One of the quilt groups I belong to makes comfort quilts for the local hospital. The hospital has expressed a need for quilts boys would like, especially teenagers. Apparently most donated quilts are quite ‘girly.’
So, the group decided to make this a chapter challenge AND, in the process, to use up some of the fabrics from the chapter stash. The challenge would be for the quilt maker to incorporate one of these pieces into a quilt for a teen boy. So, we selected all pieces that seemed even remotely appropriate. I took them home and added a few; photographed them; and posted the challenge to Facebook, just for kicks. The response was immediate. And, from a person I respect. She suggested having some teenage boys scrutinize the choices because she could see several that would likely be too juvenile. As I stepped away from the project, I could see she was absolutely right! Yes, these met the criteria of not being too ‘girly,’ but several were too young.
So, lacking immediate access to a teenage boy, I enlisted the help of my astute 8-year-old grandson, who very quickly eliminated about half of them! This was an eye-opening exercise that I think will improve the project and help us meet our goal of making 20 comfort quilts those teenage boys won’t be embarrassed to take home!