Masala Box – The Quilt Top

Last week I mentioned I had been asked by Preeti of Sew Preeti Quilts to test a pattern of hers. She recently released her newest design, Masala Box. The pattern is really adorable. Here is Preeti’s version.

This is the sort of pattern that is right up my alley. I love patchwork and also simplicity. Fussy patterns are not my favorite. This pattern is set up for strip piecing (which is quick and efficient) or if you have a box of 2 1/2″ squares, you could make a scrappy version and use those bits up!

Baby Quilt Size Masala Box

Hoping to finish this quickly so I could share Preeti’s new pattern, I made a baby quilt. It finishes at 36″ square which is the perfect size for Jack’s Basket. I love donating to them and will send this off when it is finished. Looking through my stash, I wanted to put together some bold colors. When I saw the red polka dots on turquoise I decided I would build off that piece. Luckily, I had plenty of red and aqua in the stash and I added a bright polka dot on off-white to break things up a bit.

The pattern features a large rectangle within each set of 2 1/2″ squares. Preeti did a wonderful job writing this pattern up. Her instructions and illustrations are clear and very easy to follow. There are so many ways the rectangle within each block could be used. How about placing appliqué on that center, or featuring a large scale fabric, maybe notes or signatures could be written here in permanent fabric markers – I think it is a creative space with a lot of potential.

I plan to back my quilt with the red and aqua polka dot fabric. As for a quilting plan, I don’t have one just yet. I want to do something special with those white rectangles and am waiting to figure that part out.

If you would like to see another version of the Masala quilt, hop over to The Academic Quilter. Mari made her quilt in tones of blue, green and yellow with an earthy background. It is so pretty and totally different from my version. Isn’t it fun to see the same pattern made with different fabrics?

Congrats to Preeti for the release of this fun pattern. Be sure to go to her shop and add a copy to your quilt pattern collection!

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14 thoughts on “Masala Box – The Quilt Top

  1. Mari

    I love that tree! And the quilt top, too, of course. The fabrics are really fun and it turned out great. I’m sure a little one will really appreciate it!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you. I have had that polka dot print for at least three or four years. I am happy to finally use it! It made a really cheerful quilt top. Hope all is well with you Yvonne.

  2. Kathleen McCormick

    I love this color combination! You did a fabulous job testing for PRetti and Jack’s Basket is such a great charity.

    1. Bernie Post author

      It seems like aqua and red were this hot combo a while back and I kept thinking I wanted to make something with those colors. Finally got around to it! They look great together. 🙂

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Kathie – The pattern is super cute and it was a nice way to use up some fabric. I have too darn much right now so I need to reduce the bins a bit!!

  3. Rebecca Grace

    Those reds and turquoises look great together, Bernie. This is a fabulous pattern for a baby quilt, and it looks like it would go together fairly quickly, too. I think those “empty” rectangles are fabulous for showing off quilting designs, too!

  4. JanineMarie

    Such a delightful pattern, and your red and aqua version is perfect for a baby quilt, Bernie! It looks so cute in your gorgeous tree. That’s a great size for some custom quilting—so many possibilities.


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