I wish my DH had hobbies. All he wants to do is "go out" to the same ol' places and I'd like to stay home and enjoy all the things I didn't have time for before retirement. I'd love if he got the quilt bug.
As far as tools go--in garment factories men were traditionally the "cutters" a more prestigious position than machine operators. Historically men have been knitters, weavers, netters, tailors, etc. I suspect having a husband as a quilting buddy would depend on how much you enjoyed each others company, not on his abilities.