Twilight Stars – Block Release Five

Hey everyone, welcome back to the weekend! It’s been another fun-filled and busy week here at Primitive Gatherings, both in the shop and at the retreat house. We kicked off the week by hosting three CommentSold sales in 24 hours, including a special pop-up online “Christmas in July” event. Then on Thursday I held a LIVE Q&A session on STITCH with Lisa featuring my friend and fellow quilter, Linda Hrcka of the Quilted Pineapple. My crew and I also welcomed cross stitch master Teresa Kogut to The Gathering where she is currently instructing a multi-day cross stitch class and retreat with a full house. What a week!

Needless to say, there is certainly a buzz of activity going on, with no end to the excitement in sight. I love it! To add to the list of things happening at PG, we cant’ forget that along with Friday also comes the next block release in my Twilight Stars Quilt-Along! Remember, patterns for these blocks are located in my book, Triangle Gatherings (required to participate in the QAL along with a few other items), which can be purchased on our website by clicking HERE. New to the quilt-along? A blog post I did explaining the full details on Twilight Stars can be found by clicking HERE. The full list of details and required supplies can be found at the Twilight Stars Info Page by hitting the button below!

Ready to get started? Let’s do it! This week’s Twilight Stars Quilt-Along block releases are block numbers 43 and 58! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing their work on social media – I love seeing all the varieties of fabric and color ways. It’s always interesting to see what other people like vs what I do. As far as my own blocks go, I’m using my Rustic Gatherings fabric line combined with Jackie MacDonald’s Halloween-themed collection, SpellboundBoth lines feature color palettes including rusty oranges and rich blacks, along with some nice grey selections from Rustic that go together perfectly.

How are you doing with all the half-square triangles in this quilt? If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times… If you find half-square triangles to be a challenge, Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper is the solution! For those of you new to using triangle paper or if you never have before, I obviously highly recommend them as do many of my fellow stitchers. In fact, if you love my Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper and want to share why you do with the folks who don’t want to take my word for it, let them know what they’re missing in the comments! There might even be a prize in it for you… Need help getting started using Triangle Paper? Follow my list of tips and tricks to help you get going in the right direction:

For those of you having trouble with flying geese, I went over a few pointers on how to get them to turn out better during a LIVE show last week during STITCH with Lisa Bongean. If you missed it you can always watch the replay by clicking HERE (start video at 21:10 for conversation on Twilight Stars). Also, to clear up any confusion, I recently posted a chart showing what your flying geese units should measure according to the size of your quilt. You can find that on the the Twilight Stars Info Page by hitting the button above.

Since I mentioned prizes, let’s give a shout-out to our latest Twilight Stars Quilt-Along prize winner, Kinna H.! Kinna won a sweet little care package from Heidi’s prize vault for simply posting a photo of her completed blocks last week, along with the required book, Triangle Gatherings and Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper included in the picture, and the hashtag #TwilightStarsQAL!

Well stitchers! That’s about all I have for you until next week. Remember, if you get bored over the weekend and feel like doing a little shopping, you can always go back and revisit our CommentSold “Christmas in July” event by visiting your account page. And just a friendly reminder, if you were on the fence about pre-ordering American Gatherings II pre-cuts or quilts kits but missed the cut-off day for the discount, I extended the sale through today! That’s 20% OFF pre-cuts and 15% OFF quilt kits for just a few more hours! Haven’t had a chance to see American Gatherings II yet? Click HERE to check out one of the best patriotic fabric lines ever to be released since American Gatherings I!

Before I go, I want to say thank you to Kamaile G. and Lori G. for their comments on the blog last week. Heidi will be sending you each a little something to show how much we appreciate you! If you’re wondering how you too can win one of Heidi’s cool prizes, it’s really very simple. Leave me a comment! I always like to hear what you’re thinking (remember, I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners this week please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her.). Ok everyone! Have fun stitching your blocks and I will see you all next week! Take care. ~Lisa

17 responses to “Twilight Stars – Block Release Five”

  1. Deb Worthman Avatar
    Deb Worthman

    The triangle paper is a game changer. Without the papers, I wouldn’t have finished Oh Say Can You Say. They’re perfect every time.

  2. Linda Mahoney Avatar
    Linda Mahoney

    I can’t believe it is week 5 already. I’ll have 10 blocks finished. I love making these blocks. I’m finally using some of my reproduction fabrics and the Jo Morton fabric that I bought a long time ago. Good thing I didn’t give it away!

  3. Ginny Avatar

    Your tips for flying geese that you gave on the live helped greatly!

  4. Sharlene Andoe Avatar

    Congratulations to the weekly QAL Block Winners! The QAL blocks are looking so pretty! I love how they SPARKLE! Thank you for all you do for us QUILTER’S, Lisa!

  5. Katie schmidt Avatar
    Katie schmidt

    Just picked up my first triangle paper to try. Watched Lisa’s video with how to use. Looks so quick and easy and she provided so many tips with how to improve my quilting. Thanks Lisa

  6. Diana L Ripley Avatar
    Diana L Ripley

    It’s so wonderful to see such great goings on at the Gathering! Wish I was closer!

  7. Stephanie Tabares Avatar
    Stephanie Tabares

    I only use triangle papers for my HST. If a pattern gives different directions, I will figure out what papers to use. So much faster and also uses less fabric.

  8. Jolin Barilla Avatar
    Jolin Barilla

    I can’t wait each week for the new blocks!

  9. lee Avatar

    Thank you for the tips and tricks!

  10. Bonnie Larson Avatar
    Bonnie Larson

    I have never used triangle papers. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to try some out. Thanks Lisa

  11. NANCY THONE Avatar

    I wouldn’t be able to make these little HSTs without Lisa’s Triangle Paper! My HSTs finish 3/4″.

  12. Jennifer Roth Avatar
    Jennifer Roth

    Love the SAL and seeing this all coming together. Really appreciate the value of the triangle papers too!

  13. Karen Elene Stephens Avatar
    Karen Elene Stephens

    Love the tips and tricks and thanks for adding the flying geese unit measurements!

  14. Robin T. Avatar
    Robin T.

    Thank you Lisa for a fun QAL again! And the tips you’re providing! I really wish I lived closer to Primitive Gatherings to join other quilters at The Gathering! It looks and sounds like so much fun! I’ll keep dreaming about it and maybe my dream will come true!!! Thank you again for all you and everyone at PG do for us quilters ⏫⏩⏬⏪

  15. Linda Rice Avatar
    Linda Rice

    Loved watching the video with Linda. Such a talented woman she is. I love that she shares all of her tricks and teaches others. I have learned quite a bit from watching your videos. Keep up the good work!!!!

  16. Judy Zoll Avatar
    Judy Zoll

    I am so behind on TS, but I vow to get caught up. Where there is a will, there is a way. 😊 I just don’t know how you manage all the things you do and still have a creative bone left in your body. I’m sure glad you do—keep up the amazing work you do.

  17. Carol Pinto Avatar
    Carol Pinto

    Hi Lisa,
    This is my first QAL with you and Primitive Gatherings. Your introduction to Twilight Stars was very enlightening. I am working to be more precise. The starching and triangle paper are game changers. I purchased a fat-eighth of Garden Gatherings to make my quilt. At first, I thought I would do multiple sizes but I am going to save this for later when I become more proficient. If you look closely you will see that my 4” block will have no points. ; ( Thanks for sharing your expertise. It is much appreciated!
    I was able to use the triangle paper to cut the 4”, 6” and 8” blocks in the fat eighth…see picture. Pictures of this and all my blocks for Weeks 1 -5 were posted in Facebook.

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