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September 13, 2019
Whistle Stop Tour – Steam Engine from If These Threads Could Talk

Deb Tucker’s “Steam Engine” fabric line from Island Batik is simply Gorgeous.

Card Shark: what a great block, made with Half Square Triangles, Non Mirror Combo units & a Stacked Square. Constructed using Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer I & Square Squared tools with Stacked Squares & Non Mirror Combo Units Technique Sheets.

Download your Cutting instructions here:

Half Square Triangles:

Your Tucker Trimmer Tool Instructions give you the information you need to complete your Half Square Triangles. Cut your squares and using your Magic Wand draw two diagonal lines. Match up your dark and light fabric squares aligning the ...

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September 5, 2019
Vivi”s Flowers from If These Threads Could Talk

The beautiful fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The Island Batik Ambassadors assignment for September is “Childs Play”, make a quilt inspired/designed for a child.

Included in Island Batik Ambassador’s Box 2, I was given a gorgeous fat quarter bundle from the Enchanted Forest line. These fabrics are so beautiful and the name “Enchanted Forest” reminds me of being a child at my grandparents house. My sister Mary and I would go through the backyard, past the little league field, playground and into the woods. For my sister and I, those woods ...

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August 1, 2019
Star Light, Star Bright from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik. This quilt was pieced with my favorite thread by Aurifil and completed with Hobbs 100% cotton Batting

The August Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to create a quilt featuring Stars. I chose a design I created in EQ8. I love the way the Lemoyne quarters combines with shaded four patch units creates a shooting star effect.

Shooting Stars (60″ x 60″) was designed as a companion quilt project using Studio 180 Design Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star, Tucker Trimmer III, Tucker Trimmer I, Corner Beam tools ...

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July 12, 2019
Artsy Fartsy from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The mission: Use any fabric art/non-traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights. In my infinite wisdom, I chose thread painting (sigh).

About 10 years ago I took a thread painting class from Nancy Prince. She is a wonderful quilt artist.

As usual I get organized with paper plates!

I started by creating my background of land and sky and pinning it to a light weight stabilizer. I traced mountains onto Steam A Seam II to add to the country scene.

I outlined the ...

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June 13, 2019
Technique, Technique, Technique from If These Threads Could Talk

Try It!

The Island Batik Ambassador’s June Challenge is “Try a New Technique”!  Have you tried Studio 180 Design’s new Wedge Star Tool?


The Wedge Star tool is designed to make a variety of different blocks based on 45 degree sub-units.

They range from Wedge Star Blocks, Wedge Blocks & Mixed Blocks.  There are 22 different size options ranging from 3″ to 24″ finished blocks!

Diamond units are constructed and trimmed down.

Units are stitched together in quarters and half’s, then joined into blocks with corners added to complete it.

The new Wedge Star tool is for “Intermediate Skilled” quilters ...

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May 17, 2019
Stars Over Tucson, Shining on Lake Havasu from If These Threads Could Talk

Life is good!  Here I am in Central, NY making a very special cactus quilt for a newly discovered sister.  I have a half sister (Mary) whom I have known my entire life.  Two years ago Mary wanted to submit our DNA to to see if we really did have Native American ancestor’s as our mother said.  Turns out we don’t.

My mother used to tell me in a hushed voice “you have sisters in Canada”!  I always wondered if that story was true.  Turns out it is true!  I have two sisters on my Father ...

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May 4, 2019
Lemoynes Lost in Space from If These Threads Could Talk

Make It Modern

The products and fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for May is to “Make It Modern”!  The Modern Quilt Guild defines ‘modern” as use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space and alternative grid work.  I think I did pretty good.

I decided to make Lemoyne Stars.  Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool was the very first Studio 180 Design tool I used and is one of my favorites!  This tool makes Lemoyne stars ...

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April 14, 2019
Gender Neutral Color Palooza from If These Threads Could Talk

Baby Quilt

The products and fabrics used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

I’m so lucky to be an Island Batik Ambassador!  Especially this year.  This year Island Batik has partnered with Accuquilt!  We were given an Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies.  I received the Mix & Match 8″ Block set of dies (Go Cube!).  We were tasked with creating a Baby Quilt.


This set includes 8 dies & 13 block patterns.  With these dies you can make 72 different block designs! Wowza!

I chose my blocks and started designing in EQ8 to see what it would look like ...

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July 13, 2018
Ramblin' Star Block of the Month is Here! from Quilting Affection

Did you know that the Ramblin' Star Block of the Month started last month?  

Let me tell you about Ramblin’ Star BOM!  The 8-Month Program features a combination of various sized blocks and fillers, and one 18” x 18” popular Medallion center block to complete this 60” x 60” beautiful quilt. This traditional piecing pattern is great for the Intermediate to Advance Beginners and comes complete with fully colored illustrated instructions and templates to complete each month’s block. 

The featured quilt highlights Island Batik “Plum Delicious” Collection and uses the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Tools.

You can get ...

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April 27, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster #16 from Quilting Affection

Well, today we return to start the Blockbuster series 2, blocks #15-25 that means we will be done with series 2 in ten weeks and I have a feeling they will go fast just like the first series did.

Blockbuster #16, Peaks & Valleys uses the combination of the Studio 180 Design Diamond Rect® tool and the SideKick/High-Low Technique Sheet to make this block.  I again used the same Island Batik Fabrics that were used in Blockbuster #15, just adding coordinating fabric to the mix.

I began with making the four diamond rectangles, by cutting out the centers and the ...

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March 16, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster 10 from Quilting Affection

Today, I am showing you something new for Blockbuster #10 Twisted Pinwheel.  Still using the Studio 180 Design V Block® tool, but in a whole new twist, making Sidekick & High/Low units.  So, I needed refered the Studio 180 Design Sidekick/High-Low Technique Sheet.  

The Sidekick & High/low units can be tricky, so make sure you read all the directions on the technique sheet throughly before starting.  The trickies part of the making the units is the position and orientation of the colors.

To start off, you make the Sidekick units.  Referring to the V-Block tool, to get the size ...

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February 2, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers : Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 4 from Quilting Affection

This week is just of one of those weeks that the days melt into one another. I feel I didn't really get as much done as I wanted, but I did make sure I got my next blockbuster block done.

BlockBuster #4, Capital T Variation uses the Studio 180 Designs Wing ClipperⓇ 1 and the Tucker TrimmerⓇ 1 rulers. Block 4 is made up of three units, Flying Geese, Combination and hourglass units.

This week I chose the 9" block and picked out 3 different colors of my Island Batik Fabrics.  

I started off making my flying geese units ...

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January 31, 2018
Quilt Talk Tuesday, Episode 4 – HST, Hourglass & Combination units using the Tucker Trimmer® 1 Ruler, Plus Giveaway from Quilting Affection

Yesterday's "Quilt Talk Tuesday!" on Facebook Live was a good one, we were talking about making Half Square Traingles, Hourglass and Combination Units using the Tucker Trimmer® Rulert by Studio 180 Designs.

We are also doing a giveaway for both the Facebook viewers and YouTube Watchers.

You can win Free Digital Copy of my "A-Mazed" Pattern, which was featured in this weeks, "Quilt Talk Tuesday".

The drawing will be next week in the Live Broadcast, February 6th at 2:30pm.

So Enter Today, All you have to do is do one of the following:


1. Head to my ...

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January 26, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers : Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 3 from Quilting Affection

Today, is Friday, so it is time to show my next block in my 2018, Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster Series. Block 3 - Flying Dutchman the next block in the BlockBuster Series. 

For this block I got to put away the Tucker TrimmerⓇ 1 ruler.  Instead I will using the Wing ClipperⓇ 1. 

The Studio 180 Design Wing ClipperⓇ 1 ruler is used for making flying geese. The Flying Dutchman is made out of 8 of Flying Geese units

For this block, You haave the choice to make an  4", 8" and 12" Finished blocks. For my ...

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January 19, 2018
2018 Challenge Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 2 from Quilting Affection

Hello Everyone, I can't believe it is Friday already. This week has been busy, but I didn't forget to make my BlockBuster Block for this week.

This week, I made BlockBuster#2 Crowning Glory.  Before, I could make the block I needed to order a few things such as technique sheets from Studio 180.   So I looked through all the upcoming Blockbuster and placed my order last week.  So glad my order came a couple of days ago, I need the Shaded Four Patch TechniqueSheet.

I decided to make my Crowning Glory an 6” Finished Block size again ...

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January 12, 2018
2018 Challenge The Ruler: Studio 180 Design BlockBuster 1 from Quilting Affection

One of my long-term goals for my business is to gain a better knowledge and practice on using the Studio 180 Design rulers and become a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor. 

For 2018 I have set-up a fun little challenge for myself to complete all the Studio 180 Design Blockbusters.  

What is the Challenge?

The challenge is to complete each of the Studio 180 Design blockbusters series weekly and report my finished block to all of you to see. Each Friday, I will be posting a new block from the Blockbuster Series starting with #1. 

What is the BlockBuster Series ...

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November 17, 2017
QuiltMaker 100 Block Volume 16 Road Rally! from Quilting Affection

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me on the QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 Road Rally! 

Let’s start by getting to know a little about me.  The rally is bringing you to my home and studio of Quilting Affection Designs in Waldorf, Maryland.  Located about 25 miles south of Washington DC in Southern Maryland.  Quilting Affection Designs is a small pattern design company owned and operated by myself, Tina Dillard.  I have been designing patterns since 2011, when I took the plunge and gave up my Washington DC government job to develop patterns full time ...

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