Geared for Guys


I may not be the typical guy, but the idea of stuff for guys usually confuses me. Representations of guys on TV and in advertising give an odd and disturbing perspective: seeing enough Axe deodorant ads and the pre-game graphics for football make the idea of stuff for guys seem a little icky. And it seems to me that far too often the craft world has accepted these perceptions and has just left men out of the picture, which is why I was so pleased when I read Emily Herrick’s new e-book Geared for Guys.

It wasn’t so much the fact that it was a book of patterns aimed at guys (the patterns would be great for anybody); rather I really appreciated how she wrote about sewing for men. Almost everything in most guys’ experience teaches them to not care about the nuances of color: heck, have you been to a department store lately? (It’s terrible for guys). And don’t get me started on all the social pressures (starting at childhood) pushing guys to be willfully oblivious to such things. Hence asking many men what they like can be an incredibly complex question.

I especially appreciate Emily’s section on color in which she touches on this dilemma. And instead of getting frustrated with the men in our lives, she asks us (the quilters/sewists) to do the work, to know the person we are sewing for, to look to their lives for inspiration. There are a million clues out there telling us what the men we are sewing for like; it is our job to puzzle that out. I’m pretty sure any guy would love to have a quilt made for him, but the key is to make it for him, not to make what we want him to want.

And on top of that the patterns are wonderful: I am in love with Oddball. It is both elegant and graphic. Depending on the color combinations you choose it beautifully lends itself to be either elegantly subtle or powerfully graphic.


Actually I am also in love with Caution for the same reason.


What I would really love to see is a dozen of each of these made by twenty-four different people. I think all the variations together would be just amazing.

Another thing I love about these quilts is that they seem to lend themselves to really gentle quilting. These patterns are truly about making quilts to be used, to be a part of someone’s life, which is something I really appreciate in quilts. They beg to go from the bedroom to the sofa and look great everywhere. (Not that men only go to the bedroom and the sofa, but that is generally where a quilt is going to be used, right?)

Anyway, thanks Emily so much for asking me to be a part of the blog tour. It is truly my pleasure. Congratulations and yay, you!!!

Oh, and guess what. Emily is letting me give away a copy of Geared for Guys, which is fantastic. All you need to do is leave a comment below and I’ll announce the winner on June 1st. Yay!!!

And don’t forget to hit tomorrow’s blog tour stop over at One Shabby Chick!!!


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53 Responses to Geared for Guys

  1. 1
    Jamie Cooley says:

    I like “gentle quilting” best for any quilt. It’s just my style. Thanks for the chance!

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    Katy says:

    I love the close up of the quilting for oddball, so fab, plus the great pop of colour! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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    VickiT says:

    Thank you for the great review and a man’s opinion. I love the things you’ve said about how the world thinks a man SHOULD be or what he SHOULD like. My husband is much like you and doesn’t fit that mold of what you see on TV other than the part where he would have about five TV’s running at the same time all on a different sports station in our living room if he thought he could get away with it. LOL

    I really like “Caution” and while it was shown before in the blog tour, you showing it closer up for some reason really makes me like that much more.

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    jill says:

    Thanks for the review and the insightful opinion about men and quilts. As always, a pleasure to hear what you are thinking, Thomas.

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    Meg says:

    I would love this book. As a new quilter, I don’t always have the design experience to put it together by myself, and I have several men I want to make quilts for!

  6. 6

    Sounds like a great book. My dad has always asked me to make him something… perhaps I can find the perfect idea in there!

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    Amanda E says:

    It is wonderful to see a new and different perspective on how supposed ‘real’ men are raised and I agree with it. I never really paid attention before but I like it. Thank you 🙂

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    Jenni says:

    This looks like a such a great book.. I really love Oddball!

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    Kim says:

    Being a mom to two teen boys I am constantly steering them clear of those stereotypes. Try to find anything for a guy w/o a sports logo on it – so frustrating. At least for sewing and quilting we have endless choices. I’m liking the patterns in this book more and more!

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    Ethel says:

    I enjoyed reading your take on how men are perceived. It did seem that to make a quilt for men, one simply picked drab, dark fabrics. Not always so, I’ve found. Love this book, too, and do think the quilts could work for anyone. I’ll be visiting your site more often, there being only so many hours in a day for web surfing. Thanks for making my today.

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    Carol says:

    If you are serious about this “What I would really love to see is a dozen of each of these made by twenty-four different people. I think all the variations together would be just amazing.” Count me in! 😀 I would love to participate in a challenge along those lines…then to see what everyone created would be the icing on the cake!!!

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    Colleen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win

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    Lucky says:

    I love this book, have read the reviews on several of the blogs. If I don’t win this book, I will definitely be purchasing it.
    I appreciate the time you took to review it and your thoughts on the topic. I agree that our culture does not do a lot to cultivate creativity in boys and that leads to a I will wear/buy the closest thing to the front of the store. Hopefully at some point, we will get acrossed that is okay for me to appreciate color and choices.

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    Shari says:

    I have two boys and can easily relate to the challenges sewing for boys/men as well as having options for colors beyond brown, blue, black and white.

    Try and find a sewing pattern for a boy over aged 8!

    I am fortunate however that my two boys like a wide array of colors. Shopping for that is the challenge.

    Our 10 year old boy’s favorite color is pink. I’ve been very fortunate to find top quality button-down shirts at our local thrift store that will have pink stripes—I suspect they were purchased by mothers whose sons didn’t relish the wearing of them! The best part is that he is completely confident wearing pink!

    Our 12 year old boy’s favorite color is orange. Again, I’ve been fortunate to find a number of tops at our local thrift store given the color. Thank you pantone for making it color of the year! While not as confident as his brother, when people note the color, he proudly claims “I’m Dutch”.

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    Kathleen P says:

    Oh, me! I can’t think of anything to say about gender that isn’t rude!

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    Becky Greene says:

    Your perspective on the male point of view is very interesting! Thought-provoking blog post!!

  17. 17

    I’ve got a house FULL of guys….2 teenagers and my hubby. I recently had a baby girl and have been sewing for her exclusively & I also sell quilts on ETSY. My boys are DEF due for their own quilts!!! Looks like lots of great graphic & modern patterns, but I love the GAMER quilt, especially (for my youngest, who’s 14). Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Flaun says:

    I’ve been seeing this book all over the blogosphere. Isn’t it grand? The more I see of it, the more I love it.

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    Diann Cornell says:

    I’m not a guy, but I love the quilts in this book. Especially Oddball. I keep picturing it with different colors.

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    robin says:

    Awesome review! I really like the designs I’ve seen from this book and I’d love to own my own copy. 🙂

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    Vicki S. says:

    What an awesome book, I love to make quilts for charity and they always mention people don’t make enough ‘guy’ quilts so this book would come in reall handy!

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    Linda H. says:

    It looks like a great book, and is a nice change from all the girl-y, flowery books that are so prevalent. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    MarciaW says:

    Thank you providing a guy’s perspective on the book, and quilting in general. This is the first shot I’ve seen of Caution and it is wonderful too. Of course I would like to win this book. I’m color challenged as it is, so those extra tips paired with the patterns would be awesome to use. p.s. Frippery (sp?) has colors that really appeal to me. Good work!

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    MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the review from a guy’s perspective. As I am color challenged, know that winning this book would be great. I want to make a quilt for my brother and uncle, so the tips on color and patterns sound very helpful.

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    Ida says:

    I have a husband and 4 sons – all of whom want quilts. And I have had the hardest time finding masculine patterns. I need this book!! (I hope I win but if not, I’ll be buying it.)

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    Barb in MI says:

    What is “typical guy” anyways – love your review and hope my next guy quilt will be a homerun! Thanks for a chance!

  27. 27

    This book looks so great. The quilts are gorgeous and Emily is a talented gal, so I expect the patterns to be well done. Thanks for the review!

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    Jennyroo says:

    I echo your thoughts about the way men are portrayed as being oblivious to colour or design. I think the men in my life would appreciate the design aesthetic of many of these quilts!

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    Jennie P. says:

    I so so so hope I win this one. I just think that book would be great to have! Thanks for the chance.

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    Christie says:

    This concept got me to thinking about Quilts of Valor mad for wounded soldiers, a majority of which are men. I wonder if the recilients even like the traditional style of quilt blocks and the color way of red, white, and blue?!

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    Helen says:

    Sign me up to win, please! Love your stuff…

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    Laura Pearce says:

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 Looks like a fun book!!!

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    Kira says:

    Love the commentary on colors for men… So true!

  34. 34

    I love the look of Oddball, too, and I’d also really like to try the Helix pattern. Thanks for your commentary!

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    Laura says:

    hi. i’m a newbie quilter and have been on the hunt for quilt patterns with a graphic simplicity that appeals to my architect sensibilities. first i found your quilts TK and now there’s a whole bunch more in the geared for guys! plus i just really want to make my man a quilt!

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    K says:

    thanks for the chance to win Geared for Guys. It looks like a wonderful book!

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    Margaret says:

    Nice review. It’s nice to hear the male perspective. I am rebelling against all things girly and pink right now, so this book is perfect for me.

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    Carol says:

    I’m looking forward to having this book especially since I have five sons who all NEED quilts.

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    lisa m says:

    From what I’ve seen on the blog hop, the patterns in this book would work well for anyone, if, as you say, the colours were selected to fit their style and personality. Thanks for the chance!

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    Rhonda H. says:

    Everything I’ve seen from this book is so creative! Would love to win a copy; thanks for the chance!

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    Chloe says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks fir the review.

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    Lisa LeBlanc says:

    Wow…really want to get my hands on this many possibilities for striking quilts…thanks for the chance to win. Lisa in Texas

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    nicole w says:

    i really like Oddball!

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    trillium says:

    I’m glad to read a guy’s opinion. I have wanted to make a quilt for my son, but didn’t have the least idea of what design to use. This book will help me choose something.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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    Carla G says:

    I love the Caution Quilt! I hadn’t seen that one yet. Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

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    Dr. S says:

    I was fully expecting to see a comment from my mama on here, since she’s been quilting for guys since the very beginning: she made my dad a red, black, and grey quilt for his family room easy chair, and then she made him a wonderful log cabin quilt when he moved out to Colorado for work while we stayed behind and tried to sell the house. (And that was just the beginning.) She made my brother a terrific airplane quilt one year, and even the things that she’s made for both my brother and me have been subtly different for our personalities and tastes. I suspect that we all have a vastly different sense of color and pattern and texture (and gender, too) than we would have had she not been quilting for and near us for decades.

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    Dr. S says:

    Oh yeah! And one of the best was when she made a quilt for my dad’s tools in the garage! It’s got lots of black and gold so that it coordinates with all the DeWalt stuff. 😉

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    Martha Heidt says:

    This was prompted by a conversation with Dr.Daughter (Dr.S.) earlier this evening. I never thought about gender when I made a quilt. I just asked what colors the individual liked–e.g. a baby quilt with lots of purple in it, because that’s what the mom liked. The airplane quilt was made with a very specific directive to use only solid colors. The red and black quilt was an experiment with polished cotton. Making quilts for others has served to broaden my color range. Were it not for them everything I made would have been a combination of red, green, and gold–and I do have many of those!
    I make quilts because that’s what I love to do. I really don’t care if others like them or not, unless it’s a gift. Then I always hope it will be just right.

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    Megan says:

    I just made my math geek husband a quilt inspired by fractal geometry. Between him and my son (who’s six and already has three of his own quilts), I’m really looking forward to this book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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    Judy T says:

    I have really enjoyed your fabric, quilts and articles. Thanks, you are wonderful!

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    Douglas Carr says:

    I appreciate the chance the win this book, thank you! I rarely have trouble coming up with quilty ideas for my mom, sister, aunts, etc…but the guys in my life can be a challenge.

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    Kristy says:

    My mitts need to get ahold of this book! It looks so fantabulously excellent!!!

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    marci says:

    id LOVE to win this book!
    thank you

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