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Thread: My new title is Handi-woman Quilter Supreme

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    Super Member seamstome's Avatar
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    My new title is Handi-woman Quilter Supreme

    Just for grins, you gotta love guys!!!

    We usually hire out everything around the house. My husband can duct tape something together but that's the end of his mechanical abilities. I literally hire out the changing of the light bulbs in my office!!

    We had a slow leak in the master bath and it ruined the floor. I said, come on we can fix this. It is stupid to pay out all this money for stuff I know we can do.

    So I get on you tube and away we go. Had to yank the subflooring, etc down to the joists. We bought all the saws that they recommended, etc.

    My husband could not figure out how we were going to get the subflooring back in square with a hole for the toilet in the center and was having a cow over laying the 12 inch vinyl tiles with the multiple sub cuts.

    There he is with some carpenter's square and God knows what else, telling me he needs a tile cutting knife so I need to go to the store. Plus circle cutting thing was blowing his mind.

    Now what is the difference between a 10 foot by 8 foot bathroom vinyl floor and a queen size quilt??? In my mind, not a heck of alot. So I go upstairs and start pulling out rotary cutters and matts and rectangle/circle templates and rulers and chalk.

    I started measuring the floor in multiple places, marking the plywood where to cut with a 24 inch Omnigrid square and a binding tool. He was positive I had flipped my lid so off he trots to the store just grumbling like mad.

    By the time he gets back from Home Depot which is the next town over, I have used my 24 inch square and big rulers to mark the two pieces of subflooring like a quilt, even with notes on which side of the line to cut (just like moving your needle to one side), he was nodding. It fit like it didn't even need nails.

    By then I was measuring out the room to get the tiles centers.

    After I marked out the nastiest piece of vinyl with a notch out and two sub-cuts that weren't 90 degrees, he was impressed and was looking for the receipt to return the stuff he had bought to the hardware store. When I scored it with the rotary cutters, using the difference sizes to get into the tight angles and it slid perfectly into the space, you could see a whole new appreciation for my quilting and all that "junk up in your room".

    He is finishing some of the easier cuts now....with my 60mm rotary cutter.

    He says isn't Joann's having a sale today? Yep. Well if there anymore of these cool things you need, go get them, because they are really slick. No, honey, other than replacing the blades we used out of my stock, I am pretty set for now.

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    boy, you did good!!!!

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    What an awesome story! L-O-V-E I-T!
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    Good for you!!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Hah! That's awesome!!

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    A whole new career awaits you!

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    Boy what a great story! I to do all the math and calculations when my husband and I do a home project. He now says just tell me where to cut or what you need.
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    a ruler is a ruler regardless of what is designed for!!! You go girl!!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Good for you! These quilting skills come in handy.

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    Good job!! That is a great story.
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    Too funny. Too true.

    I was the one to figure out how to frame the basement so we could expose the window or not. We decided not as it didn't let in any light anyway and was just a spider web collector.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    Love your story. I, too, am married to Mr. Un-Technical.
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    Luv the story... I just finished a bathroom and kitchen ... My handyman was impressed ...

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    Smart Woman "Love It"

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    AWESOME! you go Girl! I was doing something around the house one day and needed to cut something with a 45' angle. My husband starting trying to tell me how to do it and I just walked off, got my quilting ruler and made a perfect cut! he didn't say another word.
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    Great story!!!! Kudos to you!!!!!

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    Thanks for the laugh, Men they think they know it all! She can cook and sew and now she's a carpenter with quilting tools! You go girl!

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    Oh,,,,this is good.

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    My husband went to work for the railroad at 18 and has been on call ever since, so he's no handyman. We hire everything out. Even hire someone to mow the 1/2 acre lawn. Figures he'll lose too much pay mowing his own lawn. He's right. I'm about to venture into putting down wood flooring with a man friend. Just need him to get me going and then I can take over all by myself. I painted most the inside of the house by myself. I need to figure how to replace the bathroom shower/bathtub unit also. That is going to be tricky. I might need some muscle to help with that project.
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
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    Terrific story!!! Thanks for posting!

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    It is not the tools as much as it is your experience and "know-how" that are impressive!

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    Great story -- thanks for posting. DH is not very handy but has discovered that the rotary cutters and rulers work really well on vinyl and other things he needs cut. When he asks where I keep them I remind him they are in MY sewing room and can only be borrowed if I bring them out.
    QuiltnLady1

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    Wow! Great job!!!!
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    Good Job!
    Maybe you could've gotten enough blades for the next year.

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    What a cute story and what a genius you are! All it takes is a woman to solve a problem.
    Happy to be alive and capable of doing some quilting!

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