Monday, June 16, 2014

Quilting motifs for a guy quilt

It's easy to find motifs for quilting charity quilts, baby quilts or quilts with flowery, fanciful or funky prints. But, when you know the recipient is a guy, what motifs do you use for the quilting?
Quilting on a guy's quilt.
This is a T-shirt quilt that's going to one of the counselors at Camp Sunshine. My guild friend, Cristy, guided and worked with her non-quilter cousin, Jane, to piece the top. Jane is a huge supporter of this Camp and her heart is as big and generous as the time she gives to this cause. (And, she's getting quite proficient with cutting and piecing.)
Camp Sunshine T-shirt quilt.
The designs I chose were geometric—swirls, circles, rainbow-like baptist fans and zig-zags.
Quilting detail.
Quilting detail of the inside border.
Quilting detail, outside border.
Quilting stats:
Unquilted top: 71.5" x 92.5".
Threads: Wonderfil Tutti 50 wt. variegated cotton, #06; Aurifil 50 wt. cotton, #2783 dark blue; and Bottom Line 60 wt. poly #617. 13.5 hours for quilting. 13.5 bobbins.
Finished quilted size: 70" x 90"

The fabric print for the backing was fabulous! Bright, colorful and graphic. Jane obviously has an eye for fun prints and color. You can see the shark's fin quilting motif on the wide inside border. 
Back view of the quilting.
Occasionally, a sprocket would appear among the quilted circles and rainbows.
Back view: sprocket motive.
So, what designs do you use when quilting a guy quilt? Leave me a comment and share your ideas.
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