Cruise 2020

The Quilt Rambler proudly presents “Quilting With The Rambler & The Redneck” quilting cruise November 15-22, 2020 on Royal’s Caribbean’s Liberty of The Seas.

Quilting With The Rambler & The Redneck

Brian McCoy, Certified Instructor with Studio 180 Design and owner of Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop in Parkersburg, WV, is fondly known as The Redneck Quilter. Brian will be joining Karen Overton, also a Certified Instructor with Studio 180 Design and owner of The Quilt Rambler in Texas, for The Quilt Rambler’s very own 7 day quilting cruise out of Galveston, Texas November 15, 2020.

Three fabulous ports, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica – three days at sea with The Quilt Rambler’s Onboard Quilting Excursion™ – classroom instruction using the Studio 180 Design tools to construct two quilts designed specifically for this cruise! Plus bonus patterns and designs to expand your use of Deb Tucker’s tools! A Texas -Size Adventure!


We’re excited to share all the nitty gritty with you – if you want to jump ahead to a particular section just click on the links in the list below.

Cruise Date

Ports of Call

Each port of call has wonderful things to offer – be sure to inquire concerning excursions and attractions – we can book all your travel and adventure needs, including flights and shuttles – Just ask Patti!

Come a day early and explore our island, shopping on The Strand, a walk along the seawall, or the many attractions available 
Enjoy the history, the culture, the shopping and the beautiful water of Cozumel (Karen’s favorite port)
Adventures await in Grand Cayman, above and below the beautiful clear ocean and shopping – did we mention shopping!
“One Love”, fabulous crafts markets, beautiful surroundings, truly an island feel

Days At Sea – Onboard Quilting Excursion™

     This is your ticket for all the quilting experiences and quilting activities onboard the cruise and includes: 

  • Instructional fees for 3 full days classes during the 3 days at sea with both Karen & Brian, teaching both exclusive quilt designs – no need to choose, you get both!
  • A reserved spot in the ship’s Conference Room/Classroom
  • Use of our sewing machine for the full week (conference room/classroom is available almost 24/7 for your ultimate retreat experience)
  • Basic sewing needs such as thread, bobbins, irons and cutting stations
  • Classroom support with Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop staff members Warren & Tim
  • A spiral bound pattern guide with the two quilt projects designed exclusively for this cruise by Karen & Brian, a bonus project, tips, and more – destined to be a keepsake
  • Our official Quilting with The Rambler and The Redneck t-shirt and tote bag 
  • Welcome Aboard Party and other special exclusive events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Optional Island Batik Fabric Kits – preorders taken Summer 2020

The Quilts

Two Certified Instructors, Two Quilts, plus a surprise bonus project (or two) for the final day of our Onboard Quilting Excursion! ™  Did we mention that the patterns are included in your fee! More details coming soon concerning the fabrics, tools and technique sheets from Studio 180 Design. Precut fabric kits will be available to preorder Summer 2020.

Registration Part 1

Step one in the “Texas Two Step” Registration.

Fees for the Onboard Quilting Excursion ™ is only $450 per quilter. You can pay for it in full, or simply start with a $100 deposit to reserve your spot in the classroom. You must also place a deposit for your stateroom in Step 2 of Registration to reserve a place aboard the ship!

Click the button to be taken to Texas Two Step Registration page

Registration Part 2

Step two in the “Texas Two Step” Registration is to reach out to our travel agent Patti using the link below for her to contact you and accept your deposit for your cruise.

Stateroom Pricing

This is your ticket for your stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas – it includes onboard dining experiences, onboard activities and entertainment, and a stateroom attendant! Because on vacation you should never have to make your bed!

Reserve your stateroom with as little as a $250 deposit per person. Payment Plans and Financing are available with final payment due June 2020!

  • Interior * call for current pricing
  • Oceanview $945.04*
  • Balcony $1,025.04*

*Port charges, taxes & fees of $74.04 are not included, nor is gratuities or travel insurance. Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

**Stateroom pricing does not include the additional $450 Onboard Quilting Excursion ™  fee payable in registration step one above.

All Pricing is subject to change until the full deposit is made submitted and processed. 

Click on the button below for a no-obligation questionnaire from our travel agent to best be able to answer your questions.

Meet The Team

Brian McCoy, also known as “The Redneck Quilter”, has been quilting for almost 20 years! So don’t let the camo fool ya!  He is the owner of Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop, which has been operational for 5 ½ years and is an 11,000+ facility located at 2595 Dupont Rd in Parkersburg, WV.  His shop is now the largest quilt shop in WV and 2nd largest compared to all shops in Ohio.  In addition to running his business fulltime and managing 13 employees, he also works fulltime at Ohio University. 

Brian is currently the only guy Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Design.  Brian also likes to design and create one-of-a-kind quilting patterns, which he also sells and teaches as an inherent part of the 200+ classes offered at Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop every year. In addition to being only one of 2 Handi Quilter and BabyLock dealers in WV, he is also working on building “Beds & Threads Retreat Center”, which will be built adjacent to Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop, and providing overnight accommodations for up to 50 quilters! 

“I wanted to make my first quilting cruise project something to remember this momentous vacation with.   In my quilt design, I chose to use bright, colorful and Caribbean-style colors that represent the regions we’ll be visiting.”

Karen Overton is a self proclaimed rambler, hang around her for any amount of time and you will agree! Karen grew up with a grandmother who quilted, but considered herself “just a sewer”. After a friend taught her how to use a rotary cutter back before the turn of the century Karen quickly made a quilt then turned around and taught the ladies of her church! Teaching and quilting just naturally go hand in hand. Karen officially entered the quilting industry in 2003 as a longarm quilter for hire under the name of Quilts ‘N Kaboodle, working out of her home studio on the Texas gulf coast between Houston and Galveston. She rebranded in 2017 to The Quilt Rambler changing her focus from Longarm quilting to focusing on teaching and pattern design.

In 2017 Karen became an Island Batik Ambassador and a Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. And the rest, they say is history. In 2019 Karen retired from the Island Batik Ambassador program and is now an Island Batik Designer, offering her pattern designs in the beautiful Island Batik fabrics.

Karen has taught on three quilting cruise events, each with a unique pattern she designed for the event. In 2019 Karen developed her Land Locked Quilting Cruise™ events (same 3 day quilting adventure, minus the ship) and is now adding the option of Onboard Quilting Excursions™ (this cruise – first of many!)

“The combination of The Rambler and The Redneck is guaranteed to be a Texas size epic quilting experience at sea ~ we can hardly wait! Let’s Talk Cruisin’!™

Patti has been quilting for 19 years, having had numerous jobs over that same time period. One of her favorites memories was when she stumbled into a quilt shop to buy a quilt, and the first thing she was told was that the kit was for sale but not the quilt! Patti had no idea where it would lead as she didn’t even know how to work a sewing machine. After several classes she went to work at the same quilt shop. That was in 2000, Patti stayed until 2008 when Hurricane Ike closed the doors of Quilts by The Bay in Galveston.  During that time period of working at the quilt shop, Karen and Patti became friends, keeping in touch even when Patti’s job-related adventures took her out of the area for a brief time period.

Coming back to settle in Galveston County , Patti begin working at the Cruise Terminal at the Galveston Port. Patti worked for Carnival Cruise Line for 7 1/2 years, Disney Cruise Line for 3 years, currently working with Intercruises as well as being a representative for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Her work included assisting cruisers with their embarkment and disembarkment as a Guest Liaison dealing specifically with guests who arrived at the terminal without proper documentation. This led her to becoming a Travel Agent, working with Northcutt Travel Agency specializing in cruises and travel arrangement to and from the Cruise Terminals. Patti loves cruising and helping people. And yes, Patti still finds time to quilt! She is most eager to meet our quilters and help them to have a wonderful vacation.

“I can’t wait to meet one and all on this journey and make new friends. See you soon!” 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together a list of the most common questions – click on the button be taken to the page with a downloadable PDF full of answers!

Sew What Are You Waiting On!

Make new friends, enjoy creating stunning quilts, sew around the clock, eat, relax, sew some more, shop, relax, join us for the ultimate Onboard Quilting Excursion ™ experience. Register today – SPACE IS LIMITED!

Kick back, relax, refresh, enjoy
Never miss a meal, never have to do the dishes!