Saturday, October 23, 2021

A, B, Sea and YAY!!!

A is for Abacus.

Abacus is a bonus quilt made from leftover triangles while making the RSC blocks this year.  I made a total of 30 Sister's Choice blocks, resulting in 60 bonus blocks. In the pictures below you can see how the herd grew.

In the beginning

Red ones

Purple Ones

It grows!

Almost there

Finished Flimsy

Baste, shall we?


Since the leftovers triangles had bias edges the blocks are wonky which is just perfect for a baby quilt :-) Abacus finished at 39" by 41" and I am very happy with it.  Here are a few close ups.



Black Binding

Houses on Hills Backing

Happy Finish

And the back!

Backing Fabric - So much fun!!!

On Location

Kayaks made a great backdrop


Since the quilt is only 39" wide a strip of backing was leftover.  It was dutifully pieced and turned into a zippered pouch .  You'd be surprised if I didn't :-)

No Scrap Left Behind

Zippered Pouch

I hope to make the primary RSC quilt (using the Sister's Choice blocks) over the Christmas break.


B is for Baby's Breath.  

Baby's Breath

Dinosaur Backing

I met the mom-to-be (Maya) in summer when we went to Berlin, MD for our mini vacation. When Maya mentioned that she was expecting a baby, my mind went into quilt mode. Her favorite color is green. She also mentioned that her husband was fond of dinosaurs. I knew what I had to do. 

The journey of this quilt follows in pictures.  

Choosing Fabrics

Low Volume Background Fabrics


Design Wall

Finished Flimsy

Backing and Binding

Brightens my Office

Purple Binding :-)

No caption required

Hiya Bob!

Ready to go!

Dinosaurs Backing

Baby's Breath finished at 42 inches square and was sent to the parents-to-be, where it awaits the new baby, due at Christmas.


And Sea is yet to be. Island Batik Blog Hop and Challenge begins on November 1, 2021. The theme is Storm at Sea. There may be a giveaway (or two) involved. Only one way to find out :-)


And YAY for all my dear quilty buddies who are making and sharing the Masala Box quilt.  
Check out the visual feast!!!  Which one is your favorite...cause I cannot pick one.

Golden Hues by Cathy

All Brights by Karen of KaHolly

Caribbean Blues By Mari

Glorious Purple by Wendy!

Muted Blues by Joy

Fun in Aqua by Bernie

Cheery by Sue

Check out their blogs!!! 

The Masala Box pattern is listed in my Etsy Shop.

I will be sharing with Angela's RSC linky and all my other favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar.


  1. Beautiful baby quilts Preeti, both have perfect backings. Love the Masala quilts, mine is finished too.

  2. OWO Preeti, beautiful quilts!!!

  3. such pretty quilts! great work and so colorful

  4. Lovely quilts and the backings on both are great.

  5. Your baby quilt designs are always so great, Preeti! Plus, you find the best backings, too. I love the Masala Box pattern, and enjoyed seeing your pattern testers' versions. That's a quilt I'm planning to make!

  6. Two lovely baby quilts, Preeti, and thanks for the shout out about my Masala Box quilt!! Off to get another look at Bernie's quilt and add her link to my post...

  7. I so enjoyed reading your post. Loved the baby quilts, both backings are great fabric choices. Interesting to see all the different colour choices people have made when sewing up your Marsala pattern. They are all super.

  8. You have been a busy bee! I find the houses on hills a fun backprint and love this quilt in front of the kayaks. Looking forward to seeing the Sea part. xo

  9. I am always so amazed at how much you accomplish!

  10. Gorgeous baby quilts and what a great way to use up scraps! I bought your pattern but won't be able to start it in a few weeks (did pick out my fabrics though). Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  11. Gorgeous quilts! You have some such lovely fabrics, cute patterns perfect for babies. I love your Baby's Breath one, and I may borrow the idea ;)
    Thank you for sharing your pretties, and linking up today with Patchwork & Quilts link party ;)

  12. What cuties you have there! Wonderful finishes. Masala would be a great quilt to use up some scraps;)

  13. Wow, that is a lot of finishes, great use of the leftover RSC blocks.

  14. Each of your quilts are so fun, Preeti, and you always find such fun places to snap a photo or two! Thanks for sharing the Masala Box quilts - it was fun to see the one with the brown background, since I was considering that color. I love the variety of the Masala Box quilts!

  15. Sew much eye candy here! And no, I cannot pick a favorite, but I can pick a favorite photo. The quilt back with the kayaks!!!! Too many exclamation points? I think not. How did you ever discover that pairing? It is award winning or at least magazine cover worthy. (I like the Bob photo, too.)

  16. The kayaks make such a fun photography location. Congratulations on the release of Masala Box; it's been delightful to see all the versions made!

  17. What a great way to use "bonus" parts! Those Masala quilts are wonderful. I can't pick a favorite either as I like them all!

  18. So many beautiful quilts, Preeti! Love the photo with the colorful kayaks, too!

  19. I love all the variations of Masala Box. So beautiful!! But what really caught my eye is how you used up those leftover triangles. I have a zip lock bag collecting hourglass blocks from leftover triangles of patriotic fabrics. Now you've given me a new idea on how to use them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  20. This is a wonderful post. Love the two baby quilts - just perfect. The Masala box is a gorgeous pattern and your testers did a lovely job!

  21. Love the abacus quilt. Great use of bonus triangles!

  22. Beautiful quilts! But please do tell us more about Island Batiks’s “Storm at Sea” bloghop; there was nothing about it on their web page …

  23. Beautiful quilts. Love the masala pattern - I can't choose a favorite - they are all amazing.

  24. You are so productive and inventive, Preeti. What a great idea to use your leftover triangles this way. I usually toss mine but see I'll have to become more resourceful. Your quilt shows us they are too pretty to waste.

    1. Since the Sisters Choice Blocks finish at 15" these leftovers were larger than those resulting from 10" blocks. Those must be tossed - too much work for a mug rug, in my opinion.

  25. Such cute fabrics in your baby quilts. I never seem to buy those types of prints unless there is a specific project. The recipients were joyful, I'm certain.

  26. I just love that dinosaur fabric!! your quilts are too adorable! Abacus is a perfect name!!! Thanks for linking to Finished ( or not) friday - good to see you here ;-)

  27. Such great eye candy today. I like all of these quilts.

  28. What a wonderful post. (I'm still looking for "wonky" in Abacus-looks perfect to me) I think my favorite Masala Box is Golden Hues by Cathy. Thank you for sharing what you do for us in the quilting "world". and I do mean WORLD :-)

  29. Both baby quilts turned out beautifully! You've definitely been busy with your scraps this year.

  30. Lovely quilt made from bonus triangles! And the dinosaur quilt is simply precious. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  31. I came to see Masala Box and but got sidetracked by the Sisters Choice bonus QSTs. Love the vibrancy of that design!

  32. There is so much fun in this post Preet! I love the baby quilts you made and also all of the different versions of Masala Box. So cool!!