Quilting for children is easy because you can still use bright colors, kittens and puppies and such. But I recently had the challenge of creating a couple quilts for some young men - the grandsons of a dear friend. Both play guitar. But they had begun their music lessons on the piano. I needed something masculine for them and really didn't know where to start - other than I felt that nothing small or intricate. After all men, like Tim Allen, like all thing bigger and faster, right?
I purchased "music" fabric just estimating how much I might need for the queen sized quilts.
When they were ready for borders, I knew that the piano key fabric was needed. I felt it needed mitered corners for the best look... Mitered corners are not something that I do often, in fact, if completely honest, I avoid them! I pulled out my reference that offered detailed instructions for them and moved forward.
I was pleased with result!
I chose an overall cross-hatch for the quilting... nothing fancy... remember, these are for male teens! The final results...
It was a great compliment from my husband when he said, "I really like the look of these." While they may not be among my personal favorites, I feel good that they are the best "masculine" quilts I have made. Not once did I hear the word "pretty" to describe them... Funky, trippy and different were among the descriptions, but NOT pretty. And I consider that successful!
Put a song in your heart and have a great day!
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