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Sunday, July 14, 2013

An Outdoorsman's Quilt

A lesson on stereotyping-

My brother in law is such an outdoorsman.  He hunts and fishes all the time.  Funny how two brothers from the same parents can be so wildly different, as Mr. MQI doesn't really do either.

I'm making a quilt for him that fits with his outdoorsy personality.


It's so surprising sometimes to learn what is meaningful for certain people.  By that, I mean that you might not necessarily think that a big, burly manly-man would really care whether or not his sister in law made a quilt for him.  Y'all, I hereby stand corrected.

My brother in law has made a couple of comments in the past along the lines of "Hey, where's my quilt?" and I just thought he was joking.  Recently, he made sure that I realized that he was not joking at all, and that he really would like one.  He let me know that he didn't care what kind of quilt it was, and just to illustrate his point, he said he still uses an old quilt he's had since childhood.  That quilt apparently has bunnies on it- so let that be a lesson to all you stereotypers out there.  Outdoorsy, manly-men can use and love bunny quilts.

Well, I hope that this one will be a little more fitting for him, and I hope he loves it.  I'm planning to back it in a solid piece of Mossy Oak camouflage so that if he wants to actually use it while hunting, he can flip it over and go incognito under it.



Also, the Plum and June New Blogger Blog Hop is still going strong!  Here's the list of awesome bloggers that are on the schedule this week!  Be sure to stop by an check out their fantastic projects!


Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {no} hats in the house
Christen @ Love by Hand
Julie @ 627handworks


23 comments:

  1. What a great story, and a great quilt to go along with it! You just never know about people!

    MGM

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  2. Guilty! Thanks for this great post. I do like this pattern, and the fabric is very appropriate. Lucky BIL!!

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  3. You're awesome... flip it over and go incognito..ha!
    I'm sure he'll love it! It looks great so far :)

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  4. Youre such a sweet sister in law! I am sure he will love it. Thats pretty cool that tou're backing it with camo for hunting. Perhaps neon orange binding :p

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  5. I hope he doesn't really take this quilt hunting with him, lol.
    It's really beautiful Kelly.
    And isn't it nice to make a quilt for someone who will treasure it?

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  6. LOL , what a great story! The quilt is very lovely!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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    1. Thanks Esther!! Glad you like it, and hope he does too!

      :) Kelly

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  7. I love the story! I'm sure he's not the only man out there with a secret bunny quilt :)

    Did you strip piece those 16 patches?

    Spolgarquilts.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it. No, I didn't strip piece them. It probably would have saved me some time, but I was worried that with only 12 blocks that they wouldn't look random enough.

      :) Kelly

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  8. I guess you never know! Thanks for sharing, such a nice, non-girly quilt. I always gravitate to more feminine colors and prints so it'd be much harder for me to make one specifically for a man.

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  9. I am going to have to make something similar for the outdoorsy man in my life! Yours is great!

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl! I'm glad it inspired you! Thanks for stopping by!

      :) Kelly

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  10. I have some 'outdoorsy' fabric in my stash and this looks like a great way to use up the cammo print I am not so fond of LOL


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    1. This would definitely be good for that fabric! Good luck with it. I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much for your kind comment and for visiting!

      :) Kelly

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  11. Love this quilt and what a great story behind it.

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  12. Great use of fabrics. Men...always mushy on the inside.

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  13. Enjoyed reading the story about making your brother-in-law a quilt. He is going to love it! It is just a neat looking, manly quilt!

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  14. Great story and great manly-man quilt top:)

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  15. Your quilt should please your b-i-l very much. Maybe he can retire his bunny quilt now! :) I like your choice of colors for this outdoorsy man and the pattern arrangement too.

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  16. LOL, this story reminds me sooo much of my oldest brother, also a rugged, tough type, but a very gentle soul. He's lucky to have you, and to make this quilt for him, I am sure he'll love it. I bet he's going to get all mushy inside when he gets it... ;-)
    Thanks for linking up to 'Anything Goes'

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  17. What a manly quilt! Such a great blend of patchwork and manliness:)

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