A New Quilter in Town

There’s a new quilter in town.  And this one is very meticulous and careful.  Catches on quick too.  Great student.  Math whiz.  Look out Sally.  Your Best of Show status could be in jeopardy.  This one could give you a run for your money.

Are you curious?  Have I peaked your interest?  You’ll never in a million years guess who it is. 

Give up?

It’s my Dear Hubby!  You see, he’s been doing maintenance and repair on sewing machines lately.  But when it comes time to thread the machine and sew a test piece, he has to call another quilter to do the honors.  He’s fabulous with all the mechanical stuff.  And figuring out what the problem is when things aren’t just right.  But sew a quarter inch seam?  Not on your life.  Wind a bobbin?  No way.  So I told him the other day that if he’s going to really get into this machine work, he needs to know how to do regular operation too.  And he fell for it thought it was a really good idea.


Here he is hard at work.  And he’s a natural. 

It all started when I bought enough fabric to make two table runners for our gifts at a recent Christmas Party.  And Dear Hubby decided if one of those was going to be from him, he needed to have a hand in its creation.  So we set about on a crash course in Quilting 101 in my sewing room.  And he was a very apt student.  Determined to do the entire table runner himself.

He was very focused.  On a mission.  Resolute.

And can I just tell you how strange it feels to be sitting in the living room doing some hand stitching and hearing the sewing machine whirring away in the sewing room?  Very weird.  It might take awhile to get used to this.

Here’s the finished table runner!  Dear Hubby was quite proud.  And I’m quite proud of him too.  He did great!

You know what else?  You quilters out there will appreciate this.  He even did the hand stitching on the back side of the binding.  Mitered corners and all.  Did I mention what a whiz he is?

And the dear friend who received it at the party was excited too.  “I got an original!” she exclaimed.  I hope she enjoys it.  Because Dear Hubby very nearly couldn’t stand to part with it.  First quilts are hard to let go of.  But he may be totally hooked now.  I wonder what he’ll decide to do for Quilt #2.

Look out Sally.  There’s a new quilter in town.

Merry Christmas Eve, y’all!

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17 Responses to A New Quilter in Town

  1. JoAnne says:

    Go, Mark! That runner is fabulous. Looks like he used the “quilt as you go” technique. Is a longarm in his future?

  2. Judy Terry Linn says:

    Aviators and Quilters are THE BEST of two worlds – now Mark is BOTH! Congrats to Mark on first project! Barb, congrats on another quilter in the house (I think.)

    Merry Merry Christmas to You Two and your families!

    (This blog reader is waaaay behind in blog reading. I still have binding to finish on one project, so something had to wait. And I see MY name on the blog….will look forward to catching up!)

    Merry Merry Christmas to ALL!!!

  3. Susan Bancroft says:

    What a very handsome husba–I mean–table runner!!! Wow, this is impressive! If I heard my sewing machine whirring, and it were just Bill and me in the house…..uhhhh, I KNOW it was the cats! Please tell Mark that I think this is seriously wonderful. A wife can only dream of such a thing. I love the table runner pattern and the great fabrics! I think this calls for another blog giveaway….of a table runner by Mark, of course!!! Your lovely blonde friend is a VERY lucky girl to be the proud owner of Mark’s Original! Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to both of you! xoxo

  4. Cindy Smith says:

    Great job ‘dear hubby’!

  5. Brenda Foster says:

    Mark, you are awesome! Is there anything this man can not do??? And lucky Dede got your original piece and it is quite cute. By the way, Dede, your hair looks very cute curly! Congrats Mark.

  6. Patty Spinelli says:

    WOW just WOW. He did such a great job…I am so very proud of him…maybe there will be Quilt Show ribbon somewhere in his future…Great Job Mark!

  7. LaNelle says:

    Congrats Mark!!!!!!! Good job.
    Barb, you now have a new class … husbands behind the machine or something like that.
    You are a lucky woman. What a Chrismas Present….. the man you love … sharing in what you love. Can’t get any better than that.
    Happy Christmas and a very merry , safe New Year.

  8. Cyndie Knisley Shindle says:

    I agree with LaNelle, the man you love sharing in what you love, you are blessed. God is always working out His marvelous plans for our lives. Merry Chrismas everyone!
    Hugs to you all.

  9. Libby says:

    I’d be finding a way to lock up my fabric stash! 🙂

  10. Pam Barr says:

    No surprise to me! I’m pretty proud of my little bro.
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Laurel H. says:

    O WOW! Very exciting, Barb. I hope he keeps going; he’s very good!

  12. Sally says:

    Awesomation! Tell Mark, “You go, Guy!” Great table runner and GREAT first quilt. Even the hand stitching! Is he going to start coming to JSS Bee days?

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  13. Patti Munro says:

    You may need his and her sewing machines. Great first project.
    Everyone have a wonderful Christmas!

  14. Suz says:

    Wow, straight lines, perfectly square corners…but then we expect that from Mark! Looks great! A wonderful gift for anyone!

  15. Brita says:

    Hooooraaaaaaaaay! I’d love to have my hubby do this too. But I might have to share stash. Hmmm. Aviator? Mine is, too.

  16. Debbie says:

    My husband is a quilter also. It comes in very handy-he can help me when I am running behind. We have completely different likes in projects. One downside is there are 2 shoppers -BUT if he doesn’t put his fabric away, I put it in my stash!

  17. Carol Parker says:

    Your dear hubby deserves a round of applause. Beautiful job, Mark!!

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