One Monthly Goal Update – April

Linking Up With Elm Street Quilts

Wow, April has been a whirlwind of activity! I’m still trying to catch my breath! What a fabulous month! Just a quick update on my One Monthly Goal and a few highlights.

Goals and Accomplishments:

I listed my goals for April in a previous blog (click here) and now it’s time for the report card.

Goal Number 1

My first goal for April was to reach 500 subscribers to the blog by the end of the month. I’m happy to report that there are now 528+  I say “plus” because the day isn’t over with yet and who knows!  I sincerely appreciate those of you who are “regulars” and take time to read/scan and especially comment on my blog. I have been a little slack in replying due to working off my iPhone instead of the computer as I’ve been traveling, but rest assured I will respond as I do read every comment and it totally blesses me to be a part of such a wonderful quilting community.

Goal Number 1A and 1B

Subgoals were to share in blog hops for Island Batik’s newly released fabrics. In case you missed them, here’s the one for City Culture 2 and here’s the one for Northern Woods. I have enjoyed working with both of these lines of fabric and encourage you to look for them in your local quilt shops as they have recently been shipped.

City Culture 2 fabric
Miss October, Geese in The City – an original design pieced and quilted by Karen E Overton, The Quilt Rambler using Island Batik fabric line City Culture 2


Mint Chocolate Chip and original design pieced and quilted by The Quilt Rambler. Island Batik Northern Woods collection Pattern and fabric kit coming soon.

Goal Number 2

Sharing a demonstration of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools
Illuminated Journey is constructed with Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler and Island Batik precuts Paisley Dots hanging in Hancock’s of Paducah!

Road trips! Goodness do I love being #The Quilt Rambler on The Road!  Our booth at the Beaumont Golden Triangle Quit Show was hopping! I loved being able to share Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools.  In addition, my travels took me to Paducah for the AQS Spring Quilt Week to work with Deb in her booth. I was blessed along the way to be able to visit, for the first time, Hancock’s of Paducah! What fun adventures! Click on the links highlighted in case you missed the original blog posts.


Goal Number 3

This was checked off just today! I was a guest on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast! My oh my, 12 minutes of interview time went fast as I was guest number two in her hour-long broadcast.  I feel like singing that song from Dirty Dancing “I, had the time of my life”.  In case you missed it, here’s how to listen to the rebroadcast. You can go to this link to listen on Pat’s Blog. Later this week it will be at, in addition, you can subscribe to the podcast with iTunes by searching for American Patchwork & Quilting. I hope you will tune in.

Never step foot on or off a boat – but experience the atmosphere of a cruise with The Quilt Rambler’s Land Locked Quilting Cruises. Coming in 2019

I made a very important announcement on Pat’s show today which is our plans to offer “Land Locked Quilting Cruises” once our Harvey reconstruction is complete – you can read about it here.

Goal Number 4

Told you it was a busy month! Finally, during the final weekend, I was able to actually pull out and set up the sewing machine in the RV and piece!! My Island Batik Ambassador April Challenge was a recreation of a family vintage quilt. You can read the ramble here in case you missed it.

Boundaries, designed, pieced and soon to be quilted by Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler

But Wait, There’s More!

I will be catching up on this on tomorrow’s blog (or the next days) concerning the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop – I’m a tad behind (sigh). I belong to a wonderful “beehive” of aspiring and talented quilt bloggers and I am eager to share more about this soon. Our hive’s motto/logo is Quilt Blog Repeat (perfectly describes me don’t you think?) Did I mention there’s a giveaway? Stay tuned for all the details!

To visit other quilters who have accomplished their one monthly goal for April visit the host blog of Elm Street Quilters. It’s sure to inspire you and it’s not too late to join the monthly challenge -after all, tomorrow is a new month! A fresh page on the calendar with wide open spaces to fill with quilting, family and lots of new quilting adventures and new friendships to be made!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, thankful for all the blessings of April and eager to turn that calendar page!


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5 thoughts on “One Monthly Goal Update – April

  1. Liliane Suurenbroek says:

    Hi Karen!
    Nice to hear your voice and story! A fantastic idea to start your “cruises”!
    Liliane, colleague CI

  2. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Love your quilts and sharing all your “rambling” adventures! Thanks for sharing it all here. Hope your cleanup from Harvey is going a bit faster…seems to take forever!!

  3. Patty says:

    Very pretty quilts. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  4. Brenda says:

    Karen, thanks for sharing your adventures! I love hearing about them! I’m very interested in hearing all about your land-locked quilting cruises!! And my, what a productive month!!

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