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Free Pattern Download coming soon... March 10, 2010


The following is an update directly from the Hoffman California Fabrics web site. I was asked to design a quilt using their exciting new Full Spectrum Fabric Collection...

"IN STORES EARLY SPRING! In this funk-a-liscious group, you'll find groovy '60s "op art" graphics and bold colors! It's no surprise the look is popping up in fashion and home-dec looks as a new generation discovers its playfulness.

Brenda Miller of Among Brenda's Quilts captures the energetic movement of Full Spectrum with an ultra-contemporary quilt project. Look for her "California Rain" to become available soon in our Free Quilt Patterns gallery."

Life in the Fast Lane March 18, 2010


It's spring again here in Canada and with spring comes the opportunity for more travel as I visit numerous guilds to do my lecture/trunk show and my teaching visits. Just this week I visited the Erie Shores Quilt Guild. They meet at the Kingsville Arena. My lecture and trunk show is called 'Developing the Designer in You'. It's full of ideas on how to rev up your own quiting and designing to a higher level. Next month I have a couple of engagements - one in Orangeville, Ontario to visit the Dufferin Piecemakers Guild and in Kincardine to visit the Sunset Quilter's Guild.

The month of April is the month of my own guilds Piecmakers Quilt Show in St. Marys, Ontario at the Pyramid Rec. Center from April 22 to the 24th. I am the chair of that event. In May it's time to fly to Spring Quilt Market taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit me at booth 2814 if you happen to be attending!

Keep On The Sunny Side June 7, 2010


The coop that David and Rob built.

Rob and I would like to introduce you to the new arrivals to our back yard. We have a little flock of six Isa Red hens. These gals are laying hens and have just reached their full potential of 6 eggs per day. So far we have enjoyed cheese omelets with our own fresh herbs, strawberry cream puffs with garden strawberries, asparagus crepes, pound cake and yes even fried eggs sunny side up. This week I'm going to work on my frittata repertoire and perhaps some custards.

Surprisingly we are not gaining any weight - probably since we've also been gardening like mad fiends as well. The hens are fed an organic diet and the garden is organic as well. As my Dad used to say 'we are dining like the Kings of France.'

Feeling Groovy August 17, 2010


I recently got a nice picture of one of my bags modeled by Breana at The Quilts of Gee's Bend show at the London Convention Center. This cute little bag is the Bag-ette (ABQ-127) and it's been made with four fat quarters from Westminster Fabrics.

Breana and her Mom are going to be making a Bevy Bag for Breana to carry her books to school in. The Bevy Bag will also carry a notebook computer, and iPad or a Kindle. It's also got room for all your purse belongs too! Thanks for modelling Breana!

Photo Time Again... November 19, 2010


It's always an event when it's time for a new publicity picture. I snuck one into the schedule this week as we were taking photo's of the new Wrap-ability Collection. If you think it's tough to figure out what to wear in the morning before work try figuring out how you want to appear to people who only know you from a little photo on your web site! Camera angst is not pretty girls and I suffer greatly from it.

Well here I am for another year...

Yours, Brenda

Quilting for Goderich January 3, 2012


Goderich Tornado: Quilters to the Resque

This past year the beautiful picturesque town of Goderich, Ontario suffered the effects of a tornado that struck its historic town center. Although one life was lost that day we all are thankful that no others died in this tragedy. Clean-up and fund raising began immediately. It was my privilege to lead a quilting fund raiser in nearby Exeter, Ontario at the Quilts and Calicos shop. Ladies of local guilds attended the class and over $1,700 was raised for the Goderich Relief Fund that day.

Click the image for the CTV spot on "Quilting for Goderich"

Bags of fun had at this class... January 29, 2012


Shirley of The Marsh Store in Coldstream, Ontario, Canada sent me this picture from a class held this past week in her quilt shop.

The gals made The Everything Goes Bag. Here are three of the bags just about complete using some terrific colors and fabrics. Like Shirley said 'the bags look pretty great'.

click on the picture to see more of The Everything Goes Bag.

Blue Ribbon Sew & Vac Ties the Ribbon February 26, 2012


Blue Ribbon Sew & Vac is a sponsor for this year's Relay For Life in Fairbanks, Alaska. Sue Phillips, co-owner of the Fairbanks shop along with the president of the local guild are planning a class to teach my Tie A Ribbon Bag. Students have the option of donating their bag to the relay auction. Sue has sent me this picture of her bag with a beautiful blue ribbon!

The relay will take place on June 1 at the West Valley High School. If you'd like to buy a bag, I'm sure Sue can help you. Click on the picture for more information about Sue and Blue Ribbon Sew & Vac.

Liz gets Cozy March 11, 2012


Liz followed the link for my free pattern, the Tag-Along Tea Cozy that was in my email newsletter and that is posted above. Here are two Tea Cozies she made. Obviously Liz is ready for spring!

Press the 'Sign Up For Brenda's Email Newsletter' button above right to get your copy!

See you there! Save On Patterns Till April 28th!! April 15, 2012


Visit Creative Festival April 27th and 28th at the International Center in Mississauga and indulge your passion for quilting and sewing and fashion! I'll be there with all my hot new patterns. See me at booth 184 right next to the classroom entrance.

We are offering a one time deal on patterns for CreativFestival. BUY 3 AND GET 1 FREE*! This offer is also for those of you who can't make it to the show. Email your order to millbr@sympatico.ca before midnight on April 28th, 2012 with the heading CreativFestival and you'll get the deal too!

Pre-order your tickets for CreativFestival using promo code 386AB to save... Parking is free at the show!

Click on the picture to visit the CreativFestival site for more information!

*Please note, shipping is not included on email orders. The free pattern included in this deal must be equal to, or less than the value of your least expensive pattern. This offer applies to retail sales only.

CreativFestival Spring 2012 May 1, 2012


I'm just back from my first stint at CreativFestival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where I met a lot of you for the very first time. It was great to be there so those of you I hadn't met could finally put a face to my pattern name.

Family member Eilene Patterson came along to help out during the show. Thanks go out to Eilene for her hard work and to all of you who came and checked out my patterns!

Kansas City Here I Come! May 11, 2012


It's time for Spring Quilt Market and the poor 'ole sewing machine has been kickin' up a lot of dust lately running from sun up to sun down.

All this bustlin' about is for the big show that opens next week. Yours truly along with trusty side kick Lisa Hill will be there at booth 904 and doing a School House presentation from 11:00am to 11:30am on Thursday.

Here's one of the last minute items, the Me & My Baby Bag, that I've been working on. Follow the link by clicking the picture to read about the beautiful Hoffman California Fabrics I got to use!

There & Back Again, The Tale of Two Canadians in Kansas May 23, 2012


surfin' the booth at Quilt Market

Hey Ho, Lisa and I have returned from a rip roaring time at Quilt Market. Our suitcases went there slightly empty and returned packed with batting samples, magazine samples and samples of every item known in 'Quiltdom'. Lisa sure knows how to gather the free stuff! I'm still sucking on the free candy... It's great to be home but gracious now it's time to plan for the Houston Quilt Market!

Checker Distributors Open House July 26, 2012


I am pleased to be invited to attend the Checker Distributor's Open House this year. This annual wholesale event is in it's 6th successful year and takes place August 19th and 20th at the Checker warehouse in Maumee, Ohio. There will be numerous vendors besides myself, each with a demonstration booth.

This is "An event to get you inspired and bring you up-to-date on the latest fabrics, notions and technology from Checker." Follow the link by clicking on the picture to register and find out more about this cutting edge event!

CreativFestival Time in Toronto September 6, 2012


Visit me at booth 801 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 12, 13,& 14th for CreativFestival. This show is dedicated to helping you create your own personal style. There's quilting, sewing and so much more for the 20,000 attendees that come to enjoy this incredible show!

I'll be teaching a sponsored class where we'll be making a unique firm sided ipad cover with a crazy quilted front. This is a sponsored class so the kit is included for a cost of just $5. Join me for this fun 2 hour workshop entitiled 'Crazy Quilting: Cover Your Assets" on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Click on the picture for more information on this class!

Show and Tell at the Huron Perth Guild November 14, 2012


One of my more popular designs at Among Brenda's Quilts is the My Monster Bag pattern. It's the perfect way to use a full package of Bali Pops, Jelly Rolls or Roll Ups. In case you have no idea what I'm talking about those are multi-colored packs of forty 2 1/2 x 42 inch strips.

Yesterday while at the Huron Perth Quilter's Guild two of the members stopped to chat with me. One had pictures to show me of her progress on the Monster Bag. Another quilter, Donna D. had her new bag with her. Donna tucked in the sides of her bag to square it up. She's also used strips on the outer pocket rather than yardage. I love to see the adaptations quilters and sewers make to the designs - after all you've got to please yourself!

Click on the picture to visit my Show & Tell page where Donna will be eligible to win a free pattern for providing me with this picture. We do a draw each month on the Show & Tell page so be sure to send in your photo's girls!

Donna's Blue and Purple Monster Bag November 18, 2012


Donna W. had pictures to share of her unfinished Monster Bag on her cell phone this past Tuesday at our guild meeting. The bag is now complete and ready to be shipped to Donna's lucky daughter who lives near the beach.

This Among Brenda's Quilts pattern is perfect for a beach bag. It's also popular as a retreat bag, a class bag or for use as a show & tell bag when carrying quilts to guild. Thanks for sharing your picture Donna!

A Little Fun with the Girls November 19, 2012


Our local yoga group headed out to a very enjoyable Mexican dinner followed by a concert featuring artist Brenda McMorrow. Brenda gets the crowd singing and chanting along with her in Sanskrit. It's a great evening to connect with others using the healing energy of sound.

I've been part of my yoga group for a few years now. When I first joined I carried my yoga mat in a shopping bag! Some of the girls noticed and asked 'don't you design bags - why don't you make a yoga bag'? That's how I was shamed into designing the Yoga Girl Bag for the Among Brenda's Quilt line! Now it's one of my favorite bags! See it by clicking on the picture of Brenda McMorrow in concert.

Best Wishes for the Season! December 30, 2012


Harry the cat and I send you our best wishes for a happy Christmas and a bountiful and blissful New Year. All the best!

Heritage Quilt Exhibit February 13, 2013


If you are a quilter you've probably got an old quilt or two in your collection. Maybe your quilt is a family heirloom lovingly passed down from Mother to daughter. Or maybe, like me, you have a quilt or two that have been gifted to you.

Locally we have a family who collects notable quilts of the area. They've established a quilt show called the Heritage Quilt Exhibit. The Fagan family opens the show to local collectors so that we can display our quilted treasures along side the Fagan collection.

Here is a quilt that I will be submitting to this years show.

Click on the picture and follow the link for information on the Heritage Quilt Festival, April 11 to 13th.

The Birds and Bees at the Stratford Perth Museum March 28, 2013


Visit beautiful Stratford, Ontario between April 16 - May 26th to get your fill of spring. They are having a nature themed quilt show inspired by the beauty of the surrounding countryside. My chicken themed quilt Forbidden Fruit will also be there - backyard chickens really do qualify as nature!

Click on the picture to read more... or go to the exhibits page at

Relax why don't ya! August 19, 2013


It's been an unusual summer here for me. Usually Rob and I and an assortment of extended family members go camping for a couple of weeks. I work away on quilt designs most mornings at the picnic table. This works out really well since the gang wakes up in 3 shifts. I can design and visit while they eat their breakfast.

This year our plans had to be altered as our son Paul got married. So we spent about a week in the Ottawa area getting to know Leah's family, enjoying the area and having the wedding. That left us with a few extra days for holidays.

We snatched those available days and did some kayaking, white water rafting, visited Paul and Leah for a day and spent time at my brothers cottage with my Mom, brother and family.

My brother's cottage is so well organized that there's really nothing to do but relax, read a book, swim and worry about what to make for dinner. So that's just what we did!

I hope that you had some time to relax and recharge and I look forward to sharing more with you this coming fall and winter!

Making Samples September 28, 2013


Next, the Woolly, Woolly Bag...

As summer comes to it's inevitable close the days spent working in my studio get longer and longer. That's because every fall I travel to Houston, Texas for Quilt Market. Quilt Market is a wholesale marketing convention for all things 'quilty'. I'll be having a booth there, speaking a couple of times and generally sell, sell, selling. Shops from all around the US, Canada and abroad come to recharge, learn from their peers and find new patterns, fabrics and notions.

This year I'm trying to achieve a really tight look in my booth to tie in with my new branding. You can see the logo at the top of this page. Formally I was known as 'Among Brenda's Quilts'. But now,since I'm better known now for my bags, the word 'Bags' was added to the logo. I'm hoping I don't morph into a fabric designer as well. In that case my name would need to reflect that change too. Can you imagine it - 'Among Brenda's Quilt, Bags & Fabric'! Maybe I should have initially called myself 'Brenda's Favorite Things' or 'Brenda's Bags' or 'The Best of Brenda' those names would have left some room for future growth!

The booth at Quilt Market is going to be color themed this year, something I should have done years ago. My problem is I like all kinds of fabric, country, modern, vintage etc. But that garage sale look just won't cut the mustard at Quilt Market. That's why I'm making new samples for some of my things. The goal is a cohesive look. And that look is - young, fresh and bold with a hint of playfulness.

So out with the muddy colors and in with the brights. These are the colors I gravitate towards anyway. They are the colors I wear and the colors I look best dressed in. You probably all have your own color palettes you favor just like I do. An in the end that's your look, your color spot.

So I have a little stack of fabric to dig into to make several new bags. The sewing machine is all warmed up to make those samples. That'll keep me busy for an hour or two!

Talk to you soon -- Brenda

Piecemakers Quilt Show 2014 March 9, 2014


Spring is almost here and so it's just about time for some wonderful local quilt shows. Here's information on one of my favorites, the Piecemakers Quilt Show in St. Marys, Ontario, April 24, 25 and 26th at the Pyramid Recreational Center at 317 St. James St.

There will be a full selection of hundreds of quilts to see in all sizes along with wall hangings, wearable art and bags. This show is known throughout the area as one of the best. You'll enjoy lots of shopping, a wonderful lunch, demonstrations, a bed turning show, and much more.

Click on the picture for more details.

A hidden gem - Show & Tell May 2, 2014


I love getting pictures from you showing me what you've been making with the ABQ patterns and hearing your sewing stories. The Show & Tell page is how I share your pictures with everyone else while also giving you a chance to win a free pattern in our draw at the end of each month.

To view Show & Tell just click the Show & Tell button at the top of this page. You'll see this months entries and you'll be able to look back month by month to see the whole collection of shared pictures.

There are two ways to enter the draw, either follow the link on the Show & Tell page or email your jpeg and story to me at millbr@sympatico.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Notion Commotion Blog Hop - Sewlite Task Lighting June 16, 2014


I’m always looking for new and innovative products while at Quilt Market and was happy to discover a series of shawdowless task lights called Sewlite™ by the Lumitask™ Company. Under the Sewlite line the company offers several task lighting units that affix in under 5 minutes to the underside of any sewing machine. There are several ways to power up – plug-in, battery or USB. They also manufacture a unique battery powered neck light that stays powered up for 10 hours of continuous use – perfect for hand stitching in dark corners!

Kelly and Dixie Walterscheid from Mesa, Arizona have been creating and supplying task lighting for 13 years and have worked with companies such as Intel, MacTools, Ferma and even the Canadian Government. Proper task lighting is important in industry and to sewists keeping work spaces properly illuminated and providing an unsurpassed comfort level that eliminates headaches caused by poor lighting. Comfort while working is what it’s all about for Kelly and Dixie.

The light provided by the Sewlite products is unique – it casts no shadows. Kelly and Dixie call it invisible light because it eliminates the color cast you’d find in other lights sold in the industry and in dollar store type lights. The HD LED source is from Cree™ which is an industry leader in lighting technology with bulbs that last 25 times longer and use 80% less energy. They’ve established strict standards for color temperature, rendering, brightness and efficiency for the best lighting experience possible.

You can contact Lumitask to order at: P.O. Box 1061 Mesa, AZ 85211, phone, 480.331.5334, Web: lumitask.com, Email: lumitask@gmail.com

Stores, book your trunk show today! July 3, 2014


Samples sell fabric. Period.

With that in mind we’ve decided to offer two budget friendly mini trunk shows to shops in North America. Here’s how the program works…

Both shows book in one month increments. You’ll need to allow transit time to your location during the first week of your month. Your trunk show will arrive at your store via Fed Ex. We’ll arrange the shipment, shipment insurance and the pickup from our end. All you have to do is have the box packed and ready to go at the end of the month. We’ll provide you with the sticker and paperwork for your scheduled pickup date.

The shipping charges depend on your location and the size and weight of the package. If the trunk show ships to another shop and not back to us at the office you’ll pay less. That’s a great reason for you to encourage a friendly out of the area shop to participate too!

There are 6 bags in each trunk show. There’s a minimum pattern order of 36 patterns, mix and match with each show. Your patterns will arrive 2 weeks before the trunk show to give you time to process them. And to top it all off we’ll send you 6 patterns of your choice after the trunk show to keep the momentum going!!!

To see both shows sign up for our newsletter along the side of this page or email Brenda for more information at millbr@sympatico.ca

The Notions Commotion Blog Hop July 7, 2014


Sometimes a great notion makes all the difference in the world when you are sewing or quilting. But how do you find out about those notions? Every year designers visit Quilt Market to get the skinny on brand new notions and they revisit the suppliers who manufacture their all time favorite notions. Follow 10 designers through June and July as they share their picks with you on the Notions Commotion Blog!

Visit Annette Ornelas from Southwind Designs today as she reviews her top pick! Click on the picture to see more...

June 17 Poorhouse Quilt Designs http://poorhousequiltdesign.com/quilting-at-the-poorhouse/

June 19 Anything But Boring http://anythingbutboring.com/blog/

June 24 The Fat Quarter Gypsy http://www.fatquartergypsy.com/

June 26 Seams like a Dream http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/

July 1 Wendt Quilting http://debbiewendt.wordpress.com/

July 3 Among Brenda’s Quilts, read my blog above!

July 8 Perkins Dry Goods http://www.perkinsdrygoods.com/blog/

July 10th Plum Tree Quilts http://plumtreequilts.wordpress.com/

July 15th Swirly Girls http://www.swirlygirlsdesign.com/blog/

July 17th Southwind Designs http://southwindinspirations.blogspot.ca/

Zipping around the countryside September 12, 2014


September has rolled in quickly and my calendar is full of events to attend. I'll be visiting two guilds with my trunk show and product line--the Trent Valley Quilts Guild in beautiful Trenton, Ontario with 160 members and the London Embroiders Guild in London, Ontario. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces in Trenton and recognizing a familiar faces in the London area.

I'll also be showing off my patterns and related products for sale at the Yorkshire Rose Quilters' Guild Show in Toronto, Ontario. It's at the Ellesmere Community Rec. Centre in Toronto on September 20, 21st.

I'll also be doing something completely different when I demonstrate Bosal In-R-Form Stabilizer for 70 shop owners at the Fern Resort in Orillia in the middle of the month. I love using the Bosal product in bag construction, so much so that I mentioned the product to the editors of Threads Magazine. Since they are not familiar with foam stabilizers Bosal has sent them samples to work with. They'll be trying it using my new Girlfriends Bag pattern. So, if you are a subscriber of Threads Magazine watch for the review. I feel pretty certain they'll fall in love with the product just like me!

Share your talents December 1, 2014


Sandy, my yoga teacher, often says "if you have a talent, use it; if you know how to do something, you should teach it." She herself is the perfect example. She loves yoga, and the way it makes her feel. For her it is more than physical exercise, it is a mental discipline and spiritual path. And she loves nothing more than sharing what she does. My husband and I have taken weekly classes from her for several years, and we have lately remarked that the classes continue to be as challenging now as they were in the beginning. We are stronger and more flexible as a result of her classes, but we still turn to each other and say, "Is it just me or are these classes a lot tougher than when we started?" I get the feeling that Sandy was always at this level -- or who knows how adept she really is? -- but she has just been teaching to us at the level that we can comfortably tolerate.

Click the picture to read more...

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?

Click on the picture to read more.

Sewing a Bag March 30, 2015


As a pattern designer I'm lucky to have access to brand new fabrics. I've been working on a new bag design and thought you might like to see the fabrics I'm currently using from RJR's Jinny Beyer Batiks Collection. Tomorrow I'll show you which swatches I'm going to use for the bag. Try to guess what I'll pick. Will it be the rosy colors, the green/blues or the natural colors.... Post on my facebook page to guess, I'll pick a winner from the correct answers tomorrow. Your prize is a mystery!

Click on the picture to go to facebook to vote.

Blues and green and in-betweens March 31, 2015


I'm currently working on a new bag pattern with a collection of RJR batiks designed by Jinny Beyer. My new bag is shaping up nicely in a selection of blues and greens pulled from a fat quarter pack made up of the 46 fat quarters in the collection.

Yesterday I asked you to guess which selection of colors I would use. Most of you were right on the money guessing I'd choose blues and greens. One of the contestants Barbara Marie speculated that was because everyone was ready to see some sign of spring!

Our draw winner for the mystery prize is Margaret Cale who (I believe) comes from the Kincardine, Ontario area. Margaret wins a package of goodies from Presencia America including embroidery floss, pearl cotton and thread - this time in rosy colors. I'll be posting more on the new bag so you can follow progress!

Sew professional looking bags. April 1, 2015


While sewing my new bag I decided to utilize the double straight stitch on my Baby Lock sewing machine to accentuate the edgestitching and topstitching I was going to be sewing. If you've never used the double or triple straight stitch before it looks like this =======. And like the description says it stitches over each stitch two or three times. This gives the stitching a heavier look, rather like professional topstitching done by hand using a 40 weight thread. Basically it looks really nice.

The only thing you have to be careful of is taking corners. Be sure to finish a complete stitch before you pivot. If you don't, your first stitch after the pivot will be a backstitch. Give it a try, I think you like the look it gives your bags!

My Mystery Bag April 2, 2015


So far my new design has been something of a mystery to you. You know I'm creating this latest bag pattern using the new Jinny Beyer Batiks, you've gotten a glimpse of the 12 fat quarters that I'm using to make the bag but what the heck is it going to look like???

That's the kind of question I ask myself when I start designing. My main parameter when beginning the design was to use the colorful fat quarters to make a fairly roomy, fun looking bag. Beyond that I was free to do my own thing.

Do you like to try out new constructions techniques when sewing bags? I do and that's why I decided to use an idea where the front, base and back of the bag wrap around and are tied together with the bag sides. Everything is then trimmed off with colorful binding. But I'm rattling on... Here's a picture to put you in the sewing picture. I'll fill in some more of the blanks tomorrow!

What's in a Bag Name? April 6, 2015


A while back I had a contest to name one of my bags. That bag became the Voyager Bag. During the contest to name the sewing pattern ideas rolled in like waves at the beach and some of those names were quite good. Leona Forth from Windsor, Ontario sent in a great name after the contest had closed and I liked it enough to send her a free pattern for her suggestion. And now I have the bag to match the name. Here's a sneak peek of the new Essentials Bag. The pattern should be ready for release in about a week's time!

Fun At Festival April 29, 2015


I've just returned from CreativFestival in Mississauga, Ontario this past weekend. Kathy, my sister-in-law accompanied me and we had a great time meeting with many of our past customers while making connections with new customers. One of the things I like to do at shows is encourage everyone to subscribe to my newsletter called The Scratching Post. You'll see the newsletter subscription button along the right hand column on this page. If you are a shop, subscribe to the Wholesale newsletter, otherwise subscribe to the retail newsletter. We've got a brand new free pattern in The Scratching Post for a Cross-body Phone Bag. Be sure to subscribe and start sewing this new bag!

Teaching at a Quilting Retreat August 17, 2015


Beaverlodge, Alberta

Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to teach at a Quilting Retreat at the Around the Block quilt shop in Beaverlodge, Alberta.

A group of lively students each made an Around the Block bag and a Roll & Go quilt. Click on the picture to get the whole story and see pictures of creators at work.

A Second Quilting Trip to China November 4, 2015


China 2015

There may have been fewer surprises this time around, but this year's trip to China was every bit as interesting as the one I took last year.

There is so much to share that I wrote an extra-long article with tons of pictures.

To read it, click the picture.

Canadian Art Quilts Go To Taiwan January 18, 2016


Tree frog quilt

The Taiwan Art Quilt Society (TAQS). promotes international cultural exchange via their national show. The group had numerous quilts displayed at the Chinese show I attended, and I learned that they were very interested in global environmental issues. They put their own observations into works of fiber art to express their concerns.

I was asked to organize a showing of art quilts by Canadian artists to be displayed at a quilt show in Taiwan. Fifteen inspired entries, coming from entrants sprinkled across the country between British Columbia and Eastern Ontario, were accepted by November of 2015 for the show that begins April 30 and runs through May, 2016.

Click the photo to read the whole story.

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


Presentation

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.

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!

See you in October! April 23, 2017


I'd like to extend an invitation to you to visit me at CreativFestival on October 26 -28. Kathy and I will be there with new patterns and my new line of bag zippers. Be sure to visit us to take advantage of our show specials.

You'll find us at the International Centre, Entrance 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON. See you there!