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February 15, 2019
Graceful Points QAL Block 2 from Quilting Affection

Wow, two week goes by so quickly, how did Block 1 for your Graceful points QAL go for you?  I hope you had fun. If you miss Block 1, you can catch up by reading all about it through the Graceful Points QAL Kickoff Post.

Well let's get started with Block 2- BlockBuster #2 – Crowning Glory.  We will be making the following block sizes depending on your quilt size; 9" Finished (wall) and the 12" Finished (King).  

This block consist of making a 3-colored Quarter Square Triangles and Shaded Four Patches for the corners.  So you will need your ...

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February 10, 2019
Magnificent Mini’s from If These Threads Could Talk

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

Magnificent Minis

Our assignment for February was to create a “Magnificent Mini” using any technique we chose.  The only criteria was the size: 24″ x 24″ or smaller.  It seems I’m always collecting quilt blocks for hearts and Christmas Trees. The first thing I do is fire up my EQ8 and start drawing.

Last year I made a heart mug rug.  The drawing above consists of mirror image split rects and two squares that have had the corners popped using Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Pop tools ...

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November 7, 2018
Evening Elegance Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

This is day 3 of Studio 180 Design’s Evening Elegance Blog Hop.  Deb Tucker has launched her own fabulous signature fabric collection, Twilight Chic, with Island Batik and fabric designer Kathy Engle.


Below are the links to everyone participating in the blog hop:

Monday November 5th – Karen Overton – The Quilt Rambler”

Tuesday November 6th – Tammy Silvers – Tamarinis –

Wednesday November 7th – Jackie OBrien – If These Threads Could Talk –

Thursday November 8th – Tina Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs –

Friday November 9th – Studio 180 Design – https ...

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November 1, 2018
Log Cabin Challenge from If These Threads Could Talk


The Island Batik challenge for November is to incorporate a log cabin block or variation into my project.  I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s Geese on the Edge Technique Sheet.  This is a variation on the Log Cabin block and is a fun way to use your Square/Squared tool, Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I.


My beautiful Island Batik fabrics from left to right:  Mr. T Blocks: Arc Pine Needle, Dash-Grasshopper, Seed Circle Custard, Arc Waves Grasshopper, & Sprinkles Playful Pachyderm, & Paisley Dot: Apricot, Candy Corn, Nasturtium, & Item number 121412189.

I have named my original design “Converging Geese ...

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October 25, 2018
Rainbow Serenade QAL Week 4 from Quilting Affection

Welcome to week 4 of the Rainbow Serenade QAL.  This week we will be making Unit 4 for the center of our blocks. 

You can watch the video from our Facebook Live right here: 

To get started with your unit 4 blocks you will need to cut all your 5" and 3 1/4" squares that are listed in your pattern on Page 10.  

Next, you will make all your 5" squares into 3 different Half Square Triangles. Once you have all your Half Square Triangles made you will need to press them according to the pattern and go ahead ...

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October 11, 2018
Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 3 from Quilting Affection

Week 3 is here in the Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along.   Here is Week 3's Video:

Last time, we were preparing for Units 2 and 3, steps 1-3.  Today, we will be finishing up the final couple steps.

I want to start by saying this is a very complicated pattern to write and I had several testers on this pattern, and even the testers could get caught all the errors.  As I was making the final steps for this QAL, I notice some pressing mistakes in Step 3 that I would like to point out for the Small HST Triangles ...

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September 27, 2018
Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 2 from Quilting Affection

How did you do with Week 1, in the Rainbow Serenade, did you get your units finished?  If you missed Week 1, you can read about it here.

In Week 2, of the Rainbow Serenade QAL, we are starting on Unit 2 and 3, working on only Steps 1 - 3.  We will be leaving Steps 4 and 5 for the next part of the QAL. 

You can watch the Video below:

In Week 2, we start with Step 1 for Unit 2 and 3, and the making of more Half Square Triangles. Remember, you don't have to Trim at ...

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September 22, 2018
New Years Star from If These Threads Could Talk

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

This fabulous pattern, “New Year’s Star” by Deb Tucker is fun to make using your V Block & Tucker Trimmer I tools.  It can be made in 3 sizes: 50″ x 66″, 66 x 82″ & 82 x 102″.  I love pink and aqua & retro fans.  I guess you can say the photo above shows my fan club (HAHAHAHA).


I chose 4 fabrics from Northcott’s “Strokes of Brilliance” collection.  The colors are so deep and rich.


Pinwheels:  Making the pinwheels begins by  making half square triangles using ...

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September 13, 2018
Rainbow Serenade Quilt Along Week 1 from Quilting Affection

On Tuesday, I started the Rainbow Serenade QAL, on Facebook Live. I have included the video to go along with this blog post.

The Rainbow Serenade QAL is here, to get this started I have a couple of things you should take note of before starting your Rainbow Serenade.

  1. Be sure to read the instructions before starting
  2. Pressing, be sure to follow your pattern pressing directions, or you can press your seams open. You choose!
  3. Pay Attention to your units and their directions they should be placed according to the charts in the pattern.
  4. Understand your Tucker Trimmer® and Corner ...

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August 9, 2018
Rainbow Serenade QAL Coming Soon! from Quilting Affection

Yesterday, I announced during my weekly Facebook Live Series "Quilt Talk Tuesday," that I will be hosting a Quilt Along starting September 11th.

The Quilt Along is based on my newest pattern "Rainbow Serenade."  The Rainbow Serenade Pattern may look complicated but is quite Simple to assemble. The pattern uses a combination of Half Square Triangles and Combinations units, then finishing off with a little Corner Pop to complete the easy units. This pattern was designed to use the Studio 180 Design Tucker Trimmer® 1 and the Corner Pop tools. When complete the quilt measures 60" x 60", which great ...

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April 13, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster 14 from Quilting Affection

Over the last 14 weeks, since I started this fun master the rulers challenge with Studio 180 Designs.  I have learned a lot about the Studio 180 Design rulers and plus I feel more and more comfortable with using them.  As a result, I have made some cool blocks during my little challenge, using my Island Batik Fabrics.

This week we are making Blockbuster #14, "Shuriken" using the Split Rects® tool and the Tucker Trimmer® I. I really enjoy using this the Split Rects® tool and they are reasonably simple units to make.  

"Shuriken," consists of three different units, the ...

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March 30, 2018
Scrapodopolis – BlockBuster’s #1 – #9 from If These Threads Could Talk

I just finished my quilt containing Deb Tucker’s BlockBuster patterns #1 through #9!  Scrapodopolis seems like a pretty good name.


I used the Tucker trimmer 1, Wing Clipper 1, Square/Squared, V Block & Four Patch Square up tools from Studio 180 Design.  I was encouraged by fellow Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer to try a block layout a little outside the box, and I totally did!

01 Layout

This is the layout I chose.  I did change it up a little.

02 Square Squared

My blocks are 12″ when finished.  that indicated that my Square/Squared units would finish at 6″.  I Needed 16 square ...

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March 28, 2018
BlockBuster #9 – Three In One from If These Threads Could Talk

This block requires your Tucker Trimmer I and V Block tools.  BlockBuster 09 Three in One provides 3 different possible block layouts.  The block is made up of V Block, Combination & Quarter Square Triangle units.  I’m making Block 1 as a 12″ block, with 4″ finished units.

BlockBuster 9 blocks

All of the units in these three blocks are the same (and placed in the same location), yet just by rotating the units and changing your fabric placement, you’ll get three very different blocks.


These are my fabric choices.  I will be making Block 1.  I decided where I wanted my ...

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March 9, 2018
2018 Master the Rulers: Studio 180 Design Blockbuster 9 from Quilting Affection

Hello Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Today, I will be showing you another block from the blockbuster challenge.  Block #9 is called Three in one.  
The block is made up of V-Block, Combination and Quarter Square Triangles so you will be using the V-Block® and the Tucker Trimmer® 1. You need to plan out your block very carefully if you change the colors or change the direction of the V-block or the Combination units you will get a whole new block out of it.

I choose block 1 in the series, due it looked like fun to ...

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February 16, 2018
Mini Love from If These Threads Could Talk

As an Island Batik Ambassador the products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Do you like mini quilts?  Part two of Island Batik’s Ambassador February assignment was to make a mini quilt 24″ square or smaller.  I chose a simple block.

I used Island Batik Neutral Buttermilk & Mini Flower Carnation Pink, plus 2 fat quarters from  the Galentine Day Bundle, one red for the star points and another red for the border.

24 Block front

I decided to make 4 blocks.  Each block has a center square, 4 two color quarter square triangles for the star points ...

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January 30, 2018
BlockBuster #7 – Whimsy Turndash from If These Threads Could Talk

I love this block So sweet & easy.   All the instructions you will need for BlockBuster # 07 Whimsy Turndash  came with your Square/Squared & Tucker Trimmer I tools which are required to make this block.  You will also need to reference your Little Houses Technique Sheet.

Whimsy Turndash is made up of 3 different units.  Unit A is Square/Squared, one for the block center.  Unit B is Little Houses, 4 are needed.  Unit C is Half Square Triangles (HST), 4 are needed for the block corners.  I made a 12″ finished block containing 4″ finished units.


The Whimsy Turndash supply ...

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December 30, 2017
I Love New York OBW #62 from If These Threads Could Talk

I had a really busy Fall teaching schedule this year.  I am so looking forward to 2018.  I got a jump start by making a quilt for Granddaughter Bailey’s 19th birthday.  She absolutely loves New York City.  We have visited there several times and walked from one end of the city to the other.  I had this fabric from Timeless Treasures for several years.  It just occurred to me that I must have been saving it for Bailey.


It is about 9 degrees in Central NY today.  This is my 62nd One Block Wonder.


The back also has a ...

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