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From: sweetpea1
Date: 08-08-2006, 02:55 PM (1 of 14)
Hi Ladies,

I looking to pick your brains. My 23 yos asked me last week to make a quilt for him. I asked him to look through the quilt books I have for ideas. He checked out a few and then said everything looked too girly for him. Anyone out there have a fresh idea for a quilt for an adult male? I thought of a star quilt using dark fabrics and he suggested an american flag themed quilt. But then he changed is mind and said he wanted something with skull and crossbones on it. Then he came to me the next day and said he was only kidding. I told him that I would think of something and make him a nice quilt for Christmas.

Well, last night he wanted to know if I started his quilt yet. What! Are we near Christmas yet? I haven't even thought of an idea yet and have loads of fall projects to do first. I guess he really wants a quilt. This is the first time any of my children (ds 23, ds 20, ds 14) has asked me to do something like this for them. I want to make it really special -- maybe it will become a tradition for my other sons and their children.

Ideas, ideas, ideas. Let me hear what you have to say.
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
From: Mom of Six
Date: 08-08-2006, 04:22 PM (2 of 14)
I think that most quilts could be masculine it just depends on the fabric you use. I would do earth tones (no flowers), patriotic or colors from a favorite sports team. I made one once that was all darker plaids. I think a star pattern or log cabin would be good.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: only4gss2003
Date: 08-08-2006, 05:14 PM (3 of 14)
Is he into any type of sports? I am going to try to make my fiance a quilt/blanket from all of his old softball tshirts. Another idea, bandanas would be kind of cool all sewn together.
User: only4gss2003
Member since: 04-24-2006
Total posts: 3
From: lvquilts
Date: 08-08-2006, 05:26 PM (4 of 14)
I agree with mom of six, it depends on the fabric you use. I've seen some stunning combinations with black and shades of gray, then one focus color mixed a deep red. Hopefully a pattern will strike your fancy and it'll all come together. Having no parameters is almost harder, isn't it?
User: lvquilts
Member since: 07-16-2006
Total posts: 29
From: heartland
Date: 08-08-2006, 06:16 PM (5 of 14)
I work in a quilt store, and we had a rag quilt on display in plaids that the guys all liked. Some of the blocks had outdoors pictures. (bears, fish, trees, etc.)
Work with his favorite color or team colors.
My son has always been facinated with windmills. I just happened to find fabric with windmills all over it. Guess what he is getting for Christmas?! :wink:
As long as it was made by Mom, I'm sure that he will love it!
User: heartland
Member since: 05-23-2001
Total posts: 88
From: esrun3
Date: 08-08-2006, 06:32 PM (6 of 14)
I agree, it depends more on the fabric than the quilt pattern, however, I myself, am partial to log cabins or courthouse blocks for a masculine feel. Let us know what you decide to do.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Chrysantha
Date: 08-08-2006, 09:30 PM (7 of 14)
They have wonderful animal fabric now. Jungle and woodland...trees to go with....
If he likes Asian things they have LOTS of new Asian fabric, scenes, Geisha, cranes, dragons.

They also have Minkee in jungle print....(who doesn't love the feel of Minkee)

I'd do something like Turning 20, a simple nine patch. I wouldn't make it a fussy quilt..maybe just BIG blocks...
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: bridesmom
Date: 08-09-2006, 12:54 AM (8 of 14)
My 25 yr old son really likes the 9 patch in black and red and also the fence rail. But I got out of doing a quilt for him as his sweetheart of a girlfriend is going to make one for him. Hurray!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: lvquilts
Date: 08-09-2006, 08:19 AM (9 of 14)
Funny how log cabin and fence rail came up. I was just on the Judy Martin website and she has a free "BOM" (for block of the "moment"...she cracks me up). It's pretty simple and has a neat shadow effect to it. It reminds me of the fence rail block a bit, and struck me as masculine. You might want to take a peek at it. When I saw it I thought, "Hey, maybe this would work for the lady on the sew-whats-new sight" (immediately followed by, "I'd like one for me!").
User: lvquilts
Member since: 07-16-2006
Total posts: 29
From: SummersEchos
Date: 08-09-2006, 09:30 AM (10 of 14)
For my 2 older sons they got a denim quilt. They liked it, said it wasn't girly. The front was old jeans cut up, the back was denim and flannel cut into squares.

User: SummersEchos
Member since: 09-29-2004
Total posts: 884
From: sweetpea1
Date: 08-09-2006, 11:56 AM (11 of 14)
Thanks ladies for all the wonderful ideas. I agree that the use of dark colors makes a quilt seem more masculine. Flowers are definitely OUT! He would never go for that. He didn't seem to want anything with sports stuff. He is a sporty kind of guy, and I'm sure if that was his desire he would have told me right off. I think a star or log cabin quilt sounds like a winner.

I'm actually in the middle of a stars & ribbons quilt in red, white and blue right now. When I started it, I only bought the material for a single bed (his bed is a double), so that's out. However, I could use the same pattern for his but maybe in blues and beiges. His room is decorated in those colors with nautical decor and wallpaper. Duh! Maybe that should have been my guide all along. Why didn't I think of that first!

Anyway, I like the log cabin quilt too. They are fun, easy and fast to make so that's a definite possibility. And the great think about log cabin quilts is that you can move the squares around for many different looks.

Thanks again ladies for the great ideas. You have my creative imagination moving again.

P.S. I checked out that Judy Martin website. There are a couple great patriotic star quilts there (Stephen's Star and America, the Beautiful). Just gorgeous. Great possibilities too!
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
From: Magot
Date: 08-15-2006, 04:26 AM (12 of 14)
Using a load of deep fabrics in blues, aubergines and greens (variations on the same fabric print but different colourways) I made a slice and dice quilt for my son in law.

Pile up 12 fabrics in 16" squares - slice one clean stroke through the lot, maybe to take off a large triangle in the corner.

Remove one segment to the bottom of the pile and then re sew all the squares back together.(so top square 1 now consists of part of the first sqare and part of the second, square 2 is part of the second and part of the third etc down the pile to sqare 12 having part of sqaure one)

Line up the squares again and slice across again, rearrange the fabric and sew them back together again.

You are left with a load of co-ordinating blocks of the same type in random colourways. Rearrange as you like and sew them together. Made a very masculine quilt.
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: JoanieB
Date: 08-27-2006, 09:19 PM (13 of 14)
I want to make a quilt for my brother, and I saw a Sewing with Nancy episode where she was featuring a book "Dealer's Choice". Since my brother likes to play Texas Hold'em poker as a hobby,(there was a quilt block named Texas Hold'em). I thought that would be a great quilt for him. If made with plaids as in the picture it is a very masculine quilt. There are several patterns in the book, and depending what fabrics you choose, any of them would make a suitable man's quilt. Hope you find one you and your son both like.

Joanie B
User: JoanieB
Member since: 01-28-2005
Total posts: 68
From: momquilts
Date: 08-29-2006, 02:47 PM (14 of 14)
When my son was getting ready for college, I gave him my books and had him pick what he wanted. He chose Trip Around the World. I turned him loose in WalMart fabric department - 13 colors later he had an amazingly colorful quilt that is definitely one of a kind. I made a twin size to fit the dorm bunks. I think he must really like the quilt as he asked me after graduation if there was any way to add borders to make it fit his double bed at home.
User: momquilts
Member since: 02-02-2000
Total posts: 46
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