Thursday, July 29, 2021

Quilts for Guys: My Turn on the "It's a Guy Thing" Blog Hop

Welcome, visitors from the "It's a Guy Thing" blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt, and thank you for visiting. If you've never visited before, I'm Jan and I make a lot of donation quilts. Some are for adults and many are for kids; you can check them out in the Rocking Chair Quilts tab above. 

Agencies that work with families and children in traumatic circumstances report that there is, sadly, always a need for quilts for older boys. They get enough girly quilts and juvenile/baby quilts for toddler boys, but what about the older kid or young teen guy? 

The quilt club I belong to had a charity sew day in May for Quilts for Kids, and they asked me to teach a project. It didn't have to be for boys, but since I was making a teaching sample for the sew day I figured I'd use feature prints suitable for an older boy.

I call the pattern I taught Strippy HSTs, tutorial here. I made a teaching sample using boy-friendly prints and recycled shirts, plus scrappy low volume strips. Cars, several sports, helicopters and space ships, boomerangs, pirates, and plaids all found their way into this quilt. 

The Strippy HST pattern is beginner friendly and very forgiving. I accidentally made some blocks with the strips going in the other direction, and it came out fine, so I ended up with two quilts for guys. Lots of layout possibilities with this block!

If you would like to make a Strippy HST quilt, you can get the tutorial here. If you would like a PDF of the tutorial, please leave a comment and include your email address. I ask only that if you post your project on social media, you credit me,

I've been making donation quilts for years, many for kids, but it seems I should focus my efforts on quilts for older boys and teen guys in order to help fill the need. Will you join me in making donation quilts for Guys? 

The "It's a Guy Thing" blog hop continues from July 26-30. Check out all the posts: 

July 26


Creatin' in the Sticks

Storied Quilts

Quilted Delights

Samelia's Mum

Vroomans Quilts

Karen's Korner


July 27




Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Words & Stitches

Days Filled With Joy


July 28


Ms P Designs USA


Lianne Makes Stuff

For The Love Of Geese

Domestic Felicity


July 29



That Fabric Feeling

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

The Colorful Fabriholic

Songbird Designs


July 30


Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Patchouli Moon Studio

Food for Thought

Thank you, Carol, for hosting this blog hop! 


  1. Both guy quilts look amazing Jan! Guy quilts are definitely the hardest to make!

  2. These are gorgeous, I'm so envious of your scrap quilts.

  3. This is a GREAT tutorial - thanks, Jan.

  4. Great projects! Perfect fabrics for this hop. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I just love string quilts and your Strippy quilts are great! So many design possibilities and a great way to use up scraps!

  6. I have heard that donation guy quilts aren't as plentiful, so this is a great shout-out to help those agencies. I love the design of your quilts and by just switching out fabrics you can easily make it for a boy or girl. Love it! Thank you for hopping with us!

  7. You are speaking to my heart here. I love scrappy and string quilts are so much fun to make!

  8. Really like the strippy HST quilt, thanks for sharing! sewgood414athotmaildotcom

  9. I've been thinking about how to get our guild to make quilts for older kids for our area, I like this pattern idea and think it could be useful for our group. May I get a PDF please? brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com Thank you!

  10. Great guy quilts & how I love scrap quilts! Would love a PDF copy of the tutorial you used, please & Thanks. Thanks so much for sharing your talents & creativity.

  11. Great idea for a 'guy's' charity quilt. Perfect, in fact.

  12. Scrap quilts are my favourite and I have bookmarked these for future use. Nice work on both.

  13. What a perfect idea…string quilts that can be made for guys. I’m making scrap quilts like crazy right now for a Wildfire Drive so just might have to check the scrap bins and give this a try. If you could drop me a copy of your tutorial I think I’ll give it a try after I finish the 2 tops I have on the go right now. 😄

  14. Scrappy quilts are a favorite of mine, too. Yours are really nice. 'Love that fabric with the cars printed on it.

  15. Jan, these are great guy quilts. Our guild does charity quilts and this is a great pattern for a guy. Thanks for sharing.

  16. There are so many possibilities with your strippy HSTs block. Perfect for all kinds of quilts, but so great to make an older boy's quilt. They are a hard group to sew for. Great idea!

  17. Great that you sent out this reminder that this age group needs to be remembered and focused on when we do out donation quilts. The pattern you highlighted is a great starting point. You have my word that my next one will fall into this category.

  18. This is a great quilt. It has so many layout possibilities.

  19. Thank you for sharing your project! I'm sure that the guys will appreciate them.

  20. Great pattern with lovely variations! Thanks so much for sharing! xx