!
I first learned about this year’s event from Jen at DizzyQuilter. She and her co-hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts, Tish @ Tish n’Wonderland and Sandra @ mmm! Quilts have put together a wonderful learning tool to help quilt bloggers become, well, better quilt bloggers! And did I mention there are giveaways from the co-hosts and our sponsors! Visit each of their links above (and listed at the end of this post) to enter! Be sure to read all the way to the end for the list of other bloggers featured this week. You are bound to find a new quilting buddy or several among us!
The Quilt Rambler is my quilting business name – however, it’s not my first quilting business. More on that in a moment.
I think I fell in love with quilts at birth. I have many of the quilts made by my Ma-Ma. (The southern way of spelling grandmother – pronounced maw-maw).
The quilting bug bit me hard when I attended my first quilt show at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2000. I don’t think I will ever recover – and I don’t want too! I love quilting and have made well over 200 personal quilts since purchasing my first fat quarters around the turn of the century.
In 2004 I opened up my longarm business Quilts ‘N Kaboodle and operated under that name until the end of 2016. I rebranded in January 2017 to expand my business to encompass my transitioning into pattern design and more teaching of quilting, while still longarm quilting for hire and making t-shirt and memory quilts for my customers.
I am best known for my hand guided custom designs, namely feathers. I love quilting feathers.
Island Batik Ambassador
I am also an Island Batik Ambassador, I was blessed to begin this relationship at the beginning of 2017 when I rebranded as The Quilt Rambler – perfect timing don’t you think? I love working with Island Batik’s fabrics. As an ambassador, I am provided with a beautiful box load of fabrics twice a year in agreement to participate in monthly challenges and blog about them.
I have enjoyed the challenges and getting to know the other ambassadors through our blog hops. This year there are 45+ ambassadors and I invite you to consider following along each month as we get to play with these beautiful fabrics.
This is one of my favorite quilts from last year. I called it “This is the Way Walk In It” – there are a couple of posts about it last year if you’d like the “story behind the quilt”. Part 1 and Part 2.
Certified Instructor With Studio 180 Design
One of my goals last year was to become certified in teaching Deb Tucker’s techniques using her Studio 180 Design tools. The application process included my quilting resume and the submission of quilt blocks pieced with her tools to show my knowledge of her techniques. I was so pleased to be chosen to attend the CI training last August and proudly graduated with “the class of 2017“. I love teaching and having Deb’s tools in my toolbox has certainly allowed me to encourage my students in their piecing skills and continued success in their own quilting journey.
As a Certified Instructor, I do travel to give lectures and do workshops as well as vend at quilt shows. And I teach locally too. You can keep up with me on social media as well as my schedule here on my website and blog.
As I mentioned earlier, my goal for my quilting career is to design and publish my own patterns. Through my association with Island Batik and Studio 180 Design, I have been able to walk down the path of design.
My first published pattern, Illuminated Journey, was introduced at the Fall Market 2017 in the Island Batik booth. I actually taught the design on a quilting cruise in 2015 but it now “officially” my first pattern and of course, it is made with Island Batik fabrics and uses Deb’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler.
As a budding pattern designer, I do a lot of “secret sewing” – which means I can only do little teasers until the pattern or fabrics are released. It’s so hard for me to keep a secret!
Next week is Spring Market 2018 and I will again have a pattern introduced through Island Batik’s Spring Catalog featuring a new line of batiks. I will be posting more details about this quilt, Geese Over Galveston Bay, later in the week so I hope you will join me! I can tell you that it uses Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper I ruler and is made with a beautiful new line of fabric!
I guess that’s really who I am – a quilt blogger. I have the glee of show and tell and the joy of sharing quilt stories (as well as personal stories). I started a blog many years ago just to have an online journal of my quilting process. I let it slack and reinvented myself last year on this platform. I love to go to guild sew-ins and sew with my friends. I love to teach quilting classes. I love sharing my Island Batik Ambassador projects and I truly resemble my motto “Let’s Talk Quilts“. Again, that’s why I loved the name of my “hive” – Quilt, Blog, Repeat as that’s pretty much who I am!
When the opportunity came to join up with the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers I was quick to reply. This group of happy bloggers has been so generous in sharing. We spent some time getting to know each other, offering tips and critiques along the way. One tip that I picked up on was actually to my embarrassment! I had no idea that when someone commented on my blog and I hit the “reply” to answer them that it only showed up on my blog post and never reached the one commenting. I am trying to put into practice to get to know those of you who are sweet enough to reply and respond in a way that you know we connected. I’m a tad behind due to several weeks on the road vending but I am catching up and do want my readers to know that I cherish each comment and so appreciate the time you’ve taken from your day to share my quilting journey.
Here’s a list of my “hive” – I hope you will take time to get to know each one of them!
Hive leader Jen @ DizzyQuilter
Michelle @ Creativeblonde
Roseanne @ HomeSewnByUs.
Jan @ CocaQuilts
Tara @ QuiltDistrict
Nichole @ HandWroughtQuilts
Karen (me) @ TheQuiltRambler
Becca @ PrettyPiney
Sarah @ 9658Textiles
As part of our blog hop introduction, we were asked to share a quilting tip. I recently shared this on a national podcast with Pat Sloan concerning pressing.
My tip is that I press my seams open. Did you audibly gasp? Grin! I know that we have all been taught to press to a certain side so our seams will nest but I challenge you to try pressing your seams open! Your blocks will lay flatter, especially when making beautiful Lemoyne Stars. Disclaimer: If you plan on stitching in the ditch this pressing method will not work for you as there will be no ditch to stitch in! Give it a try and tell me what you think.
Future Plans For The Quilt Rambler
Glad you asked! Sometimes the best plans get put on the “wait a bit” list. Our home and my home studio were affected by Hurricane Harvey last August and we are still in reconstruction. It’s been a long road to recovery, with the actual construction not beginning until mid-February, but we are on the right path! We have big plans for future classes here in The Quilt Rambler studio as well as future retreats as part of our Land Locked Quilting Cruises.
My future plans include designing more quilt patterns, many with the ambassador program, and participating in more online quilting activities such as blog hops and quilt alongs. I will be a part of the Row Along 2018 coming in September with a few other events in the works. I also want to pick back up the making of YouTube Tutorials – interrupted by that darn ole hurricane! Through these events, I hope to meet new quilting friends, share a little of my quilting experiences and learn a bunch from you!
Thanks for hanging out with me today….but wait! There’s more!
Week 4 New Quilter Blog
Visit my “hive” members as well as the other new quilt bloggers posting today – we’d all appreciate if you’d leave a comment and let us know you stopped by!
Joni @ ForTheLoveOfThread
Tracy @ It’s A T-sweet Day!
Cherie @ CheriesQuiltingJourney
Cindy @ GrayBarnDesigns
Karen @TheQuiltRambler (You are here!)
Sarah @ 9658Textiles
Terri @ MeanderingsAlongLizardCreek
Liz @ SavorEveryStitch
And be sure to visit the co-hosts to register for the fabulous giveaways from our sponsors! You do not have to follow each of us to enter, but adding a comment to our blogs does give you an added entry!
This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler – asking what is your favorite quilting block or unit make? Would you consider pressing your seams open?