A Designer’s Viewpoint on a Selection of Manly Quilts

A few manly quilts for the fella in your life

What makes a quilt feminine or masculine, or, a ‘manly quilt?’ What determines the mood or tone of a quilt? I would argue that it is mostly in the eye of the beholder—but—there do seem to be some common themes that we generally recognize as ‘masculine’ in quilting. I notice first of all the colorways tend more toward browns, blacks, and earth tones overall. I also notice that often there are fewer prints featured—fabrics tend to be solids or tone-on-tones that read as solids. Designs seem to be a little cleaner and simpler as well—though this has more variation than the color choices. I don’t subscribe to traditional gender themes as a rule—so the quilts featured here are just suggestions we think fit a ‘masculine’ bill.

Designer Scott Hansen weighs on some quilts included in our quilts for men pattern bundle. He agrees that color plays a big role—so try these quilts in a number of palettes to fit them to any personality!


Scott with bolts of his fabric line, “Tie One On” for Banyan Batiks | Photo courtesy of the artist

Scott with bolts of his fabric line, “Tie One On” for Banyan Batiks | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hey there, Scott Hansen here from Blue Nickel Studios, dropping in to say howdy and spend a little time with y’all. My new design, “Sunset Boulevard” will be in the September/October 2019 issue of Quiltmaker featuring my latest line from Banyan Batiks, Ocean Park. I hope you will enjoy both the quilt and the line as much as I do!

Quiltmaker editor, Tracy Mooney, asked if I would like to review their Manly Man bundle of patterns (my name for it, find this bundle under ‘Quilts for Men’), and I readily agreed! So here we go, let’s talk about these quilts!

“Hudson Square” • Tricia Patterson

“Hudson Square” • Tricia Patterson

Hudson Square

This quilt is by far my favorite, I love the bold contrast between the charcoal and the white. Designed by Tricia Patterson, I can easily see this done in more than two colors as well as in prints.

“Grids Rock” • Debbie Grifka

“Grids Rock” • Debbie Grifka

Grids Rock

This quilt by Debbie Grifka is my second favorite in this group. Not sure I would do it with a white background—just because I am terrible at keeping whites spotless. I do like the white, but not sure I could work with it.

“Ride West” • Pam Boswell

“Ride West” • Pam Boswell

Ride West

This traditional pattern by Pam Boswell is intriguing and I dig the Railroad border. I always like a red, white, and blue quilt. (But I have yet to finish one!)

A selection of quilts by Scott Hansen | Photos courtesy of the artist

A selection of quilts by Scott Hansen | Photos courtesy of the artist

It’s been nice chatting with you about quilts today! Stop by my blog and check out my Instagram to see more of what I do around the Blue Nickel Studios and beyond!


Check out the great pattern bundle geared toward men—just in time for Father’s Day—for more great inspiration for manly quilts!

Sew long,
Katie

 

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