Recent Designs

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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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

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!

New Sewing Machines January 23, 2015


I'm expecting delivery of two new Baby Lock sewing machines to my studio this year. The first will be the Tiara 2 coming in January.

You might be seeing me soon at your local quilting or sewing store as I travel about as a Baby Lock Ambassador to Canada. I'll be sharing sewing machine demos and my Trunk Show at shops all across Ontario and beyond in 2015. I hope to see you soon!


Latest Events

Catching Fire! January 1, 2015


As the Christmas season approached I wondered what to get our friend David. His wife Sandy had told me that he had expressed am interest in learning to quilt several times over the years. Would he still be interested?

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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.