Recent Designs

Home Cooking Casserole Cover September 5, 2009

ABQ-140: The Home Cooking Casserole Cover

While I was at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh in May I learned that buyers were looking for insulated quilted casserole covers that would convert into tablerunners. I talked the idea over with friends Lisa and Marlene, who have their own quilt businesses and often have sales booths at local quilt shows. Both girls meet with the quilting public more than I do, because I'm generally at home designing. They insisted that a combination casserole tote - tablerunner was a design that had built-in functionality and appeal.

The concept was intriguing, and since I love to think in three dimensions, I took up the challenge. I wrote the design for beginners as a gentle introduction to quilting, with a full explanation of binding. There are plenty of pictures, diagrams, and everything is spelled out so that anyone can make an insulated covering for either standard sized casserole dish (9"x13" or 8"x8"). Check out the product description and have a closer look at the samples of my design, that I call the Home Cooking Casserole Cover!

Peek-A-Boo Bag September 5, 2009

The Peek-A-Boo Bag

If you were to head over to "the mall" you would find a lot of the bags for sale have designs built around their showy hardware. Bag manufacturers have access to a lot of buckles, fancy closures, and rings when they design.

I wanted to do a hardware inspired bag using Clover ® "O" rings. Usually they are used to attach handles to bags, period. My bag pattern incorporates them smack dab in the middle. They become a strong part of the design, and I’ve developed an easy way to sew the rings right into the bag itself. You can actually peek right through the rings to the other side of the bag. What fun!

The side ties are another flirty little feature of the Peek-A-Boo bag. When pulled and tied they decrease the overall size for another cute look. The slanted patch pockets add a nice tailored look reminiscent of jeans or capri’s from the 1950’s. The bag is fully lined with lots more pocket space inside for the well organized gal.

You can always count on great instructions and countless illustrations in my bag patterns too!

Hugs N Kisses Quilt November 8, 2009

Hugs N Kisses Quilt can be made and taught in 5 sizes

X's and O's arranged in a pattern means lots of Hugs and Kisses for your loved ones. With this quilt design in five different sizes, I have kept my focus on the beginner quilter as well as those looking for quick results: as usual, the instructions are easy to follow, with tons of pictures and diagrams.

And beginning with this pattern, I am including a little something extra for the teachers of those beginner quilters. Whether you are new to teaching, or a seasoned quilt teacher, you will find quick tips, as well as warnings where quilters might be tempted to make a misstep. Save yourself and your staff valuable time by checking out the Teaching Notes for this quilt. Download your Free Teacher's Notes for the Hugs N Kisses Quilt today.

Hugs and Kisses emphasizes the relationship that Quilting Shops can build with their Beginner Level Quilters and those looking for a project that's quickly made. Do you want a pattern that will show your clientele how to use Jelly Rolls®, Bali Pops® or Roll-ups®? Do you have an accuquilt® machine in your shop you would like to kit with? Do you want a pattern that can show off a beautiful quilting stitch? Do you want to build a new customer base of quilters? Teach them with hugs and kisses. Remember: XOXO.

Sweet Peep Has Arrived February 12, 2010

Sweet Peep

Everybody needs a hug and Sweet Peeps Mom is giving her baby chick just that. With little wings that move this quilt is sure to become the favorite of some little boy or girl and is going to capture the hearts of Moms and Grandmothers alike.

Sweet Peep has been presented on the pattern cover in Northcott’s ‘What A Hoot’ fabric for an upbeat look. Click the picture to see an alternate color way done in cozy flannel.

Are you a teacher in a quilting store? Follow the link to our free Teacher’s Notes to make teaching this quilt a breeze!

The Bevy Bag Is Here February 24, 2010

Here at ABQ we welcome our newest addition to the Party and Picnic series. The insulated Bevy Bag carries cold beverages to all your happy events. Inside you'll find room for 2 regular sized beverage bottles, two lunch bag sized ice packs and there's space in the pockets for two glasses. Just add friends and serve.

As an added bonus we have included instructions for an alternate lining that easily turns this bag into a computer netbook or mini computer notebook satchel. Use the satchel to carry all the normal things you would carry in your purse as well as your computer and its hardware. Why carry two bags when you can organize yourself with one? We're always thinking of ways to help you out here - Among Brenda's Quilts.

If you own a shop be sure to download our Teacher's Notes for this bag to make running a class at your store super fun and easy.

Chipmunk Learns His ABC's March 18, 2010

You're going to love this springy new baby and toddler quilt we've created for you called "C" is for Chipmunk. Chippy's easy applique shapes are fused for quick work. Fussy cut animal centers liven up every inch of this cute quilt. There couldn't possibly be a sweeter way to start learning the ABC's than with Chipmunk!

We are pleased to feature this quilt using Hoffman California Fabrics. The fabrics used are from the "A" is for Alligator and the Multiple Choice Collections that are available in regular quilters cotton and flannel.

Catch A Wave... March 29, 2010

Decorating your table has never been this easy before! One pack of Bali Pops (2 1/2" strips) and a co-ordinate is all it takes to create the Making Waves Table Decor set. It's fast, fun and easy and we even tell you how to sew that pesky binding down entirely by machine. They'll be calling you 'speed demon' after you whip up your own Making Waves set!

One package of Bali Pops makes up to 6 placemats and one table runner. We've used the Hoffman Candy Cotton flavor for a great summery look in the sample shown. Yardage is also given for a two color look.

Select Making Waves as the perfect project to teach in your shop or feature it as a one day retreat project. Follow the link for this pattern for Teacher's Notes to help you with your next class.

My Monster Bag June 22, 2010

It's been called "The Mother of all bags", "humongous" and "so big it's scary". Yes My Monster Bag is big alright, and if it's true that the gal carrying the largest bag is the winner then owning this bag means you've hit the jackpot.

Measuring in at 23 inches wide by 19 inches high, not including the straps, this is not a bag for the faint at heart. But despite the Monster Bag's girth it's stunningly beautiful both inside and out. It looks awesome made with one pack of forty 2 1/2 inch strips - and yes, in case you are wondering, it does use the WHOLE pack of strips!

Enjoy girls!!!

Tie A Ribbon July 11, 2010

The yellow ribbon tied around the 'old oak tree' has for many years represented homecoming and the end of long absences. In the 90's this idea developed into the crossed red ribbon representing AIDS awareness. Today there are as many ribbons and variations in ribbon color as there are causes and diseases. Each one expresses the empathy and the awareness of the wearer.

It is my hope that the making of this bag will encourage others to start their own personal positive action campaign making use of their unique and diverse talents.

Click on the picture to find out more about this new bag.

A portion of the sale of this pattern will be donated to the Cancer Society.

The Wrap-ability Collection is Here! November 19, 2010

View 1 is called Short and Sweet

Give your look added pizzazz by adding the beautiful colors and textures found in quilting fabric to your wardrobe. These wraps are simple enough for beginners and are a sensational idea for gifts for every size and age group!

The Short and Sweet Wrap and the Wrapsody are both made of 2 1/2" strips sewn and woven together. Wear them straight up or over your shoulder. Both are fabulous as an accent or peeking out from your coat collar.

The Avalon Hooded Wrap is made in soft flannel and gives you a tender romantic look. Warm it up by adding batting to the hood.

Need to teach a quick class at your shop? Any of these styles can be made in a quick hour and a half. Here at Among Brenda's Quilts we've fallen in love with the Wrap-ability Collection and we feel sure you will too!

Click on the picture above to see all 3 wraps.

Granny's Attic Toy Shop February 21, 2011

ABQ-153, Granny's Attic Toy Shop

Surprises never end when you visit Granny's Attic to see all of her toys. Peek into the window where you'll find Farmer Brown on his way home from market. Does he know his pig has gotten free from the wagon?

Simple embroidery techniques complete the display windows and easy piecing makes up the cheery store front.

Perfect for the young or young at heart. Make it in holiday colors for a terrific Christmas lap quilt for you and your family.

This quilt measures 43.5" x 62".

Click on the picture and then visit 'Brenda's Gallery' to see a stitchery close-up.

Angels Watching Over Me - A Redwork Quilt March 17, 2011

All night, all day angels watching over me my Lord. This line, taken from an old African American hymn was the inspiration for this exquisite quilt.

A serene angel is keeping watch overhead and is accompanied by wild Canada Geese.

Below her another angel delivers long awaited good news to the mail box at the country farm.

Follow the tracks from the house down to the pond. The kids are having a little fun on a wintry day. The little one gets a steadying hand while skating. His brother discovers that there seems to be a warm hearted angel hidden in his plump and friendly snowman.

Follow the Designs button above to the Redwork and Embroidery button. There you'll see the matching Snow Angels Pillow, 2 different colorways for the quilt and additional quilt information.

Click on the picture at right to see a larger image.

The Next Best Thing to a Table Runner January 3, 2012

The Next Best Thing

Modern quilters and sewers rejoice! This trendy runner breaks the mold with no batting, no binding and no quilting! Let your inner cubist out with this intriguing geometric design that uses 6 fat quarters or yardage. You’ll love how it stays flat, always looking great on your tabletop. It’s guaranteed to be easy peasy!

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Me & My Baby - a Diaper Bag February 25, 2012

You and your baby are going to turn heads with this beautiful bag. An assortment of multi functional pockets make packing a snap. The insulated bottle holder and change pad store efficiently inside. An adjustable strap allows for cross body or over the shoulder carrying. This deluxe bag is so impressive you just might want to use it for your everyday handbag!

Click on the picture to see lots more details.

You Go Girl! March 31, 2012

Your short, quick trips with baby might take you anywhere from the Hamptons to the hairdresser and back. The Quick Change Bag provides all the functionality and great looks that Mom's in a hurry are longing for.

Untie the artful little bow and unfold the bag to reveal a cushy change pad complete with a zipped pocket that holds diapers and wipes. Make the Quick Change Bag with one of the all new P.U.L. products to keep moisture away.

Click on the picture to see more examples and to get all the information you need to quickly make this luxurious diaper bag.

Dining Out Tonight? May 9, 2012

I often get requests to make specific patterns from the public. Here's one form Wyoma Clouss from Boise, ID. She writes: "I've been looking for a pattern for a table service carrier - it should have a slot for the plates on one side, the silverware, etc. on the other side, and folding in half, have space for bottles of water, wine or whatever in the bottom."

Here you go Wyoma, the bottle fits in the middle where you see the green cups. Enjoy!

Click on the picture to see the outside of the bag and more.

Sitting Pretty - a gussied up iPad cover with stand July 19, 2012

Go hands free with this versatile iPad cover. Stand it up at 45° to read recipes, fold it into vertical mode to watch a movie or lay it fat to read your favorite novel.

Sitting Pretty has full screen visibility and access to all ports and buttons. Protect your iPad from impact, scratches and abrasion but still enjoy your own unique look by using fun fabrics. After all, you're not a guy in a suit, so why would you accessorize like one?

The Sitting Pretty cover is lightweight yet firm and measures a mere 5/8" deep.

Made with Hoffman California's Picnic Social Collection.

Click on the picture to see images and information.

the ellipse bag September 13, 2012

The ellipse bag is runway ready with its graceful scoop back curves and peek-a-boo lining.

This modern mid-sized bag features a secure magnetic closure. Choose from several strap lengths. The adjustable strap gives options for over the shoulder, cross-body or handbag style wear.

The graceful wrap-around outer pockets offer practical storage for keys and cell phone. A fully lined interior offers a large zip top pocket and a wide patch pocket.

The ellipse bag measures 12.5" (H) x 8" (W) x 4.5" (D). The adjustable strap gives up to a 18" drop or can be shortened to a comfortable 9" drop to carry as a handbag.

Click on the picture to see the interior, side views, other fabric options and more!

Newly designed just for you! January 11, 2013

Keeping my patterns uniquely different, simple to follow, well illustrated and fun for you to sew forms the foundation of my pattern business.

This new venture of online sales is just an extension of being available to you, my customer. I've also added some extra items like bag hardware and specialty fabrics so you'll be able to easily find what you need to do a superb job on all of your ABQ projects.

Follow any pattern to the store or click on the picture. Have fun with your new shopping site!

Sew Girl, Sew! February 16, 2013

Show off your incredible sewing skills and your organizational abilities when you make and carry this gorgeous Sewing Machine and Extension Table Tote.

Pockets and more pockets will carry all your machine accessories and your sewing notions to classes and retreats.

Click on the picture to see more photos and to order your pattern now!

Stop and Go Quilt March 29, 2013

Quilt Market is fast approaching and that means it's time to really knuckle down to the job here at ABQ! I've got several quilted items to add in the next short while so be sure to visit the Designs button at the top of this page and go to new designs to see them all. Follow the post below as well, I've got way too many new patterns right now to fit in this one little spot!

Here is the first of the's called the Stop & Go Quilt. It's incredibly beautiful and trendy. Visit me at CreativFestival in Toronto to see it displayed or at Quilt Market in Portland.

Stop & Go is made using Hoffman California Fabrics 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 order your pattern now.

Woolly, Woolly May 7, 2013

One of the girls from my quilt guild, Karen, has been encouraging me to design a bag for knitters. Karen brought over her bag and other needle holders and such several months ago to show me just the kind of storage the perfect bag would need to have. Since then I've talked to dozens of knitters and crochet hookers (yes, they do call themselves this!) to get even more inspiration.

Having sat in numerous waiting rooms I thought, wouldn't it be nice to be able to bring a bag along that held all the needles, wool, needle stops and things necessary to produce a project.

The new bag, called Woolly, Woolly is the perfect solution to this problem. Be sure to make one for yourself - it's way better than anything you can buy!

Click on the picture to find out more.

Every eReader needs a cover! August 23, 2013

Every eReader needs a cover and now you can make a cover for ANY eReader with one pattern

This quick and easy padded cover fits any size eReader - all you need are two measurements to get started.

The basic cover is made with 3 fat quarters. Or buy a few extra fat quarters to get the crazy patch front. The handy magnetic closure snaps your cover closed for protection.

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The Bikini Island Bag October 18, 2013

You may not be able to wear a bikini anymore but you can still carry one! Have a little fun with this slightly slouchy bag that follows the classic lines of a bikini.

In addition to two outside pockets, the Bikini Island Bag has a surprisingly spacious interior with a roomy zippered pocket, an open-top pocket and a cell phone holder. It has a secure magnetic closure under the chunky accent button. The cushioned strap makes it comfy enough for an entire day of shopping.

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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!

Simply Dry April 30, 2014

I've been drying my dishes on a towel at the side of the sink for eons. Enter the new Simply Dry mat - it's perfect for stylish drying.

Simply Dry is a specially cushioned mat engineered to allow your delicate dishes to drip dry. When you're done with Simply Dry just hang it up to air dry or store.

Sew one for yourself and you'll soon be making them as gifts for others! An addictive technique using jelly beans and spots will make you smile!

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Make being a spectator a spectacular event! August 2, 2014

Take Roll & Go along to sporting events, tailgate parties, picnics, or other family events. Just roll the quilt up secure in the Carry-all and go have some fun!

Use team fabrics, patriotic fabrics, college fabrics and more to personalize the Roll & Go quilt for friends and family.

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The Girlfriends Bag September 10, 2014

It's an open or shut case. Snap it open--snap it closed--two great looks!

It's not too big and it's not too small with a roomy inside pocket divided to suit your every need. Dress it up with a funky button and voilà you're ready for anything! An easy to make bag.

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Get fit, don't quit! January 14, 2015

Happiness is a gorgeous bag that you can take along to yoga or any other fitness activity. The Yoga Fitness bag has room for your mat, towel, shoes, yoga block or just about anything else you might require for your workout.

Click on the picture to find out more.

A Star on the Horizon February 13, 2015

Here's a new pattern to dress up your home. These curved edge place mats look like flags blowing in the breeze with a single star to highlight your dining experience. This fun pattern for beginners includes great step-by-step photos to make it a sure success!

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Around the Block! February 27, 2015

Explore around the block or around the world carrying this secure and spacious messenger style bag with magnetic-snap closure. Make it with or without the zippered pockets and top zipper under the flap. Easy to follow diagrams and full color pictures make sewing it a snap.

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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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12 FREE Tips For Bag Makers! October 1, 2015

You'll find 12 free Tips for Bag Makers by clicking on the 'GO' button below! Read about ways to make successful and sensational bags!

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The Urban Computer Satchel in 2 sizes October 2, 2015

For all of your business trips, trips to the office or other travels here's the new Urban Computer Satchel. I've anticipated your needs with instructions for two sizes so you'll be able to fit even the largest laptop in your bag.

The front double-padded zippered pocket holds an iPad and the removable sleeve adjusts to fit a laptop. The zippered pocket, padded handles, straps and magnetic pocket polish it off. Oh, and I forgot to mention the luggage strap at the back of the bag. Just slip it over the pull handle of your suitcase for ease of travel! And we have Hardware Packs available on the shopping site in both Antique Brass and Nickel.

Read and see more by clicking on the picture.

Sweet Talk February 8, 2016

Chatting up your friends has never looked this good.!

Carry your phone, cash, cards, earbuds and all your other stuff in the two pockets. Your card holder slips into the back zippered pocket. This universal sized cross-body bag can be made with a button or a bow and is fully padded to protect your phone.

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.

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Uptown Girl Tote June 19, 2016

Strike a pose with this city-chic bag, perfect for a romantic stroll or serious shopping. Make the bag as shown with Robert Kaufman's Explore America collection which features US cities or national park motifs, or use regular yardage to create a minimalist one-fabric look on the front and back.

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Bag Measures: 12"H x 17"W x 5"D

Parlez-vous français? August 10, 2016

Exciting news! We now have a French language translation of the popular Voyager Bag pattern. It has an appropriate new name and is called the Sac Bon voyage!

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Pack me up, before you go go! February 6, 2017

Say hello to the new Daytripper Backpack!

Hike, bike, walk, work or go to school with your new backpack.

With an assortment of handy pockets for your devices, phone, pens, papers, etc. Loads of room inside for even your bulky items! One size fits all.

Check it out by clicking the picture!

Ooh La La March 11, 2017

Let's travel darling!

When you want it all, take the Ooh La La! It's the most luxurious way to carry all your travel jewelry and look like a movie star!

It features a bangle and watch pocket, hoop pocket, earring hub that snaps off, ring finger, necklace snap system and an anti-rub bling protector!

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Market Street Backpack April 23, 2017

This bag has a certain style that makes you smile! It's easy to sew with a top zipper, snappy swivel hook closure, adjustable straps and two cute patch pockets. You'll have a happy day with the Market Street Backpack! Cllick on the image for more information.

Measures: 13 1/2"H x 13"W x 7"D

Yorkville Shopper April 23, 2017

Everybody wants to make this bag! That's because of it's unique center section. Carry your purse belongings in the center zippered section and your shopping on either side. Smart side pockets, inner slip pockets and the corded straps make sure that you'll divide and conquer your shopping!

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Measures: 11"H x 15"W x 7"D

The Classic Fold-over Clutch September 29, 2017

A party-ready bag to swing on your wrist or sling over your shoulder. To close, click the magnetic snap and zip it up. Two handy slip pockets are included, one at the back and one inside. Perfect for those nights out!

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