Updating your cabin decor with quilts for men? Here are two free patterns you can download now and begin making!
Driving cross-country with Toby the dog to settle in Georgia was the perfect thing to do between packing everything in Utah and unpacking here. I saw the beautiful landscape I often missed when traveling by plane. This trip reminded me of the quilts I designed for the Wilderness Trail collection by Blank Quilting. This collection features a 24-inch panel with animals found in the wild, canoes, camping, and fishing gear in colors that are perfect for quilts for men such as brown, green, grey, rust, and black.
Quilt 1 above measures 41″ x 61″ and the border is put together using simple paper piecing. It would be perfect as a cabin wall decor or as a graduation gift, don’t you think? Of course, it would also work as a throw in the family room.
Ed Wargo was inspired when he designed each print and I like how they worked together on the borders around the richly-colored panel. The paper piecing is very straightforward and, if you are new to it, the instructions will make it super easy. In any case, here is a tutorial to help you out.
If you like this quilt, wait until you see Quilt 2!
Quilt 2 measures 62″ x 62″ and the blocks finish at 9″. Log cabin blocks were a cool choice for this design and helped frame the center images. The stars are fast to put together and added negative space to brighten the design. Beginner quilters will love this pattern with the uncomplicated blocks and detailed instructions.
The sashing fabric with paw prints (and the red of the blocks, too) helps direct the eyes to the center of the design – simple and quick to make. My own focus as I create new patterns is to use blocks that are fast to construct so quilters of any skill level can make the projects.
The square shape allows it to be used as wall decor, a table topper, or a throw. I am thinking that if you start now you can have a couple of these ready as Christmas gifts for the favorite men in your life. It is never too early to begin those gifts, right?
The fabrics in the Wilderness Trail collection are fun to work with and I played with the values to create lots of contrast between the blocks. The scenic blocks are very detailed so I wanted to design to a project to emphasize them. I love how this quilt turned out.
Sometimes, it can be tricky to find fabrics for the cabin decor with quilts for men. This collection works for hunters, fishing aficionados, and camping enthusiasts. I think you will have everyone covered!
I used the basics from the Urban Legend collection (one of my favorite basics collections by Blank Quilting) to offset the prints. I love playing with directional fabrics and the fish added movement and texture to the quilt.
Notice that I used a light color on the last two strips of the log cabin blocks to increase the negative space and add light to the project. If you are quilting this quilt, you can use wavy organic lines to counterbalance the straight lines of the blocks or you can go wild with motifs like leaves, tree knots, and even more stars using a light-colored thread so it does not compete with the color of the fabrics.
That plaid!!! Its direction will vary on each star and that is what we want for a laid-back look. Please do not worry about matching the stripes or you will go crazy.
If you decide to hang either of these quilts, check out the hanging sleeve tutorial I published a few weeks ago. When you use a sleeve you have more flexibility as to how you hang the quilts – you can use a branch instead of a rod to bring some of nature indoors!
I hope you enjoy these free projects courtesy of Blank Quilting. The fabrics are shipping to stores in June – I can’t wait!
Enjoy the rest of your week,