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Thread: Why must he always rain on my parade....

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    OK, behind his back I call my husband Mr. Dull, I say you could step into his closet with your eyes closed and pick any two items and they will match. He does not understand the fabric / quilting / color thing at all.

    So today I went to my LQS to get some fabric for a class this Friday. I needed two complementary colors, six shade of each ranging from very light to very dark, should read as solid. Now you know you go in there and it seems like there must be 100 shades of yellow alone. I start of by saying I think I would like yellow and blue, we are unable to find six colors of yellow that really play together. So we move to blue and do find the blue eventually. By now I have invested a lot of time, but am ready for next color and one of the women gets out the color wheel, finds this beautiful brown and voila in no time we have six shades of this ranging from creamy yellow to dark brown. The whole mix is beautiful, I am actually hugging the staff in gratitude, I know my quilt will be the best in the whoel class. It took over an hour to do this.

    I come home, have the fabrics laying out just so I can walk by and admire them. My husband comes home from work, I say 'aren't these gorgeous colors' and he agrees. I tell him about the project, and he says 'you mean you are going to use them together?' If it was up to him our whole house would be done in brown and beige.

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    STOP ASKING A MAN FOR AN OPINION ON QUILT FABRICS!!!! Unless he quilts. But generally they have no insight. I know my DH will look at me like I have lost my mind on anything to do with decorating until it is done. Then he loves it 9 times out of 10.

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    Did you ever play in the rain, jump in puddles? Let him rain all he wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    STOP ASKING A MAN FOR AN OPINION ON QUILT FABRICS!!!! Unless he quilts. But generally they have no insight. I know my DH will look at me like I have lost my mind on anything to do with decorating until it is done. Then he loves it 9 times out of 10.
    gee, kw, that's great advice.
    My hubby? no imagination...unless he wants to make me the butt of a joke...yeah, boy...he can think of something then!
    this is what he wears:
    everyday....blue colored jeans, and button, cotton shirts.
    dress, like church or restaurant: black jeans, and western shirt with snaps.
    that's it! he has a pair of dress boots, and a pair of tennis shoes, and a plain pair of slip on leather shoes.

    here's part of mine:
    everyday: all colors imagineable, available to me...shorts, tank tops...hey, this is Florida...been near a 100 everyday, lately
    t shirts, sundresses
    dress up, for restaurants, or appointments:
    dresses in many colors
    every color of slacks that you can think of, in just about that many sizes, lol! (well, not reallly big ones, but big enough)
    all colors of blouses
    about two dozen pairs of shoes
    sandals and flip flops...about 6-7 of these
    all my clothes are sorted by color in closet...makes it easier to find, and looks like a rainbow...hubby's side of closet, is all dark :roll:

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    Sue, I kind of agree with KWhite. My husband doesn't "do" color combinations either, so I've stopped asking his opinion. But it's funny how he really likes what I do AFTER it's all put together and finished. Just do what you know you love. :D

    And I know what you mean about the helpful people in the LQS. I have one like that and I sooo rely on their help and I feel giggly when the color/fabric pattern and everything comes together nicely. Good luck on your class and don't forget to show pictures!!!!!

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    Yeah, KW, you're right. But I still ask DH's opinion every time. And sometimes he actually adds something to the equation. He has learned that it's a good idea to not be negative. Apparently, he doesn't think I look my best when I'm flying around on my broom :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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    If I ever show DH my fabric or quilt patterns he says That's nice Hon. He doesn't know if it is or not, he just says it to make me happy. I learned not to ask his opinion about anything quilt related. For one thing he really doesn't care about it and for another it's none of his business. :D

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    Absolutely don't ask a man's opinion unless he is artistic in some way himself and I don't mean able to make a shelf out of a piece of wood. The next time you're out and about notice what most men wear... like QNC said, it's monochromatic!

    I love the blue and brown combination and I've been eyeing the Irristable Indigo 3 collection at Connecting Threads. I know I'm going to get it at some point but I want to make sure I get the right amounts so I'm simmering on ideas for it.

    I am sure that your project will be GREAT!!! And show us, please. :)

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    LOL

    My hubby is colourblind and I STILL forget and ask him his opinion, then stare blankly when he says "but they don't match". LMAO

    I agree with everyone else... don't ask! ;-)


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    My husband is color blind...
    I just have to ask if the color he sees is gut wrenching...
    I just do my own colors...and he likes what I put together...sometimes...because he sees different tones and colors.
    I recall that I got a pedicure some time ago with beautiful bright pink polish...I asked what he thought and he said, "don't ask me, I see periwinkle blue...."
    Blue toenails...NOT!!! So, I really don't ask anymore...
    Thats what I have you people for...and Thanks!!!!
    K

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    Quote Originally Posted by OHSue
    My husband comes home from work, I say 'aren't these gorgeous colors' and he agrees.
    Well that's something.

    Odds are your timing was off too. He just came home from work looking to relax and have a bite to eat and here you come drag him out of that box wanting him to have a creative vision. lol

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    well, I must be the exception and so is DH - who had two years of Art in high school and I value his input when I get stuck for color choices....

    of course, he also drives me to the quilt/fabric shops

    no, you can't have him..... 8)

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    My hubby doesn't know what clashes and what doesn't....BUT I always chatter away about my quilting and show him color schemes and he always acts interested!! He actually helped me with fabric design for a table runner and had good ideas. I know he "really" doesn't care, but he cares because of me. :D He will spend lots of time in a quilt shop letting me browse around....but don't take him in a grocery store!!!

    He really is a sweety! And always compliments me on my work, especially my stitches!!

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    OK.. I'm in the minority here I can see.. My roommate is actually quite helpful when I'm in a dilemma. Although he prefers blues and black to wear himself, he does have a good.. and progressive sense of color and combinations.. he's the one that picked out the "shaded" black in my kaleidoscope star (purple and black) quilt.. for the background.. I was going to go with solid pitch black.. and the one he picked added a nice soft touch to it. He's awesome.. and he is available ladies.... Nope..we're JUST roommates. or perhaps housemates is a better word.

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    My DH is one of those brown & beige color persons, too!!
    He does have a good eye for color, if you like brown's.
    But I must say that he is very supportive of the things
    that I create!! :D :D :D :D :D

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    don't ask him any more.

    brown is a neutral and goes with any color.

    lucky for me my DH is an artist too and i value his suggestions.

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    OHSUe I am sorry he deflated your ballooon. :( I know exactly what you mean. You come home on a real high wanting to share your happiness and excitement :mrgreen: and you have your balloon popped. :(
    Yes we KNOW we didn't ought to bother because he has done it a thousand times before, but we still do......... oh well sweetheart at least if you post your choices on here we can all oooh and ahhh over them :D that way you can feel happy about your project again.
    Wonderful ladies you have in your LQS :D
    I for one can't wait to see :)
    JAcqui

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    Mine I ask and he says nice and when it's in a quilt he loves it even more. He's alittle different he loves bold colors mostly mauve. :shock:

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    My DH is a wonderful guy, but when it comes to quilting - forget it. Remember when we were doing the mystery totes and they were jars? Got one side done and showed it to him and he thought it looked like a toilet seat!! As for colors, I don't ask. You women with artistic hubbys are very lucky!! He loves my finish projects and sleeps in the car while I fabric shop, so guess I should not complain!!!

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    I totally understand. I live with the man who asks me if his pants match his shirt 3 out of 5 days. I have also tried to explain that when you wear blue pants, wear blue socks. Tan pants?? He just can't figure it out! :lol:

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    I can so relate to this. My H supports my hobby/fixation but to him everything looks "OK' or "fine"---no other feedback.

    quiltwoman....I hear ya....mine always asks the 'does this match question' too.

    ranger

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    At least he doesn't say "Well, it better be something good this time." Aren't you supposed to be your own worst critic?

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    OK, guys, I have to omit that DH is great with colors and loves to shop for clothes! He's great at helping me when I need it, and although we don't always agree on colors,(Den), he has always supported me in my craving for more material!
    I very seldom ask his opinion about quilting, and don't show him anything until about finished! Since he doesn't quilt, don't need or want his opinion anyway! LOL

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    My DH and kids are very supportive. Only problem is I'm pretty sure when he sees fabrics, he just sees dollar signs all over them...

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    I don't ask hubby for his opinion- he justs whines that the quilts leave the house- he wants them all. :) Oh- and he thinks everything should be red, his favorite color. Exact opposite of me- I don't care to use red or orange.

    My son has always helped me with color choices (including laying out blocks and choosing borders). He thinks he has no artistic talent, but I tell him he does and remind him how he helps me.

    My other son is daring- pink shirts are fine with him. He loves color and loves to quilt too.

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