Geared for Guys!

So, have you ever tried to make a quilt for a man? Not a boy—a full-grown, adult man. It isn’t an easy task, is it? Even the most modern fabric collections often have a bit of a feminine bent. And many quilt patterns just tend to be too intricate for male sensibilities. I know my husband is a 100% no-frills, no-flowers, keep-it-simple kind of guy. That’s the worst kind to make a quilt for, let me tell you! LOL.


Enter Emily Herrick’s new “Geared for Guys,” an e-book featuring 8 quilt patterns specifically for guys like my hubs. What a fantastic idea for a book! And I’m excited to be a part of her 30 Days, 30 Blogs, 30 Books tour to give you the scoop on this new release.

You probably know Emily as the young-and-not-at-all-crazy lady behind Crazy Old Ladies, and the designer of some fabulous (and man-centric) fabric lines like Going Coastal and Hall of Fame. In fact, I just made my Scrappy Triangles quilt for my dad out of Going Coastal. But Emily is also an amazing quilter and quilt designer (you can check out her blog here).

Geared for Guys is loaded with great quilt patterns, but one of my favorites is Ivy League.  It’s a classic guy design, and Emily does a great job with the pattern, showing you how to cut and piece the diamonds with ease.

I also love Oddball, with its neutral background and one bright orange circle. So fun! But yet still within the confines of manliness. : )

The Geared for Guys e-book is available as a PDF download for $14.95 from Emily’s Etsy shop (can’t beat $14.95 for 8 patterns, right?). But guess what—I’m giving away one free copy of Geared for Guys right here! Just leave a comment below telling me what guy you would like to make a quilt for, or what guy you have made a quilt for in the past, or your favorite manly fabric collection. The giveaway is open through Sunday and I’ll draw a winner on Monday morning. And go visit Julie of Jaybird Quilts tomorrow for another chance to win a copy of Geared for Guys!

This giveaway is NOW CLOSED.

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  1. VickiT
    VickiT says:

    I have men all around me that I need to make a quilt for; 4 adult sons, my husbnd and his stepdad too. LOTS of quilts on my list of things to do for the men in my life. This looks like it would be a great book.

  2. Portia
    Portia says:

    I would make a quilt for my dad with those patterns. I'm in the process of quilting an American flag themed quilt for my very patriotic uncle.

  3. Hitch and Thread
    Hitch and Thread says:

    A coincidence? I think not! I've been trying to design a quilt for our lounge that covers my hubby's manly sensibilities and mine. But I like modern, he doesnt. I like lots of colours, he only likes five. This would be a great help!

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Cindy W, Aus
    My Mum and I made 5 disapearing 9patch male quilts for my Brother, 2 Brother-in-laws and 2 Nephews, still have my Partner and a few others to go, so need something different for them. Thank you for the chance to win.

  5. Janet Brown
    Janet Brown says:

    I'm nearly finished with a quilt for my 18 year old son. He's off to college in the fall so I'm making it in the University of Montana colors. Thank goodness they're dark red, black and silvery grey. It's turning out quite nice. Not sure I want him to take it away. Oh well.

  6. Jenn
    Jenn says:

    I do love the Oddball pattern. And since I just am about finished with my bf's quilt I would probably make one as a wedding present for our friends. It may be "for guys" but I think it's a great modern quilt!

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I'm going to be making a quilt for my almost senior son to take to college. We've found some great fabric – greyish blue, kind of an orange tan, light and dark greys but coming up with a pattern has been tough! I wish I'd thought of this topic for a book!


  8. Barbie Mills
    Barbie Mills says:

    My husband is a drafter-turned mechanical engineer, and he loves to design his own quilts. His are often somewhat complicated, even though he says they are easy. He has only finished one quilt so far, and has one in progress and several in his head or on paper. I think he'd like this book too.

  9. Jodi - usairdoll
    Jodi - usairdoll says:

    What a neat idea for a book! How clever. The two quilts I made recently for guys were for actually little guys. Two baby quilts, one for my grandson and one for my DH's nephew's son. I'd love to make a quilt for my DH and my DS. I know that they each would love a masculine quilt.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  10. Jill
    Jill says:

    My husband finally found what he considers to be the perfect weight and quilt size. Now he wants it in a manly design. I think I could do it with the help of this book.

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    The last manly quilt I made was for husband – started when we married and finished two years later. A 6'x6' quilt, drunkards path, hand pieced 6" blocks. I called it "2 down 23 to" as he probably won't get another one until our 25th wedding anniversary!!

  12. RSHudson
    RSHudson says:

    I'm working on a baby boy quilt using Peak Hour for a cousin's grandson. Thanks for chance to win this great book! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

  13. Josie McRazie
    Josie McRazie says:

    I need this book! I am looking fro a great pattern for one of Honeymans coworkers (firemen) who is going through some medical stuff and I think he needs a pick me up!! I'd love to win, but will more than likely end up buying the book! Thank you fro sharing!!

  14. ♥Duff
    ♥Duff says:

    I need to make a quilt for my son to take to college. I'd like to use the Curious Nature line–I think it's just dreamy and manly all in one! Now for the pattern–I'd love to get a peek at all the quilts in Geared for Guys!! ha! thanks!

  15. Lee Ann
    Lee Ann says:

    My husband welds, so his jeans wear out very quickly in the front, but are still good in the back. We saved his work jeans for about a year or so and then I made a queen size quilt using HSTs to create a blue jeans zig zag. Backed with red fleece….heavy as anything… perfect in the winter. Thanks for the chance to win Emily's book. It looks fascinating!


  16. grapes and hearts
    grapes and hearts says:

    I am still a quilting beginner but I'd like to make a quilt for each my husband and my dad. If I would be the lucky one to win a copy I'd get a good reason to finally start, won't I?!

  17. Jennie P.
    Jennie P. says:

    I haven't made any quilts for guys yet, but if I won, I know I surely would. I love the designs I've seen so far from this book. Thanks for the chance!

  18. jrt14
    jrt14 says:

    My 2nd quilt was planned for my grandfather. I have a top ready to quilt for my step-father, and my husband has asked me to make him a quilt.

  19. Lynn H
    Lynn H says:

    I made a quilt for my grandson and received rave reviews. Now all the guys want one if they look like his…

  20. Lexi
    Lexi says:

    Wow! I have two sons about to enter the teenage years and this book looks like the perfect fit for the modern young man. It would be so lovely to make them quilts that can grow with them. Thanks for the giveaway,

  21. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    I just finished a quilt for my husband. He admired and red/white/blue quilt I made from a shop hop, an in an instant it was his. Kathie L in Allentown

  22. katiepaulus
    katiepaulus says:

    I would love to sew a quilt for my husband but I get distracted by all of the beautiful feminine fabrics! This book would be a great source of inspiration!

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