Guys love quilts too

From Spotlight on NeutralsWe know there are a lot of talented guys out there who love to make quilts. But I know guys who love to receive quilts, and I’ll bet you do too. With seven weeks to go, there’s still time to add a quilt or two to your Christmas project list. How about a generous-sized nap quilt for your favorite guy?

Quilting for men can sometimes seem challenging because so many designs don’t seem appropriate. Yes, it’s true that any quilt pattern can be made in any colors, but it isn’t always easy to see beyond what’s shown. And quilt designs for men and boys often feature sports or wildlife themes that don’t appeal to everyone.

The no-fail solution? Go neutral! In her two books showcasing neutral palettes, Spotlight on Neutrals and Knockout Neutrals, Pat Wys establishes once and for all that neutral does not mean boring. Her designs range from bold and graphic to subtle and soothing, but they’re never dull, and any one of them would make an ideal quilt pattern for men.

Here are just three of the many quilts in Pat’s latest book, Knockout Neutrals, that would be a welcome surprise on Christmas morning.

Road Trip quilt from Knockout Neutrals
A winning combination: “Road Trip,” his recliner, and a wintry Sunday afternoon.

Dominoes quilt from Knockout Neutrals
“Dominoes” is stunning in black, white, and gray with just a touch of brown.

Cobblestones quilt from Knockout Neutrals
Short on time? The Four-Patch blocks that make up “Cobblestones” go together quickly and look great.

Check out these and all the quilts in Knockout Neutrals and Spotlight on Neutrals. You might find just right gift for that special guy on your list.

Knockout Neutrals Spotlight on Neutrals


Husband, son, father, brother, friend: who will you be stitching for this holiday season? Tell us in the comments!


19 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I am making a quilt for my middle son. I made one for my youngest son – orange going out to red/brown. My middle son loves colors so this one will have red, teal, yellow and terra cotta. Should match the colors he painted the rooms in his house.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on November 5, 2014
  • I have a lot of men that still need a quilt from me. I’ve got an amazing husband who deserves one and then too, between the two of us, we have 4 sons. And last but not least, I have a great FIL as well. These all look like great options for any of them from her book.

    —VickiT on November 5, 2014
  • My adult son has asked for a lighter weight quilt. We live in CA and it doesn’t get cold enough for a warm quilt.

    —Barbara on November 5, 2014
  • I have been collecting neutrals to make quilts for my husband and brother as gifts. The patterns in this book would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Jill on November 5, 2014
  • I have made a quilt for my brother and nephew for this Christmas and I am finishing one for my husband. The first 2 quilts are the neutral colours that are mentioned while the last features nutcrackers (the soldier kind) in red, blues and black.

    —Gail Griffith on November 5, 2014
  • The guys I stitch for are Veterans, so I make Quilts of Valor (and for the gals, too!)

    Barbara Winkler on November 5, 2014
  • I am making a ‘periodic table’ quilt…it is black, white, grey and acid green. My husband loves bright colors….so our neutral color is usually Navy blue…I like dark-dark colors and bright light colors for a big contrast.

    —Melissa on November 5, 2014
  • My husband and son have both put in requests for Christmas!

    —Marsha T on November 5, 2014
  • Road Trip in browns and burgundy will be perfect for my daughter’s boyfriend.

    —C. Delostrinos on November 5, 2014
  • Still working on quilts for family, couple fellas to go, I like the neutrals but I think I’ll have to "finish" a blue one (UFO) for one fella. Also, I find neutrals a little tricky, i.e., blue or yellow undertones seem trickier with neutrals. I like the book and picts, thanks show/tell. Cheers

    —Carol on November 5, 2014
  • my adult son and daughter have said they don’t want me to give them anything for Christmas – so now what do I do? I know – I’ll give all my projects away instead….

    —Judy S on November 5, 2014
  • I have this book and I like it…will be quilting for my sons, and hubby!

    —Jeanette on November 5, 2014
  • Although I need to make a quilt for my husband, I must honestly confess that it won’t be this holiday season. However, I am planning to make Christmas stockings for him and family.

    —Gina on November 6, 2014
  • I’m working on a quilt for my husbands doctor. He is an exceptional doctor who gives freely of his time and truly cares for his patents. Amazing in this day and age!

    —Jen on November 7, 2014
  • Love this quilt book. I am wanting to make my grandson a new quilt for his bedroom as he is now 10 years old and still uses all his "little" boy quilts. Love the neutrals in these quilts.

    —Renea on November 7, 2014
  • I have a UFO for my brother that needs to be finished, and I’ve almost finished tacking down a binding on my husband’s UFO quilt, I started upteen years ago.

    Change the colors to Red, White, Blue, and Gold for "Road Trip" and I’ll make it a Quilt of Valor, which will be on my next year’s charity quilts.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on November 8, 2014
  • I have a king sized quilt top for my husband, it’s just getting it quilted that is taking so long. It was a challenge quilt from my Civil War group using 4 patches. My plan was to have it quilted and the bounding on by this Christmas but I don’t know if that is going to happen. Wish me luck.

    Best of luck, Connie, we’re cheering you on! –Jenny

    —connie b on November 8, 2014
  • Well, it’s actually going to be for my niece and her new husband as a wedding present. It has all of her favorite colors on the front – blues, greens and purples, but will also have other colors as well. This will be a queen sized quilt for their bed. I hope they enjoy it!

    —Alice on November 12, 2014
  • I’m making something for my son in law. My daughter told me I’ve never made anything for him, so he gets the next quilt!

    —Danette Roundy on November 23, 2016

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