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Thread: I love it when it works out this way...

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    I was planning quilts for Christmas and got to thinking...I was going to make a quilt for my wonderful father in law. But then it occurred to me that he's not really a "quilty" kind of guy...he's just not the type to snuggle up, he's never cold, that kind of thing. I know he would have appreciated it (he is an excellent wood worker and understands the time, effort and quality of hand made things, we have a few of his pieces in our house!)...but would he USE it? I don't know. So I send an email to my mother in law and ask her. She says that he really isn't the type to snuggle up with a quilt, but he *does* always bring a blanket and pillow when he travels (which is fairly often), and he would probably use it...just not as much as she uses hers (which she got last Christmas). So I still wasn't sure...but leaning more towards making it...

    Well...the next day she emails me again to tell me that that night he got home from work and says to her that he was thinking he might ask me to make him a quilt for when he travels. She told me it was so eerie, like he'd read her emails, lol, but hadn't because he had *just* walked in the door! So she told him "Oh, I don't know...she's going back to work in a week (I'm on maternity leave right now), I don't know if she'll have time with work and the kids and everything..." and then she let me know right away.

    So YAY! I get to make a quilt for FIL, I know he wants it and I know he will use it and this makes me very happy! :D

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    with a matching pillow case!!!

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    Wow!! Have you picked out fabric and a pattern yet :D:D:D

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    That is incredibally eerie! It was meant to be though. So, now just figure out what FIL's interests are and go from there. I don't even know what to buy or make for my own father, since he will buy it if he needs it or wants it. I sent him a gift certificate for a store called Bi-Mart once. He thanked me very much, but then said they didn't have a Bi-Mart where he lived. :lol: :-(

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    That just shows it was a quilt that way ment to be.

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    Planning is the funnest part! :thumbup:

    Let us know what pattern and fabric you are using. I think masculine quilts are the most difficult. Trying to plan one for my grandson. Have fabrics but not decided on a pattern yet.

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    Love the story! It will so fun to make this quilt knowing he will love it, use it, and appreciate it.

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    Serendipity!

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    perfect timing!

    very exciting

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    What fun. We will be sure not to tell him, but please share you pics. A quilt and matching pillow case for his pillow is a wonderful idea. It will be treasured!!

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    If it doesn't have to be a surprise gift, he might enjoy helping decide on the the pattern and colors of the quilt. Also, while he is waiting for his quilt, he will be able to think good thoughts about how sweet you are to want to make one for him. Letting him know will keep him from buying himself one before you can finish his quilt. It is great that you have such a good relationship with your FIL. :)

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    Since he is a woodworker I seen some awesome fabric with woodworking type tools on it , saws, hammers etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Since he is a woodworker I seen some awesome fabric with woodworking type tools on it , saws, hammers etc.
    That is what I was thinking :D

    I was originally going to do a Harley Davidson quilt for him...but it is sooo hard to find Harley fabric for a reasonable price!! And usually it's bed sheets and the like, or I'd have to do a T-Shirt quilt...and I'm not really excited about the prospect of that.

    I'm going to back it with digitized camouflage. He's in the military, and when he mentioned asking me to make it, he wanted to give me some to use. So it will be...multi-functional. All of his trips are for work, so the camo will fit nicely. Then the other side has a more personal touch.

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    Maybe make it a quillow, if he travels alot that might work well.

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    I love to read stories like this. How great.

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    What a wonderful story. He will surely cherish the quilt whatever design you use.

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    Who said telepathy doesn't happen? Enjoyment to you both.

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    Have you considered a Quillow? It is a quilt with a pocket, into which the quilt can be folded to make a pillow. Just google for "Quillow" to find all kinds of patterns.

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    That is so awesome!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see what you make him!
    Talk about coincidence!! :D:D

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    I'm sure I have enough fabric now to make one for my son, a 43 year old who does not want a "girley" type couch throw.

    Like your FIL, he wants a masculine one. So I'm going with black, white and gray, with 4 corner stones with applique of our beloved Yosemite Valley's Fire Fall he watched with such wonder as a child. That will be the only color in it. The rest will be a "Floating" mass of different patterned rectangles with stark black floaters, medium gray background. Saw one like it on this forum and was entranced with it. Sure wish I could find where I put a picture of it that I copied and pasted!

    Might think of something like that for your nice FIL. Good to hear you have such a nice one you want to do such a labor of love for. Cherish him and your nice MIL too.

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    I made SIL a BQ2 camo and complimenting colors with Route 66 backing. He loves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    with a matching pillow case!!!
    ABSOLUTELY! Great story!

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    :lol: :lol:

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    What about an attic window with the center being of the fabric with wood working tools, hammer, saws etc.? I really don't think that would be any too feminine. Try this site and see what you think of this pattern, ZigZag Rag Quilt, not particularly the rag form, but the pattern looks masculine to me, http://www.robertkaufman.com/quiltin...appy_homemaker

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