Welcome to If These Threads could talk. I am proud to say that I am a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor. I am trained to teach you to use all of Deb Tucker’s FUNdamental and Rapid Fire Tools. If you have not yet discovered Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Design tools you do not know what you are missing. You will be amazed at how much your quilting skills can be improved by using these tools.  Contact Jackie O’Brien about workshops or lecture/trunk shows  at sewjackie@live.com.

I am also proud to be included in the Creator’s Club for:


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  1. Marlene

    Jackie. I would like a copy of the latest Studio 180 Design Product Checklist for Winter 2917-2018. Do u have one or can I get me one. Thanks, Marlene

  2. Gilda

    I came across your utube tutorials for OBW quilts a few weeks back and they inspired me so much that I had to have a go at making one for myself. This has been the first quilt I have ever attempted and I finished it this morning so I just wanted to thank you for your awesome tutorials.

  3. Gloria

    I just found your youtube videos on kaleidocally hexed quilts!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
    You have the best instructions and tips for making this quilt.

  4. Lynda Anderson

    You have doxies AND you make beautiful OBW quilts! You must be a great woman! 🙂 I commented on another post under your hexagon gallery page, then came to this page and saw your doxies! I had a mini long hair for 13 years, but lost her in May 2013. Hug your babies for me! 🙂

    1. ifthesethreadscouldtalk Post author

      I’m sorry for your loss. I am a Doxie fan, I just love them. My sister has one also, her name is Zoey and she is 1 year old. My girls are 7. They are so short they can’t get on the furniture without ramps, so there are ramps all over my house. Zoey runs and jumps like a. Circus dog. If you email me at sewjackie@live.com tomorrow I will send you the class notes.

  5. Tina

    I just saw where that CT Publishing had you take down the tutorials. I sent an email to the publisher telling them how disappointed I am. I only bought the book after seeing your tutorials. They were so helpful. My friend and I plan to start our OBWs this Friday. We were counting on your tutorials and are so disappointed!

  6. Kim

    I can’t believe you had to take down your tutorials!!!! Thank God I was able to view them before you did! They were the best!

  7. Cindy Andrews

    Your quilts are STUNNING! Where do you find fabric with such large scale prints? Excellent tutorials, very, very inspiring!

    1. ifthesethreadscouldtalk Post author

      Thank you so much. Once you make a OBW you never look at fabric the same way again. I am always on the lookout. For the most part I can even tell online when it is a large enough print. Alexander Henry has great OBW fabric. I find a lot on eQuilter.com, hancocks-Paducah.com, fabric.com

  8. Mary Dombrowski

    Jackie, I am one of those new people who discovered this page. I found you on Youtube first, checking out your OBW page! Holy smokes, you are amazing. I really like how you have “broken” some of the OBW rules to great effect! I admire the dickens out of you, and love the OBW tutorial. You are so down to earth! Hope I get to meet you one day! Sincerely, Mary

  9. Elizabeth Peake

    Jackie – CONGRATS upon your most successful completion of the Deb Tucker school for quilting ninja’s. Does this mean you will add more pockets to your ninja vest? When I read about the certification program from Deb Tucker’s site, I immediately thought of you – it was destiny that you would attend. So far, I have managed (aka used) just three of her rulers….looks like more classes with you are in my future to use the rest! Again, nicely done Jackie and as we say in the military “BZ” (bravo zulu).

    Cheers! Liz


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