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BlockBuster #7 – Whimsy Turndash

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 list (link in the first paragraph above) offers you 3 different layouts and a black line master to play with.  I chose 2 colors and a background fabric shown above.


Unit A – Square/Squared:  Determine the desired finished size of your unit.  Go to the Center Square Section on your Square/Squared Tool.  Mine finished size is 4″, The Center Square Sections tells me to cut a strip 3 1/2″ wide.


I already trimmed off the selvage of my 3 1/2″ strip.  Place the line for 4″ finished units on the bottom of the strip up against the trimmed end.  Trim up the left side and across the top.  You now have a perfect precision cut center square for your unit.


On your Square/Squared tool find the Size Chart for Triangles.  For 4″ finished units I cut two 3 1/4″ squares and cut them once diagonally.

Center a side triangle over the center square and stitch. Center another side triangle to the opposite side of the center square and stitch.  Press toward the side triangle.

Center another side triangle as before and stitch, repeat on the opposite side so all sides of the center square have a side triangle stitched to it, press toward the side triangle.

Position the Trim Down Section of your Square/Squared tool over the pieced unit.  Focus on aligning the “X’s” for your particular finished size unit.  Mine is 4″ finished, so there is a 4 at each corner of the center square.  Trim up the right side and across the top.  Check your tool instructions for Left handed cutting tool position.


For the second cut Lift your tool & rotate your unit.  Position the tool lining up the “X’s” again and lining up the cleanup lines on the tool with edges previously trimmed.  Trim up the right side and across the top.


Unit B – Little House:  You will need to make 4 Little Houses.  Each little house is made up of 3 squares, one large and two small.  For a 4″ finished unit cut four 4 3/4″ squares and eight 2 3/4″ squares.


Begin by marking a diagonal line on the back of your small squares, this will be a stitching line.

Note:  you may want to mark an additional line 1/2″ from the center diagonal line to use as a secondary stitching line for creating half square triangles out of the left over fabric.

Position one small square in one of the corners of a large square, right sides together, with the marked diagonal line going across the corner of the large square as shown above.  Stitch on both lines and trim apart.

Press toward the triangle.  Position a second small square in the corner next to corner you just stitched.  Stitch on both lines, cut apart press toward the triangle.  Press your half square triangles to the dark.  The small half square triangles are not used in this unit.  If you don’t want to make them for another project just draw the one diagonal line and once it is stitched discard the corner fabric.


Using the Trim Down Section of your Square/Squared tool line up the peak of the House with the “X” corresponding with your finished unit size.  Align the seams with the dotted lines extending down from the “X”.  Trim up the right side and across the top.


Rotate your Little House around, and line up the two trimmed edges with the cleanup line corresponding to your unit cut size.  This time aligning the peak with the “X” at the bottom.  Trim up the right side and across the top.


Repeat with the other 3 large squares.

Unit C – Half Square Triangles:  We need four Half Square Triangles.  Go to the “Starting Square Size Chart” in your Tucker Trimmer instructions.  I am making 4″ finished units, so I need to cut two 5″ background squares and two 5″ squares your color of choice.

Use your Magic Wand and draw to diagonal lines on the back of your background squares as shown above.

Place background squares right sides together with your color of choice squares, stitch on the lines, cut apart and press toward the dark fabric.

We always trim our units to the cut size.  My HST are 4″ finished and 4 1/2″ cut size.  therefore I look for the half circle in the corner of my tool and position the Tucker Trimmer over the unit with the half circle in the upper right hand corner, carefully aligning the solid diagonal line with the stitched seam as shown above.  Trim up the right side and across the top.  If you are left handed, you would position your tool with half circles in the lower left hand corner of the unit.  

Rotate your unit and line up the trimmed edges with the corresponding cut size of your unit, and carefully aligning the solid diagonal line with the stitched seam as shown above.  Trim up the right side and across the top.

Lay out your completed units.  Sew into rows.

This is the back of the block showing how I pressed  the seams.


I love the completed Whimsy Turndash and I hope you will too.  This is a great block to practice these easy techniques with.


BlockBuster #6 Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stone block is fun and easy.  You will need the 06 Rolling Stone Supply List and your Studio 180 Design Square/Squared tool.  All the instructions you need to make Square/Squared Units required for this block came with your Square/Squared tool.


The Rolling Stone supply list gives you 3 different color layouts, a black line master & 3 block size choices, I decided to make a 12″ block.  Above are the 3 colors and a background fabric I chose.

Square┬▓ Ruler

Your Square/Squared tool has three different sections:  1. Size Chart for Triangles, 2.  Center Square Trim Down Section & 3. Unit Trim Down Section.


Unit A:  I am making 4″ finished units, so I checked my tool (The newer Square/Squared tools has Center Square strip width requirements based on the finished size of your chosen unit). I cut one strip 3 1/2″ wide ( this is slightly wider than needed).  I’m right handed so I laid my strip horizontally on the cutting mat with the selvages to the left.  Find the correct size square in the Center Square Section.  Lay the tool on the fabric so the bottom line for a 4″ finished unit is even with the bottom edge of the strip.


Make two cuts, once up the right side, them across the top.


Rotate your square so it is aligned with the 4″ finished clean up lines on the tool and make one more cut up the right side as shown above. Cut four precision center squares.


Find the Size Chart for Triangles on your tool.  For a 4″ finished unit I cut a strip 3 1/4″ wide. Cut 2 – 3 1/3″ squares for each Square/Squared unit, then cut them each once diagonally as shown above.


Position two triangles on opposite sides of the center square.  No need to fuss with matching the middles as the triangles are larger than they need to be.  Just lay the triangle down right side up and then center the center square over it eyeballing it to see if it is even on both sides.


Stitch & press toward the triangles.

Position the two remaining triangles on the two remaining sides of the center square as shown above.  Press triangles away from the center square.

Position the Trim Down Section of your tool over the pieced unit.  Focus on aligning the “X’s” for your particular size unit over the sewn seams.  Trim two sides, then lift the tool and rotate the unit on the cutting mat.  For the second cut, position the tool on top of the unit lining up the “X’s” and also lining up the cleanup lines on the tool with the edges previously trimmed.  Repeat the steps to make 3 more Square Squared units.

Unit B:  These are basically 2 1/2″ squares sewn together.  I cut two 2 1/2″ strips of fabric and sewed them together along the length of the strips.  For this block we need four 2 patch units and one 4 patch unit. Trim the selvage off and cut 2 1/2″ wide units.  We need 6 units.

Take two units, and with right sides together, nest the seams and stitch. Swirls the center seams and press to make your 4 patch unit.


Unit C:  For a 12″ clock cut a 2 1/2″ strip of fabric.  Then sub-cut into four 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.


Lay out your block units.


Sew the Unit B – 2 Patches together with the Unit C – rectangles, press toward the rectangle.  Now all your units are 4 1/2″.


Sew your Square/Squared units to your 2 Patch/Rectangle units and your 2 Patch/Rectangle units to your center 4 patch unit as shown above.


The back of the block shows I pressed the square/squared units toward the 2 patch units, and when I joined the rows i pressed the center out towards the sides of the block.


BlockBuster #6 – Rolling Stone.  Nice block!

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Royal Treasures is here at last!

After three long years of labor, Deb Tucker’s newest book, Hunter’s Star Royal Treasures, has finally arrived!


Royal Treasures is a follow up to Deb Tucker’s Hunter’s Star Hidden Treasures book.  After publishing Hidden Treasures, which focused exclusively on throw sized Hunter Star quilts, Deb began getting requests and questions about bigger, bed-sized projects.  Hunter’s Star Royal Treasures has over 40 brand new quilt designs, all made exclusively with Studio 180 Design’s Large Hunter’s Star Tool.


The quilts in Royal Treasures were created by Deb Tucker and dozens of Certified Instructors, including ME!  With that many different creators there is something for everybody in this book.

Waves of Joy

I am over the moon proud to have my quilt “Waves of Joy” included in Royal Treasures!  Waves of Joy is a King Size quilt made with fabric from V and Co., Simply Colorful II by Moda.  I chose 4 basic colors with varying prints in each color.  But you could choose to use a simple two color format of lights and darks.

Using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star process, you will increase your productivity and decrease your stress.  Each Hunter Star block consists of 2 triangles. 2 trapezoids, plus 4 star points.  It’s all about the color play.

I offer Hunter Star workshops where you will make a “Basic Recipe Wall Quilt” using the Hunter Star tool. When you are done you will understand and have the skills to make any Hunter Star quilt.  Contact me for workshop information or find a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor near you.

Sneak Peek – Whirling Dervish

Coming soon to a quilt shop near you Deb Tucker’s newest pattern “Whirling Dervish”!


I love this pattern. It was so much fun, and it was easy!  It is a companion pattern for the Tucker Trimmer 3. Can you believe I made this great block from strip piecing?  The pattern can be made in Lap, Twin, Queen or King sizes!  If you haven’t already, sign up for Deb Tucker’s Newsletter at  Studio 180 Design  so you will know when Whirling Dervish is released, or follow Deb Tucker on Facebook at “Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design”.

Let’s go quilt something!

I Love New York OBW #62

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 New York City themed fabric.  Happy Birthday Bailey!

I Love NY

Deb Tucker had a busy year also, Studio 180 has many new patterns out.  I’m working on one now called Whirling Dervish that is so fun.  I will be posting about it soon.  There are also new Studio 180 Design Technique Sheets to expand our skills.

Stacked Squares

“Stacked Squares” is a technique that will allow you to make the “Economy” block perfectly every time without using paper foundation piecing. Like all Studio 180 Design processes, you’ll be constructing oversized units and then trimming them down.  Above I made a block using the “Stacked Squares” technique sheet and the required Large Square/Squared Tool to make a square in a square, in a square in a square, in a square in a square, in a square in a square, in a square in a square, in a square in a square, in a square! Whew!


You have heard of the “Shaded Four Patch”, well here is a sample of what you can do with the “Shaded Nine Patch” units.  The Shaded Nine Patch is an amazing unit that has endless possibilities all by itself or it can be combined with other fundamental units to create even more designs. With the Shaded Nine Patch Technique Sheet you can make this unit in 7 sizes.


I made this block using  the Bird of Paradise Technique Sheet.  This techniques requires the Large Square/Squared tool, it is so very cool.  You can make this unit in 6 sizes from 1″x 2″ to 6″ x 12″.


I love this new “Eight at Once” technique sheet!  With the Tucker Trimmer I you can make Half Square Triangles (HST) 2 at a time.  With this technique you can make 8 HST’s at a time in 11 different sizes! Wowza!

Deb also gave us a new tool, the Four Patch Square Up.  Four Patches are basic units that seem so simple to make. Just stitch 4 squares together and you’re good to go.  But anyone who attempted these units knows they are notoriously difficult to make.  The Four Patch Square Up tool is the solution.  The tool’s perfectly engineered lines are designed to quickly locate and align with the unit center and sewn seams, allowing for easy trimming on all four sides.  You will be able to make Four Patch Units in 12 sizes!


I played with the Four Patch Square up using Deb Tucker’s BlockBuster #24 Compounding Four block pattern. I love the design it makes when you put 4 blocks together.

I wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year!  Let’s go quilt something!

Studio 180 Academy – 2017

Studio 180 Academy is being held at White Eagle Conference Center in beautiful Hamilton, NY this September 20th – 23rd, 2017.  This is an opportunity to spend time with Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors having fun and learning to use your Studio 180 Design tools.  There are teaching teams for each of the 15 quilt classes being offered.

I (Jackie O’Brien) and Sue Graf will be team teaching 3 quilts:


Class#106 – Sea Glass.  This quilt arranges diamond shapes in a unique way that reminds us of the glass shards found on the shore. Requires the Diamond Rects tool.

NN King

Class #205 – Northern Neighbours.  Features intricate maple leaves and Flying Geese, this celebrates our Northern Neighbours.  Requires the Corner Beam, Wing Clipper I & Split Rects tools.

Diamonds in the Sky

Class #305 – Diamonds in the Sky.  This is a Modern 180 Design by Michelle Hiatt. Requires the Corner Beam tool.

These are only 3 of the 15 classes being offered.  There is still time to sign up and join us for 4 fabulous days together.  If you are local you may also sign up as a Day Tripper.  Deb Tucker will be our keynote speaker for this event.  Check out the website for class offerings and registration

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It will be beautiful this fall, so spend some time with us.



Get your Studio 180 Design Fix 2 Ways!

Tucker University.  I’m getting ready to use this great program at the end of the month at Stash Away Quilt Shop in Rome, NY.  Tucker University was created based on the product line offered by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design (S180) tools and Technique Sheets.  Deb Tucker and her team continue to introduce news tools as well as techniques to expand the use of the tools.

The Tucker University curriculum was written with the busy shop owner and/or S180 Certified Instructors (CI) in mind.  This curriculum allows the shop owner or S180 CI to use a pre-designed lesson plan to offer technique building classes to their customers.  The lesson plans and student handouts have been prepared for the instructor and are ready for use.  The preparation time is now minimal.

These lesson plans allows the student to learn to use the tool without having to make an entire quilt.  In the first lesson “Tucker Trimmer I & Shaded Four Patch” students will make half square triangles and  2 & 3 color combination Units.


Half Square Triangle


Combination Units

Students will also learn to make 2, 3, & 4 color Quarter Square Triangles.




Quarter Square Triangles


Last but not least, student will also learn to make the Shaded Four Patch Unit.



Shaded Four Patch










With the Tucker Trimmer alone, a quilter has 33 opportunities to create precise units.  These units are often referred to as basic units, therefore they must be precise to fit nicely with more advanced units.

For more information about Tucker University contact Beth Sidley (440) 567-7950 or Phyllis Fay (847) 4454-1976.


Studio 180 Academy

S180 Academy Invitation

I thrilled to be teaching at this event!  Please go to and check out the great teachers and classes being offered.