How Fast Can The Quilt Rambler Ramble?

At the speed of lightening…or so it seems as we have had more than our fair share of lightening lately!

Forgive me dear readers, it’s been 15 days since my last ramble…and I promise I’ve not been muzzled (although some may wish that could happen every now and then)…life has been a whirlwind (and thankfully no tornados). Sew much to tell you, so much going on….they say a picture is worth a thousand words so this rambler is going to speed through my last two weeks in photos! Fasten your seatbelt – The Quilt Rambler has been living life on full throttle and I’m past eager to catch up!

April Showers

Some how the rain clouds haven’t figured out that it’s May already! Guess I’m not the only one a little behind (grin). Actually April Showers is the name of a pattern I taught Saturday April 27th here in the Land Locked Quilting Cruise Classroom ~ I might mention that when The Quilt Rambler hosts workshops here that the students  bring only fabric, everything else is provided, sewing machines, the use of all the Studio 180 Design tools…together we provide the fun and laughter. And we do get some quilting in!

Learning to use the Corner Beam and Square Squared tools by Studio 180 Design


Sewing machines, individual tables, and a daylight floor lamp provided for each quilter!


4.27.19 Happy cruisers! We got a lot accomplished in this one day Land Locked Quilting Cruise workshop!

Tumbling Triangles

My next adventure would be The Quilt Rambler on the Road ~ this time speaking at the Woodlands Area Quilters Guild on May 1st with a workshop on May 2nd ~ but first to piece the class sample!

Made a good start 4.28.19


4.29.19 Trimming those V-blocks and putting together the quilt top


4.30.19 Tumbling Triangles is pieced and loaded on the A1 Quilting Machine


4.30.19 by the end of the day Tumbling Triangles was quilted! All handguided free flowing feathers with a few butterflies thrown in for fun


5.1.19 The Quilt Rambler on the Road! Workshop supplies in the suitcase, Studio 180 Design tools in the “Tucker Totes”, with patterns and fabric for the pop up shop that night


5.1.19 All set up for the shopping experience after the evening lecture. Love it that Dianne can travel with me and help take care of business


5.2.19 I love seeing the happy faces when blocks turn out like they are suppose to! All thanks to Deb Tucker’s tools!


5.2.19 Tumbling Triangles can be made in various sizes. These quilters are making the 40″ x 40″ finished size


5.2.19 Some students made Tumbling Triangles as a 53″ x 53″ finished quilt


5.2.19 These ladies made their Tumbling Triangles to finish at a 67″ x 67″ quilt


Tornado Warnings and Two Quilt Shows

5.4.19 Nothing like weather alerts going off at 2 AM in the morning! This is what happens when a quilter has to shelter in place for an hour long alert – covered the tile floor with quilts and then lay under more quilts until the warning passed.


5.4.19 Best part of local quilt shows is seeing friends that you sometimes only see at quilt shows. I drove a hundred plus miles round trip to visit two shows – more photos on The Quilt Rambler facebook page


5.5.19 Sunday was my day of rest


It’s a New Week

And what a week it’s been! From computer issues (nothing like a day of being on the phone with tech support), to flash flooding (5 inches in the past 2 days), to remaking my Geese Over Galveston Bay quilt for next weekend’s quilting cruise … to celebrating a new facebook group…to welcoming a new tool in the quilting tool box…here’s my ramble in photos…

5.10.19 3 AM wake up call to more weather alerts for flash flooding. This is the side yard with the “floating” walkway to the RV where we lived during Hurricane Harvey reconstruction last year. The water was on the verge of coming in the house.


5.10.19 By the end of the day the waters had receded, which made room for more rain today 5.11.19 but not nearly as much as Thursday night/Friday day


5.8.19 Let’s talk quilts – more fun than talking flash floods or lightening!


I’m in countdown mode! We are praying for calm seas and sunshine!


The original Geese Over Galveston Bay quilt was introduced at Spring Market 2018 with Island Batik, it is still a part of the year long traveling trunk show. Hum…I need a class sample for next week’s cruise….


You guessed it, I’ve been remaking the quilt this week for my class sample. Don’t you just love the faux piping binding!


Had to add my signature butterfly…actually there are several in the quilt


5.11.19 Hot off the longarm frame Geese Over Galveston Bay (number two). I just love making flying geese with Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper and Island Batik fabrics


Tucker Time

Are you all tuckered out with my rapid fire photo catchup from the past two weeks? Hope not, cuz there’s more!

Created a facebook group called Tucker Time with The Quilt Rambler. A place where Deb Tucker (Studio 180 Design) fans can post their photos of projects made with these tools, ask questions, and just enjoy the inspiration. At the one month mark we had a membership of 400 Tucker fans


On Wednesday 5.8.19 Studio 180 Design announced a new tool and new patterns. The fans are going wild with anticipation! These will be formally introduced at Spring Market 2019 next weekend


Deb was kind enough to give us a shout out in her newsletter 5.8.19


By noon on 5.8.19 Wednesday Tucker Time With The Quilt Rambler  grew to 600 fans!

New facebook banner with a little help from Haley Tucker (thank you!)


Was That Fast?

I hope it was fast! I promised a movie date with hubby as soon as I posted this! Normally my rambles are a lot more…well…wordy…but as you can see every day is full to overflowing with lots of quilting activities and trying to keep our heads above water (pun intended). This next week will be super busy too as I prepare for the quilting cruise with Stitchin Heaven. I am so excited to know that I will have 3 days of instruction with over 90 students (one third each day). I can hardly wait to introduce them to the Wing Clipper to make their 240 flying geese for Geese Over Galveston Bay

I hope to steal away a moment to play with the new Wedge Star tool ~ it’s mind boggling the endless designs possible with this tool ~ I can hardly believe that one tool makes units from 3 inches to 22 inches! But then again, that’s why we all love Deb Tucker.

I truly hope you will join all the Tucker fans on the new facebook group. I am enjoying all the show and share photos,  today we hit 700 members and we’d love to have you join us!

If you are new to The Quilt Rambler I hope you will take a little time to look around the website, read a few older blogs, and subscribe to the blog (button is on the right sidebar) to keep up with the latest happenings. There’s always something going on in The Quilt Rambler studio or with The Quilt Rambler on the road! In another week it will be The Quilt Rambler on the high seas!!  Hope you will share the journey with me!

Until next time, this is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, wishing you sunny days and little umbrellas in your sweet tea!

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6 thoughts on “How Fast Can The Quilt Rambler Ramble?

  1. farmquilter says:

    Thanks for mentioning the group on Facebook!!! I keep drooling over the quilts created with the Deb Tucker tools. I may have some at home, but since I haven’t been there in 2 years, it is hard to remember!! That Wedge Star looks awesome and since it is new, I know I don’t have it!!! Glad the flooding went down before coming in your home!! You have been getting nailed with the wet weather! Have fun at the movies!!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Thanks Susan – glad you have joined us in the group Tucker Time With The Quilt Rambler – I know you are going to be amazed at the quilts made with Deb Tucker’s Tools!

  2. says:

    You have been a busy lady…. did you sleep at any point? Like you we have had a ton of rain and not much sunshine. I live on a hill, so don’t see the ponding, like you are, but the low areas look much the same. The grass loves it the dogs and humans not so much!

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Not much sleep lately – especially when weather alerts seem to go off in the wee hours. Hopefully that is behind us for a bit. Two workshops and two quilts in two weeks has been a good distraction from the weather ????

  3. rl2b2017 says:

    Yowza! I hadn’t seen a post in ages – longer than 15 days, I swear – but I certainly can understand now why. That didn’t leave you much time to enjoy your sweet little granddaughter has it?!! I’m going to check out your next landlocked cruise dates, if you have any. It looked like lots of fun and I’d love to come play with a couple of friends if we can work it out. No hurricanes allowed though! HAHA! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. ~smile~ Roseanne

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