Last weekend was Father’s Day, so it’s time to start thinking of a quilt to be made for the appropriate man for NEXT Father’s Day. Here are some man-quilt ideas (modern, of course).
- Make it big enough to cover him for a nap. 60” x 72” is about right but modify depending on his size.
- It doesn’t have to be in dark “masculine” colors; consider his favorite colors. If he likes yellow, a yellow and black quilt will still look masculine (just don’t make it yellow duckies).
- There are a lot of fun novelty fabrics appropriate to masculine interests—everything from Alexander Henry’s pinup girls to power tools, beer, and many more.
- To use stash, consider simple patterns that make interesting abstract designs. For example, Yellow Brick Road is an easy pattern that can use up a good amount of stash. Start with 1 to 1-1/2 yards of focus fabric and add enough fat quarters of other fabrics to make your quilt. Make enough blocks to leave off the border and it instantly looks more modern.
- Plaids or flannels (or plaid flannels!) make good man-quilts
- Save old shirts, pants, or jeans and make a quilt of them
- Of course, you can always just let him choose from among the quilts you’ve already made. My husband saw this one when I was piecing it and asked for it! I was very pleased that he liked it, so of course it is his now!
Donation quilts are a great use for scraps, but they aren’t usually very exciting to make. I make them more interesting by trying something new with each quilt.
Most donation quilts are smaller than bed size, which makes them a good place to try new things. Here’s an example where I “tweaked” the usual quilt design in several ways to make it more modern while still using older fabric from my stash.
First, this is a typical donation quilt. It’s made 40″ x 40″ as requested by the charity, and it used up a fair number of those 5” charm squares that seem to reproduce themselves while the fabric closet door is closed. I used it to practice some of the quilting designs I’m learning in Leah Day’s Craftsy class, so I did learn something in making it.
And here’s what I decided to do on the next donation quilt for a children’s charity to make it more modern.
I made these changes to made this design more modern:
- The blocks are rectangles rather than squares. It didn’t use up any charm squares, but it did use come cute fabric I’ve had for a while.
- I found a nice coordinating almost-solid in my stash. (Solids are commonly used in modern quilts.)
- The rows run vertically and are offset by a half block starting alternate rows. This breaks up the usual march of blocks across the quilt, making a diagonal zigzag pattern. It doesn’t hurt that the quilt also is easier to construct because there are no corners to match 😉
- The quilt was designed without a border.
If you’d like to make a quilt like this, I’ve made a separate page with instructions; click on this link. If you make a quilt from this, send me a picture!