Recent Designs

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!

Click on the picture to read all about it!


In The News

Online Video Classes Begin December 2, 2016


I'm excited to announce the beginning of a new venture - online video bag making classes. My new site makebagswithbrenda brings me into your home to help you make your own professional bags using my ABQ patterns. The first three classes offered will be for the Essentials Tote, the Sweet Talk Phone Bag and the Homeward Bound Bag. Each class includes a series of short video lessons to make the bag, as well as downloadable printed material for the Cutting List, Cutting Layouts, a Quick Reference Guide for cutting, and written directions to follow along with as you watch the video lessons. You'll be able to watch and sew on your own schedule anytime you'd like. Join me - I'd love to be your teacher!

Click on the picture to take you to makebagswithbrenda.com


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 Visit To Midland December 2, 2016


Recently I had the opportunity to visit the ladies of the Midland Quilters Guild to present my lecture Developing the Designer in You.

There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone when I show over 60 quilted pieces including numerous quilts, bags, runners etc. at my hour long presentation. I love to tell others how I stumbled into the pattern design business and how that business has grown. In Midland, I talked about the people I've met along the way and all the funny things that have happened to me over the years. My goal is to always give inspiration and encouragement for others to develop the ‘Designer in You’. Thanks Midland for a great night out!


Misc.

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

makebagswithbrenda.com December 2, 2016


Have you always wanted to try making a bag but been afraid to try? Do you want to work at your own pace not be stressed out in a live class?

My online video classes offer video lessons divided into short segments to make sewing your own professional looking bag a breeze. You'll be able to create your bag at any time you like at a pace you set yourself. Along with the video lessons you'll receive a download for all of the written instructions, a supply and resources list, cutting directions, cutting layouts and a quick cutting guide.

Click the picture to visit makebagswithbrenda and to find out more!