Sunday, November 27, 2011

Puzzled Leftovers

It has been a challenge to find time when my son isn't home to work on his surprise quilt. This is how far I am now. This top is fun and different for me. It has been like putting together a puzzle. Boy would it be easier to be able to just leave it out to work on now and then but NO...I'm constantly picking it up and stashing it away from him! This quilt is called, "Touch of Vegas" designed by Debbie Allan. Debbie is mailing me a copy of the pattern to giveaway on my blog soon.

Since my son was home yesterday I couldn't work on his quilt but was itching to do something productive. I had been keeping a bunch of leftover sewn triangles from the quilts I made for Kim Brackett's book, "Scrap Basket Sensations." I pulled them out and squared them up to 1.5" half-square triangles. Then I started piecing some fun little things.

Here is a fun little gift item that you can whip up quickly for Christmas using leftovers and a 6" frame from Hobby Lobby.


Becky said...

Thanks for posting the name and designer of the pattern! I'm liking this more and more as you post photos. Have a wonderful Sunday!

I hope you are more successful than I am at surprising my son. I just discovered that he checks my email at Christmas time to see what I've ordered for him:) I love surprises, but evidently he doesn't.

Kathy in FL said...

I love how your son's quilt is coming together! It looks wonderful! Enjoy your day of sewing.

Barb said...

Your son's quilt is going to be gorgeous...

AnnieO said...

Your son is definitely going to be surprised! Hope you can continue to keep the secret for the next few weeks.

Love your little HSTs micro-mini. I've just been cutting them off and throwing them away, GASP!

Ruthie said...

I love your Touch of Vegas quilt and if I don't win the pattern when you have the giveaway, I'll have to order it. Our guild spring retreat is titled Spring Break in Vegas, so this pattern will be a perfect door prize for some lucky quilter.

Joyful Quilter said...

Puzzles keep you young and your brain sharp - as quilter's we will all live forever with total recall of every quilt we've ever made (lol). Your son's quilt is looking fantastic - love the pattern. Great idea for the left over triangles - your little mini turned out very cute.

Miki Willa said...

I really like both the quilts, the big and the small. The big quilt is so interesting and exciting. I really like the colors you are using. Can't wait to see it finished.

Sandra Henderson said...

Gorgeous quilt and great gift idea! You are good!
I miss my sewing studio so much nw that weve moved....use to just leave it all out,etc

Carol said...

I like that quilt pattern, perfect with the black, white and red colors. Your son is going to love it. What a cute way to use up left-over triangles.

Jan said...

The Touch of Vegas quilt for your son is stunning.

Darlene said...

That's a wonderful quilt for your son, Mary. He's going to love it.

Love your framed mini quilt idea - very cute.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

YOu need yourself a sheet of pink insulation board as a portable design board. You could have his quilt pinned to the back side, and use the front side with another quilt on it. So when he comes home, all you would have to do is turn the board around! It would be hidden in plain sight! Love the quilt by the way.

Candace said... son will love this quilt! Great gift idea as well - do I ever have a huge basket of stuff like that - time to put on my thinking cap!

Mrs.Pickles said...

love the quilt top and the little hst is very cute!

Shelley said...

That is SOME quilt you are making! He's going to love it! I thought I was the only crazy person to save those 1 1/2" cutoffs, lol, and yes, I've framed them too :)

sunny said...

Your puzzle quilt is fabulous! I like the little guy, too. I've picked up a couple of old frames to use for something like this - just haven't got there yet.

Lori said...

What a fantastic and graphic quilt. I'm sure your son will love it!!
What a cute idea for little hst!!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Cute little framed quilt, great idea. I bet your son loves his surprise.

Jan said...

Cool project & I love the framed HSTs. Great idea!

Leeanne said...

Cute framed HST's, your son's quilt is looking wonderful, can't wait to see the top together. You reminded me of when I was making my husbands quilt, it was the same, one day he came home early and I nearly had heart failure!!Rush to the nearest cupboard and stuff it in there :-)

Ann Champion said...

The quilt you're making your son is gorgeous! Great colors/prints for a guy too.
Years ago when my boys were still at home I made them each a quilt for Christmas. I had to keep hiding them too. They were very surprised to get them.
VERY cute way to use your little trimmed away bits. It's like getting a mini quilt for free?

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It IS really hard to make a quilt for someone if they are around. Your quilt is turning out so cute. I hope you can get it done and surprise him.

Anonymous said...

Ho quel joli quilt ... très original ... j espère que votre fils appréciera ...
bonne continuation

Karan said...

I love the quilt. Very nice and is going to be a wonderful gift. Also love the little frmaed gift item too. Very vute and it sure would be easy to do.


Rebecca P said...

Ahh, your Touch of Vegas is coming along nicely. Having to put it away each time would be difficult.
What a sweet little quilt. I will have to do something like that wil my left over triangles.

Needled Mom said...

That quilt is gorgeous, Mary. He is going to love it. I also love the idea of the little mini in a frame. Did you quilt it as well? So sweet.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Your puzzle quilt is just lovely! Great idea for your mini.

Sharon said...

The puzzle quilt is wonderful...can't wait to see the magical quilting you will do! And thanks for the cute idea for the mini-quilt picture...may have to work one up.

Kaaren said...

Your son's quilt is going to be SOME gorgeous, Mary. I admire your tenacity in working on it in bits and starts so that it remains a surprise.

Love that framed 1.5" hst picture. WHat a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love stars and that quilt is just awesome! I'm going to have to keep my eye out for the pattern. Love your little mini too. Have a happy week!

Bridget B said...

Your son will love the quilt- thanks for giving us the name of the designer. The wall hanging is cute also.

Jeanna said...

Your son's gift is really looking nice! Great fabric choices and the pattern is perfect for a boy.

I also like your small quilt in a frame.

Hope you have a great week.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

LOVE IT!!!! It looks fantastic Mary!

onlymehere said...

I'm back in that boat since I lost my sewing sanctuary. It's so much harder to sew that way and to keep a surprise. I can hardly wait to see it done!

Loris said...

The quilt for your son is amazing, interesting and beautiful! He is going to be quite pleased! Nice work keeping track of all of it, especially with having to hide it. Not sure I could keep it straight!
Love the little scrap quilts. They look beautiful framed up.

Pat said...

I'm sure your son will love that quilt. It's a very interesting pattern! Cute little quilted piece in that frame, too....good idea!

Bari Jo said...

I love your idea!!! What a great use of the left overs!!! Can't wait to see your son's quilt finished! It looks awesome!!!!! :O) I have missed quilting - can't wait to get back to it after the holidays! Love the quilts you've done for me!!! Hugs! Bari

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Lovely job! He will love it!

Janet O. said...

That is such a visually striking quilt for your son! But I know the stress of constantly hiding your work before they come home. Sure makes things tricky!
Oh, I absolutely love that little framed quilt! Is it quilted or not? I can see I need to do something like that soon.
I guess I need to stop by Hobby Lobby!

Julie in the Barn said...

Your son's quilt is going to be spectacular. I'd never be able to keep the parts in order if I had to keep putting them into hiding. The little framed piece is adorable. And a great gift idea. I'm stealing that one.

Kathie said...

oh your sons quilt is going to be amazing, good for you keep going! He will treasure it for sure.
ok I just love that little framed quilt, I may just have to try that!!!!!
it is beautiful
thanks for sharing , have a great week.

Cheryl said...

Your son is going to love his quilt! If he doesn't, I can find a home for it...LOL.

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great quilt! I work on gifts in front of the receiver, but I always tell a little white lie about who it's for! I was cutting fabric for a quilt for DH the other day when he asked who it was for (figures he would take an interest in this one!). I told him it was just some stuff I've had laying around for awhile!

Karen said...

Both are wonderful!! I'm working on a surprise quilt for my DH, so I know how hard it is to keep getting it out and putting it away. Mine is done except to hand sew the binding down - yea!!!

Laura said...

Love your son's quilt and especially your "little" quilt. I have been looking for something along that line to make for Xmas gifts for my two co-workers. I have a question though - Do you actually put batting and a backing on it and quilt it or do you just mount it on foam board? Thanks. Laura -

Jo said...

Oh Mary...I have a few little gifts I need to make the the little half square triangles in the frame might be just the trick. I've been thinking to make pincushions but they just aren't getting done. Thanks for the idea.

Chris said...

I love Touch of Vegas. So much, I googled the pattern so I could buy it, but I can't find it anywhere! Is there a way I could be put in touch with the designer so I could purchase the pattern? Thanks!

Jacquelynne said...

Your red and black quilt is stunning- I'm sure your son will love it!

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