I would definately introduce him to the process. I found that men love to cut fabric with a rotary cutter. I guess its the tool thing. They are not so big on the ironing part .. LOL. But by all means let hime play with the tools, he will take the steps he wants to take . It might be a good idea to sign him up for a class ,,, men are really popular in classes... and it starts to give him his own "quilting identity".
I think that it would be great if after he learned he wouldn't continue to rely on you to help him. Both of you would have to work on your own project I would think.
I'm an accountant, so of course I'm a math nerd. My wife didn't like the measuring and cutting steps and expressed her frustration with it one day, so I read the directions and started cutting. She decided she liked that arrangement, so I started cutting everything for her. When she signed up for a class, I went to do my part. Both she and the teacher encouraged me to make my own quilt, so I took the class alongside her. Then she realized she had to do her own cutting, and she was less enthusiastic.
Now we work together, shop together (and enable one another), and I have picked up a few vintage machines as a result of reading this board. We do get to spend quality time together in the sewing room, and I think overall she's glad that we can work together on quilting projects. If you want something that you can do together, it's relatively harmless to teach him. You may have to share tools for a period of time, but he will buy his own necessities like scissors, thread snippers, the all-important seam ripper, etc. He may eventually need his own machine, but you can address that when you come to it.
Let us know how it works out.
I have mixed feelings about this. For me, I'd like to have my hubby quilt, but I really don't want to teach him. We have enough family time & quilting is My time & space. But this is something you'll have to weigh carefully. Take your time deciding. If you & he decide to do this, set up some ground rules for both of you.
ditto for an LQS up this way too! :)
Originally Posted by LindaM
They have two LAs ... he's very accomplished and has won many awards.
When Shop Hops are on, he's the one who sets up the demo station with his sewing machine and has you sit down and learn how. Then of course, you just have to have that pattern and tool that's "needed"!
The real question is ... does your DH want to learn to quilt?
You've put the bug in his ear, now stay quiet, until he asks!
And then you'd better be prepared to help him get started ... and be prepared to "share"!
Do you have 2 sewing machines, 2 rotary cutters, etc? It would bug me if I had to wait to sit at my sewing machine. Hey, I'm just being honest and I think of my sewing room as my spot. Has he expressed an interest in wanting to learn? If so, get him to take a class and see how he likes it. If he likes it he can buy his own stuff!
I agree with Candace..my husband has his hobbies and I have mine...We did share one hobby and we were always disagreeing on how to do things, ended up with to much stress to enjoy "our" hobby.
I say go for it - fair warning though, lots of guys excel in this so you may be in for some major competition! I would love it if my DH would get interested in quilting, he's got a quirky mathematical mind and could probably do some mind bending things. I'm just a simpler the better kind of quilter.
I would love it if my DH was interested in quilting. He supports me doing it and loves to see my projects, even pics up fabric and other things for me from yard sales occasionally, but he's not personally interested in doing it. I would surely enjoy spending that time with him if he did.
Very interesting. I like working on things with my husband but I can't picture him sewing. He'd be scary with a rotary cutter. He's a sawyer and has a wood shop so he uses many tools but I don't know. Still, I like being with him and it would be fun if he was interested. He has never expressed an interest in anything about sewing but if he did I would work with him in a heartbeat.