100% Man Made: 7 Masculine Quilt Patterns & Projects

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Quilting | Comments


What exactly makes a quilt masculine in appearance? While some say it’s all about fabric choice, other quilters incorporate masculine design elements into their piecing. For instance, squares and rectangles are often seen as masculine shapes, while circles and ovals are more feminine shapes.

Whether you’re making a quilt for a father, husband, brother or son, we’ve rounded up some patterns and inspiration for quilts worthy of even the manliest man!


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Stars in neutral

With pops of orange and blue among a palette of earth tones, this Stars Quilt was a class project in Quilting Quickly II: Level II Patterns & Techniques with instructor Jenny Doan. When quilting with brown fabrics or warm neutrals, it often helps to add some brighter colors to serve as a focal point. The straight-line grid quilting finishes off this masculine quilt.

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Simple masculine quilt pattern on Craftsy!
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Real men wear pink

Who says you men don’t wear pink? Pink Slip, a masculine quilt made from thrifted or upcycled men’s dress shirts, incorporates a variety of prints and patterns from similar colors. Choose blue shirts for the sides and pink or red shirts for the center. You can also substitute a roll of pre-cut fabric strips if you prefer.

Get the Pink Slip quilt pattern here.

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Go bold or go home.

Available in four sizes, the Strip Ribbons quilt pattern is bold and striking in appearance. The modern, masculine quilt is pieced from large, simple blocks sewn from precut strips. Choose a variety of solids or small-scale prints to get the look.

Get the Strip Ribbons quilt pattern here.

Masculine striped quilt on Craftsy
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Stripes of glory

Have you ever wondered how a traditional-style quilt pattern looks stitched up in masculine fabrics? The Men Love Stripes Quilt features bold, high-contrast striped fabric with coordinating solids. The bed-size quilt features a central medallion, with the striped fabrics giving off a sense of movement.

Get the Men Love Stripes quilt pattern here.


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Rock ‘n’ roll style

A free quilt pattern resembling a music equalizer, the Equalizer Quilt is a great gift for musicians and music lovers of all ages. Pair with bright solids, and the patterned fabric offers a great contrast to the solid background. There are dozens of ways to customize this quilt in colors that the recipient will love.

Mustache quilt pattern on Craftsy!
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I mustache you to make me a quilt

Raid your closet (or the local thrift store) for men’s dress shirts and pair with quilting cottons to make this Awesome Mustache quilt. The border-as-you-go technique will help you sew up a quick gift for the facial-hair-loving man in your life. As an inside joke, you can name each of the mustaches after friends or family members.

Get the Awesome Mustache quilt pattern here.


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Stash-busting & eco-friendly

Are you looking for a quilt pattern to help you use up a Fat Quarter stack or Layer Cake? The masculine Shadow Boxing quilt pattern features rows of rectangles made 3-D with diagonal shadows. Change up the size of this quilt to make a twin, full or queen-size pattern. Have fun mixing geometric with organic, nature-inspired prints or even novelty fabrics.

Get the Shadow Boxing quilt pattern here.

What’s your favorite masculine quilt pattern?