Is a Great Quilt Husband really like Santa Claus, unicorns, and a truly free lunch? I think not. This weekend I was reminded that I am married to a really, really Great Quilt Husband. Which, of course, begs the question: what makes a Great Quilt Husband (GQH)?
A Great Quilt Husband has hobbies. That helps him better understand when you want to spend time with your quilting. My husband will tell you that he really doesn’t have any hobbies, but I’d beg to differ. He is the commissioner for his fantasy football league. He brews high quality beer (yum!). He likes to make and fix things, which leads to…
A Great Quilt Husband uses his powers for good. On Sunday, I taught a private lesson at the quilt shop and then I taught an art quilt class. During this time, my GQH broke down my sewing table and installed the insert for my Bernina 820. While he was at it, he reinforced the table since the 820 is heavier than my last machine. My entire studio is a reflection of his building and design skills.
A Great Quilt Husband knows how to answer design questions. A coworker of mine tells me that her husband always answers her design questions (Do I need more quilting? Do I need to change this color?) “yes.” He says that if she’s asking, then she knows there’s something wrong that needs to be addressed. My GQH listens to my questions, discusses the options, and then understands that his input is part of the process, not necessarily the direction I’ll take.
A Great Quilt Husband is patient. Need I say more? Okay. My GQH is patient with the number of hours I spend in my studio, the time I take with quilt-related activities outside of the house, and the effort it takes to plan the classes I teach and help my students.
A Great Quilt Husband understands that quilters regularly attend a lot of quilt shows. Further, a GQH would never misunderstand that attendance at a quilt show is a shopping opportunity. Rather, attendance is an opportunity to sample new products and exchange ideas with other quilters. *Ahem.*
A Great Quilt Husband understands that quilting will eventually take over the entire house. You’ve heard the joke? My husband is in charge of the garage, the attic, the utility room, and everything outside the house. The rest of the house is open for quilting activities and storage.
What other attributes does a Great Quilt Husband have? You tell me.