2017 Triangle Gatherings!!!


How about another Stitch-Along!!! I know…I know…some of you do not have your Magic of Christmas blocks done!  (That’s OK, I’m still working on my setting..but I love seeing the quilts coming together on our #magicofchristmasquilt  tag on instagram…)

This Triangle Gatherings stitch along is going to be SUPER easy….one block a week…ok..there may be some bonus blocks…but they all will be made with ALL HST’s……I know a lot of you bought these wonderful Triangle Papers for 5″Charm squares…soooo why not do a Stitch- Along.  Here’s the deal…you can use those Moda charms you’ve been collecting…or…you can use your scraps…or you can go to our site and get some!!! I just had so much fun with the Magic of Christmas…I want to continue with something else…If you did not order any Triangle Papers for Charms you can do but look at the diagrams below and  pick what size blocks you are going to stitch…1/2″ TP will make 2″ finished blocks…3/4″ TP will make 3″ finished blocks…and 1″ will make 4″ blocks…I know you are not afraid of making little blocks now…so lets just do this…(I borrowed that from Home Depot)  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE ALL THREE SIZES.  Unless you want to…. But  you want to make the same size blocks for your quilt…so if you decide your going to make 3″ blocks…you going to use 3/4″ HST papers and you are going to make all the blocks 3″, I’m just giving you 3 sizes to choose from that’s all…I know some of you will do something crazy but hey…that’s fine…

Below are example of what you will need to start each block…finished means after it is stitched into the quilt…unfinished means what the single block will measure not stitched in the quilt yet…


This is what you will need to make a 2″ finished- 2 1/2″ unfinished

To purchase 1/2″ HST Paper click HERE



This is what you will need to make a 3″ finished block…3 1/2″ unfinished

To purchase 3/4″ HST Charm paper click HERE



This is what you will need to make 1 – 4″ finished block…4 1/2″ unfinished

To purchase 1″ HST Triangle Charm Paper click HERE

I am going to use one background for all my blocks…which will be the lightest Primitive Muslin…it is looking really cream in these photos…it is really more white…with a little dingy tan to it…

1 yard yields 48- 5″ squares per yard- I have over 85ish blocks configured…so this will help you determine how much yardage you will need for JUST the blocks…1864_09120-350x350

This is a better pic from our website…Primitive Muslin Tallow  if you want to use the same background as me…I am going to use a bunch of colors that will look good in the lake house…light and dark grays, yellows, blacks, light and dark blues…(seems to be all about the house lately)…ALL fabrics will look good with this PG light muslin…or any of the PG muslins….we also have lots of other little teeny tiny background prints to choose from in the Primitive Gatherings Moda lines…as you know thats what we do is small prints…and I would really REALLY appreciate you using one of my Moda fabrics from Primitive Gatherings!!! So check your stash…you are going to need at least 2 yards if you make all the blocks…for the 2″ and 3″ finished blocks…double that if you are making 4″ blocks because you need 2 for each block…

If you are looking for pre-cut 5″ charms…we have lots…remember if you are making the 4″ blocks you will need 2 of the same 5″ charms …5″CHARMS  Also…do not think you have to use one background.  You can use scrappy lights and it will look just fine!!   You also can use more than one color in the blocks if you wish…the possibilities are endless…

If you need a refresher/demo on the HST paper click HERE 

Shown below are all three sized blocks…the little fabric pack is 2 1/2″ just for size/scale recognition…See all the blocks are made up of ALL HST’s!!!  I have not stitched one NEW block yet…these are one’s I had from demo HST papers….can’t wait to start!


Who’s in?… Are you making  2,3 or 4″ blocks? decisions….decisions…If you have any questions…(that I have NOT already answered in this post) please leave a comment…

I’ll be posting block 1 by the end of the week!  its -6 degree here….. -30 degrees with the wind too cold to do anything but stitch…

All for now….hope you can sleep tonight instead of dreaming of HST’s!!!

96 responses to “2017 Triangle Gatherings!!!”

  1. Maryella Avatar

    I love your ideas. I’m in. Thank you.

  2. Carol Jo Avatar

    When you are talking block size, are you talking the size of the finished half square triangles or the entire block? I usually make 1″ finished half square triangles, and think I should join this sew along. I hope all my blocks can just be two color blocks.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Entire block..and yes I am making mine just two colors…but they could be mixed up…but the easy way to go is to make them two color blocks

      1. Quilting In The Country Avatar

        I can’t seem to find the 1/2″, 3/4″ or 1″ finished triangle paper sheets that are not for charms, do you still have those somewhere? All my half square triangles will be the same red and white fabrics.

      2. lisabongean Avatar

        under NEEDFUL THINGS—NOTIONS…Scroll until you find your size…lots of thing in this category

  3. randyquilter Avatar

    I’m in. I love these little blocks!!! My mind is already running with possibilities

  4. Casey Longenecker Avatar
    Casey Longenecker

    Oh this looks like fun! Im in!!

  5. valleystitcher Avatar

    Hi Patty, hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. Excited about Feb at Claytor Lake. Will we be 8 people in total? Yours, Margaret

    Sent from my iPad


    1. lisabongean Avatar


  6. valleystitcher Avatar

    I am sorry? I was reading your site and wrote to a friend. Sorry. Yours, Margaret

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Ann Weaver Avatar
      Ann Weaver

      HI Lisa: I am very excited about the sew along and plan on ordering the papers. I usually oversize and trim down, it will be fun to try a new method. PRESSING TIP: I love miniature blocks and this has help me achieve a nice flat block where the seams stay open. Give the block or unit and puff of steam and place a ruler (right side down) on top of the block and let it stay until the block has cooled. Happy sewing and thanks Ann

  7. Victoria Iannucci Avatar

    Im in girl…i missed the last one. Hmmmmm now to choose a size..hmmmmmm we are off to Atlanta tomorrow morning. Ill send pictures!!! Love YOU!!!!

  8. Hildy Avatar

    One block a week sounds doable ad like a lot of fun!

  9. Paula Philpot Avatar
    Paula Philpot

    I’m in, I am still working on the last one but I just love you giving US all this attention with your busy schedule. Paula in KY

  10. Pamela Schmitt Avatar
    Pamela Schmitt

    I want to do all three sizes. I absolutely love these and can’t wait

  11. Marsha Avatar

    Love, love, love this! Totally in.

  12. Janine Avatar

    I’m in!!! I’m going to try to do all three sizes each with a different “theme.” I absolutely LOVE your sew alongs. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  13. Sharon Avatar

    Love this. I am in.

  14. Maribeth Avatar

    I’m in! Can’t wait to start!

  15. Jill Defries Avatar
    Jill Defries

    Cute, very cute…..love them and I’m in.

  16. Bonita Avatar

    I’m up to the challenge of trying one of each size for the first block and then we will see- lol

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Good idea!

  17. Robin Schlager Avatar
    Robin Schlager

    Love this, I’m gonna do it.

  18. Julie Green Avatar
    Julie Green

    I’m in, just ordered a pack of 3/4″ HST !!!

  19. Geri Sherwood Avatar
    Geri Sherwood

    I’m in even thought I am still working on the 45 blocks a week. I can’t pass this one up. I don’t know what size yet. They are all cute !!

  20. Laura Avatar

    If we are using charm packs, how many need to be in each charm pack? Some packs come with 45 some come with 38 etc. I have a package of the triangle paper for charm packs and may want to try them out on this

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      There are no HSTs in a bow tie block so you are good!!!:)

  21. Jonnie Nottingham Avatar
    Jonnie Nottingham

    I think I might like to do this. if I use the tallow muslin will the lights in the liberty gatherings or the snowman gatherings have enough contrast to use or, hmmmm, maybe I could rearrange the blocks to have the slightly darker colors on the outside edges and use the tallow for the “star” or inner shape. How many 3″ squares would a charm pack make – I usually do applique’ and am not very good at figuring yardage for something like this. Would it better to pick the darker liberty/snowman gatherings prints and buy yardage. Too many questions. Maybe I should call…

    1. Jonnie Nottingham Avatar
      Jonnie Nottingham

      So, I’m in. Doing 3″ blocks and anxiously awaiting the Liberty Gatherings fabrics – printed and wovens. I’m going to mix them together. Big deep breath – my first adventure into small piecing. Yikes!

  22. Connie Avatar

    Ordered all the sizes of paper from the 12 days of Christmas, so my options are endless:)

  23. annie Avatar

    Happy new year! What a way to start the new year. Thank you for another stitch along=:) Loved Magic of Christmas!

  24. Jane Zagrodnik Avatar
    Jane Zagrodnik

    I am still working on the bowtie quilt. So I can use the 1″ HST paper for these as well? My friend and I bought the lots and lots of charm packs from your booth at Paducah a year ago. I love this idea to have papers….!!!!
    Oh and I am in on this too.

  25. Pat Braun Avatar
    Pat Braun

    Thank you for another stitch along! I haven’t decided which size to do yet.

  26. healthyfab50 Avatar

    Ordered 3/4″ and can’t wait to start!

  27. serenawelker Avatar

    Your killing me, I am stIill working on the Christmas blocks and I am learning alot. I just love your blocks! I am not sure I can make itty bitty blocks.

  28. Sue H Avatar
    Sue H

    Oh yes, yes! The smallest blocks for me! Thanks for another sew along, Lisa

  29. Jackie Avatar

    Hi Lisa, This sounds like so much fun. Do you know the name of the charm pack you will be using for your colors? Is there a pack with the yellows, greys, blues, blacks in them?
    Thank you so much.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      It’s just parts of lakeside and snowmans

  30. Lissa Rogers Avatar
    Lissa Rogers

    Well, there goes my resolve not to do any sew alongside this year! Thanks so much for making this freebie for us!

    1. lisabongean Avatar


  31. Janet Salcido Avatar
    Janet Salcido

    Hey, I am in. Looking forward to seeing you at Road to Calif.
    Janet from the Orange Quilt Bee

  32. Lana Avatar

    I’m in–not finished setting the last stitch- along , but unfinished projects have never stopped me from starting new ones before— now to decided on size! I love the cuteness of the 2″ but I struggle and have to sew slow– but I could improve my skills! Thank you- I love a good Stitch- Along and this means we will get to hear from you every week– a win, win!

  33. GML Avatar

    I’m in….I have purchased many triangle paper packets from you…..yippee!!

  34. Jeannie N Avatar
    Jeannie N

    when using these triangle papers, should I still starch my fabric wet-let dry ? OR because you are starting with a charm pack of fabric that step isn’t necessary?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      You always need to starch

      1. Angelia Ulrich Avatar
        Angelia Ulrich

        Where do I find your info on starching fabric?

      2. lisabongean Avatar

        On my blog…but here’s the quick.. wet your fabrics completely until they are saturated…hang them to dry when they are completely dry, iron and cut…I use heavy starch in a can for 97cents…don’t iron them dry..they will shrink differently…i also use a spray paint can handle to apply the starch…easy on your hands

  35. Carol joswick Avatar
    Carol joswick

    I’m in now that I will have the best machine to sew with….

  36. Abby Avatar

    You state you have 85ish blocks configured ….will this be the total or are you planning for more…or better yet, do you have and intended finished quilt size in mind for the sizes mentioned? Trying to decide if I need to double or triple the number of blocks to achieve a certain size quilt. Sorry if it’s in the posting, I’ve read it multiple times and can’t see the light!

  37. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    I’m in! So excited! My intention right now is to make the 4 inch blocks and incorporate them with the Magic of Christmas blocks to make one big quilt.

    1. Angelia Ulrich Avatar
      Angelia Ulrich

      Can we still get the Magic of Christmas blocks?

      1. lisabongean Avatar

        Yes…I guess I was too busy to take them off…they are on my blog…from August to December

  38. Linda Davis Avatar
    Linda Davis

    I plan to participate making the 3″ blocks. Right along I have been a real good PG shopper so will use those fabrics that are in stash. Probably lighter print backgrounds with assorted dark old look prints. I really do like working with your triangle papers ( using the 1/2″ now). Happy new year.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Thank you Linda!

  39. Chris Giannascoli Avatar
    Chris Giannascoli

    Sounds like fun – I’m in! Just need to decide on size. Will there be a Facebook Group set up for the stitch-along? Thanks for all you do 😊

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Sure…good idea

  40. Juareen Avatar

    If I wanted to make a bigger block what other size paper is available?

  41. Karen Avatar

    I am in!! I love these stitch alongs. On my way to get a background fabric & the HST. I think I will do the 5″..

  42. Mary Platt Avatar
    Mary Platt

    Hi I’m in I have triangles on a roll Had them a long time so will be happy to use them they are 21/2

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Mary!…I’m glad you are stitching with us!…and I get that you have some Triangles on a Roll…but do you realize that this is like slapping me in the face? Probably not..but I do these Stitch Alongs for two reasons….One because I love what I do and want to get everyone stitching and I love encouraging and giving prizes and so on…but I also do it to sell a few things along the way to stay in business…so it is better just to do the Stitch-Along and not outright tell me…”I’m going to use my 2 1/2″ triangles on a ROLL”…I’m not trying to be nasty in no way here…I’m just pointing out something you maybe didn’t even realize you are doing/did…I spend a lot of time designing, making the graphics and then posting…it’s just a way to make sure I continue to do these things…as a pack of triangle papers are $7 not a big investment…I truly appreciate that most of the quilters here go to my site and order the papers or buy a few charm packs…It makes me happy and OUR Triangle Papers are truly better/updated than whats currently out there!

  43. Delinda Lea Avatar
    Delinda Lea

    How delightful! Just discovered your blog and am so excited to follow along!

  44. Connie Cooper Avatar
    Connie Cooper

    Can’t wait for my order to come to get started. The Christmas sew along was great – did one for each of my kids. Just finishing the settings for each. Love your work.

  45. Chris O'Dorisio Avatar
    Chris O’Dorisio

    Hi Lisa! 🙂 I do have a question….I am very interested in doing this . I have 2 Snowman Gatherings Charm packs that I have been saving for just the right thing 🙂 Would this be enough or would I need to purchase another charm pack? I was thinking I could mix the Snowman Gatherings II with the ones I already have. I guess it would be a little scrappy, but thats ok with me. Would I need to purchase a light background as well? I have never used the Triangle papers before but am willing to give it a try. 🙂 I really don’t have a clue which size to make! 🙂

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Chris…two charms packs will give you 40 blocks if you are doing 2 and 3″ blocks…it will only give you 20 if you are doing 4 and 6″…if you add a light background I don’t know if the lightest ones in the pack will be able to be used……if you like a low contrast look that is really popular now you could have up to 80 blocks if you use them…I hope this helps…
      If you have the variety pack of triangle paper charms you could make one of each size and then make the decision.

  46. Chris O'Dorisio Avatar
    Chris O’Dorisio

    Ok thanks Lisa!! I think I will pick up a layer cake of the Snowman Gatherings so I will definitely have enough to choose from. Gona order my triangle papers today!! 🙂 This will be fun!

  47. Cathy Avatar

    Hi Lisa, this looks like so much fun! Thanks for all your hard work, the free patterns and great examples. I’m late getting started but am going to enjoy doing this anyway. I have to wait for my triangle papers so I better get them ordered and a layer cake. Tell the mailman to hurry along 😉

  48. Judy Howard Avatar
    Judy Howard

    I want to make the largest block – 4 inches. How many triangle papers do I need to order to complete the quilt? I want to use charm packs I already have. How many charm packs do I need?

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Judy…first the largest is 6″..but to you will need the same no matter if you do 4 or 6….so you will need 2- light square and 2 dark squares…so 174 charm papers…they come 60 to a pack so three packs…and you will need 174 light squares 87 prints 2 of each print…same for darks…hope this makes sense?

  49. Judith Avatar

    Hi Lisa, I’m new to using triangle paper and would like to give it a try. What size paper would I need to use to make a 6 1/2″ block? Thanks so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      HI Judith…you would need 1 2/” triangle papers…and 2 of the same 5″ light squares and 2 of the same 5″ dark squares

  50. Cherie Avatar

    This will be fun and I’ve lots of precut modal PGA so great way to put them to use.
    How fun………

  51. Joan Torbett Avatar
    Joan Torbett

    Love this idea! I think the 4″ blocks will be fun!

  52. Debbie Avatar

    Hi Lisa, I’ve been trying to order some of the Half Square triangles, but since I can’t remember my password I can’t order. When I try to use an updated password that is automatically generated by the system it says that password and email don’t match. Help!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      debbie…I’m assuming Robb has helped you?

  53. Sharyn Newswanger Avatar
    Sharyn Newswanger

    I would love to try this project

  54. Linda Avatar

    I’m so excited about this! Trying to make up my mind about size so I can order my HST papers from you! May go completely scrappy, or shades of blues…I have a lake view too! Thanks for doing this!

  55. Karen peterson Avatar
    Karen peterson

    I’m a first timer for an online sew-along! Gotta get the triangle paper ordered… and pick out some fabric! Can’t wait to get started!

  56. smyers5100 Avatar

    Count me in! It’s been years since I participated in a BOM, or in this case, BOW. I love triangles! Have tons of Thangles to use up and fabric I’ve purchased from you at the Chicago quilt show in Rosemont. Hope you’ll be there again this year. Thanks for setting this up. Sue Myers

  57. Alice Zeman Avatar
    Alice Zeman

    I am sewing up my box of 2 1/2″ scrap triangles as the box is overflowing and found your BOW. Perfect timing. Now I can package my finished triangles in 16’s for future blocks. Thanks for this BOW.

  58. Sharyn Newswanger Avatar
    Sharyn Newswanger

    I have made 10 4inch blocks but wasn’t able to figure out how to post them.

  59. brodine Avatar

    Hello, I do not understand well, can you help me and tell me if with 3 mini charm pack I can achieve the bom by cutting the smallest measurements?
    Thank you for your help 🙂

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      You need 5″ charms packs

  60. Linda Davis Avatar
    Linda Davis

    Boy, did I ever order more charm papers just in time. If it is small blocks, of course I will participate. Now to the cupboard to see if there is at least 2 yards of a pg background that I want to use. I know there are lots of pg charms and fabric cuts to use. Thanks Lisa.

  61. Jackie Avatar

    Hi Lisa; How do I sign up?

  62. Linda Cammilleri Avatar
    Linda Cammilleri

    I just found your quilt along. Is it too late to join? I’m working on the 365 quilt challenge so small is not a problem. Please let me know if I can still join. Thanks

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      You can start anytime… go to lisa bongean.com find the archives and start in January 2017 all the posts are there

  63. Brenda Ann Beyer Avatar
    Brenda Ann Beyer

    is it possible to still get the Magic of Christmas patterns???

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      We are working on a book with the patterns and different settings…
      It will be available in oct/November

      1. Brenda Ann Beyer Avatar
        Brenda Ann Beyer

        Thx…will watch for it!

  64. Christy Switzer Avatar
    Christy Switzer

    Request submitted to join group.

  65. Nancy Mastrianni Avatar
    Nancy Mastrianni

    How many blocks are there in the triangle gatherings

  66. Julie Thomas Avatar
    Julie Thomas

    Could you please add me? TIA!😃

  67. Cherie Avatar

    Hi Lisa, I am in need of block,, 35-37-38-40 and 41. I’ve not been able to find them. When I look at the triangle gatherings page it only goes to # 28.

  68. Susan Hosler Avatar
    Susan Hosler

    Can I make 6 inch blocks? And if so, what size triangle papers do I buy from Primitive Gatherings? Thank you.

  69. Charlene Avatar

    Hi, am wondering if there are suggestions for layouts coming in the future? I have my 98 blocks done and no clue what to do with them. I have never made a big quilt before. I have bought 99% of my fabric from Primitive Gatherings and all of the triangle paper. I need to buy the backing, binding and sashing fabric and haven’t a clue how much to buy. Thank you. No hurry, just need to know if it’s coming in the future. Thank you.

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