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Brian VanDyke Posted: Sat, Mar 6 2010 10:43 PM

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....

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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.

 


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Kris replied on Sat, Mar 6 2010 10:59 PM

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.

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Happy replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 7:32 AM

welcome Brain the quilting I think would be a good out let to your job hope you enjoy your self

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Maria replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 8:12 AM

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?

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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.

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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.

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Welcome, Brian

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.

Happy quilting.

Judy J.

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Eileen replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 10:33 AM

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! 

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Nana replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 1:40 PM

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.

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Welcome Brian.Hope you enjoy it here.

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Gagoo replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 2:48 PM

Welcome Brian,

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

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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

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Kris

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.

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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.

  

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