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Thread: Does your husband understand?

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    I have only been quilting for a couple years, but am absolutely addicted. The problem is my husband doesn't understand this hobby at all. I love to make quilts and then give them away. Although sometimes I request that the recipient buy the fabric, most times I don't. He just doesn't get it. It is absolute bliss for me to make something by myself and then see the reaction of the recipient. Am I the only one with this problem?

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    My DH understands to well, I was looking at a new machine the other day, called him, said should I get a new one? He said Yes! no hesitation.

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    My hubby is really good about it...I am the one who feels quilty.

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    I've made my DH a couple of quilts so he doesn't mind. Have begun to make more for us over the years instead of giving them all away.

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    Not always. Actually, he told me that I was too obsessed and I needed to spend less time quilting.

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    My husband doesn't bicker about it, but he doesn't understand. He knows I love it and doesn't have any problems with it. He knows I love giving them. He did ask me if I was going to make a quilt for everyone I know and what would I do when everybody got one...I told him I'd finish his. hahaha But he doesn't get it...I think maybe if he had a hobby, he might understand better.

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    I have been blessed. He not only understands he helped get Quilter's Pantry started into the longarm business, helped rearrange the den for the biz, set up the racks for my fabric. And commented the other day that it would soon be time for the next 4 foot section of racks!
    PLUS he is traveling this weekend and will be stopping at one of my suppliers to buy fabrics for me!
    Yes, I am blessed.

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    My DH is the best! He loves that i am into quilting and is always
    supportive. Anything i want to buy for sewing is okay with him.
    He bought me a new serger for our Anniversary in Dec because the one i had was "way too old" He is never upset at my stash buying or projects all over the kitchen table. I am the same way about his hobby-deer hunting although i draw the line over the kitchen table thing! We both know the passion in each other's hobbies so it works out all the way around!

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    My husband is very understanding and is quite proud of the work that I do. We just got home from a three day trip of checking out quilt shops in the southern part of the state. He paid for the entire trip and all the goodies too. It doesn't get any better than that! I know I am blessed and I do not take it for granted. Wishing you the best.

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    My husband doesnt understand it, but I have always sewn (I made my wedding dress) so he knows it is part of "who" I am. I also use part of the bedroom as my sewing space and it tends to spread and he never says a word. He has learned not to ask how much I spent when I walk in the door with my bags of fabric LOL. It makes me happy so he is fine with that. He loves the quilts I make for him and anything I make for the house. So maybe he does understand more than I had thought lol.

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    My husband comes up with people he wants me to make quilts for. Sometimes I oblige, but I put a limit on it because I am always planning several quilts in advance and his requests have to just get in line! But seriously, he has never objected to any of my hobbies. I am quite blessed.

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    My husband doesn't understand but he doesn't complain either.

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    Yes my husband understands. I guess after living with me all these years he had too :mrgreen: In the beginning he didn't like or dislike quilts there were just there to him. He has asked me to make a quilt for him (our bed) because I make them and give them away.

    Now when I'm working on a quilt he'll pop in the sewing room to say hi and check it out. He oooos and aaaaas appropriately too :) He has come to appreciate quilts, their beauty and the time involved in them. Maybe if you make one for your husband he'll have a better understanding and appreciation.

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    Mine understands that it is good therapy for me. He never says anything about the time I spend quilting. A happy wife is better then no wife.

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    I guess I am blessed. My Hubby likes what I make, he wants to keep everything I make. LOL He does not share well. He built me a fantastic room for all my hobbies. I have a 99x 50 square foot cutting table and a whole wall of white felt to hang blocks. Tons of shelving for fabrics.. So yes he understands very well!!!

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    Just returned from a day trip to watch my Dgd play some hockey and followed it up with a nice meal and shopping at a LQS and a tool shop. My Dh waited patiently while I shopped and I waited patiently while he shopped. While we don't share our hobbies, we take an interest in what each other does. I make sure I stop in the garage and bring a cup of coffee and chat about what he is working on or lend a hand for a bit when I'm home and he will offer ideas and opinions when asked. I would say it is a mutual respect for each other's interests.

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    Mine may not understand cutting up perfectly good looking fabric and sewing it back together... but, he is wonderfully supportive of everything I do.

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    My hubby gets it ---- he has his interests and I have (several) mine. He is tolerant of what I do and the money I spend and I am tolerant of his hobbies and the cost. We always support each other --- even if I don't really care about the good golf game he played. LOL ---- he doesn't get very excited over my new scissors, either. It is all about R E S P E C T

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    LOL!! My DH doesn't have a clue about the process and really can not relate to my passion!! He just comments that I 'can make nice things' and that's about it. If he knew how expensive fabric is and how much I have in my stash and how many UFOs I have, he would have a fit! Oh well, what he doesn't know won't hurt him and as long as 'Momma is happy the family is happy'!! :)

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    My Hubster understands that quilting is my mental health. At first he would get a bit frustrated that I gave all my quilts away, and he still feels I should buy fabric for two so I can give one and sell one. But, he has become well versed in quilt lingo and quite often will point out things in other peoples quilts that I wouldn't have even noticed. He is my biggest fan! He is totally supportive within reason of expenses too. I too am blessed.
    Here is hoping that after awhile your Hubster will see how important it is to you and, not neccessarily understand, but accept your addiction...I mean, hobby!
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    my DH is totally supportive - he never gets upset with the purchases for my passion.

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    I am also very blessed. My husband didn't understand my desire to quilt when I first got started, but he was used to me sewing all the time... I did make all my brides maids dresses. I don't know when he transitioned, but it wasn't long before he was proudly showing off my quilts to his friends!:thumbup:

    Give him time,maybee he'll warm to your hobby.

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    Mine does not get it at all! He doesn't really see them as anything but blankets, thinks they are all the same, But he takes me to shops and hands me money, buys me whatever I want, and lets me hide out in my room with not complaints, so it's not all bad. I don't get hunting either!

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    Mine is fine with all of it. He isn't interested in quilting but he is good at picking out colors.

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    In 2004 when I was still working, I came home from work one day and found a Juki/QuiltEasy set up in the livingroom. He ordered it without telling, or asking me. He figured out how to stitch regulate it. A few months later it was his idea to look at and purchase my Gammill Opt+. Then it was his idea 4 yrs. later to upgrade my Gammill with IntelliQuilter. He will also digitize some patterns for me. When we go on cruises, because of his heart condition we can't do a lot of excursions. So it is his idea that we visit fabric stores.

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