Recent Designs

Homeward Bound April 12, 2016

The Homeward Bound Bag features the Discover Canada Collection made for Harper's by Robert Kaufman to celebrate Canada's upcoming 150th birthday!

Or, create your own celebratory look - the sky is the limit!

Nostalgic panels, one hiding a large pocket, complement this softly structured bag with decorative rings, a relaxed side silhouette, protective bag feet and interior slip pockets. The top is finished with a secure zipped closure. Hardware kits are also available by following our Shop! link above.

Click on the picture for more information.

In The News

How I Repaired a Quilt Damaged in a Fire November 18, 2015

Quilt after repairs

Sometimes a project comes along that seems too difficult, or even impossible.

After a devastating fire in the neighborhood that claimed an innocent life, this quilt was one of very few things left, so I felt I must at least try to help salvage it.

Click the photo to read about the repair process.

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

A Weekend in the Life of a Quilt and Bag Designer and Teacher January 29, 2016


Not a moment to waste on a busy weekend trip to the Ottawa area!

From a Friday night trunk show, to teaching a sold-out class on the Essentials Tote and meeting a quilting coach on Saturday, to a chat with a fellow designer, this was a weekend stuffed with sewing and quilting activity.

For more, click the photo.


Five key life lessons learned by a quilting teacher March 9, 2016

Marie-Claire Charette

Marie-Claire Charette is known as La Quilting Coach. Among her other offerings, she teaches classes using my patterns.

I met her at a weekend presentation and bag sewing class in Orleans, Ontario this past January and it was such a pleasure that I invited her to share a little of her hard won wisdom with my readers.

Click the photo to read her blog post.

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.