Welcome! For my first-time visitors let me introduce myself. I'm Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, a certified instructor with Studio 180 Design. I am so excited that you are joining me today as we kick off the Evening Elegance Blog Hop showcasing Deb Tucker's brand new signature line of Island Batik fabric, Twilight Chic, officially… Continue reading Evening Elegance – Day One of Deb Tucker’s Blog Hop!
October's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to create a project, any size (thankfully) using either foundation or English Paper Piecing with the fabrics provided by Island Batik in our Ambassador boxes. Did someone say challenge? Admittedly, paper piecing or foundation piecing is very challenging for me - somehow it is confusing with all that flipping… Continue reading Needle, Paper, Scissors…and zippers, oh my!
I'm excited to share this link with you! Island Batik has begun a blog hop today with my favorite line up ~ Deb Tucker, Marie Bostwick, Jackie Kunkel, Aurifil threads, and of course Island Batik - all focused around the beautiful quilt, New Beginnings by Deb inspired by Marie's book Just in Time, with Jackie's… Continue reading Just In Time Blog Hop
The Septemeber Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to make something with stars. Oh my! This is talking my language! I love star quilts. There's my all time favorite the Lemoyne Star block, I love the Carpenter's Wheel which has the Lemoyne Star in the middle - I even love the Snow Crystal which is the logo… Continue reading New Beginnings – Starstruck
Ah, summertime ~ don't you just love being outdoors in the summer! Do you have summer memories as a kid (or with your kids) of picnics on the beach, boat rides, hiking, biking, camping or just enjoying the sunset together? I'm an endless summer sort of gal and I like nothing better than dreaming… Continue reading Summer Lovin’ – The Great Outdoors Blog Hop
July's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is Secondary Patterns. I knew I wanted to use the 10" stack precuts of Paisley Dot in Earth Tones along with the orange and black matching yardage that I received in my first Ambassador fabric box earlier this year. Seeing Stars I decided that you can't go wrong with a… Continue reading Hidden Star – July Island Batik Ambassador Challenge
Talk about Christmas in July! I just opened my 2nd box as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador and my oh my the fabrics are so bright and colorful! As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are given two boxes a year with fabrics to use in completing our monthly challenges. The first box came back in… Continue reading Big Reveal – 2nd Island Batik Ambassador Box Opening
Honey, I'm home! I shared a tad the other day about my "party for one" quilt retreat at an undisclosed location (grin). Well, I'm home so now I will backtrack and tell you the rest of the story... Settle in as I ramble on. Quilt Retreat: Okay, so I stretched it a bit -… Continue reading Summer Sewing: Party of One Quilt Retreat
By far, summer is my all time favorite season. It's a good thing since I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where we have several variations: "almost summer", "summer", "still summer", and then a short break before "summer again" which translates to the rapid succession of fall, winter, and spring in a race to get back… Continue reading Summer Lovin – X’s and O’s
The April Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to "Look Back" and allow vintage quilts to inspire new creations. I am blessed to own over 30 vintage family quilts and they are all so inspiring. Most were made by either my grandmother, Mary Brown Pliler, or my great aunt, her sister, Effie Brown Barker. Each of… Continue reading What’s Old is New Again – Vintage Family Quilts