Monday, November 11, 2013

For the Boys

Thank you Madame Samm and Amy  for letting me participate in my FIRST Blog hop!! I have been so excited about this post, my husband thinks I'
ve lost my mind!

I know a little something about making quilts for boys. I have 4 step sons, 2 son in laws and 9 of my grandchildren are boys.... and my husband of course. He is very opinionated about what he likes and doesn't like in my quilts!!

But in honor of veterans day, I'm going to begin with the quilt I made for my husband for our bed. Because it is by far my most patriotic quilt.  It is called "Lonesome Dove" because I stitched the binding while watching a Lonesome Dove marathon one Sunday.



I think the belief that you should not use florals in a man's quilt is crazy. They appreciate flowers too and as long as its not predominantly flowers. I see no problem. Lonesome dove was my first HST quilt and surprisingly not my last!


I also quilt outside the box in that I rarely (in fact only 1 quilt I have ever made) use all quilt shop fabric.I like using upcycled fabric in my quilts, its what my mom did, my grandmothers did and I'm sure all of my ancestors before that. They used what they had and what they could afford.... and so do I. So, most of my quilts use mens shirts, yardsale fabric, and of course stuff from the clearance isle at my LQS. and i usually use vintage sheets on the back.

I made 4 different quilts from 2 different patterns out of mostly my husbands shirts. These were called Paw Paw's Puzzle and Paw Paw Kisses. Landon, Trevor, Waylon and Wesley use these every day. Its nice seeing a grandchild wrapped in something you made!



For the 6 Men (sons and son in laws) I made a series of Denim quilts. I started to make rag quilts but they were just too messy for me. I decided to peice the 6 in squares and double stitch them. Each quilt back had a different pattern on them... depending on the recipients personality. I think one of these was the ugliest quilts I've ever made because it was my interpretation of camo.... but he loves it!


This one is being enjoyed in Alaska by our grandbaby Kegan. We haven't met Kegan but he does have a quilt where I used fabric from my clothes, my husbands and some of our parents! 

I made this one to sell, it is from striped shirts and I loved it... so did our grandbaby Tristan and it is The Quilt he uses at our house! lol.

Ok.. bad picture... but i did one to include this one. Its called Cowboy and it was a donation to the local Cowboy Church. 

Finally my most recent... and the only quilt I have made entirely from quilt store material. It is called This way (pattern in Quilty called Chevron and On) and it is for my first Great Nephew Joey.



Thank you for visiting today and I hope I provided some quilty inspiration. I hope yall enjoy the blog hop and be sure to go check out the other great posts today!!!

57 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

So many wonderful quilts for a family full of little and big boys.

Baa. xxx said...

What awesome quilts - some very happy men in your life!

Gill said...

Great quilts - I especially like the kisses and the chevrons quilts!
Thanks for sharing!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Fabulous quilts!!! I love the fact that you re-use clothes in your quilts.

Mdm Samm said...

Totally up cycled to a T…you are amazing with colour…your new addition baby one is perfection..

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wonderful quilts! I really love "Lonesome Dove"; patriotic and beautiful!

Michele T said...

Beautiful quilts... you are an inspiration! I am currently making a quilt for my cousin who is turning 50 in December and last night I wasn't sure that it would be masculine enough! This morning I am thinking... yes! Thanks!

charlotte said...

Such great quilts. Your guys are all very lucky!

Thearica said...

Your post is totally all boy! :)

Great job!

Kathy H said...

those boys are all really lucky to receive all of those beautiful quilts.

Debra Kay Neiman said...

All the quilts are wonderful, seem to have an easy color theme. I could see these in an old western homestead. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Sandy Rowe said...

WoW so many "boys" in your family! They are all lucky to have you! Great projects!

Carol said...

I love all your guy quilts...so many great ideas! The Chevron quilt is beautiful!

tink's mom said...

That's a whole bunch of men in your life. Wonderful job of keeping them all bundled up safe and warm.

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you for sharing all your guy quilts with us! Love that you are upcycling some fabulous fabrics into wonderfully loved quilts!

JanesQuilting said...

What great quilts for the men in your life. The are beautiful and I know they all appreciate them.

Malini said...

WOW! Wonderful projects! Great way to use those fabrics. Each one is so lovely.

Connie said...

Beautiful quilts and I agree that quilting flowers are fine on a quilt for a guy!!

evelyn said...

What a great variety. Love your "Lonesome Dove" quilt. Lucky men in your life.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Such a wonderful array of boys quilts. They are all different and wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

You are definitely a great quilter in your men's world. Wonderful quilts Tamara ! What a treasure your grandsons have with quilts made from Paw Paw's shirts ! Glad you joined the hopping world...they're fun !

patchouli moon studio said...

Wonderful projects!!!

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful quilts! I couldn't pick out one that I loved more than the other--They are all fantastic. My mother always used recycled clothing in her quilts and they were all gorgeous as well--maybe because there were so many memories attached. Thank you for sharing your wonderful works today.

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects.

Bobbie said...

Your quilts are terrific and using pawpaws shirts makes them even better! Great job

Quilt n Queen said...

WOW...love your parade of 'guy' quilts. Plaids, denims and yes, even florals make awesome quilts for boys of all ages. Thanks for sharing! Happy stitching, Pauline

Carla said...

I love the idea of recycling and up-cycling. You have beautiful quilts. Congrats on your first hop. It's so much fun and a great way to finish projects.

LJ said...

It's great to hear that you use and re-use fabric; it warms my heart. I can't believe how many great quilts you've made and for 'everyone' - even great nephews!!

Amy said...

Sew glad you joined us. Your quilts are are just perfect for the boys!!

withajoyfulheart said...

Wow, lots of inspiration here. I'm new to the quilting world and have only just begun. Thanks for sharing!

madebymeinred said...

Great recycling. Nice quilts.

gpc said...

I love your quilts, and adore the idea that you make them from your husband's shirts. :)

Just Quilt It said...

Great job on all of your quilts. I think it is so special that your sons and grandsons have pieces in their quilts that you and your husband wore. Lovely work.

Leanne Parsons said...

Beautiful quilts! Congratulations on your first blog hop too, they are a lot of fun.

Joanne said...

Your quilts are wonderful. You've been a very busy quilter! Thanks for sharing your creations with us today. By the way, be warned. Blog hops can be addictive! :-)

Lana said...

I love that you do up cycle material! I refurbish old quilts, so I totally get it! Would love to learn from you a few tricks!
These are all beautiful..my favorite is the last one!!! I know he loves it too!

Lisa said...

Your quilts are all lovely! I agree about recycling fabrics into quilts! One of my daughters recognized a print on a quilt and was happy to find out it was her favorite shirt as a kid.

Linda J said...

wonderful quilts! I am sure that they are all appreciated.

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your quilts! I am making Chevron and On for my brother in black, white, and gray. The blocks are almost complete. :-)

Merrilee Rogotzke said...

I love to make quilts with recycled denium jeans too.

CeLynn said...

Personally,I do not remember ever seeing a rule that says you have to use only quilt shop fabric! If it keeps you warm,it is a great quilt in my opinion :) Love all of your "boy"quilts,great job.

Judy B said...

Lovely boy quilts! Thank you for joining the hop and sharing.

Createology said...

Your quilts are wonderful. Lonesome Dove is beautiful. I agree about re-purposing fabrics just like our ancestors did. It gives quilts an extra layer of love. Thanks for hopping. Creative Blissful Stitching...

Nancy said...

Your quilts are wonderful.

Joan Kawano said...

Your first blog hop ever... we have been waiting and waiting for you. So glad you jumped in and joined us. Wow, what wonderful quilts you have to share too. Really now, we want to see more and more of you! :-)
Congrats on taking the plunge.

Debby said...

Wonderful quilts. Love seeing the upcycled fabrics in those quilts. They make everything look so soft and comfy! Thanks for sharing everything.

Leah said...

Lots of great quilts! Thanks for sharing them. Love them all.

Heidi said...

You have impressive talent for pulling fabrics together. Quilts with many fabrics have the most meaning, it was fun reading about the stories for all your man projects:-)

Kristen King said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely...great job on all your boy quilts! :)

Rose Best said...

Lovely quilts, Thanks for sharing

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a treasure these quilts are to those enjoying them! blessings, marlene

Agnes B. Bullock said...

What fabulous quilts! You are so talente!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Wonderful quilts, I'm sure all the boys in your family loves and appriciate them. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

All of your quilts are beautiful! I love that you included upcycled fabrics, too!

Tiffany said...

Wow! I'm impressed with how many quilts you have been able to make from up cycled fabric! I love the chevron one the best.

Theresa said...

Your quilts are wonderful.

Kirsten said...

So many wonderful quilts for the guys in your family - I really like the denim one and little Joey's Chevron and On.