I am a quilter! A simple statement. A statement, that when uttered by a female, receives no startled looks or hardly any response at all; other than "oh so am I, or so is my sister". But when I am at a fabric store with my daughter or my wife, I might as well be invisible. The clerks will always approach my wife or daughter and ask if they need help. My wife will reply, "nope! he's the quilter". I don't think the clerks believe her. I know they don't believe me when I tell them, "I am a quilter". But I got to thinking one day, of all the similarities between Quilting and Woodworking. You see I consider myself a woodworker too.
Since several readers of this blog have mentionned that they would like their husbands to maybe get involved in quilting, I thought I would try to offer some reasons for them to give it a try. Although two fabric fiends under the same roof may proof to be too much.
I will from time to time add to a list that will be created. The list will detail the similarities between Woodworking and Quilting. I would also hope that some readers might add their thoughts and additional similarities in comments. I will add the appropriate comments to the "master list" here.
QUILTING AND WOODWORKING
1. Think of the sewing machine as a table saw, when needing to sew a straight line.
(Think of the 1/4 inch seam guide as a fence on the table saw).
2. Think of a sewing machine as a scroll saw.
(You don't have to sew straight lines, they can be circular/curved too).
3. Quilting and Woodworking require precise measurement, for accuracy.
4. Both use a set of plans before starting to cut materials.
5. Both use mitered corners.
6. You choose both wood and favric for the same reason-Beauty (from "holee")
7. Both are about fitting geometry together (from "Pat")
8. Both involve mathematics (from "Pat")
9. Measure twice, cut once applies to both.
10. Both wood and fabric have a grain that one must pay attention to.
11. When assembling both fabric pieces and wood one should match the grain patterns.
There, this gets us started.......ADD some more in the comments....Thanks, maybe we'll get another husband, father, or brother to consider quilting.....