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Thread: Should I teach my husband to quilt?

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    In my OWN person opinion I think it would be a great idea.
    Just set "boundries" on what he can and cannot use.

    Take him on a "fabric" buying trip for his own stash (small to start with).

    At this point I would LOVE to have SOMEONE (anyone including my hubs)
    to share my love of fabric and quilting with. But who know if that DID happen
    if I would like sharing or not.

    I KNOW I would NEVER NEVER NEVER let him use my NEW baby. But I would
    let him use the other Brother emb/sewing machine.

    Of course I say this because I KNOW my hubs would never in 100 years much
    less a million years say "yes" to learning how to quilt.

    Heck I can't even get my daughter (I have 3) to get interested in quilting, much
    less sewing. The 2 oldest does crochet, and the youngest does latch hook (when
    she is not studying at college).
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    My DH admires and appreciates my quilting but has not wanted to join in. I had hoped he would work on my guild's LA for me, as I can't. I agree with VickyS about pressuring and overpowering. Many men are great quilters, but not every DH even wants to quilt. Maybe he just wants to enjoy your company.

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    I think it woul be an awesome idea to teach your husband how to quilt - just think about this, having a live in quilting buddy to sew and shop together with, bounce ideas off on, help finish your quilts, etc
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    I would love for my husband to be sitting at the next machine over - he is always so supportive of my quilting but thinks it's a 'girl thing'. His mom was an amazing dressmaker, so he can appreciate all that goes into our craft, but I don't think he's THAT interested in becoming more involved other than as 'my biggest fan'!

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    This is a fascinating thread!!! The answer really depends on your relationship. Some couples successfully work together in the same office and others value their personal time. As for me, I couldn't do it. The first step would be me teaching him and the next step would be him asking me to finish a project for him!

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    My wife was quilting for about 15 years before I started. ( A story goes along with that ). I worked in the sail locker when I was in the Navy, sewing canvas and upholstery and I know more about sewing machines than she does. She had ( and still has ) a Janome 6600 and she showed me a few things and not three months later, she bought me a 6600 of my own. We now have separate rooms where we sew and rarely use anything of each others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granpaquilts View Post
    My wife was quilting for about 15 years before I started. ( A story goes along with that ). I worked in the sail locker when I was in the Navy, sewing canvas and upholstery and I know more about sewing machines than she does. She had ( and still has ) a Janome 6600 and she showed me a few things and not three months later, she bought me a 6600 of my own. We now have separate rooms where we sew and rarely use anything of each others.
    I think that is the secret to success....separate rooms, own supplies/tools.
    Personally, I do not my DH to "join" me in my sewing cave......I am an only child and I think the only child syndrome comes to play here....my space and my space only.
    One of my daughters will occasionally invade my space......and I get upset, things are moved, out of order...not that I am a clean freak, but I know my mess, not someone else's.........my answer is....find your own fun..........if it be sewing/quilting...then fine, find your own space to it in......

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    I recently took a beginner's quilting class. There was this burley gentleman taking the class too. He'd also worked on repairing big 18-wheeler diesel engines for his whole life. When his mom passed, she gave her sewing machine to her daughter but she didn't want it so she gave it to her brother. He decided he wanted to make a quilt for his grandson. He worked so hard and was completely comfortable with the delicate and exacting nature of the process of quilting because he'd had to be that way working on engines. He said the best part was that he didn't have to get his hands all knicked up and greasy dirty. His quilt had an space theme with bright colored fabrics and stars that glowed in the dark. The back was one big piece of the solar system and it glowed in the dark too! He was so proud of it.

    I'd say make him and offer and if he doesn't seem interested let him know that the offer is always open. Tell him about my classmate and maybe he'll decide to take a beginner's class just to see what he can do. Never hurts to try.

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    I have quilted for 20 years...my wife and I quilt together and have our own "STUFF". Templates, books etc are shared but, not our scissors. I mostly make tops and do very little quilting, she does mostly quilting and few tops, I do all the bindings. We have been married 38 years and quilting has never been a issue that has caused us any problems I am happy to be able to spend so much time with the woman of my dreams...BTW I am retired and we are together 24/7/365 days a year. As a matter of fact...I can count the # of nights we have not been together in those 38 years on two fingers. Many men quilt, I would strongly suggest that you offer to show him the quilting ropes so to speak. Invite him to look at quilting board and or the thousands of patterns..see if it peaks his interest...perhaps a train quilt since you mentioned his working with trains.
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

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    I read this to my DH and he said no way. He would be in your stuff, and in your way, and next thing yall would be fighting because of 'space'. He needs a hobby of his own. A space of his own. Knife collecting or guns comes to mind he said.

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    There are certainly other things to do besides quilt. Perhaps you could show him some x-stitch patterns, or needlepoint. I think it would be great fun to have your husband work with you as long as it isn't on the same project. Hope he finds his hobby soon.
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    It would depend on the individual. I just wish I had one of these husbands. I would've mind if he cleaned cooked gardened, did woodwork, fished or quilted as long as we shared the joy we had from our interests. Sharing life would make life seem so much easier. Jealous girl here

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    I would only teach my DH if he had his own space and his own supplies. Knowing mine, he would be in my room chopping that special piece of fabric I'd been saving for years into 1 inch squares. I would only teach him if he swore on his life that he would NEVER touch anything in my room. Togetherness is great, but I'd feel a lot more secure if he found his own hobby!

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    ABSOLUTELY!! From personal experience, the family that quilts together spends lots of money at quilt shops together.

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