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    I finally got through to my husband

    For a few years now my husband has been perplexed at the amount of money I spend on quilting and how I just 'give' my quilts away. He's been after me to sell them. I've told him that it is nearly impossible to get your money back from a quilt. I told him I didn't quilt to make money...it's my hobby. He still didn't get it.

    Finally it dawned on me. I said " Why don't you sell all the fish you catch? You have spent so much money on rods and reels and gizmos and clothing and gas and a trailer and you have nothing to show for it." He nodded his head and said "Now I understand".

    I wish I would have thought of that a few years ago. I finally got through to him!
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    Good comparison!

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    ahahaahahahahaha.. Hubby said the same thing about me wanting a long arm. " you could sell the quilt to justify the long arm.. "

    My response.. " you have a bass boat why don't you sell you and your boat as a fishing guide?

    He could sell his boat and I could probably get TWO long arms from the proceeds.. Sheesh.. Sometimes they need s swift kick in the butt ..

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    DH asked me MANY years ago "just how many sewing machines do you need in a lifetime?" I countered with "how many saws do you need in a lifetime?" Case closed. lol
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    yep, my hubby always asks me what i'm going to do with each quilt i complete.

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    Pretty funny sometimes, the things you have to say to get them to understand. Years ago, when my kids were 1 and 7, the 7 year old came home from school with a science project he had made - a penny inside a blown-up balloon. The 1 year old was interested, so we let him hold it, shake it, and look at it for a minute, then I gave it back to the older child. Not a very appropriate toy for a 1 year old anyway. Well, baby started crying and carrying on, so Hubby took the balloon away from the 7 year old and gave it back to the baby. Now the 7 year old's eyes are welling and Hubby just tells him to hush. I looked at Hubby and said, "What are you doing?" Hubby said, "Well, he wanted it!" I said, "Then you need to go down the street to Pete's house and let him drive your new Jeep around, because he wants it!" He looked at me, then took the balloon and gave it back to the 7 year old. Bill Cosby was right - parents are not interested in justice, they want peace. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    yep, my hubby always asks me what i'm going to do with each quilt i complete.
    Mine does too....it's usually..."can we keep this one?"
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    Inhale deeply through your nose and hold it for a few seconds. Do you smell anything? How about the sweet smell of "Satisfaction"!!! Get him Jeanne!!
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    Bill Cosby was right - parents are not interested in justice, they want peace. Lol.

    TOOOO FUNNY!! SO TRUE!!
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    my son asks why i don't sell mine. i explain that selling them would make it a job. i don't want the pressure of "having" to make a quilt. this is my hobby and i do it for fun and relaxation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdcakm View Post
    my son asks why i don't sell mine. i explain that selling them would make it a job. i don't want the pressure of "having" to make a quilt. this is my hobby and i do it for fun and relaxation.
    People ask me the same thing......I tell them this is my hobby, if I sell them it becomes a job. And I am retired now, so this is my fun time.
    Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
    I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
    I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)

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    Brilliant Comparison! I will tuck that away for a rainy day!

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    Good point!! Glad he finally "got it".
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdcakm View Post
    my son asks why i don't sell mine. i explain that selling them would make it a job. i don't want the pressure of "having" to make a quilt. this is my hobby and i do it for fun and relaxation.
    I feel the same way. I've had people over the years tell me I should sell them and even other things I make. I said that would take all the enjoyment out of it for me. I make things when the mood hits me. I don't want to have to be on a schedule to have a project done at a certain time etc.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    I was feeling guilty about wanting to buy another sewing machine. Told husband I don't really need it. He asked if I would use it and said yes - it has a bigger throat space and more bells and whistles. Then he looked at me and said, "I don't really need a motorcycle - I have a truck." He not only encourages me, he enables me! And no, he does not have a brother. (His mother is a quilter though!)

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    My husband is a golfer so when (which is rare) he says something about quilting all I have to say is gold clubs.
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    My husband owns 14 classic cars. He also owns and races 6 drag cars. He has never said anything about any sewing machine, notion, or fabric I have ever purchased. I have always consulted him on any large purchase ( machines, etc.), but he has never said anything negative. We both respect each others hobbies, and we both know and understand the boundaries. Shoot, we went racing last year in Florida and he found 2 quilt shops he wanted to take me to.
    By the way, I am his crew chief and I handle tires and starting line procedures. And for my efforts, last year I won a very cool award...the Signature Award, given for outstanding sportsmanship and the promotion of safety of drag racing. Beautiful crystal statue now sits proudly next to Husbands awards.

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    Mine asks too " is this one for us?"

    I am very fortunate, dh would let me buy out the store, except, I am the one who pays the bills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    Mine does too....it's usually..."can we keep this one?"
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Racing keeps the heart young. We still have the Island Dragway trophies from when he used to race the family car. (back in early 70's).
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    My husband has collected and built Model Railways since he was 6yrs old....I have been quilting 18yrs!! ermmmm......NO CONTEST!!! He is very supportive and happy that I quilt!! He is away at a Railway Exhibition this weekend and I am sitting by a lovely log fire happily sewing hexagons!!!! Works for us!!
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    I couldn't agree more.. It is a great hobby. I love giving the quilts away. I made two denim quilts for the boys next door. I was in the laundry room (apartment building), and the quilts are on the drying racks. They have been there for a couple of weeks. Making my blood boil. I am not really worried that some will take them, but non the less. I guess they aren't totally appreciated. The good part is they are there with the label showing that I made them for the boys. As for how many machines you need for quilting? I have hit a couple of tag, and estate sales, bought sewing machines, and have been giving them away to those that can use them. I sort of am trying to spread what I have..

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    It never crossed my mine to care if DH understands my quilting or not, and he certainly has never had a thought that he should. I just asked him and he said Do you want me to care if you don't care that I don't care? LOL
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    I had a similar conversation with my youngest son. He didn't want me to teach his new wife to sew because the sewing machine I had just bought was so expensive. After I reminded him that I had worked two jobs to pay for it and pointed out how much he spent on tools he shut up. And now I'm going to teach his daughter to sew, I think we have quilter in the making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bneighbor View Post
    My husband owns 14 classic cars. He also owns and races 6 drag cars. He has never said anything about any sewing machine, notion, or fabric I have ever purchased. I have always consulted him on any large purchase ( machines, etc.), but he has never said anything negative. We both respect each others hobbies, and we both know and understand the boundaries. Shoot, we went racing last year in Florida and he found 2 quilt shops he wanted to take me to.
    By the way, I am his crew chief and I handle tires and starting line procedures. And for my efforts, last year I won a very cool award...the Signature Award, given for outstanding sportsmanship and the promotion of safety of drag racing. Beautiful crystal statue now sits proudly next to Husbands awards.
    Cool! I think it's great that you can share your husbands love of cars/racing.

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    I cannot begin to tell you how much a pound those trout cost us!!!
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