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« on: March 07, 2009 02:50:20 PM »

So my older brother and his girlfriend just bought a house and I am super excited for them both. I was already kicking around the idea of making a quilt as a housewarming present, but my brother specifically requested one, so now I'm definitely making them a quilt. Since this is a gift for my brother, I was hoping for a more masculine quilting pattern. Anyone have any super ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009 04:31:09 PM »

Pardon me for saying so, but I think color choice may be more important than the pattern here. You could do almost any pattern if you used blues, greens and earth tones.

« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2009 04:55:37 PM »

I would agree with the above - but maybe a Log Cabin quilt? I'd probably stick with bold square patterns, rather than anything too fussy. That's just me though!

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2009 08:24:32 PM »

I agree that when it comes to quilts the colors you choose are more important than the pattern but I do love Denyse Schmidt quilts for men. I always look at her website for insperation! I love her quilt "drunk love" A wonky log cabin would be nice for a guy also!
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2009 09:55:58 PM »

Well, given your name, you might look into pixel quilts. I've seen them done in ways that aren't hard to make look more traditional to suit the g/f, but still have some meaning for your brother. Otherwise, simpler is better, both in colour choice and patterns. For my 2 closest guy friends I made / am making stacked coin quilts with japanese fabrics (they're big into anime), for example.
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2009 11:11:57 PM »

So he said that they are doing the house in slate blue and tan. Which would hopefully make for a suitably masculine quilt. I will look into the Quilts for men book. And thanks for the suggestions!
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2009 11:23:02 PM »

Just as a side note...REALLY look at the fabric choices.  My life is full of male relatives that will rarely say anything to the giver, but dislike some of the fabrics in their quilts.  Anything with a floral or feminine leaf, even in small subtle prints is taboo.  Don't ask me why, just something I noticed.   Undecided   Happy Crafting! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009 01:23:21 AM »

agree with golfishpollywog!  I was knitting a striped blanket, and my dad commented that he liked it, except for all the flowery bits (?!??!?!? I was using solid yarns and a plain striping pattern).  Anyway, the men I know tend to go for solid fabrics in geometric patterns. 

One technique that I enjoy is picking 8-9 shades of solids, and cutting them widthwise into 1.5 inch strips, then sewing them all in a random pattern to make a new fabric.  Once this is pressed well, I cut 12" blocks on the bias of the new fabric, and sash it with a neutral color.  It seems to be a much enjoyed "manly" pattern by the recipients.  As some other said, log cabin is also a really good choice.

Try looking at some traditional plaids to get an idea for colors.

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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009 01:56:12 AM »

My greatest success was the flame quilt using the rough idea of some floormats and custom paint jobs of a few hot rods. 

Guys speak a different language, when in doubt, grab one and ask until they give you a straight answer.   Wink  Poor hubby gets that job around here... I had to learn to not get offended or defensive with answers I didn't like or else my "informant" would clam up. Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009 06:24:52 AM »

As a guy I like most quilts I see and most that I make, some end up in the UFO basket until they inspire me again. Is the guilt going to be used and a display quilt ? It's very important to know the right answer to that. If it's a display  you can go wild, if it's a user use strong fabric and go basic.  Anything significant in their life, cars, hobbies, gardening, cooking ? If so go purpose made to support the theme, it will always be loved. If it's something to be used, I hate to see a really intricate quilt being used, I know what it takes to make one and I'd rather admire the craftsmanship. For a quilt to be used I almost always go back to one pattern for a guy like for my brother and his lady or other family members, that pattern is the old basic Nine Patch is any form. Depending on colors it can bold or mellow. The pattern lends itself to being a stand out because you can use big blocks, with big color splashes and the quilt really talks to you.

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