Six tips for making "guy" quilts
Many of us, when called upon to make a quilt for a teen guy or a man that we don't know very well are stuck when we want to make a quilt just for them!
I've gleaned 6 tips or ideas that will help me make more guy-friendly quilts. OK, OK - transparency here - I asked my Facebook group - Becky Quilts in the Old Country - for pictures and ideas about guy quilts. They actively participated in helping me with this post!
1. Use a theme that they like such as sports, outdoors, techy, etc.
But what about guys that don't have such hobbies/interests? What are some OTHER ideas?
2. Use solids in dark/bright colors like reds, blues, greens, browns.
This was brought home to me when I was finishing up this one. My then 17 year old told me, "Mom, I really like that quilt."
3. Keep your overall color scheme "dark-ish".
A man came through and took a beautiful (to me) quilt that had a lot of brown and pinks. He wanted THAT quilt. Sigh. I was hoping a lady would take it, but many had already had their chance (at a recent give away) and no one had taken it. There was actually a good bit of pink in it, so I thought it wouldn't appeal to a man. However, there was enough brown in it to give it the overall look of brown -- dark-ish.
Let me show you which one I'm talking about -
4. Use tans and off whites instead of a lot of white.
4. Use denim, flannels and plaids. Sure to be a hit!
6. Upcycle men's shirts into a quilt.
If the big name clothing designers figured that men would like those fabrics well enough to buy it as a shirt, then surely, they'll like it as a quilt! Right?
Thanks everyone for your beautiful quilts! I hope some of these ideas will help you come up with your next "guy" quilt - if you are stuck for ideas.