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Has it been that long already? I have had all intentions of sharing so much about Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival…Things don’t always go according to plan, do they?

I will say that this was my busiest market ever. Generally, I’m doing a little shopping for my studio needs and mainly hang out with friends ~ I love taking photos with friends – I’ve always said it’s like a reunion attending these two events.

Spent a lot of time with my roommate Rosella and my cruise co-teacher Brian, plus hanging out with the Certified Instructors (Deb Tucker’s CI’s)

Well, this year I sorta forgot to take photos and I didn’t really hang as much with friends as I had lots of appointments ….picking out fabric with Brian for our 2020 Cruise, talking to vendors about items needed to purchase for the cruise, secured a few fun door prizes, networking, etc.

More Tucker friends

For those that follow on Facebook you’ve already seen some of the funny videos with my roommate Rosella…we actually interviewed an international quilter, but I haven’t had time to edit that video yet. Hopefully soon. It’s just a matter of downloading it and adding the opening screen shot. We did a fabulous 30-minute walk through of Island Batik booth but somehow the footage got corrupted when I tried to edit it. Long story…had a huge area that needed to be cut out (forgot to turn the camera off so it’s kinda weird shots of the ceiling and floors). Hate to admit it, but I am really clueless with the editing part. On my bucket list that’s for sure to learn video editing. Always something to look forward to!

Reunion time! Seeing friends I usually only see at the Houston events

In the meantime, I’m preparing to mail off my “secret sewing” project to Island Batik for Spring Market 2020. I’ve begun designing already for Fall Market 2020, the fabrics will be shipping end of the year with a spring deadline. The “secret sewing” continues, year round – yep, something else to look forward to – teasing photos until the big reveal!

Island Batik designer friends

Soon I will be receiving the fabrics for the cruise 2020 quilt and I can’t wait to start making it! We still have space available if you need to give yourself a ticket to put in your stocking this holiday season – just sayin’

Friends near and far, we seem to find our way to Houston!

Somehow I managed to steal away a few much-needed hours this past week to just sit in the sunshine and ponder. Hope I can do it again soon!

Hug your friends! The “They sayers” of the world tell us we all need a friend and a hug. I’ll take several hugs please! I don’t think I got enough at Fall Market or Festival (grin).

Yep, I go crazy when I get a hug from a friend!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, thankful for friends, family, and time at the beach!

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Hum…Fall Quilt Market was Friday October 25 to Monday October 28 …. I have sew much to share, but oh sooo little time. Don’t despair dear quilting friend – the roving rambler reporter does have a few stories to tell in future blogs.

The vendor mall and quilt exhibits at Houston International Quilt Festival actually start with a preview night, tonight, October 30 with the festivities running until Sunday November 3rd. With a day or so to spare in between the two events I thought it was time to…

#ReclaimTheStudio

As a disclaimer, it’s not just your normal clutter due to rushing to complete projects before Fall Quilt Market….if you’ve been following my ramblings you know I have a bigger mess than that! I’m happy to report that a lot of the storage boxes have been emptied! However, I still am reclaiming the floor as I sort and toss trying to organize my treasures.

Today I purposed to reclaim the bare minimum….that being the cutting station, the ironing station and the sewing station. Priorities my dear ones, priorities!

Actually I chose the areas that were not only of the most importance but the ones I knew I could reclaim in a single day. Always good to have workable goals! Little successes are encouraging!

Mission Accomplished

Ta da – the cutting table is clutter free, I can use the ironing station without the fear of fire, and…. just look at that sewing surface! I don’t know about you, but I’m drooling thinking of the potential projects. Sweet dreams of future designs, using my favorite fabrics and tools! Betcha’ can guess which ones ~ Island Batik and Studio 180 Design of course!

Wow! What a great feeling to have these important sections of my studio under control.

I have lots of future sewing for “after festival”.

Yep, won’t be long until there’s another creative explosion – fabrics all over the cutting station, pulling out the pressing Strip Stick to press my seams open with my Oliso iron(s), the welcomed sound of the machine humming, threads and fabric trims all over the floor ~ I truly do try to hit the trash can, but seriously, in my defense, haven’t you seen how thread and little trimmings like to float and blow across the room instead of landing in said trash can?

Yep, it feels good to have today’s mission Accomplished!

Family Fun Between Market & Festival

So excited to see our precious Reagan take multiple steps to her sweet momma yesterday! And our kids FaceTimed us last night, multiple steps then rolling over in laughter. Reagan is such a happy little girl! We just love her.

Speaking of special events between Fall Market and Quilt Festival…it’s been nice to be able to watch the World Series at home instead of at the hotel….was hoping NOT to have a Game 6, but as they say “it’s not over until the fat lady sings!”

Yep, TV dinner is almost ready for what I’m sure will be an exciting Game 7. Naturally I’m rooting for the Astros to #TakeItBack It’s been a nail-biting-nerve-wracking series and no matter what, each team overall has done their best to entertain us in their pursuit for excellence.

Until “after festival” this is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler encouraging you to go mess up your studio with your own creative explosion!

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Fall Market & Pattern Release https://thequiltrambler.com/fall-market-pattern-release/10/22/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fall-market-pattern-release https://thequiltrambler.com/fall-market-pattern-release/10/22/2019/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2019 21:56:46 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=7346 It’s that time of year again, the rainy season….actually its when Fall Quilt Market comes to town! For those unfamiliar ~ this is the wholesale industry trade-show the week before Houston International Quilt Festival. This marks my 15th year to attend! I plan on posting a lot on social media so if you want a behind… Continue reading Fall Market & Pattern Release

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It’s that time of year again, the rainy season….actually its when Fall Quilt Market comes to town! For those unfamiliar ~ this is the wholesale industry trade-show the week before Houston International Quilt Festival. This marks my 15th year to attend! I plan on posting a lot on social media so if you want a behind the scenes look be sure and check out my Facebook and Instagram between October 25-28.

I can’t believe I’ve been this “quiet” as far as my blog is concerned. The past few weeks I’ve wrapped up a busy travel season – speaking at guilds, teaching workshops, trying to keep my head above water …. Well, maybe not that dramatic but we have had our share of close calls with flood waters lapping at our door.  But enough about the weather….

Let’s Talk Quilts!

I have been so blessed to have a working relationship with Island Batik fabrics, previously as an Ambassador 2017-2018, continuing on as a Designer. Since Fall Market 2017 I have been involved with “secret sewing” which translates to designing and making quilts using their fabric collections introduced at either Spring or Fall Quilt Markets. The quilts get shipped to Island Batik almost six months before the big reveal for photographing to be included in their catalogs and then are displayed in the Island Batik booth at market. I’ve not made it yet to a Spring Market but do enjoy seeing the display here in my “backyard” when Fall Market comes to Houston.

The quilts then become part of a traveling trunk show not finding their way back home until a year after the particular market in which they were introduced. For example, these quilts, Fiesta Stars and the original Paradise Island have just returned home from their world tour (okay, I don’t think they left the USA, but it sounds fun doesn’t it? I’ve often wished they had a passport stamped with the shops they visited). It’s like welcoming home a kid from college (or something similar) when they do find their way back to my studio. 

Fiesta Stars, The Quilt Rambler pattern, Blossom fabric collection by Island Batik
Paradise Island, The Quilt Rambler pattern, French Blue fabric collection by Island Batik

The hardest part of designing and introducing patterns at Quilt Market is keeping quiet for so long. They don’t call me the rambler for nothing! Can you imagine! All that secret sewing and can’t do any showing! Well, now it’s time for a little showing!

Simply Celebrate – Fall Market 2019

I think we’ll start in reverse order…why not! Island Batik released the online version of their Fall Catalog recently which includes my newest pattern (that I can share), Simply Celebrate, made with the fabric line Nordic Nature, a beautiful winter collection by Kathy Engle. This collection, along with all the collections in the online catalog, will be on display this weekend at Fall Market 2019 in the Island Batik booth for shop owners to view and place their fabric orders with the fabrics shipping later in the spring of 2020. Yep…it’s that working ahead that I was telling you about. We see it, want it, and have to wait for it – but oh so worth the wait!

Here’s some photos of the quilting process on Simply Celebrate while I was working on it back in May/June of this year. 

Close up quilting of Simply Celebrate, pattern by The Quilt Rambler
Simply Celebrate, pattern by The Quilt Rambler, hot off the frame

The pattern for Simply Celebrate is currently in the editing process and will be available as both a PDF download and print sometime mid to late November. Not only is it a quick finish using Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer ® I, which means you could have it made by your Christmas or Hanukah celebrations, but wouldn’t it be fun made in holiday or seasonal fabrics, anytime you need to Simply Celebrate!

Celestial Borealis Twilight

The original quilt is still touring as it was introduced this past Spring Market 2019. Yep, secret sewing from this time last year! My how time passes when you are having sew much fun!

I fell in love with the collection Black Pearl – has that Pirate of the Caribbean feel don’t you think? And if you know me, you know I like anything that has to do with the beach, ocean or bright tropical colors. The good news is this fabric is shipping December so you should see it popping up in your local quilt shops soon!

Here’s some photos of my “secret sewing” last fall.

Celestial Borealis Twilight, The Quilt Rambler pattern, quilting detail
Celestial Borealis Twilight, The Quilt Rambler pattern, hot off the longarm frame

This design uses three tools from Studio 180 Design, V-block®, Square Squared®, and Corner Beam®.  Celestial Borealis Twilight will be released this week as a PDF and available in print mid-November. Watch the pattern page on the website and social media for the announcement!

Enchanted Stars

Again, the original quilt is still traveling as it too was introduced at Spring Market 2019. The fabric is Mermaid Cove by Island Batik, it too should be shipping in December. 

Can you see why I love this line! Another winning collection for my forever summer loving state of mind!

This design uses Studio 180 Design’s Rapid Fire® Lemoyne Star as well as the Tucker Trimmer® III to square up the blocks.

Here’s photos from this quilt’s humble beginnings.

I prefer to press my seams open – you can see on the back how much easier it is to “see” where the points match during construction
Enchanted Stars, The Quilt Rambler pattern, detail
Enchanted Stars, The Quilt Rambler pattern, hot off the frame

The call for submissions (when we pitch our design idea to Island Batik) was summer of 2018, at which time we were “expecting” our first granddaughter ~ I remember thinking and praying for her as I designed the quilt, even thinking of calling it Stars for a Mermaid Princess but changed my mind. By the time it was pieced, quilted and ready to ship to Island Batik our sweet Reagan was almost a month old! Just this week we celebrated her first birthday! I can’t wait for this quilt to return home this summer to share with Reagan at the beach or on a picnic! What a fun photo that will be to see her growth while Enchanted Stars was on its world tour (grin).

Our baby mermaid – Reagan Marie, 1 month old November 2018 – Enchanted Stars, The Quilt Rambler pattern
Happy Birthday sweet girl! October 2019

Enchanted Stars was released this month as a PDF download and will be available in print mid-November.

What Else Has Been Happening?

Recently it’s been pattern writing mode and preparing a brochure to share with quilt shops in attendance at Fall Market. In the background working on things for my upcoming Onboard Quilting Excursion! ™ with next November’s Quilting with The Rambler & The Redneck – there are still spots available but don’t delay as The Redneck, aka Brian McCoy, is joining me this weekend at Fall Market as we will be handing out information on our cruise to attendees. We expect the cruise to fill up soon & would love to have your join us! We plan on creating a YouTube together during market, in the meantime here’s the one recorded yesterday with my travel agent, Patti. 

I’m also in the middle of “secret sewing” for Spring Market 2020 ~ oh I can’t wait to share this one! The fabric is fabulous, my colors for sure! I’m hoping you like the design; I have had the most fun with this one! It just makes me happy. I’ve enjoyed every inch of this – from the design concept, to the piecing, and recently the quilting. It just needs binding, hanging sleeve and a label before saying goodbye as it is shipped off to Island Batik. I would love it if this were “my year” to go to Spring Market – I could visit my quilt (grin).

Sneak Peek – thread choices for Secret Sewing Spring Market 2020

I’ve also been spending time in the studio trying to unpack and organize items that have been in storage since Hurricane Harvey. While the floor is still a mess, the fabric stash has found a new home.

Studio Organization

Oh, and let’s not forget the recent late nights watching the Astros as they were victorious in securing that spot in the World Series beginning tonight! Yep – it’s the busy time of year – thanks for allowing me to catch up with you! Hope to see some of you at Fall Quilt Market or Quilt Festival!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler 

asking what type of pattern/quilt design speaks your quilt love language ~ share those thoughts and ideas to help inspire me for future designs coming Fall Market 2020!

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Union Station: Whistle Stop Tour https://thequiltrambler.com/union-station-whistle-stop-tour/09/16/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=union-station-whistle-stop-tour https://thequiltrambler.com/union-station-whistle-stop-tour/09/16/2019/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:28:00 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=7284 Hasn’t this been a fun blog hop from Studio 180 Design and Studio 180 Design’s Certified Instructors! Don’t you just love the Steam Engine fabric collection from Island Batik! In an effort to have one complete reference I’m reposting the schedule with all the links and photos of each block. Each link will lead you… Continue reading Union Station: Whistle Stop Tour

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Hasn’t this been a fun blog hop from Studio 180 Design and Studio 180 Design’s Certified Instructors! Don’t you just love the Steam Engine fabric collection from Island Batik!

In an effort to have one complete reference I’m reposting the schedule with all the links and photos of each block. Each link will lead you to the blog post with the corresponding block’s PDF download along with great tips and photo steps for block construction using the Studio 180 Design tool and technique sheets.

Don’t forget to share your progress across social media and tag #whistlestopbloghop #studio180design and #steamenginefabrics

A great place to post photos is Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler on facebook, we’d love to have you join us!

Whistle Stop Tour Blog Hop Links

Get Your Ticket:

Instruction and Fabric Requirements

Studio 180 Design

All Aboard: Flying Dutchman

Karen Overton

The Quilt Rambler

Winged Four Patch

Karen Overton

The Quilt Rambler

Do The Twist

Michelle Renee Hiatt

Sew on the Go

54-40 or Fight

Marie McKay

Ribbon Star Studio

Shaded Four Patch Pieced Border

Sarah Furrer

Studio 180 Design

Take A Gander

Gail Renna

Quilt Haven Threads

Twisted Pinwheel

Kathie Beltz

Kathie Beltz Designs

Card Shark

Jackie O’Brien

If These Threads Could Talk

Roll The Dice

Jackie O’Brien

If These Threads Could Talk

Stormy Chain

Tammy Silvers

Tamarinis

A Popped V

Carolyn Ratola

CaTs Quilting

Hidden Blooms

Tina Dillard

Quilting Affection Design

Rolling Stone

Bonny Peters

CatDen Mountain Quilts

Pulling Into Union Station : Quilt Construction

Sarah Furrer

Studio 180 Design

We hope you have enjoyed this Whistle Stop Tour Blog Hop. If you missed our last blog hop, Evening Elegance with Deb’s signature fabric collection Twilight Chic, also from Island Batik, you can find the first post here.

But Wait There’s More….

Those of you who follow The Quilt Rambler know my “famous last words” … there’s always more!

What’s better than taking a workshop with a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor? Glad you asked! How about an Onboard Quilting Excursion! with TWO Certified Instructors! Of course I’m talking about my upcoming quilting cruise with fellow CI Brian McCoy, The Redneck Quilter owner of Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop in Parkersburg WV.

We’ve designed two exclusive quilts using Studio 180 Design tools and would love to have you join us! More information here.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler…reminding you that with Deb Tucker’s tools your points are never pointless!

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Show & Tell https://thequiltrambler.com/show-tell/09/11/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=show-tell https://thequiltrambler.com/show-tell/09/11/2019/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:47:49 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=7239 Yesterday I had two different workshop students email photos of their completed quilts, and I have their permission to share. Sandy attended two workshops this past April when I was in South Florida. Both quilts are The Quilt Rambler patterns and available as a PDF download on the website or can be ordered as print… Continue reading Show & Tell

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Yesterday I had two different workshop students email photos of their completed quilts, and I have their permission to share.

Sandy attended two workshops this past April when I was in South Florida. Both quilts are The Quilt Rambler patterns and available as a PDF download on the website or can be ordered as print versions, just contact us.

Paradise Island is made with the Tucker Trimmer I ® and The Shaded Nine Patch Technique. Paradise Island is suitable for confident beginners as well as the season quilter. 

Illuminated Journey use the Rapid-Fire Lemoyne Star ® and The Blazing Star Technique Sheet. Illuminated Journey is a tad more challenging just because it’s anything but rapid (grin) It is also doable for all range of quilters.

Annette just completed her Geese Over Galveston Bay quilt from the May quilting cruise. I love how she changed the border to “make it hers”. Geese Over Galveston Bay uses the Wing Clipper I ® and is perfect to use fat quarters or leftover fabrics from your favorite projects.

Calling all Deb Tucker fans

Are you a member of the Facebook group Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler? I would encourage you to join if you aren’t. It’s a daily virtual show and tell from quilters all around the globe who love learning and sharing more about the Studio 180 Design tools. The inspiration is beyond amazing, as well as it is a place to post questions. While the group is technically mine as the administrator, it’s moderated and overseen by multiple Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors (CIs) who share from their wealth of training and knowledge with the members. Occasionally the CIs will share their teaching schedule ~ we do encourage hands on learning!

Are you keeping up with this week’s Whistle Stop Tour? It’s a blog hop featuring Deb Tucker’s tools, techniques, and new signature fabric line from Island Batik called Steam Engine. Today is Day 3 so it’s not too late to participate as we make blocks for a beautiful sampler quilt called Union Station.

Find the complete schedule for Whistle Stop Tour here.

Here’s some of the Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler member’s postings from earlier this week. As the week/month goes by there will be others posting their blocks ~ yep, show and tell at its best.

Now it’s time for me to hear the hum of the sewing machine! I’ve got some “secret sewing” to do as well as make a class sample for my upcoming fall workshop Christmas Everlasting Wall Quilt..Until next time…

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler

PS Don’t forget about our upcoming Quilting Cruise!

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Houston, we have a problem

While the rest of the world might be faster than a speeding train, some of us might have a little catching up to do. Take for example, learning something new on the computer…

Apples to Oranges/Analog to Digital: There’s Always Something New Coming Down the Track

Sadly, this came to my attention in a very real situation today, and I want to apologize to my readers and those new to the blog, specifically the Whistle Stop Tour blog hop previously posted.

I’m Talking Embedded PDF’s

First of all, I discovered upon reading my email this morning that those of you who subscribe to my blog via email are probably thinking I’m a nut case as the pattern PDF’s didn’t show up at all in the email. Sigh. To my regret, I discovered that since they are “embedded” that simply means they are online somewhere in cypervile and not transferable to an email format. You will need to visit the website to see what all the fuss is about!

Next I realized that my super cool PDF Embedder widget is not familiar with many of my readers and caused a little frustration in trying to download the patterns. It’s different that the normal “click on a link” to go to a different page.

The PDF is actually embedded in the copy of the blog post, it’s where you are able to scroll through multiple pages (if there were multiple pages) and view the document prior to downloading. It can be enlarged, and is really cool feature when you are just scrolling along and want to preview the content. Not all PDFs on websites need to be downloaded, the idea is to be able to read a document in a document format verses the formatting limitations on a website or blog. Pretty cool widget if I do say so myself.

How To Download an Embedded PDF

It’s different but it’s not difficult. Just a few more steps than what is the norm.

Look for this icon to begin the dowload

The illustration above is a close up of the icon to look for. The illustration below shows it in context as seen from the website Whistle Stop Tour blog post earlier today.

Once you click on that seemingly hidden button the PDF will load in a separate window full size. On my computer I have to hover over it with the mouse to have the next set of icons pop up. After locating and clicking on that download button the PDF is then downloaded – depending upon your operating system it may open up in Preview, or Adobe or whatever PDF reader your computer recognizes. You will then be able to save the file, or even rename the file before saving.

Houston, We Are Go for Downloading

Again my apologies for the difficulties many found in attempting to locate and download the PDF patterns offered on my blog post as part of the Whistle Stop Tour. Technology is always changing and I hope this little tutorial has helped you learn how to download an embedded PDF if you run across one again in the future. Actually, if you are a part of my tribe, you will run across this! In fact, a three page PDF is embedded on the Frequently Asked Questions page concerning the upcoming Onboard Quilting Excursion! ™ Quilting with The Rambler & The Redneck – check it out, we’d love to welcome you aboard the cruise ship, after you’ve finished your train ride of course ! Grin!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, proving that if I can learn something new I can teach it to you!

Update: I have now made a YouTube “looking over my shoulder” on how the embedded PDF looks on my iPad and Mac. I hope you find this useful.

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Whistle Stop Tour: All Aboard! https://thequiltrambler.com/whistle-stop-tour-all-aboard/09/09/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whistle-stop-tour-all-aboard https://thequiltrambler.com/whistle-stop-tour-all-aboard/09/09/2019/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2019 05:12:25 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=7085 Do you hear the whistle blowing!  Welcome to the Whistle Stop Tour on behalf of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design and Island Batik, I’m Karen Overton, The Quit Rambler, your conductor and tour guide, well, sorta! I’m more like the steam in the engine to get this train on track for a fun filled adventure… Continue reading Whistle Stop Tour: All Aboard!

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Do you hear the whistle blowing! 

Welcome to the Whistle Stop Tour on behalf of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design and Island Batik, I’m Karen Overton, The Quit Rambler, your conductor and tour guide, well, sorta! I’m more like the steam in the engine to get this train on track for a fun filled adventure with my fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors as we share specially prepared Blockbuster designs using Deb’s Signature Fabric Collection, Steam Engine by Kathy Engle from Island Batik. Not only do we have multiple free PDF downloads throughout this blog hop available at each Whistle Stop, there’s also a sampler quilt, Union Station, designed by Studio 180 Design to showcase all the blocks we’ve created together on this tour!

Union Station – Steam Engine fabric – Whistle Stop Tour Blog Hop – 62” x 70”

There’s so much to share! I think that’s why the long-winded rambler is the one to hand you your train ticket and get you all settled in. 

First Stop – Get Your Ticket!

Just in case you missed it, Deb has prepared a PDF download on her blog with a brief introduction of our Whistle Stop Tour including fabric, tool and technique requirements as well as the schedule to follow and quilt along.

We will be making 12” and 6” finished blocks using designs from the Blockbuster series (in case you aren’t aware, these are free designs using Deb’s tools and techniques released on the average of once a month – the archives can be found here). 

Blockbusters block designs feature multiple sizes with several color layouts to inspire you. The ones for our Whistle Stop Tour are unique, even though they are a part of the archives, because they offer a block summary for the particular size needed for Union Station and include both a cutting chart and block layout for this series. Besides, they are so pretty! Each pattern features the fabrics of Steam Engine and I know you are just going to fall in love with the fabric if you haven’t already!

Waiting on The Train!

Just imagine being dressed up in a conductor uniform (don’t forget the iconic conductor hat), looking continually at that pocket watch, glancing up at the posted schedule above the station door, looking down the track and looking once again at that pocket watch. Yep.  That’s pretty much the current condition of our local quilt shops as they wait expectantly for that delivery truck with our Steam Engine fabrics. Sigh. Sometimes delays are out of our control. It’s coming down the tracks, I promise. In the meantime, there’s sew much to do!

Packing Our Bags!

Like any traveler, we’ve got all those travel brochures to look through, study and make plans for the journey. Sorta’ like packing our bags, only as quilters we are gathering our supplies to get organized. As your self-appointed travel agent, I’d like to suggest a few organizational thoughts.

(1) Make a designated file folder on your computer labeled Whistle Stop Tour. Each day, including today, you will be able to download a PDF from each “stop” along the train track. If you save it to this designated folder it won’t get lost among all your other quilt files! Trust me, you don’t want to spend quality quilting time searching for a file, ask me how I know!

(2) Paper never forgets! While you are at it, why not print off the daily patterns and place in a binder or folder.  As a non-recovering office supply junkie, I take it a bit further and place the pattern in page protectors. I may or may not confess to stocking up during back to school sales and purchasing said page protectors by the case…Just sayin.

You probably already have a method to your madness for cutting out parts and pieces for a quilt project – but as I tell my students, you are here to learn something new. Try it. You will learn one of two things – either you like it, or you don’t. Let me explain.

(3) Stock up on paper plates. Okay, I know this sounds strange but trains, like planes, probably don’t serve food anymore, so you have to bring your own snacks therefore paper plates will come in handy. Not! 

If you’ve been to any workshops with Deb’s CI’s (Certified Instructors) you may have already been introduced to this organizational tip. I wish I could claim the original thought, nope, wasn’t me ~ but I sure do pass the tip along to my students and quilting friends. 

For each unit you are making, for example flying geese, cut out the fabric required for however many units you are making then place them on a paper plate labeled “flying geese.” Say for example you are making another set of flying geese with different fabric ~ these would get their own plate so the fabrics wouldn’t get mixed up – make sense? Work your way down the cutting list ~ anything that you would have “labeled” and grouped together simply label a paper plate with the same information and place the parts and pieces on the plate. A plate for those 2” squares, a plate for the strips needed to make the four patches…you get the idea.

When you have to gather up a project for a time being (as in clearing off the table for dinner) simply place your units that you’ve been working with on the properly labeled paper plate in whatever state they are in ~ sewn, ready to press, some trimmed, doesn’t matter ~ then stack those plates before placing  them inside a gallon zip-top clear plastic bag. AND, as a bonus, they fit nicely inside a project bag/box. You might consider placing the pattern (in its page protector of course) inside said bag…next time you pull out the project to sew you will not waste precious time trying to figure out where you left off and what’s next.

Yep, feels good to organized doesn’t it!

All Aboard! It’s Time to leave the train station!

Ready for today’s blocks! Yes, I said blocks – today I will be “conducting” you in the construction of a 12” Flying Dutchman block and a 6” Winged Four Patch.

The way this works on my website: (1) you can scroll over the PDF to view it, (2) enlarge it, or (3) use those little buttons at the bottom to download (which is what you will want to do). The following illustration should help you locate the download button.

But wait, there’s more!

A rambler likes to ramble…many of you are familiar with Deb Tucker’s tools, but it’s my job and pleasure to share construction details with you while offering a few helpful hints along the way. That said, once you download your patterns don’t miss out on the information following which includes links to all the Whistle Stop Tour blog posts. Remember, patience produces endurance – both good character traits (grin).

First Stop: Flying Dutchman

PDF: Flying Dutchman

Flying-Dutchman

3″ x 6″ Fly Geese Units

This block is relatively simple if you are familiar with Deb’s Wing Clipper® tool and technique of making four flying geese with one large square and four smaller squares.  By the way, this could have been a one paper plate project as the “sky” squares were the same fabric even though there were two “goose” fabrics. But it’s still good practice to the use of this organizational tip. Besides, I buy paper plates by bulk just like I do page protectors.

I have a friend who “quilts by picture” ~ I like pictures too.  I’ve shared a photo collage of the steps used in making flying geese the Deb Tucker way. In addition, if you would like a quick visual/audible overview, I have a YouTube on using the Wing Clipper®. As mentioned, paper never forgets, so don’t overlook the written instructions that came with your tool. Oh, and of course Deb has an ENTIRE YouTube channel with ALL the tools…just google her – it’s like having Deb on Demand (grin).

We all have different learning styles, or like me, I sometimes need multiple before I have the ah-ha moment so I’m trying to cover all tracks (pun intended).

Watch for the little details – such as “nudging” the small squares toward the center leaving 1/16″ showing on the raw edge. See tool instructions for details

As a note, I prefer to press my seams open to reduce the bulk and have the blocks lay flatter. This may seem unconventional to you, but try it, you might like it. The disclaimer here is if you are a stitch in the ditch quilter this method won’t work with your final stitching. All over or custom quilting is suggested. Watch for the “exception” to this method as you follow along with the photo instruction.

Add another small square, being careful to “nudge” as you position before marking
Hint: Use Glow Line tape to make a visual reference for the size unit you are trimming
As part of The Quilt Rambler’s Helpful Hints I recorded the sewing together of the flying geese units for the Flying Dutchman block after they were trimmed with the Wing Clipper®
Pressing open exception!

I hope you find the tutorial helpful in the final construction of your 12” Flying Dutchman. This is such a versatile design, years ago, before the turn of the century, I made multiple Flying Dutchman blocks with Christmas fabric scraps – and enjoy the quilt each season. Just an idea….

Next on the Whistle Stop Tour: Winged Four Patch

PDF: Winged Four Patch

Winged-Four-Patch

1″ x 2″ Flying Geese Units

Now that you have successfully mastered those flying geese units let’s take it down a bit, as in down to a smaller size unit. Have no fear, Deb Tucker is here…. well, in spirit anyway. I just love how the Wing Clipper® can be used for multiple sizes, don’t you! Trust me, making a “baby goose” is just as much fun as making one of those “big honking geese.”

Interesting twist to this block, the “sky” (side triangles constructed from the small squares) are two different prints with the “goose” (large triangle constructed from the large square) being the same fabric. To achieve this look I would suggest this method of assembly line sewing. 

Separate the small squares by matching fabrics and choose one set to begin with. In other words, when you place two small squares on the large square and draw your stitching lines make sure these are the same prints for both large squares and stitch as normal.  You will use 4 small squares of the same print with the 2 large squares.

Once these are cut apart, pressed, (resembling that funky heart shape) use the 4 small squares from the second print for your next step. I found it really interesting how this construction produced mirror images of the two sky fabrics – which is perfectly correct for the block’s design! 

Trim down the units using the Wing Clipper® and pat yourself on the back now that you’ve discovered, perhaps like me, that mini units are so dang cute! Like going through a train tunnel, once you get to the other side you find that it really wasn’t that scary after all.  With this confidence it’s now time to move on to those tiny four patches…

2″ Four Patch Units

Making mini four patches has never been easier, or larger four patches for that matter, using Deb’s Four Patch Square Up ® tool. By oversizing just a smidgen and using that bullseye in the cross lines it’s easy to get a perfect size block whose seams will be in the correct placement to align with other blocks. I like to say that any unit I trim with one of Deb’s tools “plays nicely with others” – wouldn’t you agree?

One hint, after you join the 1 ¾” strips together and press them (open) the next step is to sub-cut to make units that will be joined together to make the four patches. That sub-cut will also be 1 ¾” – you might want to make a notation of that on your paper plate. It’s in the tool instructions but easier to glance at notes on a paper plate in my humble opinion.

Follow along with the photos for the trim, and of course refer to your tool instructions. Again, I found that pressing my seams open during the unit and block construction not only made for a flatter block but because I use a stiletto, I found it easier to match my points when I could see them better due to my pressing choices.

I love looking at the back of a pressed open block, but not as much as I love the front finished block!

Switching Yard

It’s been a long day’s journey on this first leg of our Whistle Stop Tour. I hope you are looking forward to making your own Flying Dutchman and Winged Four Patch blocks. For those of you patiently waiting for fabric kits why not play around with the idea of making the blocks with favorite fabric scraps from your stash? Consider making a 12” pillow from the Flying Dutchman. The Winged Four Patch could easily be a mug rug! Lots of possibilities.

In the meantime, it’s time for this rambler to pass things over to the yardman, as it is time to switch cars and pass on the conductor’s hat to my fellow CI’s.

Here’s the scheduled stops on our Whistle Stop Tour.

Monday September 9th

Tuesday September 10th

Wednesday September 11th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Saturday, September 14th

Sunday, September 15th

Monday, September 16th

Thanks for hoping on the Tucker Train with me! Perhaps we shall meet again somewhere further down the track with another quilting adventure!

If you are new to The Quilt Rambler, I’d like to invite you to take a look around my website, if you like what you see please subscribe to my blog and/or my newsletter. And if you are on Facebook consider joining the group Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler, where worldwide fans of Studio 180 Design tools share their current projects. We’d love to see your progress in photos too! 

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler ~ Next on the Whistle Stop Tour 9/10/19 …

UPDATE

For a quicker reference I am repeating the PDF for Flying Dutchman and Winged Four Patch here at the bottom of the post. Please note, they are “embedded” which means the format may be different that just clicking on a link to download. Please follow the illustration to locate the download button. Also, please do not share the PDF but share the link to the blog post instead. Thank you!

Flying-Dutchman

Winged-Four-Patch

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Waiting at The Station https://thequiltrambler.com/waiting-at-the-station/09/06/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=waiting-at-the-station https://thequiltrambler.com/waiting-at-the-station/09/06/2019/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 19:12:05 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=7052 Waiting…it’s not my finest character trait. Sometimes I can wait patiently, even quietly, but more times than not I might appear to be calmly waiting on the outside but, oh my goodness, on the inside I’m chomping at the bit ~ I just can’t wait!! I’ve been eagerly looking toward the horizon, eager to spill… Continue reading Waiting at The Station

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Waiting…it’s not my finest character trait. Sometimes I can wait patiently, even quietly, but more times than not I might appear to be calmly waiting on the outside but, oh my goodness, on the inside I’m chomping at the bit ~ I just can’t wait!!

I’ve been eagerly looking toward the horizon, eager to spill the beans, so totally excited about what’s coming down the tracks…It’s just around the bend, not too far actually!

Whistle Stop Tour – Steam Engine

Yep! Monday, September 9th the train will pull in the station and you are going to be so glad for the “all aboard” call!

I know you are eagerly going to jump on the train with us for a fun and exciting quilt-a-long featuring Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools with Deb Tucker’s signature fabric line with Island Batik, Steam Engine.

Be prepared, get your “ticket” by visiting Deb Tucker’s blog post to find the entire schedule, tools needed as well as fabric requirements.

The wait is almost over! See you Monday as yours truly gets to be the engine on this whistle stop tour! I promise, it will be worth the wait!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, dusting off the sewing machine to get this train ready!

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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.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter and join my Facebook group Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler…

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

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On A Personal Note: The Conex https://thequiltrambler.com/on-a-personal-note-the-conex/08/13/2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-a-personal-note-the-conex https://thequiltrambler.com/on-a-personal-note-the-conex/08/13/2019/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:26:50 +0000 https://thequiltrambler.com/?p=6986 We interrupt this quilting blog to share current happenings on a personal level concerning our continued post-Harvey dealings. I once had a lady tell me to my face, in the presence of multiple peers, that “no one cares about you” in reference to personal stories on a blog, stating instead that my blog should be… Continue reading On A Personal Note: The Conex

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We interrupt this quilting blog to share current happenings on a personal level concerning our continued post-Harvey dealings.

I once had a lady tell me to my face, in the presence of multiple peers, that “no one cares about you” in reference to personal stories on a blog, stating instead that my blog should be all business. Well, I don’t know if she’s right or wrong, but this is my story that I want to share today.

What Did You Do This Summer?

This is really more my husband’s story as he is the one doing all the work.

See, we have this conex in our yard…since November 2017 when we purchased it to hold our storage of the items we “saved” from Hurricane Harvey with plans to move items back into our home after reconstruction.

It’s hard to realize that the two year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey is later this month. In a few more weeks it will be our one year anniversary of being given “the keys to the kingdom” to begin moving back into our “new house same location” after reconstruction. So many blessings, so much work!

Tear Down That Garage!

Our attached garage was added on, we think, after the “real” garage was enclosed as part of the house (which is now my studio). We don’t know for sure, but the house was built somewhere around 1968 and we purchased it in 2005…

Irregardless, the garage flooded during Harvey and continued to flood when we had large downpours. We made the decision to replace the garage when we purchased the conex knowing that it would be a work in progress to tear down the old garage and then move the conex in its place.

Work in Progress

Work indeed! And what a progress it has been. Although I have to admit besides making sure everyone stayed hydrated I have had very little to do in the actual work process besides being the photo historian. That said, here’s my photo account of this summer’s progress thus far.

June Workdays

Johnny and Jake (our youngest son) would work on their days off to clear the contents of the garage and begin the tear down.

Over the course of the month they made good progress of emptying the contents and removing the walls. As you can tell, the wood was rotting due to so much continued moisture. I can’t remember how many loads we took to the dump, which was quite costly. There was a small break when the county had a “free” dump location for large debris for two days. We took advantage of that as the truck bed was loaded multiple times during that particular weekend.

Meanwhile, the conex continued to be filled as it now had to hold garage items such as tools and lawnmowers in addition to our boxes of things that hadn’t been moved back into the now occupied home.

One Sunday morning in June I decided that it was about time I found the box of “good shoes” in storage as I wanted to wear a dress to church for the first time in the almost 2 years of displacement. Johnny was sweet enough to go on the search for my “shoe box” as I dressed for church…

My joy was soon turned to dismay as I discovered while wearing my shoes to church that they had deteriorated – due to being in storage for so long? Who knows. Someone commented on facebook “Harvey, the storm that keeps on giving.”

Hello July – The Continued Process

By the time July came the fellows needed new recruits to help with the demolition of the garage roof. They were joined by our eldest son Eric, and Jake’s friend Gary. These guys knew with the summer heat that everything needed to be done by noon, and by golly! They met that goal!

The Work Continues – August

Summer, in my opinion, has always been too short! This week Johnny & Jake are taking some vacation days to speed up the process…with the heat index well past 100 degrees work starts early around here and ends at noonish. Yesterday’s agenda was to clear my classroom floorspace to receive items out of the conex to reduce the weight…

Since this is a busy time of year for me with traveling to speak at guilds and do workshops, not to mention secret sewing for upcoming blog hops, quilt market quilts, etc. I know I won’t have time to unpack these boxes – therefore I am having to cancel all fall Land Locked Quilting Cruise events here in The Quilt Rambler studio classroom.

By the way, the black totes are full of family antique quilts, the clear totes are my fabric “stash”, and the boxes are family books as well as quilting books. I have no idea where or how these will fit in the studio…a decision for another day!

The morning’s agenda was to remove the cedar tree and part of the fencing. Things always take longer than expected but the fellows were pleased with their progress by the time the sun hit high noon.

Tomorrow’s Another Day

Yep, recovery from Harvey is an ongoing adventure. This past week while I was teaching in Corpus Christi I met several ladies who were “ground zero” living in Rockport when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast – one lady lived in an RV park and all her belongings (and housing) were totally washed away, another lady had the same experience yet someone found one of her quilts caught in debris and returned it to her. So many stories, so many lives touched by just this one natural disaster among so many trials we as a nation go through all the time. When I get discouraged by all the work (and still dealing with the paperwork) I have to remind myself – “it’s good to be alive”. And then when I am feeling low I just take a look at my beautiful granddaughter and all is right in the world again!

Thanks for letting me share a personal story. Hopefully soon that big blue truck container will be out of the front yard and next to the house as our “new garage”. Time will tell.

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, eager to move past this “Harvey event” on to more quilt-related adventures!

Regan’s first rag doll made by her Oma (me)

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