Finished: Belts & Buckles (Pattern Release and Giveaway!)

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Hello everyone! I can’t believe my last post was on New Year’s Eve! Where does the time go? Work has been absolutely insane, but I was able to carve out time to test a quilt pattern for Rebel Craft Media called Belts & Buckles, designed by Melissa Kirk (aka Tension Issues on Instagram).


In celebration of the pattern release my quilt is being featured over on the Rebel Craft Media blog, but I thought I’d give you a more in depth look here in my own space.

I’m not the neatest quilter when I’m in the midst of sewing something, so my pattern pages were scattered around, but always within arms reach for a quick note or to consult the directions.

Just a few more seams. #beltsandbucklesquilt #sewmystash2015 #sewingathomecon #notgoingtoquiltcon @tensionissues @rebelcraftmedia @stitchykelly

For my version I’ve used a black and white polkadot for my background and various solids and semi-solids for the foreground. Here is the finished quilt top.

Braved the cold and the wet to get some photos of my finished #beltsandbucklesquilt top. @tensionissues @rebelcraftmedia

And a closeup so you can see the pattern.

A closeup of #beltsandbucklesquilt showing the pindot background. How would you quilt it? @rebelcraftmedia @tensionissues

Of course, this wouldn’t be my blog without some gratuitous cat photos along the way. Rosalyn has swiftly taken up the mantle left vacant with Jewel’s demise as resident quilt inspector. She was sure to test the quilt in all stages, from top to finished product.

It's already been inspected and approved. #kittysupervisor #beltsandbucklesquilt @rebelcraftmedia @tensionissues

Not. Helping. #catsonquilts #catswhoquilt #catsofinstagram

I decided to quilt it using a variegated teal thread from Aurifil in a big spiral from roughly the center out. It turned out to be a fairly “organic” spiral – read wobbly – but I love the texture it created and the way the curves break up the straight lines of the piecing.

Belts and Buckles Finished - Front

The backing was made with some pieces of Barcelona that I purchased when it first came out because I had to have it… only to never actually use it. I really like how it matches the scraps of Cotton and Steel from the back of my Night Sky Quilt. (Which I still have yet to blog about!).

Belts and Buckles Finished - Back

The quilt was bound with some leftover Anna Maria Horner Social Climber print. I like how the flowers aren’t necessarily recognizable in the binding, but the orange and teal go well with the overall color scheme of the quilt.

Needs a wash and the weather to cooperate tomorrow and that's all she wrote. #beltsandbucklesquilt #scrappybacks @tensionissues @rebelcraftmedia @stitchykelly

Rebel Craft Media has generously given me a copy of the pattern to give away. There are two ways to win. First, leave a comment telling me what fabrics you would use to make this quilt. Second, you can visit Rebel Craft Media on Facebook and check out the awesome photos and links they post. Be sure to mark your entry in the Rafflecopter widget to be entered!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Here’s one last picture of me with the quilt where you can see the spiral quilting a little bit better. You can also see the washing machine in the background because due to the awful snowy weather we’ve had in the mid-atlantic this year I wasn’t able to get outdoor shots of my finished quilt in time. My friend Steve lives in the building and is a semi-pro photographer and came to the rescue with a backdrop stand to help hold the quilt while we got some photos of it.

Belts and Buckles - with me


Quilt Stats
name: Belts & Buckles
size: Lap Size, approximately 59″ x 69″
pattern: Belts & Buckles by Melissa Kirk
fabrics: Scrappy solids, black and white polkadot background, AMH Social Climber for binding, Barcelona and Cotton + Steel scraps for backing
quilting: “organic” spiral quilting

carlaFinished: Belts & Buckles (Pattern Release and Giveaway!)
  • Rebel Craft Media

    Thank you for testing this pattern – – we absolutely love your finished quilt!!!

  • Jamie

    Looks great! I’ve only did one spiral quilting pattern and it was quite “organic” too but I think it’s the perfect complement to the graphic lines in your quilt!

  • Sarah

    Beautiful quilt! I would use blues, like drops of water running down a window pane.

  • laura

    I love the finished look of the quilt. I would love to make one myself.


  • Kathy Erickson

    Although I love your quilt with the brilliant solids, I’d use some batiks I have in my stash for this quilt. I know my son would love it!

  • lauren m

    I would use a dark grey as the back ground with different shades of pink for the belts/buckles!

  • Leslie Bower

    I would love to see this pattern with the same colors, only in batiks

  • Joanne S

    I am new to quilting and am interested in kona solids (grays, blues, greens, teals). I think I would try this pattern out with a light gray background. Thank you for the opportunity. Lovely quilt.