Recent Designs

The Essentials Tote April 9, 2015


Just in time for the warmer summer weather ahead, please welcome the the Essentials Tote!

It's made with 12 colorful Fat Quarters so that it looks entirely different from every angle. The cute Swing Purse hanging from the side keeps every essential right at your finger tips!

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In The News

Adventures of a Quilter and Bag Maker in China November 6, 2014


Early in 2014 I was contacted by a company interested in representing my patterns in China. The proposal came first via email, and it seemed like one of those emails you get from time to time that might be somewhat questionable. I read it over a couple of times and then decided to do a little fishing myself and asked some questions. As soon as I replied there began an email conversation with the group that went on for a couple of months. Then I received an invitation to attend a Textile Expo in China as a representative of Canada’s quilting community, to promote quilting in China. I replied that although going to China would be wonderful, I couldn’t come. A reply quickly came back that said they were so happy I could come. After considerable negotiation and back and forth emails we came to an agreement. My husband and I would be going to show samples of my patterns in a 10 x 10 foot booth, teach a class, speak and be part of a question and answer forum. It was going to be a great adventure! We were going to Shaoxing, China in October of 2014.

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Me and My Baby Lock

Video - Quilting with the Tiara March 16, 2015


Follow me as a quilt my first project, a table runner, on the Tiara II by Baby Lock. I'll show you how I pin my layers before quilting, explain how the machine is threaded, show you how I prepared my quilting design and finally how I quilted the project. See how easy it is to quilt using the Tiara by clicking the picture!

The Tiara II Arrives! February 18, 2015


What an exciting week this is going to be. The Tiara II Quilting Machine arrived on my doorstep and I've been assembling and trying it out. Click on the picture to read the full blog post!


Latest Events

Fun At Festival April 29, 2015


I've just returned from CreativFestival in Mississauga, Ontario this past weekend. Kathy, my sister-in-law accompanied me and we had a great time meeting with many of our past customers while making connections with new customers. One of the things I like to do at shows is encourage everyone to subscribe to my newsletter called The Scratching Post. You'll see the newsletter subscription button along the right hand column on this page. If you are a shop, subscribe to the Wholesale newsletter, otherwise subscribe to the retail newsletter. We've got a brand new free pattern in The Scratching Post for a Cross-body Phone Bag. Be sure to subscribe and start sewing this new bag!


Misc.

A Designer Label February 18, 2015


If you've been following my posts since last October you'll know that I had an opportunity to make some connections in China with textile experts and manufacturers. The people that brought me to China would like to begin marketing several of my bag models under my brand name Among Brenda's Quilts & Bags. The bags will be sold to the Chinese market.

So with no further ado, here's my designer label. You'll also find a label in my soon to be released hardware packages giving you the opportunity to make your own ABQ designer bag!


Brenda's Videos

Piccadilly Piecing October 9, 2012


Follow Brenda's 4 step lesson plan in your quilting shop when teaching the multi-sized Piccadilly Quilt (ABQ-167). Share these tips to keep beginners coming back to your store again and again.

Click on the image link to see this helpful video!

Youtube Videos! January 2, 2012


My dear friend David wanted to learn how to quilt so I gave him lessons for Christmas. This ongoing four part series that follows our progress and all the ups and downs of learning something totally new!

Click on the picture to go to my Youtube channel.