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Thread: Should I teach my husband to quilt?

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    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!

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    I have no desire for my DH to get involved with my quilting. If he came to my sewing room and started asking about this and that and going through what I have I'd be frustrated to no end.
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    Teach him, if it becomes impossible, move him to his own room.

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    If he is interested, why not??? Think of the fun you will have together!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina View Post
    I think it is a great idea. I wish my husband quilted. He supports what I do, but it would be fun if he quilted too.

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    I'd appreciate a nice word about anything I sew. It's all a bother to my hubby.
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    Absolutely teach him. Men are natural engineers. and some of the best quilters are men I think. Tell him, there is a chiropractor in Flint Michigan, Dr. Myler, his quilting is outstanding. I look forward to you posting his first project.
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    It depends on the dynamics of your relationship. My husband and I do nearly everything together. We farm and when we pick corn, I drive the combine, he hauls the wagons etc. etc. We eat 2 meals together everyday. NOT breakfast, I'm so not a morning person. He didn't have any hobbies either. When I fell in love with quilting he came along too. Now we have a long arm, a website and are developing the quilting as a business for retirement $$. That's provided he ever quits farming.

    We know other couples who get along much better with as little time spent together as possible. Consider your relationship and go forward from there.
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    I would. People that have hobbies live longer and are happier. Maybe he can have his own stuff and corner or space. Maybe you can have a comon stash and some that is your own. I am sure you will have to give too but in the long run it will be so worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    so I put the bug in his ear. ea?
    Love this expression, never heard it before.
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    my husband quilts. he loves it. bought me a longarm with qbot. he helped me learn to run that now he runs it and i piece.

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    I say let him try a small sampler and see how he likes it. I'm one of those guys that likes to try different things. I get bored pretty easily so I just do something else for a while and then come back to the other after a while.

    My wife and I took a beginners quilting class about 10 years ago. We then seperately took a block of the month class and I was the only guy in my group...didn't bother me at all. BUT....my wife does NOT like to share her toys with anyone so she has her sewing room and I have mine. She was using a 30 year old Singer until I bought my new Bernina 153 QE and now she has one. She doesn't quilt anymore because she is into knitting.

    I retired 6 months ago and now my goal is to do all the quilting and woodworking I can. I've made 3 quilts in that 6 months. As my wife says I also have my MANLY hobbies.....I have a bass boat, camp, I travel on my motorcycle towing my camper, I do woodwork where I make dulcimers and autoharps....I DON'T PLAN on getting bored.

    This was a long way to say TEACH HIM IF HE'S INTERESTED. Set him up his own room and go slow to see if he's serious with it.

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    if he's interested- and you are not (threatened) of course you should!
    all of the 'guys' in my world are quilters (and a couple of them sure challenge me!)
    my nephew & 2 sons have been quilting for 6+ years they are adventurous- fearless- and GREAT with color! i read so many people's comments about not being able to choose colors/prints on their own for a quilt- you simply need to get a guy involved-
    so many times i have spent a couple hours trying to choose colors for a french braid or lonestar and they just ... are not right....
    one of the boys would walk in- i would show them the picture of what i wanted to do-and show them what i had out---9 times out of 10 they would gather my whole stack- and disappear to the fabric shelves---come back with a whole new stack- say there you go- and leave again- (i am so proud of my newest french braid quilt because i did it with no help from any of them) guess i'm finally learning
    i (personally) am never threatened-or upset when any of them help themselves to my stash- if it is on the shelves it is 'free-game' if i am working on something i have everything pulled out already- they are always welcome to visit & shop my shelves-
    the only rule is no wasting- if they take it i expect them to use it- not cut it up then walk away without using it- because of this 'rule' they have learned to make one block and decide if it's something they want to make a whole quilt of before choosing/cutting for a whole quilt-
    i figure if they use up something i have reason to visit the quilt shop
    it's a win-win
    anyone in my world who shows interest i work hard at getting involved and am always willing to share- make time for
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I should teach him the things I like the least. I think I'll have him watch me make a nine patch and see if it interests him. I'll cut the strips 2 1/2 x width of fabric and make two sets and show him how easy it is. Then I'll let him decide. I would rather he learned to work with wood. Then he could make me bookcases and storage units for my quilting room.
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    Its a great idea--you might find something else that you need for your room!
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    Now I think that is what my husband should do, wood carving. Thanks for the idea. I wonder if there are classes in my area?
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
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    This is a fantastic idea. He already shows a lot of interest and if nothing else maybe he could do you cutting for you. I tried to get my DH to learn and he said NO. He does not even use a computer.
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    Darren, you sound like the perfect husband. I want my husband to read your reply. I have at least two of most notions so we could work side by side. My cutting mat is 24 x 72 so we could each cut at the same time. I have lots of rulers, scissors, rotary cutters, pins and even a second sewing machine. What I'd really like is if we could turn our master bedroom into our sewing room. Then we'd have all the space we needed. But I will definately have him read what you wrote. Thanks, Ilene
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    I say go for it but make sure to set boundries with stuff. like no touching your machine or stash. and you can get him his own stuff so that will help keep him from getting into your stuff.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

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    Oh, Girl, you go for it! I would give anything to have my hubby share my love for quilting. His hobby is an outdoor one and it is too hot in the summer and too cold and/or wet in the winter for him. So he doesn't get out a lot. He just sits around the house watching tv and putting puzzles together. I have tried everything. He does seem interested in my fabric stash and how things are put together. But he won't quilt!

    If your hubby is interested, get him going! If he really gets into it, buy him his own scissors and rotary cutter. (Make them blue) You can share the rulers, cutting board, and stash. After all, if he gets into quilting, your stash will only grow! Fun and a "win/win" situation for all! Congratulations on such a great man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestardreams View Post
    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.
    How many of us just assume that our husbands are not interested? After reading the above reply, I thought about that. Have we asked them? I know that I have not. My Sweetie encourages me, tolerates my buying any loose piece of fabric (and a lot more) that I see, and helpes me set up (and rearrange) my sewing room. Maybe if I asked, he would like to share. I think I'll ask him, when he wakes up. LOL He is not a morning person. I'll save the asking for after his second "cuppa". Wish me luck. I'd love to share my love of quilting.
    April
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    make him buy his own sewing machine so he does not hog yours.
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