Obviously my name is Brian. I live with my wife in Vancouver WA and work for a mental health agency for kids. My official title is Family Support Specialist. That is just a fancy way of saying I am a counselor with children who have emotional and behavioral challenges. I work in with them in their schools and homes. I am married and just celebrated my 8th anniversary in December. My wife and I just spent a week at Disneyland which is one of my favorite places in the world. We don't have any children but the way I started quilting was making baby blankets. I was taught to embroider by my Mom, and I embroidered a quilt top for my Best friends first baby. I sought out help to put it together and I have been quilting ever since. I learn new things with every project but my favorite quilts to make are reproductions of antique quilts I see in books. I just completed a checkers and rails quilt and gave it as a gift, and I have an Irish triple chain quilt that I made to hang in on the wall of our family room. In between projects I am hand sewing a grandmother's flower garden quilt together. I still have never hand quilted a project and curved piecing scares me. So that is about it for me. I am so excited to belong to this community....
The Macho Quilter
Brain, you obviously have the bug like the rest of us. There are a couple of good shows, I think, about piecing curves in the QNN TV listings. Actually, you just have to be very careful, I think, and go slowly when piecing curves. I'd still like to see pictures of your quilts when you have time.
Thanks for sharing Brian. Congratulations on your eighth year of marriage. Is your wife a quilter too?
I would also like to see some photos of your work.
welcome Brain the quilting I think would be a good out let to your job hope you enjoy your self
Hi Brian welcome and like everyone else would love to see pictures of your quilts. It is wonderful to see a guy here although there may be some that I am not aware of or they have just visited for a brief period. I hope you enjoy being here and everyone that you will meet. Are you going to be a part of the Mystery Quilt2? If you've never done one you will really enjoy it and the pace is slow. Did you mention how long you have been quilting?
Hi Brian, nice to see a man who loves to quilt. My name is Diane and I have been quilting for the last 30 years. I am self taught and I have watched a lot of quilting shows on TV, but I still like learning new things. I have made dozens of quilts and you should see my fabric stash, I've done table toppers and table runners as well as bed quilts. I also knit, crochet and do needlepoint. I have been very busy seen I have retired in 2008. Don't worry about doing curves there are a lot of short cuts that I learned from Fons & Porter and Alex Anderson. Just keep working at it.
Welcome Brian, Nice to have you here with us. Kudo's to you for the job you do with kids and becoming a Quilter. I too look forward to seeing pic's of your work and congrat's on 8 years of marriage.
Glad to have you join us. Thank you for the work you do with children; it is so desperately needed. This is a great group, from a variety of backgrounds, and we all love quilting.
One thing in particular that we have in common. I'm also scared to death of curved piecing. I won a door prize of curved templates at the guild last year but I haven't had the nerve to try using them yet.
Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Brian. Congrats on the anniversary! my DH and I are coming up on 11 & also have no kids (OK, we have two fur kids - dogs). So, I quilt for nieces & nephews, other relatives & friends.
Sounds like you've been crafty for a long time & it is so nice to have more men involved in crafts. There are a few other men here - Bob just recently introduced himself and there's a long arm quilter on here, too - you could start your own group!
Brian thanks for sharing. Congratulations on the anniversary. My DH and I celebrated our 36th this past November. It is awesome that you enjoy quilting and hand sewing. Would love to see pictures of your quilts.
Welcome Brian.Hope you enjoy it here.
I can't wait to see some of the quilts you have lovingly made. It is nice to have a man in our crazy group. It is great to see that you work with kids, it must be very fullfilling.
Now get to it!!! Post some pictures!!! LOL
Welcome Brian and you too, Diane. I saw that it was your first post. I join with the rest.....pictures, people, pictures. It's great that you learned to embroider from your mother. I was one of those Moms that made sure my boys could cook, iron and sew on a button.....not that they do it now that they are married LOL
No my wife isn't a quilter but she helps me pick out Materials and color combinations. The ladies who work at the fabric stores always talk to her until she tells them that I am the quilter and then you would think I had two heads.
Hello Brian and welcome to QCA. I, too, love the antique and traditional quilts but I'm not ambitious enough to try to copy the antiques. I just use the repro fabrics and try to pick out traditional patterns.
I hope you will join our Mystery Quilt. We just posted fabric requirements and cutting instructions and we won't post the next step until 3/19 so you have plenty of time to get ready. Check out the Mystery Quilt Workshop (in the menu on the left) for all the details.