Man Quilts

Chevron Quilt -

Ever since I surprised my Mom with a quilt for her birthday earlier this year, the rest of the family has been hinting (like text messages in bold letters hinting) that maybe, just maybe I could make them quilts, too.

Recently it was my step-Dad’s birthday (which also fell near Father’s Day) so I decided to surprise him with his own quilt.

I spent some time searching for something more masculine for his quilt (Mom’s was flowery) and finally settled on a chevron design. I used some of the basic techniques I had seen for chevron (using half-square triangles – HSTs) and just kinda made this up as I went along. 

Chevron Quilt -

It came together very quickly.

I spent considerable time trying to figure out the appropriate fabric to use as the border for the quilt. I was originally going for a neutral, solid grey when someone suggested that might result in too much negative space (and also the quilt shop was out of the matching grey I had used for the HSTs). I appreciated that tip and the polka dot Riley Blake I picked out ended up working perfectly!

Chevron Quilt -

My free-motion quilting still needs more practice but I’m determined to master this! I would LOVE to take a class either in-person or Skype – if you have any suggestions, let me know. My biggest issue is getting the tension set correctly. And then mastering even stitch lengths. To work around that, I ended up quilting this project using some echoing techniques. (Using aurifil thread, of course! This time in a grey tone.)

Chevron Quilt -

My step-Dad really appreciated the gift. And I’m glad my little brother’s birthday isn’t till December. 😉

Chevron Quilt -

7 thoughts on “Man Quilts

  1. Susan Being Snippy

    There is alot to learn with machine quilting but also I would have to say it is a breeze with the Janome machine… They have a walking foot attachment that would make straight line quilting basically stress free. For curvey shapes, I find that practice on a scrap piece often helps to establish a rhythm to your speed. You can also buy for the Janome a specific bobbin case and bobbin the makes the tension just right as long as you use it only for machine quilting and switch back to your regular bobbin case for regular sewing… just as at your janome dealer…

    I love your quilt choice — definitely a masculine quilt for a special guy!

  2. Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge

    Love the chevron… I’ve been wanting to make one of my own for a while now! As for improving your FMQ, I’ve been doing the Pile O Fabric Skill Builder BOM since January (don’t panic…it’s not too late to join). Each month you get the piecing instructions for a block as well as instructions for quilt as you go, free motion quilting. The instructions are very clear and there are videos to go along with it. And if you have questions, the instructor is great about answering them! It’s well worth the 25$ price tag.

  3. What comes next?

    that is the perfect masculine quilt – great job with it. I know you’ve heard it before, but practice practice practice is the key to smooth free motion! I treat EVERY project I work on as another practice piece, preferring to work on actual projects – a lot of preemie donation quilts – that allow me to get used to moving the quilt around. It does get easier! Good luck and have fun!

  4. Régina

    That is a really nice quilt for a man! Your quilting emphasizes the pieced design perfectly.
    As for learning free-motion quilting: make a sandwich out of some unloved fabrics and start. It is easier without a line to follow. I have encouraged many ladies to start with quilting their name, then they usually are off….And in case you don’t love your first try you have a critter quilt, for the SPCA if you don’t know any critters personally.

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