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Vote Now: Quilts for Dad


It’s voting time for this week’s Quilts for Dad contest. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for FOUR favourites this weekend.

Our friends from the Fat Quarter Shop are back as this week’s sponsor and they’ve donated four copies of Geared for Guys Quilt Book by Emily Herrick to the top four winning quilters with the most votes.

Geared for Guys Quilt Book

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!


My dad and I, Christmas 2011 - we both look a little sleepy!

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Monday, June 18th at 8 a.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to FOUR quilts this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 33
  • Total countries: 9
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 12

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

60. Birthday 60. Birthday
By: sticksuse,
Blog: sticksuse

For the 60th birthday of my Dad in 2008.
Different Batiks from orange to brown.
Quilted by hand.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 78"

A Lot Of Animals A Lot Of Animals
By: Marjo B-W,
Blog: MBWquilts en andere stofzaken

This cosy flannel quilt I made for my father’s 78th birthday. I mostly used animal pictures since he was a man who loved nature. The quilt kept him warm till he died aged 83.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 66"

A Scarlet and Gray Helix A Scarlet and Gray Helix
By: Amber T,
Texas, USA

I made this quilt to have a hint of an Ohio State theme without being too obvious. I gave it to my Dad for Christmas 2011.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 75"

A tribute to my Dad A tribute to my Dad
By: Lori @ adventures in fabric,
Texas, USA
Blog: adventures in fabric

My Dad is such a special person. Last November I wanted to do something extra special for his birthday. I wanted to make a quilt that would embody the things that are most important to him: his faith, family, and country. The quilt has a picture on my dad and grandpa who were both military men.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 80"

Cowboy Up Cowboy Up
By: Crystal Hendrix,
Utah, USA
Blog: Hendrixville

I created this quilt for my Dad. He is Western thru and thru. When I saw this line of fabric it fit him so well that I made him this quilt to snuggle under after his long hard days at work. I designed it so that you can feature the beautiful western ranch lifestyle print!

Quilt size: width: 94" height: 94"

Dad's Newspaper Quilt Dad’s Newspaper Quilt
By: Marilyn,
Nova Scotia, Canada
Blog: Comet the Quilter

I made this quilt for my Dad two years ago – his Newspaper Quilt because Dad was always reading the paper – until his death this spring at age 90, using a huge magnifier. Black and white and “read all over”. I machine pieced and quilted it (straight line) and included a cuddly red flannel back.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 60"

Dad's Quilt (Lynn) Dad’s Quilt (Lynn)
By: Lynn,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Quiltn 4 Fun

Dad has always loved dogs, used to be retrievers but now that he is retired he loves schnauzer’s. I made this for him a couple of years ago for Fathers day.

Quilt size: width: 75" height: 75"

Dad's Quilt (Tammy Kuse) Dad’s Quilt (Tammy Kuse)
By: Tammy Kuse,
Illinois, USA
Blog: quilt-pictures.com

This is a quilt I made for my dad. It shows all of his interests: Chicago sports teams, a cow from the farm he grew up on, computer keys, airplanes, trains, my sister and I, his grandkids, Budweiser, tools, Porsche, auto rallys, the Peanuts gang and bald eagles (his nickname was B.E. for Bald Eagle)

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 75"

Dad's Shirts Log Cabin quilt Dad’s Shirts Log Cabin quilt
By: Amy C,
United Kingdom
Blog: [Amy’s] Crafty Shenanigans

This quilt was the second quilt I ever made. I asked my dad to send me some of his old plaid and striped shirts to be included – and he did!! It is one of my favourite quilts and never get tired of looking at it. I love the scrappy binding and cosy, masculine feel!

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Driving in rain Driving in rain
By: Ann X,

This is a picnic blanket, a birthday present for the dad of 3. For the top all recycled materials, mostly old shirts.

Quilt size: width: 94" height: 78"

Family Tree Family Tree
By: Juditzsuzsanna,
Blog: Judit Balint’s Handicrafts

This Wall Hanging is an applique quilting project which has 13 owls, flowers and leaves appliques. One day I was looking for any inspiration in order to make an amazing quilt for my dad. I found a beautiful finished project which pattern I could buy so I could realize it by myself and my dad loved..

Quilt size: width: 27.5" height: 47.2"

First of all - airplanes First of all – airplanes
By: Zlata Ratskevich,
Russian Federation
Blog: ZlataR

Quilt size: width: 70" height: 52"

Go Saints! Go Saints!
By: Pam,
Louisiana, USA

I made this quilt for my husband, who is a great dad! The small squares were scraps & I added sashing, borders & Saints fabrics. I also included 2 photos taken with friends while watching the Saints win the Superbowl. The photos made the gift more personal. It is my 1st completed quilt.

Quilt size: width: 46" height: 65"

Hairy the Bushman Hairy the Bushman
By: Ms Lottie,
New Zealand
Blog: The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady

Made for my Father in Law. Designed, machine appliqued and machine quilted by myself. This quilt celebrates his life in the New Zealand bush – hunting, fishing, and doing pest control work to help endangered native birds thrive.

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 75"

His Hands Create Wonders for those He Loves His Hands Create Wonders for those He Loves
By: Cyarnell,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: Lucky Duck Dreams

My Dad is awesome and very handy. He also loves our country flags and the 4th of July. This is #1 of 3 in the All-American Dad series for his birthdays on July 5th. You see his back with fireworks in the sky. Embroidered is “To the best Dab(nickname), His hands create wonders for those he loves”.

Quilt size: width: 25" height: 30"

It's a Guy Thing It’s a Guy Thing
By: Corina Coombe,
Manitoba, Canada
Blog: cwquilts

I’ve been collecting “no color” fabrics for a long time. They’re kinda taupish, kinda brownish, kinda greenish, kinda little bit of all. 40 strips, 38 rectangles and some extremely long seams and the quilt is done! A version of the Jelly Roll 1600 quilt that is just perfect for the man in your life!

Quilt size: width: 52" height: 64"

Jinny's Garden for Dad Jinny’s Garden for Dad
By: Betty Baerg,
Arizona, USA

While walking through Jinny Beyer’s Studio one day with daughter Marlene, I was inspired to make this quilt (BOM 2010) for Dad because of the flowers framed by wood looking material. Dad loves flowers and working with wood. Borders added to make King size. Quilting done by Marlene at Kissed Quilts

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 90"

John's Racing quilt John’s Racing quilt
By: Cheryl Parker,
Illinois, USA
Blog: Cheryl’s Teapots 2 Quilting

Hubby’s 20th Anniversary present. Used as therapy for finger after surgery. More details on my blog.

Quilt size: width: 81" height: 55"

Manly Quilt Manly Quilt
By: LizzyAstro,
United Kingdom

My Warm Wishes quilt was made for my Dad last year, his last Father’s Day, and he went into hospital shortly afterwards. The backing is flannel and it was a warm, cosy covering for him that didn’t slip off his bed when he needed that extra warmth. An internet friend described it as a “Manly Quilt”

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Mustache Mini Quilt Mustache Mini Quilt
By: Carolyn Braun,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Sweet Boater Chick

I was trying to think of a fun little mini quilt that wasn’t so girly, which for me is a hard thing to do. While out and about I saw some fun mustache party favors and the idea for my mini quilt was born! I appliqued the mustaches on and then quilted it up, backing it with a nice brown plaid.

Quilt size: width: 11" height: 17"

Night Owl Night Owl
By: Lisa England,
Kentucky, USA

My Dad enjoys birds and nature so this pattern seemed perfect for him. When I purchased the pattern I did not know how to do needleturn applique but this pattern motivated me to learn. The quilt hangs in my Dad’s wildlife themed family room. Pattern by Hahn Enterprises of Maryland.

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 28"

Pieces of Life Pieces of Life
By: Flo @ Butterfly Quilting,
Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: Butterfly Quilting

Although this quilt was not made for my Dad, who passed away many years ago, it was made for my son, and I am very proud of the man he has grown to be.

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 95"

Quilt for my love Quilt for my love
By: Ingrid Behnke,

This quilt was made from my husband’s shirts according to a Kaffe Fasset pattern.
Last year a German quilt shop appealed for quilts for the tsunami victims in Japan, so I gave it away, as it is very warm and cosy due to a thick batting. I hope the new owner in Japan likes it and feels comfortable

Quilt size: width: 86" height: 60"

Radioshack QR code quilt for dad Radioshack QR code quilt for dad
By: Beaquilter,
North Carolina, USA
Blog: beaquilter

This was a competition for radioshack last year, but I never finished the quilt it time, I made it for my husband for christmas and supposedly the code DOES link to radioshack. I quilted with a curcuit board filler design. Designed quilt in EQ7

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 90"

Secret Window Mystery Quilt Secret Window Mystery Quilt
By: Melissa,
Washington, USA
Blog: Sew BitterSweet Designs

I wanted to make a quilt as a surprise for my husband, he walked into my studio while I was working on this and asked who it was for, I told him I didn’t know and he said he really liked it. Score! He was shocked when he opened the bag. Pattern: 2011 Quiltmaker Mystery Quilt

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 72"

signal flags for our boat signal flags for our boat
By: frauke.h,
Blog: patchgarden

my husband is kaptain, we have a little yacht , the name of these boat is Johanna,
for his kajute in the boat i make this Quilt ,

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 60"

Space Odyssey Space Odyssey
By: LizzyAstro,
United Kingdom

This was the last quilt I was able to make for my Dad, but sadly he never got to see or use it, so my Mum uses it instead, knowing the love that was sewn into it. I called it “Space Odyssey” because it is full of stars. The backing is polar fleece with a night sky design of moon, stars & clouds.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 70"

Starry Night Starry Night
By: Mary on Lake Pulaski,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: Mary on Lake Pulaski

I made this quilt for my husband who is the best Dad in the world (after my Dad)!!

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 86"

Studly quilt Studly quilt
By: Vickie,
Utah, USA
Blog: Creative Notions

This quilt was made out of Birch Bark Lodge by Holly Taylor for Moda as part of a quilt along with Kelly at Charming Chatter. It was a surprise for my husband for Christmas but I just couldn’t wait and gave it to him early. He loves it! The fabric makes it very masculine.

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 72"

Supernova for Dad Supernova for Dad
By: Steffi Honrath,
Blog: …just Quilts

I made this Lone Star quilt a few years ago as a birthday gift for my father. The name of the quilt is “Supernova”. My father likes astonomy, and so I quilted some signs of the zodiac into the blue areas. White beads represent the stars. Detailed shots available in blog linked above.

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 80"

The Big One The Big One
By: Linda Douglas,
Montana, USA

Neat Father’s Day gift for my guy: rectangle cross stitch block framed with quilt sashing and free motion border.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 20"

Ties that Bind Ties that Bind
By: Margie Young,
Texas, USA

I made this quilt for my husband for Christmas. It is “stitched in the ditch.” This quilt was made using his grandfather’s, his father’s, and his own ties.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 65"

Windmills Windmills
By: CathyW,
United Kingdom

I made this quilt for my Father-in-law and step-mother-in-law – with the colours to match their bedroom. When they moved house, they redecorated the new bedroom to match the quilt!! (They must like it!!)

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 96"

Quilts for Dad

  • Ties that Bind (23%, 93 Votes)
  • Jinny's Garden for Dad (17%, 67 Votes)
  • signal flags for our boat (14%, 56 Votes)
  • It's a Guy Thing (14%, 55 Votes)
  • A Scarlet and Gray Helix (10%, 42 Votes)
  • Studly quilt (10%, 41 Votes)
  • Driving in rain (10%, 40 Votes)
  • Radioshack QR code quilt for dad (10%, 40 Votes)
  • Secret Window Mystery Quilt (10%, 39 Votes)
  • Hairy the Bushman (10%, 39 Votes)
  • Windmills (7%, 30 Votes)
  • Supernova for Dad (7%, 30 Votes)
  • Dad's Shirts Log Cabin quilt (7%, 27 Votes)
  • Dad's Quilt (Lynn) (6%, 25 Votes)
  • A tribute to my Dad (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Mustache Mini Quilt (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Family Tree (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Space Odyssey (6%, 23 Votes)
  • 60. Birthday (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Dad's Newspaper Quilt (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Starry Night (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Pieces of Life (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Night Owl (5%, 20 Votes)
  • His Hands Create WOnders for those He Loves (4%, 17 Votes)
  • Quilt for my love (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Go Saints! (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Manly Quilt (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Dad's Quilt (Tammy Kuse) (2%, 10 Votes)
  • A Lot Of Animals (2%, 10 Votes)
  • First of all - airplanes (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Cowboy Up (1%, 5 Votes)
  • The Big One (1%, 5 Votes)
  • John's Racing quilt (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 401

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s contest is Embroidery/Stitchery. You can submit quilts, wall hangings, pillows, etc. as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted). Get your cameras out!

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by next Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, June 25, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

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This post was published on June 15th, 2012. Post topics: Quilt Gallery, Special Features. Post tags: .

3 Responses to “Vote Now: Quilts for Dad”

  1. Marcos T. Rodrigues says:

    I voted for family tree! I love the color combination and the design, the theme is lively.

  2. tubakk says:

    So many beutiful quilts, difficult to choose. And a wonderful picture of you and your father!

  3. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Quilts for Dad contest. Thanks also to the Fat Quarter Shop who donated four books for the winners. […]

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