The New Voyager Bag February 2, 2014
I'm so happy to announce the latest colorful addition to my line of bags. The new Voyager Bag is the ultimate carry-on, perfect for travel, a weekend away or a trip to the gym. Numerous pockets keep everything organized and secure.
Whatever your mode of travel you'll look and feel your best carrying the beautiful Voyager Bag!
Click on the picture to read more and to order your copy of the pattern!
In The News
zig, Zag, ZOOM March 30, 2013
I've received some recognition recently for my quilt pattern called zig, Zag ZOOM! It was featured in two trade magazines over the summer. American Quilt Retailer did a write up as did Fab Shop News. American Quilt Retailer also showed off my Woolly, Woolly Bag pattern. That pattern features a bag to hold your knitting or crochet projects.
The Zig, Zag, Zoom Quilt is so easy that the blocks almost make themselves.
Zig, Zag, Zoom is made using Hoffman California Fabric 10" Bali Crackers (40 different ten inch squares). I've ordered the same ones used in this quilt for the online shop. Be sure to keep an eye out for them, they are absolutely gorgeous...Click on the picture to read more!
Me and My Baby Lock
A Sneak Peek January 8, 2014
I'm designing a new bag for you and creating it on my Baby Lock sewing machine.
Winter gets me thinking about travel so I'm designing a gorgeous bag to take along when you visit your next destination. Use it as a carry on or a weekender bag or take it along to the gym.
Have a look at the fabric I'm using. These colorful strips are part of packages of forty 2 1/2" strips that are distributed in Canada by Trend Tex Fabrics. They've hand picked 40 different Hoffman California batiks in each package. The pink color way I'm using is called Electric Lemonade as well as a bit of brown batik for the accent, zippers and for the swirl that is raw edge appliqued to the front of the bag.
Stay tuned for another sneak peak update!
Quilt As Desired July 5, 2013
"Quilt as desired", those are scary words, words that send the most stout hearted of us looking for the car keys so we can safely deliver our quilt tops, runners and the like to the nearest long arm quilter. That was me until I got my Unity sewing machine from Baby Lock.
Nothing used to terrify me more than doing free motion quilting. Snarly birds nests under my work, poor tension and breaking thread were the norm rather than the exception. My Mantra with machine quilting was 'As Ye Sew, Sew Shall Ye Rip."
Being a designer my samples needed to look pretty good. Not having much luck with my quilting at home I took my projects to the machine quilters in the area. After all, nobody likes the quilt police giving them a citation for messy work!
Enter the Baby Lock. Now I'm having fun with my small projects. I'm breezing through my work making bed runners, table runners, large and small quilted pillow tops. My friends are amazed - even the picky ones. Here's a photo of a pillow top that's part of my new "Crazy Love" bed runner and pillow set. I look forward to showing you the whole pattern soon.
Making Samples September 28, 2013
As summer comes to it's inevitable close the days spent working in my studio get longer and longer. That's because every fall I travel to Houston, Texas for Quilt Market. Quilt Market is a wholesale marketing convention for all things 'quilty'. I'll be having a booth there, speaking a couple of times and generally sell, sell, selling. Shops from all around the US, Canada and abroad come to recharge, learn from their peers and find new patterns, fabrics and notions.
This year I'm trying to achieve a really tight look in my booth to tie in with my new branding. You can see the logo at the top of this page. Formally I was known as 'Among Brenda's Quilts'. But now,since I'm better known now for my bags, the word 'Bags' was added to the logo. I'm hoping I don't morph into a fabric designer as well. In that case my name would need to reflect that change too. Can you imagine it - 'Among Brenda's Quilt, Bags & Fabric'! Maybe I should have initially called myself 'Brenda's Favorite Things' or 'Brenda's Bags' or 'The Best of Brenda' those names would have left some room for future growth!
The booth at Quilt Market is going to be color themed this year, something I should have done years ago. My problem is I like all kinds of fabric, country, modern, vintage etc. But that garage sale look just won't cut the mustard at Quilt Market. That's why I'm making new samples for some of my things. The goal is a cohesive look. And that look is - young, fresh and bold with a hint of playfulness.
So out with the muddy colors and in with the brights. These are the colors I gravitate towards anyway. They are the colors I wear and the colors I look best dressed in. You probably all have your own color palettes you favor just like I do. An in the end that's your look, your color spot.
So I have a little stack of fabric to dig into to make several new bags. The sewing machine is all warmed up to make those samples. That'll keep me busy for an hour or two!
Talk to you soon -- Brenda
Pellon University April 1, 2013
Last fall, at Quilt Market in Houston Texas I filmed a video for Pellon Projects where I talked about their 975 Insul-Fleece product. I use it in many of my patterns.
The new Pellon website will open on April 3 and you'll be able to access a wealth of free information and projects like the Tag-along Tea Cozy that I show on my Pellon University video.
Click on the picture to watch the video.
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
Here's an in depth look at how batiks are used as a background fabric for hand embroidery. Follow Brenda as she gives the scoop on the benefits of using Hoffman California's 1895 collection. Tips are given on how to line your embroidery fabric and how to combine lining with transfer pens and markers.