A Quilt for A Man (or anyone)

It’s sometimes difficult to think of a quilt design to make for a man, and can be even more difficult to find fabrics that don’t seem too “girly” or cute. Leaving aside the options of fabrics featuring beer labels or half naked women, I thought muted blue and brown would be a good option.

And of course, Studio Stitch had the perfect fabric collection! Here’s the quilt:

And here’s a secret:  I used flannel (the 108″ wide backing flannel) for both the batting and the backing!  As you can see, it drapes beautifully.  An added advantage was that flannel sticks to itself pretty well, so there was no trouble with layers shifting when I quilted it.

Having made it, I wrote up the pattern for Studio Stitch. They will be offering it free with purchase. I don’t know details, so if you’re interested, go to  their website  and sign up for the newsletter and they’ll let you know.  (Newsletter signup is just below the big picture on the front page).

Have a good Thanksgiving and STAY SAFE!

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!