I am a quilter and pattern designer living in Kansas City, Missouri. I enjoy collecting all kinds of fabric, especially Fat Quarters and I design traditional quilts with a modern twist to make them uniquely my own. I also enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time outside when I’m not quilting.
Qubee Quilts? People always ask me how I came with my company's name. I was looking for a name I could use online and just could not come up with one. I asked a group of my friends who knew I quilted what name I could use and one of them joking said I could be called “Quilter Boy”. No, I said that is a little over the top. Then another said you could use the initials QB. Again, I said no. They would think of me as a quarter back. Another said why not spell it out. How would you do that? I said. Qubie he said and your company name could be Qubee as in quilting bee.
As you can see my name and company name have a bit of a meaning for me and seems to be very fitting.
Being a male quilter, trying to gain acceptance in what is traditionally a woman’s art has been a long and difficult journey for me. Many considered it abnormal for a male to want to quilt. But I ask you - what is normal really? Who decided that only women could be quilters?
You may be shocked to learn, men CAN BE creative and talented with fabric too. Art in itself is non-sexist. An artist’s vision, creativity, and appreciation for design know not boundaries of gender!
Women have always found it hard when trying to get into a predominately male field. I have found it just as difficult to get into quilting. I run into huge road blocks of women who think men do not know anything about sewing or quilting. My only defense is to turn on the charm and let them know that I really do know what I’m talking about. A few have had to eat their own words and apologize. I have had to work hard to get where I am today. It has never been easy.
All too frequently, I hear women say, “Wow, I’m amazed at how much you really do know about sewing. Most men don’t have a clue!”
I am here to tell you that I would not have survived this long as a professional in the industry if I didn’t know what I was doing! I have worked at a fabric store for six years. Currently, I manage a major sewing machine manufactures retail sales and education location.
I am thrilled to be a part of the show and showcase my work. I love to get up on the table and start dancing, but I will will save that for another place and another time. We are here to view my awesome quilts. Yes, they are awesome because my mother has told me so. I think I could quilt up some dog poo and she would still say it is awesome. She still has the very first quilt I ever gave her and loves it to death. Every time I look at it I see every little mistake I had made, but mom always said from a galloping horse no one would ever notice. You know, she is right.
So sit back and have a few sips of your favorite drink or cocktail and enjoy the show. Oh and don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know that you were here. I'd love to hear from you.
In no order what so ever, here is some of my work. BTW, please feel free to touch my quilts. I don't mind. You can even get naked and roll around in them. :-)
|Flights of Nature -Original Pattern|
|Written in the Stars - Original Pattern|
|Christmas Quilt Along - Original Pattern|
|Frosted Stars - Original Pattern|
|Love - Original Pattern|
|Moon Garden - Original Pattern|
|Oh Lollipop - Original Pattern published in February 2011 edition of Quilters World Magazine|
|Prairie Stars - Original Pattern|
|Pleated Bliss Table Runner - Original Pattern|
|Sunday Squares - Original Pattern|
I will be sharing my block in Celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, October 4th and Quilt-Uberfest! on Friday, October 14th. Both are online quilt alongs, where I will showcase an original quilt block.
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Until next time,