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March 20, 2020
Making Us Laugh Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens “Making Us Laugh Blog Hop”! I don’t know if I will make you laugh, but I hope I make you smile!

Some of my Fiesta collection.

I bought this fabric by Alexander Henry in 3 colorways. It is called California, based on Fiesta dishware by Homer Laughlin.

My contribution was to design a One Block Wonder around one repeat of fabric, and then speed it up! I’ve had this fabric for 5 years. Watch me design a OBW in 13 minutes.

Fiesta OBW Fast ...

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February 28, 2020
The Tree of Wisdom – OBW #74 from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

I just couldn’t help my myself. I love trees, and these are my colors!

When I saw this panel I just had to make a One Block Wonder (OBW). The Tree of Wisdom fabric line was designed by Kerry Darlington for Northcott Fabrics. Tree of Wisdom can be found at your local quilt shop and at Keepsake Quilting.

When I approach making a OBW using panels, the first thing I want to know is how wide the panel is. This panel is 24″ including the borders ...

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February 16, 2020
UPS Angel – Judy Jackson Update from If These Threads Could Talk

I’m so happy, Judy Jackson called this morning to say she received the OBW quilt I made her. She is absolutely thrilled and loves the quilt. Included in our thank you to Judy were hats made by my sister and chocolates!

I am so grateful to you for caring and doing a wonderful job. Thank you for finding my quilts!

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February 11, 2020
Judy Jackson This OBW (#72) Is For You from If These Threads Could Talk

As most of you know, in January I was teaching and visiting family in Lake Havasu, Arizona. I had shipped 15 of my OBW’s there for a trunk show. When I shipped them back to NY, UPS lost them. The quilts were lost track of and didn’t make to the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) in Illinois. I notified the UPS Store in Lake Havasu, they launched an investigation. My sister Mary started calling UPS. She was transferred from person to person and finally Judy Jackson (in a sort of Lost Found) answered the phone. Thank God! Judy ...

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January 30, 2020
Join Me for a One Block Wonder Workshop from If These Threads Could Talk

Make your reservation now at the Strong House Inn May 14 – 17, 2020 for a One Block Wonder Workshop.

Strong House Inn – 94 West Main Street – Vergennes, VT 05491 – Amy Djordjevic, Innkeeper – Phone:  (802) 877-3337 – StrongHouseInn@Gmail.comwww.StrongHouseInn.com

Join me (Jackie O’Brien, aka Quilt Ninja) for a creative journey learning to making a kaleidoscope/hexagon block using one fabric or pre-cut panels.  I have made 71 One Block Wonders.  Two of my quilts are featured in Maxine Rosenthal’s book “One Block Wonders of the World”.

In this class I will guide you to: Identify & cut ...

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January 29, 2020
Hug a Quilt Today! from If These Threads Could Talk

I have declared it “Hug A Quilt Day”! I lovingly carried all my quilts back down to Tuckerville. I hugged each one as they were either hung or folded on a shelf. I’m so happy my quilts are home! Thank you all for your prayers, kind words and support!

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There’re Back!!!!!! from If These Threads Could Talk

Holy Moly, thank you Judy Jackson! My OBW quilts were delivered safe and sound 9:00 AM this morning after being lost for 13 days. Funny thing, they were in TWO boxes as I wanted. The UPS store in Lake Havasu put all 15 quilts in one box even though I didn’t want it that way.

Needless to say, there is a One Block Wonder in Judy Jackson’s future!

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January 28, 2020
My OBW Quilts Have Been Found from If These Threads Could Talk

Thank God and Judy Jackson of UPS – they found my quilts in Georgia. The UPS office in Lake Havasu, AZ didn’t package them correctly. The box was severely damage and the label came off. Luckily they found my list of quilts and my address inside the box. They are at the corporate office in Georgia and will be packed correctly and be on their to me in several days. Thank You all for your concern. I was overwhelmed with the your responses. God bless you all & Judy Jackson!

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January 27, 2020
UPS Lost My Quilts from If These Threads Could Talk

UPDATE: my quilts have found! Thank you all for your prayers and kind words!

I’m completely devastated! After my One Block Wonder Trunk Show for Quilting by the Lake in Lake Havasu, Arizona I shipped my quilts home by UPS only to have them disappear at the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) Facility in Hodgkins, Illinois. I have no idea how long their investigation will take. These Quilts are irreplaceable. I can not just remake them. I am writing this because I feel helpless and frustrated!

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January 19, 2020
Spending Time in Lake Havasu, AZ from If These Threads Could Talk

I have been in Lake Havasu since January 4th. I was honored to be invited to teach One Block Wonder at “Quilting By The Lake” for the Havasu Stitcher’s Quilt Guild. I had a great group of ladies. They did a fabulous job!

The week ended with a OBW Trunk Show

The best part of the trip was meeting my half Sister Marti for the first time! We found each other through Ancestry DNA test. We had never met until January 2020.

Marti and her husband Mike! We have had so much fun.

I even got to meet “Walter ...

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January 3, 2020
One Block Wonder Updates from Closet Quilter

I made progress on my Fall OBW.


OBW in progress.

I got it all pieced together and started on the borders, only to run out of the solid black I was using, so I had to order more and am currently waiting on it to arrive.

In the meantime, I started on another (which I secretly like a whole lot more).


Another OBW in progress.


I've sewn together all the strips of partial hexagons, now I need to sew the strips together.  The good news is that I have all the border fabric I need to finish it up when I get to that stage, so ...

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December 29, 2019
What Did You Get Done in 2019? from If These Threads Could Talk

I knew I was busy this year, but I didn’t realize how much I accomplished until I took a look back over 2019! It’s almost New Year’s Eve, in less than a week I’m off to Lake Havasu Arizona to teach a One Block Wonder Workshop for Havasu Stitcher’s – Quilting By the Lake. I will also be teaching Studio 180 Design Doves of Hope at Copper Canyon Quilt Shop. Last, but not least, I will be meeting a sister for the first time, I can’t wait Marti!

Here is a gallery of projects I ...

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November 24, 2019
Charlie the Unicorn – OBW #70 from If These Threads Could Talk

The Unicorn is all about opening up to infinite possibilities and that the infinite possibilities surround you and are available to you at all times.

I made this One Block Wonder for my son Jason’s birthday in a few weeks. Spiritually the Unicorn symbolizes success. If you summon the power of the Unicorn, the Unicorn will give you the blessings to be a success in whatever you choose to pursue. I love you Jason, Happy Birthday!

Here are my tips for using panels to make a One Block Wonder:

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October 31, 2019
Has it really been over two years since I've blogged? from Closet Quilter

Wow!  Yes, yes it has.

What happened?  Well, I got majorly burnt out.  Two years ago, I was preparing to be the featured quilter in our local quilt show and I was quilting, quilting, quilting to have enough to showcase.  Some of the projects I finished were intense!  Like this Aviatrix quilt:

Aviatrix quilting, nearly done


I burned the midnight oil, the candles at both ends, burned rubber, etc., and completely burned myself out.  I could barely look at my studio and sewing machine afterward.  Taking a break turned into a year-long hiatus before I made a few feeble attempts at getting back into ...

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