Friday, December 30, 2011


My first quilt post!

 I love quilting.  L.O.V.E  I.T.  I have been quilting for about 12 years, and I love that there is always something new to make, new fabric to find, new tecniques to master.  Quilting is an endless possibility of color and patterns. 

 I LOVE it.

 So, onto my first quilt posting.....Boise State!

My husband loves Boise State.

He loves it. 

He didn't just jump on the Boise State bandwagon when they started gaining national attention a couple of years ago.  He has been an avid follower for years.  For almost as many years as he's loved Boise State, he's hinted at me making a quilt for him.  Not just any quilt. 

 A Boise State quilt.

Because my husband loves Boise State, most everyone else in the household loves it, too!  He dresses our children in Boise State gear.  Not just our boys, but all of our girls have Boise State shirts, too.  All except for our youngest daughter, who has a Boise State necklace made out of Hazelnut shells.  Boise State logo painted on each nut shell and strung on a ribbon.  Interesting...and pretty. 

This is a random photo of our guy at the monster truck show with my husband, but notice the shirt....(Boise State!)
His favorite!  Not something that breaks my husband's heart, not at all!

When we first got married 9 years ago, he was following Pro football a little closer than he was college football.  He was really a fan of the Denver Broncos, so I made him a Denver Broncos fleece blanket for his birthday the first year we were married.  You know, the ones where you double the fleece and then tie it together around the edges?  I made it super long, because he is a super tall guy.  6'6" to be exact.  I only made it as wide as the fleece was, so it was only about 58" wide...actually about 56" after I tied all the edges up.  So he would always comment that it wasn't wide enough to cover his shoulders up quite all the way.  He's not only a super tall guy, he has super broad shoulders, too. 

 So, this Christmas, after all his years of hinting, I thought I'd finally create him a quilt that he would love and that would fit all of his criteria.  Long, wide, warm and snuggly, and, (I don't know if I have these in the right order of importance...) be Boise State!
(...that box of Miller Genuine Draft down there....just a box to pack our Christmas Village in.  Didn't consume it!)
I found the orange Boise State fabric on Etsy, and I knew that was the fabric I wanted for his quilt. (I just went over and checked, and the shop I found it on is sold out.  Bummer!  Especially because my son wants one exactly like it, and I didn't buy enough!  Argh! )

Next, I needed to find a pattern that would be masculine for him, but something simple enough that I could finish in a short amount of time during the crazy holidays.

I found this quilt pattern from Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and I knew that was the one.   It's called Fair and Square, and I thought it was perfect for a big, masculine guy's football quilt!  I strayed a little from her instructions and made it longer and wider for perfectly covered shoulders, and feet, and measures 84 X 84.   I think I'll have to use her pattern again....

I'm normally a machine quilter, and have quilted all my quilts on my sewing machine for the past couple of years, which I love doing!   I decided I would try out my longarm quilting skills on the rentable longarm at our local Janome dealer, because I couldn't bear to even think about all the time and effort (not to mention the workout) it would take to push this big quilt through my machine, and I wasn't sure how my machine would like the fabric I used for the back.

I decided to go for a loopy pattern through the blue background and swirly footballs in the orange squares.  I have to say....I love it!  Sorry, not the best picture up above....

I used a blue fleece on the back, which makes it nice and heavy and super cozy!  The quilting looks really cool on the back, I think!

I have to say...I think that I was born to be a longarm quilter!  Okay, my quilting wasn't perfect, but for my very first time, I don't think I did a horrible job!  I had sOoOoO much fun quilting it, once I got the hang of it after the first row.  Plus, it only took me four hours....compared to the four days it probably would have taken me on my sewing machine!

The only problem with quilting on a longarm in the middle of a busy store is that many older gentlemen who were in the store with their wives were coming up to me trying to talk about Boise State and how their season is going.  I had to say, 'sorry! I'm just making the quilt!  My husband is the football guru!'  It was lots of fun to get some compliments, though!

I'm going to have to definitely go back and use that baby again!  What I wouldn't give to have one of those beauties for myself. *sigh*

 I used the same orange fabric for the binding which finishes the whole quilt off quite nicely, I think.

Anyway, I gave this to him for Christmas, and I think he really loves it.  He's a snuggler by nature, and he's ALWAYS under it when he's hanging out at home.  He even wraps it around himself and walks around in it! 


The satisfaction of a gift well planned and well received!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hello out there!

     I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time, but there have been a few things holding me back. 
     First of all, I know myself well enough to know that once I've committed to a blog, I will spend precious time that I already have in short supply.
                                         As a mother of six children,

and with a husband in school, there's not a lot of time I have to myself.  I haven't wanted to let myself invest the time that I know it will require, and that I'll want to spend with it. 
     Second of all, I've agonized over what to name my blog!  There are so many cute blogs out there with such clever, catcy names, and I really have had a hard time finding one that I feel is worthy of blog world!  I've thought about 'The One-Twelve,' 'The Eight-Eleven,' my husband suggested 'A stitch in time,' which is a catchy name but taken..., 'Cherries and Chocolate,' 'Chocolate Covered Strawberries,' which would come from my love of quilts that are red and brown, 'No time for quilting,' etc., etc.  In the end, my daughter Rachel and I finally agreed that 'brasier house' was a good name that embodies who I am.  After all, we are the brasier house.  Maybe someday when I start my longarm business that I've been dreaming of, it will be effortlessly named,'brasier house quilting.' 

     Third, it's a hard thing for me to put myself out there and let the world see me for what I am.  I have a hard time thinking that there's maybe someone out there that doesn't have the best opinion of me, my writiing, my quilting, my parenting...the list could go on and on.  Call it insecurity!  Don't call it insecurity, it is insecurity! 

     In the end, I decided that I really wanted to do this, and the wanting outweighed all the fears that I had about it.  The experience will be worth wading through all my insecurities.  Maybe I'll make some new friends.  Maybe I'll learn a little, and grow a little. 

     So, I'm going to put myself out there, to talk about my family, to talk about my children, to talk about my quilting and sewing and creating; and maybe show off a little of it all!