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Thread: Looking for simple pattern for a man

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    My very kind neighbor is an older gentlemen (maybe upper 60s?), and since we built our new home and moved in he has continually brought me over several (I mean a LOT) new plants and flowers from his house to plant here (he lives all alone). We're talking rose bushes, lavender, iris, plum hyacins, snowdrops, lilac bushes, yuccas, daffodils, hyssop, sweet bush... and the list goes on (and on). I think you get the picture. I'd really like to make him a nice lap quilt, and I'm looking for ideas of simple patterns. I have a really nice wild bird fabric (brown) that I thought he may enjoy (he's very 'outdoorsy'). If anyone has any ideas for a simple man quilt for the kind man, I'd appreciate it. :)

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    Since you've got a print in mind, I'd pick coordinating fabrics and do something like YBR or Turning Twenty.

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    How about a Warm Wishes? You can pick colors from the fabric you have and still be able to showcase the fabric itself. Its one of my favorite go to patterns. Looks nice and it is easy! Check out the Quiltmaker magazine free patterns. It was a Linus pattern one year I think

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    Oh my!! Older at late 60?? You must be a youngster!! :shock:

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    i did a 10 minute block quillt in darker colors and i think it looks manly, or at least a bit masculine

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    I made a tumbling block out blues for my former husband when he was a truck driver. I knew it was going to get abused in the sleeper and wouldn't see a washing machine for months.

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    Gee... I wish I would have had a pattern for a man before I met DH! :wink:

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    I really like the D9P for a man. I have done 2 tops so far. One for my Hubby and the other one for a 65 year old man. They look like alot of piecing but very easy.

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    Looks like you have a nice focus fabric ... careful you don't chop it up so small you lose the beauty!

    I had already been thinking of an assortment of plant/flower fabrics put together. There's lots that are garden like and not ultra-feminine.

    One that I like to see is a focus fabric with log cabins around it to frame it up. And additional log cabins added to make a combo pattern. There was a beautiful one posted not so long ago by one of our posters!

    Or, you could use the trellis effect around any focus fabric that I did with this quilt. Right colours, still would be quite he-man!!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-122204-1.htm

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    How about the Carpenter Star. free pattern form previous board post. Several pictures below the instructions
    http://www.quiltfrog.com/fourhourquiltclass.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    Oh my!! Older at late 60?? You must be a youngster!! :shock:
    I agree with you Grama Lehr, to me his's just a kid, LOL! May in Jersey

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    A rail fence is gender neutral, and pretty easy yo do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    Oh my!! Older at late 60?? You must be a youngster!! :shock:
    Yeah, sorry about that!! I thought about it after I sent it. Notice I DID say old-ER, not old. tee hee. Yeah, I guess I'm a youngster at 40.

    The pattern on the bird fabric I have is a bit larger, so I'd probably need a larger area in the quilt design. It has a brown "manly" background. Keep the ideas coming - I really appreciate them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Looks like you have a nice focus fabric ... careful you don't chop it up so small you lose the beauty!

    I had already been thinking of an assortment of plant/flower fabrics put together. There's lots that are garden like and not ultra-feminine.

    One that I like to see is a focus fabric with log cabins around it to frame it up. And additional log cabins added to make a combo pattern. There was a beautiful one posted not so long ago by one of our posters!

    Oooooh, I love this trellis pattern! Any idea where I could find it? It would give me a lot of room to display the birds, and maybe I could put a pine cone border around it to frame it, and two contrasting more neutral colors.

    Still thinking...
    Or, you could use the trellis effect around any focus fabric that I did with this quilt. Right colours, still would be quite he-man!!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-122204-1.htm

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    I think Warm Wishes would work well. It is great to show a focus fabric, and it's easy!

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    Maybe show us a picture of the fabric .... ideas will flow even more!

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    Wanted to post a picture of the main fabric I'd like to use. Please excuse the wrinkles, I had pre-washed it. :) I'm thinking of maybe pulling the oranges and blues to go with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Maybe show us a picture of the fabric .... ideas will flow even more!
    Ha ha! We had the same thought at the same time. LOL

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    Here's one I just finished for my dh. KathyAire helped me with it. She's have given me generous permission to share the pattern if you're interested. :)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-122602-1.htm

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    That'll make for a great man-quilt!

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    This one looks pretty simple and 'manly': http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpa...lt-Pattern.htm

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    This is my favorite pattern when I don't want to cut the focus fabric in little pieces. You'd just need two coordinating fabrics.

    http://www.maryquilts.com/quick-strippie/

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    I think that what ever you do deside to do he will be most appreciative.

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    Something like this would be nice:

    modified coin stack quilt
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedstitcher
    This is my favorite pattern when I don't want to cut the focus fabric in little pieces. You'd just need two coordinating fabrics.

    http://www.maryquilts.com/quick-strippie/
    WOW, that looks like it would really be quick to make.

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