August’s Adventures

The Quilt Rambler on The Road

What a wonderful whirlwind of a month! Thought I’d stop to catch my breath and touch base with a quick recap of my August adventures, sew far (grin).

Corpus Christi or Bust!

Coastal Bend Quilt & Needlework Guild invited me to speak at their morning guild meeting August 8th. What a fun group of quilters! I loved how Boyd, guild president, was more than willing to do a little impromptu Facebook video introduction. Check out my FB page if you missed it.

The following morning, I taught a workshop using Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I with the pattern Love Links. Many folks struggle with making flying geese ~ I love the “ah-ha” moment when this method works for them!

Coast Bend Quilters, Corpus Christi, Love Links workshop with The Quilt Rambler

Personal Vacation

Moving The Conex

In my last blog I shared our ongoing Post-Harvey dealings, primarily with the need to move our Conex (truck container) that we have been using for storage since the storm two years ago. Part of the process was tearing down the old garage. Aug 11-18 vacation time was spent actually moving the Conex, inch by inch into its new location atop the concrete pad of the former garage. Again, more details were on my Facebook page, but to sum it all up ~ we have been so blessed with friends and family that have helped with this move. Most especially a neighbor we have never met who, at the last minute when the guys were ready to call it quits, came over with his bob cat and moved the trailer into place. Yep – Blessed Indeed!

Visiting Galveston Island Quilter’s Guild

While the fellows were working on the big blue box move, I took the evening off to visit my local guild, as a member not a speaker. Someone took a photo of my participation in the groups show and tell (my favorite part of any guild) as I was sharing my “magazine quilt” and my “cruise memory quilt.” I also took that opportunity to invite everyone to our upcoming Quilting With The Rambler & The Redneck Quilting Cruise 2020. In case you missed it, click herefor more info.

Taking Time to be Oma

After a full week’s activity, I took Saturday off and pulled out a very very old pattern, (1972) of a doll I had made in my home economics class…yep, Reagan needed a rag doll. We were able to give it to her the next day. I’m not sure the hair is going to make it very long ~ I’m not an experienced doll maker, as she did have that dorky homemade look, but I think Reagan will enjoy it for a while. I think I’ve already shared this, but it’s worth repeating don’t you think?

Regan’s first rag doll made by her Oma

The Quilt Rambler On The Road Again

Greater Houston Quilter’s Guild

This past Tuesday, Aug 20 I was the guest speaker at Greater Houston Quilter’s Guild. It’s a large guild and I recognized several gals from my earlier days as a longarm quilter when I hosted a longarm guild in my home. I was totally blessed by my Facebook friend Sarah Y. who, when learning of my event through social media, decided to create an event of her own that she called Crash the Guild! Sarah and several friends made the trip that night to hear me speak – AND, she was gracious enough to volunteer to be one of the quilt wranglers during my ramblings. Again, a fun video on my Facebook page if you missed it.

Wednesday morning, Aug 21, I taught Tumbling Triangles, a Studio 180 Design pattern using the V-Block ruler, to a group of enthusiastic quilters from Greater Houston. Love love love the various fabric choices as well as the size choices from mini to king all in one pattern using one tool!

Great Houston Quilt Guild, Tumbling Triangle Workshop with The Quilt Rambler

West Houston Quilt Guild

After a quick dinner and wardrobe change (grin) Wednesday evening found this rambler at West Houston Quilt Guild for another lecture and trunk show – again, many quilting friends from days gone by in the audience as well as many new faces. My friend Cindy H., who has been on all three previous quilting cruises, was once again in attendance (she’s a member of both guilds) and puts up with me “using and abusing our friendship” to be a part of multiple Facebook videos.  She’s such a good sport.

Thursday, Aug 22, was the Love Links workshop with the West Houston gals. Special thanks again to Cindy for loaning me her beautiful award-winning dark background version of Love Links. A good time was had by all.

Cindy brought her finished Geese Over Galveston Bay quilt from the May 2019 quilting cruise and shared her award wining Love Links quilt with us.
West Houston Quilt Guild workshop Love Links taught by The Quilt Ramber

A Little R & R

Time for a little R&R, even if it’s just a few hours. My husband and I enjoyed touring the Battleship of Texas on Saturday – it’s being readied for dry-dock repairs so this may have been our last opportunity to visit once again this historical vessel. I won’t take time here to share of the Texas role in history, you can google it – so proud to be an American and have this ship’s history be a part of my current freedom. Talking with the volunteers, many retired military, brought tears of pride and gratitude to my eyes. On top of this it was refreshing to claim a few hours to ourselves.

What’s Next?

Glad you asked!

Well, the Cruise 2020 enrollment is on-going, so if you are interested don’t delay as we anticipate a full classroom. In the meantime it’s that time of year again when I’m working on secret sewing projects for Island Batik – this time a quilt with upcoming fabric from the Spring Market 2020 big reveal….and a little nearer in time, I’m also working on a secret sewing for an upcoming blog hop with Deb Tucker early September. You are going to want to stay tuned! 

I’ve got two more “road trips” this month – details on the schedule page and upcoming newsletter.

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This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, wrapping up a fun summer of sewing, travel, and trunk shows!

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