Well, it was a successful surprise! We flew to Denver for a visit with my mom. The weather was fabulous and perfect to get the fall spirits going! My daughter and her 5 month old baby boy came with us- had his first airplane ride and did great. No crying or anything. I'm sure the other passengers were grateful for that too! LOL
I brought my older sister's surprise quilt for her birthday. She and her husband were out of town at a BHS (barbershop harmony society) competition. They left a couple hours before we landed in Denver and got home a couple hours after we left for Texas. That was a bummer as I would have liked to see them both. This is what I left on her bed!
I found the original pattern/tutorial for this block here. It is a great tutorial. I just kind of made up my borders as I went. I would do them a bit differently if I make this again but all in all, it is a beautiful quilt. She was so surprised to come home and find this on her bed. Red is definitely her favorite color!
I also included a box of color catchers just in case!!!!