Man Stuff

My boyfriend came to visit me this weekend. I was so excited to see him, I had been counting down the hours till he would show up. Matthew is a typical guy. He wants a gun for hunting, a new mountain bike and a Toyota pickup to use specifically for 4-wheeling. He lives in Quincy, California, only about an hour and a half away from where I'm living. Quincy is the perfect place for him. There are rivers aplenty to fish, hundreds of miles of dirt roads that lead to said rivers, plenty of animals to hunt, millions of acres of National Forest to explore, countless trails to ride his bike, beautiful mountain views, and cold weather.
I had been planning on making him a "manly quilt" for Christmas, but while he was visiting, it came up that he was cold at night at his new house in Quincy. My ears perked up, my mind started planning fabrics, and my heart cracked a little. No one gets cold on my watch, no one, especially the man in my life. Anyway, he left today and as soon as the front door closed, I whipped out my fabric container and got to work. Roughly 6 hours later, this is what I produced. I think it's manly-ish. What do you think?

The front is an assortment of (mostly) vintage plaids, corduroys, wool blends, flannels and heavy cottons. 

The middle consists of a flannel bed sheet I sacrificed for this quilt. 

The back was a struggle. I ,apparently, don't buy large quantities of yardage, so I had to piece together large squares of canvas, cotton and flannel. 

The whole thing has a really nice weight to it, nice and heavy. The fabrics are all warm and soft and some of them are scraps from things I have made Matthew in the past. This quilt was unlike me in so many ways. Firstly, I don't quilt. Never. Secondly, I had to step away from my usual palette of pinks, oranges, yellows, whites and girly colors to use masculine colors. I think it might have turned out a wee-bit Christmas-y but I just had to use my vintage corduroys on this. Some call it Christmas-y, I call it Eddie Bauer-y. 

I've only ever made a shirt, pajama pants and a quilt for Matthew. I'd love to know, what have you made for the men in your life?

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