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faunal
« on: December 02, 2006 11:52:14 AM »

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I'm wanting to make a quilt (at least double size) for my partner.  He's a firefighter and I"ve got some great fabric.  The only problem, is he says he wants a manly pattern.  Now, what's a manly pattern?  I don't know (and I don't think he knows).  So if anyone out there has any suggestions, that'd be great.  I've looked and looked and just don't hit on anything.  So suggest away!
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2006 11:59:02 AM »

I dont really know what you mean by pattern... like design? Im not too skilled  on quilts other than the standard stuff. Dark colors and flannel is manly. Thats a start. Maybe make the basic blocks for a background in bold colors then piece together a yellow fireman helmet? Heck if I know. Men...... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2006 12:02:29 PM »

I've got the fabric pretty much ready, but don't have a pattern for what to do with it... Huh
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2006 12:31:38 PM »

check out here:

http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/

there are TONS of sites listed, and they all have free patterns.  I'm sure you'll find something he'd like.

Personally, I'd think a rail quilt or an irish (or double irish) chain would be "manly"
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2006 09:35:40 AM »

I would say that what makes the quilt manly or not is the fabric and not the pattern, barring bunnies or flowers in the pattern.  I would go for a simpler pattern.  Maybe that makes it manlier for him.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2006 09:37:04 AM »

The current issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Magazine has a good guy pattern that is simple, but nice. Check it out: https://www.shopfonsandporter.com/prodinfo.asp?number=FBROAD
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2006 11:17:53 AM »

i  did one of these  for DH  and one for  BIL  last  christmas nad  they love them.  sorry  not a  better  pic available.  but  its a  simple  rectangular pice  with  blocking  around the  outside edges  ina  contrasting solor then  anothr row of blocking to  match the  center piece. with  plain backing   and  binding to match.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2006 05:33:58 PM »

Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I'll have to check out the free site...yet another one to add to the collection.  I'll let you know what I find.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2006 04:45:37 AM »

Any designs with simple blocks and/or stripes can look pretty manly with the right fabrics.

Does he have any interests?  I have seen pieced blocks that have airplane shapes, lighthouse shapes, boat shapes, etc.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2007 07:30:42 PM »

I hope I'm not too late!!

I've got firefighters covered!

manly and fire related - the maltese cross block:
http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MalteseCrossBlock.html
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http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MalteseCrossandStarBlock.html

You can definitely make this where its subtle and not screaming "firefighter!" Because if your house or his house is anything like ours... there is fire memorabilia EVERYWHERE. Not that I mind but it can get old.
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