As most of you know, women dominate the quilting world, however, there are men out there, quietly quilting away, making and finishing quilts!
And guess what.....lots of them aren't gay! I know....right away everyone assumes that these men are GAY! Some are, some aren't. Kinda like women quilters. And besides....sexual orientation has nothing to do with whether or not you can make a fabulous quilt! (ok, now I'm going to get off my soap box!)
So in our shop we do have a handful....ok...maybe less then that, of men who frequent our shop looking for supplies to makes a quilt. Some have been military, so we see them for a bit and then they move on. Others come in not too often, but being a man in a woman's domain, it's easy to remember them!
One day we had TWO of our men quilters in the store at the very same time, and we introduced them to one another...and do you know what the one guy said to the other? I just want you to know that Im not gay!! And the other said - oh goodness, me neither, and I'm scared I'm going to get beat up walking outta here one day!! (he was joking of course!)
Both of these men make quilts for their children and grandchildren. And do an amazing job I might add!
So today when I saw Desi (our token man quilter!) arrive at the shop, complete with his biker gear....I had to take his picture for all of you too....see what a MAN QUILTER looks like!!!
Didn't expect that did you? Desi is a leather wearing, Harley riding, full fledged quilter dude.
And that quilt is his most current project! It's a hand stitched Block of the Month quilt that he's absolutely loving! Desi started quilting when he decided to make a memory quilt for his granddaughter from his son's tshirts. He thought he would make that one quilt and be finished. (Hahahah! Surprise Desi!) Now he's a regular face at our Friday, Sew with Flo classes. The ladies love having him up there, and he's loving the help as he delves a little further into the world of quilt making!
Desi won't be giving up quilting anytime soon, he has two sisters who quilt themselves and encourage and support his newfound hobby!