I was lucky enough to get my crafty hands on an early copy of Bryan House Quilts’ newest patterns, Trilobite, as a pattern tester!
This is an amazing pattern that is full of versatility. You can make a variety of quilts using the same two building block squares. There are 5 sizes, Youth, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King, and 5 different layouts, Trilobite, Bristled Geese, Sawtooth, Banner Geese, and Zig zag. I chose a throw version of the zig zag layout and I’m thrilled with the result.
The pattern consists of basic half-square triangles, HSTs to the experienced quilters out there, and larger right triangles. Even though the pieces are straightforward, the layouts and arrangements by Bryan house Quilts are what make the quilts so unique. The pattern was easy to follow and I had fun mixing patterned fabric with my background of navy blue. Bryan House Quilt’s two-color version is striking and modern – an instant classic.
Warning, I tried my inexperienced hand at some FMQ. This was definitely the largest quilt I’ve tried to do FMQ on. I had a lot of fun and it was great practice with my free-motion and walking feet . I highlighted the parallelograms made by the zig zag pattern to practice a feather, scallop, and straight line fill pattern. I also used the color thread I was matching on the top as the bobbin thread, so the zig zag stripes stand out on the back of the quilt.
This was my first time piecing a large number of HSTs for a single project. I was a bit daunted by the 216 HSTs I would need for a throw sized Trilobite quilt, but then Becca pointed me to a tutorial on a her blog on how to make a lot of HSTs quickly. I followed this method and my HSTs went quickly and easily.
In addition to this great new pattern, check our Rebecca’s new patterns in her store and her upcoming debut book, Modern Rainbows, from Stash books available for pre-order now on Amazon and in stores in February 2015. -Stephanie, HoustonDIY