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milemker Posted: Sat, Mar 16 2013 11:24 AM

Hello,

I am Sam from NE Ohio and I have started quilting my first quilt. I hope there is room here for a guy who quilts. As a retired person I wanted to try sewing this past winter instead of just sitting around waiting for spring. My wife has a cousin nearby who is a lifelong sewing and quilting person. She was nice enough to share her knowledge with me every Tuesday during the cool winter months. We started out with a pillowcase and worked our way up through tote bags and duffle bags and into quilt blocks. After incorporating my first quilt square into a seat cushion, I have started making a sampler quilt. My progress is very good according to my instructor and I am currently on the path to a queen size quilt for our bed.

My wife started quilting with her cousin a couple years ago and has made a couple quilts so far which is where I found I was interested in all of this. I have leaped into this pretty well and recently purchased a Longarm quilting machine to learn that part of the process also.

I am looking forward to going to several quilt shows in our area and even some quite far from home in the near future.

It’s nice to be able to come here and read and listen to many who have much more knowledge than I possess currently. I do learn just by reading all the many posts.

Thanks,

Sam

 

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gini replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 11:27 AM

hi sam, welcome to the group.  we have several guys  on here. this is a great site for getting help with projects.   did your quilting teacher kick you out of the nest once spring arrived?  

gini in north idaho

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Dawn replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 11:41 AM

Welcome!  Glad to have you here!  We love to see pics, so please post when you can.  This is a great club, full of great, helpful people!  Enjoy!!!

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Ginny replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 12:27 PM

Wow, Sam,  I am jealous.  First, that you have 2 ladies in your life that quilt, so no hassle there.  And second, that your wife has a husband that understands and can relate to her craft.  Oh, and third, that you are getting a longarm machine to use.   You go Guy.  There's no stopping you now.    Ginny

 

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Marie replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 12:32 PM

Hi Sam, welcome to the family!  Glad to have another man join us, we have several as Gini said.i for one will be interested in a man's point of view on our obsession so I hope you'll post often and join in on the conversations.  Please post some pics of what you've made so far, we love pics.

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Welcome Sam, 

You will love it here and there is always room for more quilters, man or woman. I have to agree with Marie. I'm jealous too. Can't wait to see some pictures.

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Kris replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 6:12 PM

Welcome Sam. Sounds like you're well on your way. I hope you share photos of your projects with us.

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Leslie replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 8:17 PM

Hi Sam, welcome

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Barbara replied on Sun, Mar 17 2013 3:19 AM

Sam, welcome to the club, I hope you will enjoy your time with us. Barbara

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Linda replied on Sun, Mar 17 2013 6:59 AM

Hi Sam! I'm always happy to welcome someone from NE Ohio since that's where I'm from too. If you don't mind disclosing where perhaps you, your wife and I think you said sister could get together sometime for some quilting one day. I live in Bedford, a SE suburb of Cleveland. I can no longer drive, but love company especially quilters!! We can always learn from one another. I admit I've been quillting 35+ years and I love the old ways of quilting. But interested in the new gadgets too.

Hugs.

 

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Diana replied on Sun, Mar 17 2013 11:21 AM

Welcome Sam and enjoy yourself.  We have a few male quilters here and it's great to see them enjoying themselves.  We enjoy sharing our love of quilting to anyone who will listen.  Ask away if you have questions.  Someone here will always have an answer.

Diana in East Tn. 

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milemker replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 8:48 AM

Thank you all for the warm welcome. I remain going to my wife’s cousin for lessons on Tuesdays and will for the foreseeable future. At least till her summer job kicks in and possibly even after that depending on her schedule. I started out with easy sewing projects and have worked into different quilt blocks and have just finished my second paper piecing block. I am making many different kinds of blocks for my first quilt and need many more in order to make a queen size quilt with little sashing and boarders. Although I have several pictures of my blocks, I have yet to figure out how to post a picture here. It’s just blocks at this point but my progress is good. Several of my wife’s quilt guild members have seen a few of my blocks and stated that they are somewhat shocked that I have just started quilting. I am sure my past work experiences help a lot as I was a machinist and quality assurance specialist for many years.

I am practicing using the new Longarm machine almost daily and keep trying to perfect my freehand feathers and other shapes and forms. I have a huge piece on the machine that is longer than 4 or 5 quilts that I have been using for practice. After I pull that off I will start on a few community quilts of the cousins that she says would be good practice since they don’t have to be show quilts in any way. She said that whatever I am able to do on them would be fine.

I live in the Medina area of NE Ohio and have attended my first Longarm quilt club or guild meeting. I will attend and join sometime in the near future. I figure once I finish my first quilt I may even join my wife’s and her cousins quilt guild. The summer months are almost here and I know I will become quite busy with my regular summer months projects outdoors but hope I can still do some quilting and continue working on my Longarm to get better and perhaps quilt some for others.

Thanks again for all your kind words and words of encouragement. I look forward to being a member here and will try to put up a few pictures of my blocks when I figure it out.

Thanks,

Sam

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milemker replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 12:06 PM

Ok, I thik I got a few pics of my biginner blocks up on my gallery. I think I figured it out.

Thanks Sam

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Kris replied on Tue, Mar 19 2013 1:22 AM

Thanks for sharing Sam. I really like your sampler blocks and the cushion for your wife's chair, so sweet. I also love that you have a paper pieced block there as well. 

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