A Quilt for A Man

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!