ABQ Sewing Studio
Events at retreats, shops, and guilds
Bag making classes, workshops and retreats
My workshops are based on my bag designs. Most workshops are one or two day events. The emphasis is on results. Workshop participants can expect to leave the workshop with a finished or near finished project.
Often my workshops are tied in with some other event: for example, if I have been invited to share my Trunk Show to quilting guilds, they may also offer a workshop for interested members the next day. I often travel to retreats to teach as well.
To give you an idea of what you might experience, here are some articles about past events.
- Simcoe County Quilter’s Guild, where I taught the Yorkville Shopper and presented Developing the Designer in You
- Presentations to Guild in the Orillia area, where I did two trunk shows in one day. That was a first!
- A weekend in the life of a Bag and Quilt Designer and Teacher. That weekend I taught the Essentials Tote and gave my Introducing Quilting to China trunk show.
- A quilting retreat in Beaverlodge, Alberta This weekend retreat saw me teach the Around the Block Bag (named after the shop in Beaverlodge) and the Roll ‘n Go quilt.
- A Stitch In Time in Leamington, Ontario, where I presented Developing the Designer in You and taught Homeward Bound.
Participants must have a sewing machine in good working order, a rotary cutter and rulers, mat and regular quilting supplies. Because we are moving quickly through the steps of the pattern, generally there is an expectation that all fabric will already be purchased and cut to size before we begin the workshop.
For this reason, most workshops are geared more for the intermediate level of quilter, and not the complete beginner. I always provide information for the specifics for each class to the event organizer to hand out to the students prior to class.
Online tutorials and classes
Live classes are lots of fun, but it’s not always possible to attend because of time or distance constraints. Not to worry! Find online tutorials and video classes at Make Bags With Brenda.
Our video classes are very thorough, and you do not need to purchase the pattern separately, as it is included in the class materials. Your class also comes with a money-back guarantee.
We have lots of free content at Make Bags With Brenda that’s publicly available, but if you sign up for a site membership, you’ll get access to more. You may purchase a bagmaking class or enjoy a free class that’s only available to site members. Find out more here. This is an excellent way to see if you like video classes, and to make sure your internet connection can handle it. If you are able to watch other videos online then you should have no problem watching ours.
Developing the Designer in You
There’s something for everyone when Brenda shows over 60 quilted pieces including numerous quilts, bags, runners etc. This presentation usually lasts a little over an hour.
Hear how Brenda stumbled into the pattern design business and how that business has grown. She’ll talk about the people she’s met along the way and all the funny things that have happened to her.
This trunk show will give you inspiration and encouragement as you learn how to develop the ‘Designer in You’. So plan to sit back and enjoy yourself as you view some gorgeous quilts and bags and hear plenty of wonderful stories!
Introducing Quilting to China
Experience a trunk show that’s fun and engaging, and a little out of the ordinary!
Early in 2014, and again in 2015, Brenda was invited to promote the art of quilting and bag- making to the Chinese people in China’s textile city Shaoxing. Attendees will hear the surprising story of how she was chosen to represent Canada in China.
- Listen to her talk about her travels, the people she met and her impressions of quilting in the area.
- See the 52 items shown in China from Brenda’s own design collection.
- Learn a little about doing business in China while enjoying 183 full color slides.
Spend a fun filled hour, punctuated with lots of laughs, while finding out about a whole new world of quilting.
Suggest a class or trunk show to your local shop or guild
After all, if you’re interested, others may be too, and I’m always happy to discuss possibilities. Have a representative of the store or guild email me at email@example.com.