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    Senior Member mimicrystal's Avatar
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    I want to make a lap size quilt for my father for his birthday. I still consider myself to be a beginner. I've been quilting for about 18 mo. Do any of you have any suggestions for an easy and fast pattern that a male would like. I know he will love whatever I make for him just because I made it...
    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    Log cabin. One of my favorites for easy and fast. :-)

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    any simple block, churn dash, nine patch, or just squares. or rows of fabrics would do. just in "man" colors. browns, blues, greens.

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    There are several "man" fabrics available now days. Look into getting some that interest him (fishing, hunting, dogs, etc) - then just a simple block featuring the focus fabric with sashing and a corner stone make for a nice quilt.

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    Turning Twenty is a favorite, fast pattern. The directions give you alternate sizes. Just use "manly" fabrics.

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    I made my husband an Irish Chain out of earth tone batiks... He loves it.

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    If you have a fabric that has his favorite things on it==fishing, hunting, reading, carpentry etc.
    You could make an attic window by fussing cutting the above fabric for the window and using complimentary fabrics for the sides.

    If the fabric is a big print or has a scene that is fairly big, cut the fabric scene into fourths and use these as the panes, and use coordinating fabrics for the frames. The overall look is of a paned window showing the scene outside. Sounds mor difficult than it is.
    Good Luck.

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    I did a Attack windows last year for my son and used blue jean fabric and brown flannel and he really liked it a lot.

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    I've made a few BQ quilts for different males. They always come out nice and the pattern is a snap. In one I used Asian taupes . Wish I had taken a picture before I sent it out but it went a friend ( a guy) back east.

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    Simple blocks, woodsy/earth tones, no floral prints, are usually a hit for most men :D:D:D

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    Even more simple is the Jelly Roll 1600 quilt - done in browns and taupe's it would look stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimicrystal
    I want to make a lap size quilt for my father for his birthday. I still consider myself to be a beginner. I've been quilting for about 18 mo. Do any of you have any suggestions for an easy and fast pattern that a male would like. I know he will love whatever I make for him just because I made it...
    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    I made my 83 yr old dad a quillow, it is the perfect size for him. I used a military print and the pillow was the Army seal.
    He is a WWII vetran.

    He though I had invented the moon after he saw it.

    ;) . I just hand tyed it and did quilting on the pillow part only. It was fast easy and fit him perfectly.

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    I did one called "Bricklayer" - just squares and rectangles so it goes together pretty quickly.
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    Disappearing 9 Patch quilt is super fast, uses as few as 3 fabrics or more, and comes out looking great. Go to SEARCH here and look for D9P, and you'll see lots of examples.

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    I do Turning Twenty in homespun fabric. My sons all like them.
    They are really fast and the guys like the masculine look.

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    Here is one I made for my dh. KathyAire helped me recreate a quilt I had a picture of. I'd be happy to share the directions.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I do Turning Twenty in homespun fabric. My sons all like them.
    They are really fast and the guys like the masculine look.
    Thank you for the picture. I really like that and I think that would be perfect fort dad. I have some homespun fabric in similar fabrics that I was thinking of using for him. This really helps seeing a quilt with similar fabrics

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I have decided to do a turning twenty with some homespun fabric I have.

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    Take five, log cabin D9p are all easy

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    I was thinking the same thing. I have some navy blue fabric with steers and anchors and have no idea what pattern to use.

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    Some one just posted a lovely chinese coin quilt made out of Civil War reproduction prints. Very classy looking. Either that or one made out of patriotic colors if he likes that.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-142281-1.htm

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    Tradewinds by Cozy Quilt Designs. Uses 2 1/2 " strips and goes together quickly. Very nice for a man (or woman).

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    Any quilt with stars is great for a man - just pick "manly" colors - but be sure to put in a red or bright green or something that will make them pop. Make the stars large so you don't need as many blocks. I did one out of scraps of dark blues, browns, dark greens, but made sure I had read in every block somewhere - it was dynamite!!

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    A couple of weeks ago I showed my parents several lap quilts I've recently made. My Dad fell in love with one, a black and grey one-patch quilt. From top to bottom I had inset a 15-inch-wide strip of soft purple dragon fabric with freehand-curved seams. I would have never guessed that would be the one he'd choose!
    I made a friend a green quilt as that was one of her favorite colors. She thanked me warmly, but I felt the warmth was for ME, not the quilt! So I took over a half-dozen quilts and told her to choose whichever one she liked best...and she chose a brown-toned one with leaves and leaf-motif quilting I had made intending it as a 'guy' quilt! She loves it!
    There are just NO rules!

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    I made my husband a rag quilt using different golf flannel. He loves it - he won't share.

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