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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    Need pattern ideas for men's quilt

    I want to make my brother a quilt for his apartment for Christmas. I have no idea what pattern to use. I have 8 colors, 4 shades of light to dark brown and 4 shades of light to dark blue. I can use all or some. I have about a yard and a half of each color and the quilt needs to fit a full size futon. He recently split from his long time girlfriend and is living in a small studio apartment. He's about to turn 50.

    Can you give me some pattern ideas that are easy (I had carpal tunnel surgery a week ago and need it to be as easy on my left hand as possible) and free.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    The men in my family think that any pattern that is any sort of "checkerboard" alternating colors is very feminine and if given a traditional quilt would put a comforter on top of it! LOL! I would suggest you use your colors in a striped pattern. Lght brown stripes then darker brown stripes on the inside of the quilt top to bottom. Put the blue stripes on the sides of the quilt. No pattern, just an arrangement of colored stripes.
    Very masculine.

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    What about Bears Paw- even has a manly name here is the block from Quilterscache

    http://quilterscache.com/B/BearPawBlock.html

    Disappearing 9 patch ?
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    I've made Blockade twice for men - they loved it
    I've also made a double 9-patch in browns and blues
    An Irish chain in my grandson's la crosse team colours
    Father's Day (from a Patchwork Plus book) in blues and white.

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    Rail fence, bow tie, 9 Patch, or any star pattern would look good for a man. The blues and browns will give it the manly look. I can't wait to see what you do!

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    I did a D9P for my son in flannels - lodge, camping and hunting prints - he loves it (and so do my grandchildren). Its the fabric choice that determines a 'man's' quilt more than anything else - that's what men see. Add some buttons, prairie points, etc., for texture if you can. I did buttons - the more primitive ones...added a nice little touch to the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    What about Bears Paw- even has a manly name here is the block from Quilterscache

    http://quilterscache.com/B/BearPawBlock.html

    Disappearing 9 patch ?
    I like the bear claw pattern, so I'm going to try that one! I'm thinking that the way she has the block split with the two back grounds will give me a way to go the browns on one side and the blues on the other. I'll try one block first to see how it looks. I love that the blocks are 14" too...shouldn't take too too many to make a full size quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbE View Post
    I did a D9P for my son in flannels - lodge, camping and hunting prints - he loves it (and so do my grandchildren). Its the fabric choice that determines a 'man's' quilt more than anything else - that's what men see. Add some buttons, prairie points, etc., for texture if you can. I did buttons - the more primitive ones...added a nice little touch to the quilt.
    I was thinking about prairie points, as a border, correct? And maybe a couple different flanges? I'll decide all that one I have the blocks done. It'll take me a while, I will only have a few hours each week to work on it, that's why I'm starting it now for Christmas.
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    These are my 8 colors.
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    A disappearing nine patch is fast, easy and all straight seam! It's fun to play with the blocks when you get them cut into 4 pieces. If you make the 9 patch large it really goes together fast. I am working on a man's quilt in flannels and it's made from 8-1/2" squares = 24" block before you cut the 9 patch in 4.

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    I made my DB (he is an over the road truck driver) a quilt a few years ago. It was really simple. It was a rail fence variation and had no matched points.

    There are 2 strip sets. For example: white-blue-white and blue-white-blue.
    Each row is made of a single color way with every other block set on it's side.
    So, row 1 is W-B-W as follows
    Horizontal-vertical-Horizontal-vertical-Horizontal-vertical-Horizontal
    Row 2 is B-W-B as follows
    vertical-Horizontal-vertical-Horizontal-vertical-Horizontal-vertical

    Here is a link to the closet example I could find

    http://www.favequilts.com/Throws-and...AccuQuilt/ct/1

    I only used 3 strips in my strip sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen View Post
    I like the bear claw pattern, so I'm going to try that one! I'm thinking that the way she has the block split with the two back grounds will give me a way to go the browns on one side and the blues on the other. I'll try one block first to see how it looks. I love that the blocks are 14" too...shouldn't take too too many to make a full size quilt.
    I can't wait to see this of whatever else you decide on. I was going to suggest you look over on the Quiltville website (http://quiltville.blogspot.com/). Here's a blue & brown quilt that my DD sent me but I dunno what pattern it is:

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    Here's another cool brown & blue pattern (which, once again, I have no idea where I got this.

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    log cabins are awesome and my husbands all time favorite pattern, very versatile and man friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    log cabins are awesome and my husbands all time favorite pattern, very versatile and man friendly
    I like your log cabin idea!

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