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.
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.
And a closeup so you can see the pattern.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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.
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