You all know how much fun I had with Lisa Bongean's The Magic of Christmas sew along. I finished my blocks this past weekend (I will post a picture tomorrow), and love them. More details coming, I promise.
Well, Lisa Bongean, owner of Primitive Gatherings and designer extraordinaire, wanted to keep going with her sampler blocks and start up a new project, which she is calling 2017 Triangle Gatherings. All the blocks in the project are made with half square triangles, featuring her half square triangle papers. Click on the link and go learn all about it. It sounds like great fun.
You can use her triangle papers with charm packs! That is the real lure of this project for me. Plus, you can make your blocks 2", 3", 4" or 6". I will not be making any 2" blocks, I can tell you that right now. However, I did make two 6" blocks (shown above) and was pretty pleased with my results.
Let's talk about triangle papers. I have a major MAJOR tip to share with you that is really making me have a different attitude towards triangle papers.
Let me say first off, that these triangle papers are not Lisa's. I have ordered a couple of packs of her papers for the project, but they have not arrived yet. Being an instant gratification girl, I used what I had on hand, which are Star Singles triangle papers, which are also excellent. Notice how the papers fit just great on 5" charm squares. You get 8 1 1/2 inch half square triangles with the 1 1/2" papers.
Here's what you do. Lay your triangle paper on your charm squares (a light and a dark, right sides together). Pin.
Sew on the dashed lines.
Trim on the solid lines, starting with the outer edges.
Cut on the solid lines to get your four quadrants.
Tip #1: stack the quadrants two deep and cut on the solid line to get four half square triangles from each. *You can stack them*. They don't need to be cut individually, and stacking them saves time. If you do mis-cut slightly, it is just in the seam allowance and won't be a big deal.
Major Tip: Check out Lisa's blog for everything you ever needed to know about using triangle papers. But here is the magic tip I learned from her-
*When you go to tear off the paper, tear it from the middle, not the end". Seriously, this tip makes all the difference. That paper will come off perfectly every time. And no pulled threads at each end of the stitching line. Lisa also recommends pressing the half square triangle unit towards the dark fabric, with the paper still attached. After the pressing, pull the paper away pinching it at the middle. Go look at her blog, she has great photos of how she does it, and I swear it worked like magic for me.
Are any of you joining in this sew along? It looks like so much fun. How many ways can you arrange half square triangles to get different quilt blocks?