Monday, October 11, 2021

Masala baby

 (There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post for those who are interested!) 

Hi everyone! Odd to hear from me on a Monday, I know, but my friend Preeti has a new pattern that I tested for her, and it's my pleasure to share it with you today. The pattern is called Masala Box, and it makes a very fast and easy quilt that turns out to be striking no matter what colors you make it in. I made the baby size, because I knew it would be a donation quilt, and had a good time creating it. Take a look:

 
I told you it was striking! It's kind of modern and kind of traditional, with no difficult piecing. I like to think it looks vaguely Caribbean in my colors, with some bright colors of the ocean, sky and sun. This bright little baby quilt measures about 40 by 40. For this size, you need less than a yard of the background and some colorful scraps, so it's a very economical quilt to make as well. You could easily dig every bit out of your scraps if you had some bigger pieces.

 
I backed this fun little quilt with a bright green polka dot, then quilted it with bright green thread using my walking foot. It's bound by machine with a bright turquoise solid. I goofed around and half watched a movie while I made this, and it still only took me an afternoon, with quilting the next afternoon. Not bad for a whole little quilt.


I made my quilt with individual squares, which cleaned out a lot of them, but the pattern is strip pieced, so it's much easier than the one I made. As I said above, the quilt looks great in almost any colors, and I bet it would look terrific with a really wild background print and solid squares, or in all neutrals. The centers could also be used for embroidery or thread painting, or you could have people write messages there, for a wedding, graduation, or quinceanera quilt. (Why can't I get a tilde so that's spelled correctly? Anyone know how to insert those letters on Blogger?)


You can purchase the pattern in Preeti's Etsy shop and start making your quilt right away, but here's your chance to win a pattern, with no effort other than leaving me a comment! Leave a comment below, and just for fun, let me know what color combo you think would look good in this pattern. What colors would you make it in, or for what occasion? I will use the random number generator thingy to choose a random winner the morning of  Saturday, October 16th. 
 
The giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Connie, and thanks to all!


Hope you all have a good week, with lots of sewing time and some other kinds of relaxation. I'll be teaching all week, and finishing the border on another quilt. Come back Friday for another exciting episode!

46 comments:

  1. Love the colors you chose. I think it makes a great baby quilt. I can picture it using bright colors on a yellow background.

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  2. Your quilt is so amazing! 🌞🦋🍀

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  3. I wouldn't have thought of using brown with the blue and greens. I have a piece of grey that I think would be nice with blues and greens.

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  4. I've got a rainbow coloured jellyroll that would be great for this pattern

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  5. I've got a box of 2.5" squares just itching to be used in a simple quilt like this!

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  6. This would be a fantastic scrap buster. I love the colors you picked.

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  7. I think it would be great with some Kaffe F fabrics! But really, what fabric wouldn’t look great with this pattern. Preeti outdid herself on this one!

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  8. It would be a great quilt for a guy made in batiks.

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  9. Looks great! I think it is a winner in any colour combination. I think I would make it in autumn colours because it has become my favourite time of year and I am celebrating Thanksgiving today here in Canada.

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  10. Looks great! Thx for posting and reminding me to get mine finished up!

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  11. Since it is fall I think a fall color scheme would look fantastic for a lap size! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  12. I liked Preeti's pattern the very first time I saw it, and I love your baby version of it, too, Mari! This just seems like it would work in any color combination - but you know me, I would do it in rainbow colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Love the colours you have chosen, Mari. I can see it on a navy background with bright solids for the blocks. Such a lovely versatile pattern.
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  14. I've been culling stash for an autumnal quilt, which has left me with a bunch of Spring colors. I can envision a green background with purples, pinks and blues for the blocks. It would feel like an Easter box quilt, I think. Preeti and done a great job, and you have interpreted her pattern beautifully!

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  15. You are right, Mari! Marsala Box is a fast and fun pattern. Your small quilt turned out beautifully! I started my light gray-green version on Friday. I'd still love to win the prize drawing, as I don't have a copy of Preeti's Novella pattern.

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  16. I think I'd make this with a bright, light green background and lavender, yellow, peach and pink squares. It would make a quick donation quilt.
    Pat

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  17. This quilt would look great in kid prints with a bright background. I sew with an outreach group with our guild and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt.

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  18. I have a drawer ( small drawer but a drawer) of assorted colors and prints of
    2 1/2 inch squares! I bet with a background of green this would be great!

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  19. Mari- I Love the Marsala baby quilt you made. It Looks great. If I was the winner I’d make it up in falls scraps With a grunge background (don’t you just love that fabric line?) OR a light gray background with white, creams, pinks and yellow for a soon to be here grand niece. Preeti and you are both prolific Quilter’s, nicely done.

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  20. Oh yes, that is a great pattern for scraps and easy to make for donoations.

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  21. I have so many Fat quarters! I would choose a set of fat quarters that would work with a multi color polka dot from my stash. I could use the polka dot for background a get rid of a few fat quarters too.

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  22. It’s very pretty.
    I would make it larger and use my scrap pieces with a cheddar background.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  23. Oh I like this, going to start one tomorrow at quilt ministry, now to find a great background fabric. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt!

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  24. I would use scraps, of course. I have enough scraps to do multiple color schemes (I ususally make baby size quilts). I could see it with a red background and squares of blue and white. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I think it would make a quick Holiday quilt with a light green background and holiday scrap fabrics.

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  26. What a great little quilt! I love non-traditional colors for baby quilts.

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  27. I think I would make it a kids quilt. Using some large dinosaur prints and then frame with some fun fabrics

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  28. Your colors are terrific Mari!! I just finished my Masala quilt top and it looks so different - all because of the color choices. Love your fall tones. :-)

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  29. I love this baby quilt.The colors are so cheerful! Violet Withey.

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  30. Beautiful colors!!
    I think it would look beautiful in rainbow colors too!

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  31. I would probable do thing pattern in some fall colors from my scrap bins. Looks like a lot of fun to try.

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  32. I have a rainbow jelly roll that would be perfect for this pattern - but I can also see a teal and gray scrappy version. I will just have to make 2!

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  33. Great quilt. Thinking white with pink background with the small pieces in a little girl print

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  34. This is right up my alley. I love scrappy. mine would be bold and scrappy

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  35. I love Preeti's work and this pattern is no exception! I happen to need a quilt for a little girl and I think it would look lovely in pastels with a cream background!

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  36. I would do red,white,blue for Quilts of Valor

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  37. Love the brown with your bright colors - really stands out. I'd use autumnal colors with a deep cheddar/gold background. This is a lovely pattern I'd really make use of! Thanks for the giveaway! Deb E / mdenders@msn.com

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  38. I saw this pattern with a white background but I agree your colors are sort of Carribean. The close up picture show the wonderful brown speckled background. Great pattern to customize in a favorite pallette or just scrappy.

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  39. I would enjoy making this quilt with all my favorite scraps in all the colors:) Your version is wonderful!

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  40. Rainbow baby would be the quilt I would make!

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  41. What a great quilt pattern to use up scraps! I would use color families for each block and create a rainbow effect.

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  42. This would be a fun Fall themed or Christmas quilt. The quilting inside the centers could be themed to match. Nice, versatile pattern.
    Beth Stanfield

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  43. I participate in my local Comfort Quilts group making donation quilts mostly for children but also for hospice (primarily the red-white-blues for veterans). This would be a terrific pattern for our group. Already, I can think of several background fabrics in my stash. There is a dark blue with animals, a pretty pink swirl, several with a variety of blues on white, and some purples/ violet backgrounds. Your quilt with the dotted background was a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
    Connie
    c_s_wolfe@yahoo.com

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  44. I love blue and green, just like you, and I like your darker background. I may try that on my next charity quilt.

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  45. Such a great pattern and lovely in the colors you chose.

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  46. I always love baby-quilt patterns that I can make from what I have on hand. Square scraps and a yard of background fabric? Got that (in spades)! Some mama will appreciate the dark, baby-friendly background in the version you made!

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Thanks for your kind comments!