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Thread: guys in quilt shops

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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by justme
    Just wondering where these shops are? I am in MI and hubby and I are on rides all the time.. ,,, mmmm a destination.
    Thanks in advance.
    one is called CALICO CRAFTS in Petoskey,
    my favorite shop is THE QUILT HOUSE in Indian River
    and another one i get to as often as i possible can is
    DELPHINES in Gaylord (Gaylord also has a FABULOUS BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS that carries TONS of great fabric collections..) i have to save for that one, every time i go there i wind up spending $200-$300

    :-D

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    I love seeing guys in quilt shops. I make sure I give them a smile when they're in there. I've seen all kinds: the ones that are along for the ride with their wife, ones that don't wanna be there, ones that are really helpful, male quilters (I make sure I'm extra-nice to them. Plus, I like to hear what they are working on!), men shopping with their male partners (again, love chatting them!) and one time a guy that was shopping for fabric because HE was the one that sewed for his little girls AND his wife! So, if the staff is not friendly, as a customer I know I make up for it. One time this guy was looking for urban cammo at Joanne's and I chit-chatted w/him...just friendly you know? He came back and asked me on what could only be considered a date. :shock: I declined for many reasons, one being I'm happily married and two...he had to be at least ten years younger than me! :lol:

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    I've gone to fabric stores in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Indiana, and Kentucky. Almost all were very nice. The Door Mouse in Ohio was wonderful, Marshall Dry Goods in Arkansas was great, Quilt in a Day in Kentucky was also very friendly but the best, friendliest, most welcoming I've ever found is Threads of Time in Danville Illinois. If you're ever in the area and don't take the time to stop in you've really missed out. Take the Bowman Ave exit off Hgwy 74, South to Perrysville Rd, turn right and follow the road to the stop sign. Keep following the road 4 1/2 blocks after the stop and it's on the right, has a huge old fashioned clock outside. Stop in and check it out. They treat ALL customers the same whether they're male or female. There's always a cup of coffee and delicious cookies, a store full of notions, machines, patterns and fabric.

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    My husband loves shopping the quilt stores by himself. He gets a lot of attention and makes sure to tell me so ;-)

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    My hubby is loved at the our local quilt shop. He has great eye for color and he is so easy talking to people. When I go alone they always ask for him.

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    As a male quilter i have been put off many times when entering a quilt shop, consequently i dont bother with them anymore and its there loss apparently. One owner called me begging to have me display one of my quilts at a little show they wer putting on i was more than happy to shoot her right down with no exsplanation. These days my business partners have a fabric shop where my shop is also located so between that and the internet i can find what i need. Chris

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    While visiting this past weekend w/ a son and DIL, we made a trip into Hannibal to the Hickory Stick. My son seemed lost and the clerks completely ignored him. They didn't seem overly friendly to the women either. Perhaps they felt they could do as they pleased as they are the only LQS in the entire city, or so I was told. But, they did have lounge chairs for the waiting men, and there were several. They did have beautiful fabrics, but a bit too pricey for me. Maybe I'm just too cheap.

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    there is a shop by Traverse City that the owner's husband helps out alot, he bakes cookies, does the 'heavy' stuff, and i believe he even put in a little horseshoe pit for the guys who go with their partners and don't want to be there...they can go out back and 'play' while wife shops...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    I'm not a guy, but I'm amazed at the number of men that are in the quilt shops when I'm shopping. At one of the best shops in FL.(my opinion), Rainbow's End in Dunedin FL., they even have a guy working there. He stocks, cuts fabric and is a quilter. He's very knowledgeable about the industry. I think it's fantastic that we have men that want to quilt and they're every bit as good as a woman, some are Better. I'm not gender biased in any way and firmly believe to each his own in everything. I don't think that I would have been welcome with my opinions in earlier years.
    My local Joann's has started hiring guys to the stocking and checkout staff. Have not had to test their knowledge yet, but one told me they do go through a training course. I'll let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    sewing was once almost exclusively a male role...I grew up thinking that all men sewed since all I knew were men tailors and mill workers in the big woolen mills...

    think of all those beautiful men's suits - made by men -back in the early/mid century....

    my kids (2B,1G) have grown up with no gender restrictions - I mow the lawn, do house repairs and can use heavy equipment when needed...my boys do the dishes, their own laundry and can cook as good (almost) as me. I don't iron (hate it)...my husband and kids do their own...If you want to do it, go for it...just recently my daughter came home from her BF's mom's..mom wanted to have a lattice put on around her porch, but can't do it herself...the BF didn't have a clue, so my DD got out a hammer and saw and got it done...they laughed a little, then the mom asked if she knew how to put together the new swingset too,,,well, of course!!

    the guys in the hardware stores always turn to my husband when we go in...he says, nope - she is the one to talk to...
    I love your story. It's good to know how to do many things! So you can take care of yourself.

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