12 Days of Needful Things-Day 4


I really cannot stress how important the paper is when you make a lot of HSTs or if you are making very small HSTs.  Our papers are really, really nice….the cutting lines are very fine and accurate, so if you stitch, and cut accurately, your triangles will be accurate!

Here are a couple of quick videos on each step in how to use Primitive Gatherings Triangle Papers…

They come in sheets for an unlimited amount of triangles or we have them configured for charms squares as well…The sizes run from 1/2″ to 2 1/2″, for the sheets…and 1/2 to 1 1/2″ for the charms squares.Half Square Triangle Paper Videos featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Sewing the starched two fabrics right sides together…paper on top of the light…shorten the stitch length to half of what you normally stitch at.  I move to 1 on my Juki.  Stitch all the dashed lines.

Trim on all the solid lines….make sure you have a nice small ruler…

Flip them to all the dark triangles are facing up…press them using lots of steam….Do not  remove the paper yet…


Now is the time to remove the paper, the paper helps stabilize the triangle.  Now, hold the triangle near the stitching with your non-dominant hand.  Push the paper triangle back with your dominant hand and pull it away from down near the stitching in the center of the paper triangle…


I hope this helps you with your HST’s.  Please don’t avoid quilts with HSTs…they are so fun!

Today for our Needful Things we are offering 25% off on ALL Triangle Papers.  If you are unsure of what size you want, we do have variety packs with a bunch of sizes in each..also see the chart I have made for converting a pattern to what size triangle paper you will need.

Click Here to go to Day 4 of Needful Things

Click HERE to go to my page where you can print the HSTs chart.  Scroll down to the bottom.  This chart is always in my Pages if you need a quick video or to reprint the chart.

Today we are giving away three sets of all the Triangle Papers to 3 lucky winners!  Please leave a comment and let me know if you have used our Triangle Papers and anything else you want to say, and if you have not used them yet, do you purposely avoid Triangle quilts…do you use something else…do you trim ALL those HSTs after making them..twice the work??  Let’s hear it all…

Do you have your list ready for this week?  Let get it done!  So we can have fun!

all for now…Lisa

Lisa Bongean 12 Days of Needful Things and Giveaways!

12 Needful Things….Day 12

Welcome to my 12 Days of  Needful Things!  I am grateful to know there are a lot of NEW Quilter’s & Stitchers following me here now than ever before.  I want you ALL to know that this warms my heart in a big way.  2020 has been a big year of change…change that we will look back on and talk about as a big world event…like this… Do you remember the year we all “stayed home?” and so on.  (Click on Links to find out more information)

For me, 2020 ‘s changes were very dramatic in my quilting life. Who am I kidding… my quilting life IS my life…hahaha…bear with me here before we begin the 12 Needful Things… I am not upset about 2020.  I am an optimist…I found lots to LOVE about 2020.  But  here are a few things that changed significantly for me…

No travel...I used to travel two to three times a month, teaching for guilds, vending at a shows, traveling with quilters on an adventure, buying trips, regular visits to our California store and work & personal quilting retreats…all gone for 2020.

Re-Creating how we do business.  Primitive Gatherings was a strong family business.  But what do we do if we can’t attend a quilt show and sell our products? if we don’t have a class full of students?  I guess we get on social media, start a group….(Stitch with Lisa) where I could fill the void of not being able to teach.   I started sharing little videos on stitches, how to’s and then the LIVE video’s sharing what I am working on, tutorials and sharing my home life as well.  In other words being available to those who needed some social interaction because the only place we were going was the grocery store, in fear mind you….I believe we still are in the infancy of our business transformation.  We are now on YouTube, I have become a little more comfortable in front of the camera…We are working on a better set up for video/audio and learning our new equipment.  We have big plans and in the end…we will make the best of 2020.

Personal care...being able to stay home allowed me the ability to take better care of myself… I hired an online Life Coach which helped with many issues, time management, work/personal life separation, weight loss, personal relationships, and learning how to celebrate my successes. These are just a few things that I am working on with her.  It is all still a work in progress but I feel much more confident and in control than I have ever been before.

Collaborations..when you are unsure of the future…you work harder.  I have two possibly three books coming out in 2021  with Martingale.  We have four MODA fabrics lines with supporting pattern books coming in 2021. Two are regular cotton lines, one flannel, and one homespun.   I have 2 more already in the works for 2022, this would have never happened before…to be this far ahead with my fabric lines.  I do not recall how many other collaborations we will be involved in…I know we are in American Patchwork & Quilting in early summer of 2021…and a few more Moda All-Star books too!

Why am I telling you all this?  As this year ends I want to change things for next year.  We will be moving into a new Shop & Warehouse and then our retreat house.   This will allow us to better to serve our quilting community.  For our online community I want to offer more Stitch-Alongs, tutorials, Add a “quilty”  subscription box in the alternating months we do not have a wool/stitchery box.

I do not know if we will have the Summer blocks of the weeks the same way as we have offered them for the past 15 years….and this event the 12 days of Needful Things will also change…but I promise the changes will be good and you will probably like it much better!

I can’t possibly thank you enough for your participation, loyalty, and friendship when we all needed each other this year.  As the leader of Primitive Gatherings, I promise you we all give 100% in everything we do…We care and want our customers to be happy…Stitching is our happy place…

Now onto the Needful Things...Important Info first…please READ.

There will be 12 days…starting today…some will have multiple items some only one….you can keep your items in your wish list until the end…or not…shipping is free after $100. If you are keeping them in your cart they will clear after a certain amount of days…so add them wish list and then add them to the cart when you are ready to order.   If the item is a pre-order it needs to go in a separate single order…

We have items in stock, however, we do not know if we will sell 5 or 500 so we may have to order additional items in, this takes time…so do not be in a hurry for your order…it is also the holidays….there are days we are shut down and employees are on vacation…if you wait to place your order at the end, know it will be well into January before it comes….

Please understand we are a SMALL business (do not compare us with major online shopping outlets)….we are expanding with the BUILD  (click here for weekly updates) but for now we have two or three persons working to ship…we do work more than 1 shift at times like this…but this is not a normal time and we cannot hire just anyone off the street to get your orders right…we need to train them for a long time to know threads and designers and all that knit picky stuff…

Now back to the fun stuff.

Day 12-Fabric…Ahhhh yes, we all NEED fabric and I bet for most of you, stitched a lot of fabric this year!  The fabric I would like to offer here in my next fabric release in April 2021.  For this event we are featuring 20% off our pre-cuts and 10% off our kits and book.  This will be a pre-order and only pre-orders of this fabric can be on the order with the April delivery.

Primitive Gatherings

Style is personal, it’s how we share something about ourselves without speaking.  Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, it about mixing vintage prints with a modern color palette to create a mood that is warm, welcoming, and comfortable, while also being independent and distinctive.  This time there are beautiful large scale floral prints to accompany our tried-and-true shirting-style prints.  Just when you thought you knew me, right?

With Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II, make something beautiful for you home, or that special person in your life, by sharing a bit of yourself with them.

If you missed out on Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now is the time to create with this beautiful line…If you are lucky to have Urban Farmhouse Gatherings, now it is possible to add to your collection for more prints in this beautiful, timeless palette with Urban Farmhouse Gatherings II!

Here is what my team and I have come up with for quilts and projects…Interwoven Star

Interwoven Star-Finishes at 77″x 77″

This quilt looks hard but is easily constructed of large HST’s and rectangles. The light large beautiful print is featured in the center.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Weave Got YouWeave Got You- Finished size 92″x 98″

This fat quarter friendly quilt is designed by my graphic designer Teri.  Strip piecing will make this intimadating pattern not-so scary!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Cabin on the RidgeCabin on the Ridge- Finishes at 70″x72″ If you know much about me you know what ridge it is named after…but I LOVED making this quilt.  So fun, easy and it turned out so perfect and Jake quilted it sooooooooo beautiful!  This so far is eveyone’s favorite from the 6, but we are not quite done making them all yet…so that can change.

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Snowflake Star

Snowflake Star- Finished at 85″x108″ Now do not be fooled…this quilt looks hard but those blocks are big…and I know you all know how easy those HSTs are to make now…So this quilt features one dark grey and 6 light prints!  Sure to be a classic on our bed this winter! ( next winter for you)

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.


Clematis- Finished size is 69″x 78″  By far the easies quilt in the book…The  center are a beautiful fussy cut clematis flower.  This floral is so intricate and beautiful!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Trellis Flower Garden

Trellis Flower Garden- 72″x 81″ We are stitching these strips of flower as I write this…beautiful fabrics and easy wool appliqué compliment the wools and cotton combination!

Click HERE to Pre-Order your kit.

Now all the above quilts will be in this book…Urban Patchwork Gatherings…It is on sale for 20% off during our 12 Days…also…this is not going to be the actual cover of the book..   Urban Patchwork Gatherings Book

Do you have this book?  This new fabric will work with this book too!Urban Farmhouse Gatherings

Here are the projects from my pervious book…just a little more eye candy this Sunday….

Hang in there with me. I know this post is long….but we can’t forget about the PRE-CUTS!!!

Urban Farmhouse Gatherings IIUrban Farmhouse Gatherings II Precuts

Click Here to PRE-order these pre-cuts..

Precuts again are 20% OFF! Only til the end of the year!

I will be posting and video-ing  a lot of about these NEW quilts and the pillow projects as we finish them up and create a couple more single patterns as well!  It is hard promoting fabrics that will not be out in the world until April 2021 but we have our order in and if we need to adjust it will still may be able to…but not for long.  I am also using this fabric for Sewcialites sew- along with Fat Quarter Shop!

I have a F8 bundle of this line ready for one of you!!!…if you read all the way to the end you can leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite fabric line from Primitive Gatherings is for you….If you have never sewn with my fabrics…time to start!!!!  lol…. I will post winners for each post on Christmas Day!!!!

Have a great Sunday you all …and I may pop up live today in our STITCH group..with something fun!

All for now…Lisa & the hardest working Quilt Shop staff at Primitive Gatherings!!!

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 26

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR Moda Block Heads 3 QUILT ALONG PROJECT:  

Zig-Zags by Janet Claire

Moda Block Heads 3 block 26 pieced by Lisa Bongean, using Moda Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and a Bella Solid.

            I guess I also have an alternative to the directions…I made 1/2″ HSTs for my block.   I used the layout for the 8″ block.  All you need to do for this 4″ finished block to look like the 8″ block is 16 HSTs of each unit.  Here the easiest way to do it… You will need:

2 -5″ squares of all 4 fabrics A-D.

4 –1/2″ HSTS papers. This link brings you to ALL the Triangle Papers…you will need the 1/2″ Finished for Charm Squares for this block if you want the same as shown here. There is also a Variety pack for the Charms with all four sizes included…

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The light is my A, the grey with the black print is my B, the geometric grey/ black is my C and D is my dark grey.

Make all the HST according to the directions on the HST papers. You will have 2 extra from this…the sheets make 18 HSTs each.

Set one is A/B, set two is A/C, set three is B/D and set four is C/D, just like the pattern reads.


Start stitching the rows together…It is really pretty easy.  Also you if you look close it is very easy to be one thread off and it looks like a lot more…I do not sweat this…let it go…it is almost impossible to get them all perfect making them this small.

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My sister gave me this little weight the last time we were out shopping…it is perfect for flattening my stitched pieces.IMG_9440IMG_8173 5

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It came out exactly 4 1/2″.  I know it looks bigger here but it is because it is not lying flat, it is raised up more toward the camera…makes an illusion, like when you catch a fish and hold it out closer to the camera, it looks much bigger…same thing here…ask me how I know the fish thing???

Here is the back, showing the seams pressed open.


I do not know why I could not make the 1″ HSTs…I guess it’s just the way I am…

I hope you try the 4″ block with the 1/2″ HSTs…I can’t wait to see them!  Send me a pic…on social media…there could be a reward!

Pattern Link for Block 26

COMING UP THIS WEEK at Primitive Gatherings!

Look for our newest video on Stitching Words!


Did any of you get a sticker in your order from Primitive Gatherings?

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STITCH with Lisa Bongean,

Is our newest Facebook group where we post lots of info, you can ask for help, Live videos from our Primitive Gatherings Shops and my Home…join us if you are not already a member, we would love to have you! 

This summer with all orders or in shop purchases we are giving away FREE block kits!  IMG_6081


Happy Block Head Wednesday!…

Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so for their version of Moda Block Heads 3- Block 26!

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Moda Block Heads 3 -Block 20

Moda Block Heads -Block 20

Moda Block Heads 3/ Lisa Bongean Top US Quilt BloggerJoin us each Wednesday for our Moda Block Heads! Here is block 20!

Moda Block Heads 2 -Block 20
Lisa Bongean / Moda Block Heaeds 3 Block 20-Contribution

Read on if you want to hang out here for a little bit…if not…here is your printable pattern:



STARCH first off!  Most Important…If you need to learn about starching go HERE for STARCH VIDEO


I like to cut my pieces to size unless they are HSTs or Square in a Square units…for this Moda Block Heads-Block 20 pattern the directions are written for flying geese with the sew and flip corner method…Not my favorite, so here are my cutting measurements for my 4″ block.  I also am using Triangle Paper to make perfect 1″ HSTs

Here is a video/post on how the Triangle Papers work.

Cutting for 4″ block- with no sew & flip corners

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/And sometimes when you get to this point you need to adjust a little….https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/This looks better with a more contrasting center….

Here is an idea of what I’m working on for a layout…Just playing so far…but liking how it is turning out…the setting directions will be offered later this summer…

https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/I am “in love” with my stack of 20 blocks…Moda Block Heads are so much FUN!https://lisabongean.com/christmas-carol-mystery-sew-along/

If you are looking for some more things to be involved in I have a couple of options here…

Pieced Summer Blocks of the Week  will be rolling out the week of June 8th.

STITCH with Lisa Bongean is our Facebook group that has started up during our #StayatHome time…lots of videos and Live Chats each week…join the fun!

Build some Houses with us…join the House SEW-along with a free download from our CA store!

Christmas Carol Mystery Quilt Along- Wool Applique     A new block will post today!

Here is the list of ALL the Moda designers partitcipating in Moda Block Heads 3 make sure to visit them this week to see their Block 20, if you have not already done so.

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Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16!

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Happy Block Heads Wednesday!..Wait…when you don’t follow the rules you have to wait til Friday to post! 

Here is another great Quilt Block FOR OUR QUILT ALONG PROJECT: dream 

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16, designed by Sherri McConnell…pieced by Lisa Bongean

I had to do it..I had to make 4 of these little blocks to make my 4″ block…I have so many little pieces in the blocks that it only makes sense to keep the little pieces all the way…I think this block is a Lisa Bongean’s Dream block…Thank you Sherri for naming it for me!  It is ALL Half Square Triangles…I love the number 3 therefore the HST is my dream unit.

My goal here is to show you how painless it is to stitch these little blocks using Triangle Papers…also keep in mind all my fabrics have been heavily STARCHED.  I think there is a misconception that just because they are tiny that they are fussy…really they are no big deal..

I used a total of 5 blues and one cream.

I figured out I need 16 HSTs A/B of the same two fabrics.( I had two extra when using the Charm Triangle paper shown)

I need 4 HSTs of A/B of each of 4 different fabrics…I used the same cream throught

I need 2 HST of C/D of four colors each…
Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.I picked out all my triangle papers…

4″ Dream – quilt block was made with all  Indigo Gatherings Fabrics

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.Layered the Triangle Papers with my fabrics…light on top, right sides together.

Stitched on all the dashed lines…with a shorter stitch length…I have put together some quick videos….lol

Watch how I cut them apart…

Pressing and sorting…


Layout the triangles to form blocks…I do not remove dog-ears at this point.

Chain piecing HSTs…I do not pin them…just match them up…

Flip seams  by finger pressing (it is easy b/c they are starched) and stitch together to form 4 patch HST units


Press and then trim all the strings and dogears…then Layout and stitch with larger HST uni… I do not pin.  Layout each block again to make sure you have the orientation right..  Press seams in opposing directions and stitch together to make the blocks…Make 4.



Press last seam in each block open.  Match up blocks and pin the center and each seam in the blocks and the ends. Stitch last block seam open as well.


I got too excited and forgot to video the last couple of seams…but here is the finished block again…

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along Project Block 16 featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean.
Moda Block Heads 3 Block 16, designed by Sherri McConnell…pieced by Lisa Bongean

I hope you liked my quick videos…as you can see my block turned out pretty good!

Click the link below to get this week’s pattern and remember I made 4  of the blocks 2″ to make the 4″ block…the small triangles are 1/2″ and the larger are 1″. 

Click HERE to get Sherri’s pattern!

OH! and I almost forgot…the winner of last week’s Moda Block Head Book 1 is…
I love your block! I just need to make this week’s block for this round 3 … now if we would talk about round 1 & 2 … let’s just say it’s still a work in progress;-)

Hildy..I have sent your email to Martingale and they will send you a digital book!
Here is the list of ALL the participating Moda designers for you to visit this week if you have not already done so!

Click this Icon to visit Primitive Gatherings!

primitive gatherings logo featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Long, Long Way From Home… Quilting GiveAway

Redwork Gatherings

Long, Long Way from Home!

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way From Home

Long, Long Way from Home… is a tribute to my time on the road away from home teaching quilting. The name of this quilt is a song title, this one from Foreigner, another song from my youth and still on my playlist today. The quilt measures 44”x 44”.

The Redwork panel in the line also makes a great backing because you do not have to piece anything…this quilt needs at least 52″x 52″ back for the Long Armer.  A yard and a half is prefect!  The panel is 58″ wide.

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Long, Long Way from Home Back

I had Jake quilt this quilt in a honeycomb pattern with red thread.  Do you stitch a red & white quilt in red or light thread?  Well… you will get to see some of the other quilts quilted in light thread.   I will do a whole post on What color THREAD should I(or have my) quilt, quilted with?  I think this is in a more important question than what pattern should I quilt…

How to use a small quilt if you don’t need a baby quilt?

This little quilt will make a nice wall hanging or a little baby quilt that could be loved and loved, the more you wash it the better it will look!  I also think this size quilt is very functional for home decorating…

If you have that little boring corner like I do…you can just add something simple like a ladder or drying rack with a folded quilt…

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Decorating with Quilts… Red & White

Bring some color into the kitchen or dining room…look what this quilt does to this neutral space…

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Decorating with Quilts …Red & White

They also fit beautifully as an accent on a chair in the living room.

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Decorating with Quilts…Red & White

Or sometimes you just need quilts for the STACK IN the cupboard!

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean
Stack of Red & White Quilts

Long, Long Way From Home Quilting GiveAway by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanWell…I hope you enjoyed my post about Long, Long Way from Home…

If you would like to order a pattern, or kit…This kit is really generous…you will have lots of fabric left over…the kit includes the pattern and binding as well.  So if you like these fabrics and love it when you have extra left over this kit is for you…If you want to order a Jellyroll & Charm pack and add some fabric from your collection …you could probably pull this off..without too much trouble…the Kits are on sale for 10% off and the Pre-cuts are 20% off...The sale is good til the end of April.  The sale price is added at the end of your order.  REMEMBER this is for August delivery and keep in mind we have free shipping on over $100 and only Redwork Gatherings items can be on this order…

Click Here to Pre-Order a Kit or Pattern!

Pre-order- Redwork Gatherings Pre-Cuts

I would like to give away 6 patterns and 1 kit/pattern for this project…COMMENT below and tell me how you would use this little quilt!

Winners for this quilting giveaway are determined at the end of the Redwork Gatherings campaign…Thanks for hanging out and reading my blog…Good Luck!