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    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.
    It can be. I've made 3 quilts for "me", so I wanted them to be somewhat "Manly". Below are pics of them. I think they're not so much "manly" as they're not "girly", if that makes any sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.
    It can be. I've made 3 quilts for "me", so I wanted them to be somewhat "Manly". Below are pics of them. I think they're not so much "manly" as they're not "girly", if that makes any sense.
    Yes, they are all really nice, but more "gender neutral" than "manly" I made a quilt for my best friend's husband (who was dying of cancer) I used flannel that I got from flannelworld.com. They had quite a lot of more "manly" fabrics.

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    Batiks, marbles, novelty fabrics are suitable. I'm working on one for my son that has cars and motorcycles, along with marbles and tone on tone prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.
    I have 5 sons and they all like the homespuns.
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    I have been thinking the same thing. I have a DH, DD and 3DS's and NONE of them like flowers. Also have 5 DGS's. Nope no flowers there either. It is very hard to find just the rite fabric for their quilts. I do make a few with flowers for myself, as gifts or to raffle but I always have my eyes open for more manly or gender nuetral fabrics and when I find something I really like or that fits one of them, I grab it quick.

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    I made a quilt for my husband when I found flannel that had tents, campfires, streams, deer, etc. on it. I also made my brother a quilt with deer fabric,so it is out there. I made my younger brother a quilt with plaids in navy, brown and dark red and it was really nice. My girlfriend is always making quilts for guys and she does a lot of sports quilts, especially in their team's colors.

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    I'm a lucky girl. My hubby has no complaints about fabric choices as long as I make all the couch quilts long enough to cover all of his 6'3". You can generally find him snuggled under a bright polka dotted pinwheel quilt with a smiley face backing!

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    I never would guess that those fabrics are hard to find. I've made quilts for men and I do use some fabrics with flowers.

    They have been loved and I don't get any complaints.

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    Thank you all. You have been a great help. I have got some more ideas. We do not have flannel here in Ireland. Your quilts are beautiful. Thanks again.

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    My DH loves the flannel throw quilt I made him for "watching the race with his eyes shut" on Sundays. It is the most fought over quilt in the house.

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    This is a reproduction of a quilt that my MIL made before she passed. It is utilitarian as they come but I did change the fabrics to match my personality (treadles :mrgreen: ) and I SITD before hand tying it.

    But this is my quilt I made me "Proud Mary"

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    I love your quilts....especially the star one.

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    As I have a DH, 5 DS, 2 DGS, only 1 DD and 1 DGD (not a girly girl), most of the quilts I plan are either gender neutral or masculine.

    The guys in my life like stripes, plaids, checks, vine/leaf prints, paisley is ok, bandana prints, flames, dragons, cars, sports, camo, and a few flowers that aren't pink can be tolerated.

    They especially like greens, tans, reds, black/gray, dark blue, burgandy, any of the more intense darker colors.

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    I like pink! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    But then I am a guy that quilts........ and likes this guy..........:roll:


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    I just did up a quilt for my DH's step-grandfather. He's going thru chemo for lung cancer and is always freezing. I was amazed at how few fabrics I have in my stash that would qualify as a "men's fabric." Thankfully some of my friends had just finished making quilts for guys and they gave me enough scraps to make the quilt. It's something I'm definitely more aware of when I go to a fabric store.

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    my friend goes to the thrift store and buys men cotton shirts and flannel shirts. She buys them cheap takes them home washes them and cuts them up and makes her quilts.

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    Bonnie hunter at www.quiltville.com
    has a pattern and a book called shirt tails ..all made out of used mens cotton shirts..with stripes and such.
    i have used some with flowers, but they "read" a solid color.

    here are some links

    http://www.equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc...47108338222.14

    http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi...48110493223.b0

    http://www.hotdiggitydog.com/

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    I love these quilts! they are beautiful and any one of my guys would love one of these. Thanks for showing them to us.

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    I also looked around before starting my son's quilt. I picked Civil War era fabrics (jelly rolls actually). Then I added muted grey and green border (will post a picture when it's done!.

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    Flannels make great mens quilts. They are usually darker colors. With woodsy or outdoor/wildlife prints. Be sure to buy good quality or the flannel will ravel and loose its shape easily.
    A simple "mans" pattern works well with the flannel as well.

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    Flannels and batiks make good quilts for men.

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    Love the stars quilt. You do wonderful work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.
    To quote my DF and my BF, who is also male, why do women think you can't put flowers on a man's quilt? My DM and I make quilts for our church and my dad is her best critic for what fabrics go together. All of the other women just can't give a quilt to a man unless it is blue with no flowers or brown's and green's. We are on a mission to open their minds to other possibilities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Is it just me or is it hard to get fabric suitable for men's quilts. Most of the fabric here has flowers etc. I make quilts for men from time to time and always have this problem.
    It can be. I've made 3 quilts for "me", so I wanted them to be somewhat "Manly". Below are pics of them. I think they're not so much "manly" as they're not "girly", if that makes any sense.
    These are beautiful!

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