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    favorite quilt patterns for manly men?

    i love my brother a whole whole lot, but he doesn't really get quilting. that's fair, but in spite of his general lack of enthusiasm and appreciation the time has come to make him one.

    ha.

    so do you have any favorite patterns for the men you love?

    looking at google image search, what seems to mark "manly" quilts are either predominantly grey fabrics or overtly "manly" fabrics (fish, hunting prints, john deere etc.)

    my brother hates the outdoors and really would not appreciate a playful sports quilt. he's urban, way way cooler than me and has an elegance in his tastes that would indicate modern quilting as a preference over more trad designs.

    i am leaning towards storm at sea in blues and greys, but i really want to fish the board first. give me your best and most favorite ideas!

    cheeers!

    aileen

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    Have you looked "Geared for Guys"? Great book...not outsdoorsy. My faveorite one is "Oddball"

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    Yellow Brick Road is my go to pattern for guys.

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    I am making a Tradewinds quilt for my hubby (link to free pattern below). I am using batiks, blues, greens, rusts, tans, browns. I thought I had a pic, but it must have been in my computer that died. It was very similar to the one in the pattern, but had more tans. It's very easy, just need to be sure to starch your fabric. I didn't use a packaged jelly roll; I cut my own out of yardage that I had. I was going to surprise him with it, but he came home when I was working on it, so I told him it was his...he loves it. Hoping to finish it for Christmas.

    http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/EDocs/...ern%20blue.pdf

    Manly doesn't have to be limited to black or grey, sports or camouflage. Blues/Browns go together well, as do blues/greens, fall colors, etc. Batiks are great because there are a lot of earthy designs. I just avoid the flowery ones for guys. For regular fabric, there are a ton of different tonal or blender fabrics, landscape, geometric, solids, marbles, beer cans, muscle cars, motorcycles. The possibilities are endless!

    Other patterns for guys: log cabin, bargello are the first to come to mind. Maybe something with larger pieces to show off larger prints.

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    Google Images for City Quilts...a book by Cherri House (a member here, btw). Awesome quilts, perfect for sophisticated men.

    Can also be previewed on Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/City-Quilts-Dr.../dp/157120847X#_
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    I am trying to attach a pic. My Dh doesn't like quilts, appreciates some but nothing makes him desire one. Well after 10 yrs into my journey through quilting, I found "the fabric" for him, then it took me more than 1 yr to find the pattern. It is very simple, not too "quilty" and he loooves it. Don't get discouraged, something will inspire you to make a quilt he will love and appreciate. Sorry the light is not good, the sashing is white not yellow like it seems.
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    How about a DP9 done in dark browns, rust, gold, and some plaids mixed in.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    I made this quilt for my husband using 20 batik fat quarters. I purchased Elisa's Backporch Crazy Curves 7" template. The quilt pattern is included with the template. He loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    I made this quilt for my husband using 20 batik fat quarters. I purchased Elisa's Backporch Crazy Curves 7" template. The quilt pattern is included with the template. He loves it.
    Love your circles quilt!!!

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    i love your storm at sea idea. there are just so many patterns that are gender neutral but the fabrics can make them 'manly'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1 View Post
    I made this quilt for my husband using 20 batik fat quarters. I purchased Elisa's Backporch Crazy Curves 7" template. The quilt pattern is included with the template. He loves it.
    this is a wonderful quilt!
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    My son has a quilt that he loves. It is in the colors he chose, dark taupes and dark tan, made out of suede. It is very plain large blocks, SITD the maximum the batting would allow. The back side is a dark taupe shade of suede. Not only did he pick out the colors, he selected the fabric. I doubt if you would ever see that on a woman's bed. It matches his drapes, looks great with his dark cork floors and his furniture. The whole room looks like a room from Club Med or somewhere equally expensive. Very masculine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Google Images for City Quilts...a book by Cherri House (a member here, btw). Awesome quilts, perfect for sophisticated men.

    Can also be previewed on Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/City-Quilts-Dr.../dp/157120847X#_
    zomg. her "City shops" bar code quilt is the one.

    YAY!

    thank you so much!

    aileen

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    that batik is an amazing quilt. curves still scare me...

    i just google cherri house on images and some her designs are really cool.

    the bar code i liked the best was actually quilted here in my town. i should look the maker up!

    cheers

    aileen

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
    zomg. her "City shops" bar code quilt is the one.

    YAY!

    thank you so much!

    aileen
    Glad it worked out for you! I'm sure your brother will love it! (Cherri's user name here on QB is chq in case you ever need it.)
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    Men are hard, I have three sons and a DH! My DH first quilt is a variation of an irish chain with wolf fabric and homespuns. I'm making him a man quilt right now. I found a shop online that carries all kinds of novelty prints so his quilt is actually a pattern used for orientals. His quilt has food fabrics (pizza, hot dogs...etc.) energy drink fabrics (that's army guys fuel, trust me they keep those companies in business) then I found a horror movie fabric, casino fabric, cigar fabric. Every fabric that screamed that's my DH.
    My sons quilts vary, one I'm making an irish chain with dragon fabric as the middle and the chain is red, grey and black. Another one is getting a blue, grey and black done from a pattern at keepsake quilting called monkey bars. The other one get one made from his dads old uniforms and Army fabrics.
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    I think these look very manly and modern. Simple lines with mostly solid colors.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5204411701/

    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projec...es-bars_1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillclock View Post
    i love my brother a whole whole lot, but he doesn't really get quilting. that's fair, but in spite of his general lack of enthusiasm and appreciation the time has come to make him one.

    ha.

    so do you have any favorite patterns for the men you love?

    looking at google image search, what seems to mark "manly" quilts are either predominantly grey fabrics or overtly "manly" fabrics (fish, hunting prints, john deere etc.)

    my brother hates the outdoors and really would not appreciate a playful sports quilt. he's urban, way way cooler than me and has an elegance in his tastes that would indicate modern quilting as a preference over more trad designs.

    i am leaning towards storm at sea in blues and greys, but i really want to fish the board first. give me your best and most favorite ideas!

    cheeers!

    aileen

    I don't think the quilt pattern matters so much as the colors used. Does he live close enough that you see him often and know what colors he wears? That's what I'd use as a judge--------or look at his bedroom and follow his decorating.

    Storm at Sea is probably my all time favorite. There are so many prints and batiks available that a "manly" quilt should be no problem.
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    Another thought-----------how about a quilt block named for his state? Where he lives now or where he was born. That would give the quilt a personal touch. Again, search out his favorite colors.
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    I especially like Bonnie Hunter's quilts that are made from men's plaid, striped, and checked shirts. I think it's the selection of "manly fabrics" that makes a quilt manly. If a man will wear a plaid shirt, why wouldn't he use a quilt made from plaids?

    CHeck out her books, "Scraps and Shirttails". She also has a second volume, "Scraps and Shirttails II". I was able to get them through interlibrary loan at my library.

    I also like her Smoky Mountain Stars pattern which is free on her website, quiltville.com.

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    I did a double Irish chain in dark brown, wedgewood blue with a Kaufmann landscape for our eldest son. It is on my blog - last post for 2011.
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    Try a black/white/red........bet he will like that.

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    This is one I made for my brother. I told him it was for TV watching in his big comfy chair. He called me to say it was too good for TV watching. He displayed it over a bench in the livingroom. At least I know he liked it.
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    Pending colors, I just finished a "Male Lap Quilt". It is a string quilt done in browns, beige and black. Each square has a black beginning strip, which then made a good strong diagonal stipe diamond pattern......I kinda think of a 'male pattern' as more straight lines than curves, more simple than complex....
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