Among Brenda's Quilts

Harry the Cat, Among Brenda's Quilts & Bags Mascot

Harry the cat
Harry the cat is our business mascot. Here's his story, and how he became part of the logo of Among Brenda's Quilts & Bags, and later on, Make Bags With Brenda.

Written by Brenda Miller — May 09, 2017

Cuba vs Strathroy - The Same But Different


What do Strathroy, Canada and Jibacoa, Cuba have in common? More than you might think! From old cars to turkeys, here's a fun comparison.

Written by Brenda Miller — March 06, 2017

February is Going to the Dogs

I volunteered at the dogsled races in Kearny, Ontario. Good thing it was 'only' -10 degrees this year!

Written by Brenda Miller — February 07, 2017

The Skunk Tale Continues


little skunk faceLast month, I found baby skunks in my window well just outside my pattern studio. Here's what happened when I took them to a wildlife rescue facility after their mother disappeared.

Written by Brenda Miller — July 05, 2016

A Little Surprise Outside the Studio Window

Trio of baby skunksIt's usually a bit of an adventure around here, but over the past couple of weeks it's been really wild. Literally!

Written by Brenda Miller — June 14, 2016

Into the garden


Brenda working in her gardenDesigning and sewing is my passion, but I also love to get out into the garden. Take a stroll through my garden with me.

Written by Brenda Miller — May 31, 2016

Return to China

This trip to China was really busy! I had a display at the quilt exhibit, taught some classes, was interviewed on television, gave a speech, and went to a huge commodities market. At the end of the trip we hiked up Xiang Lu Mountain and toured the old city of Shaoxing by riverboat.

Written by Brenda Miller — November 02, 2015

A Quilting Retreat in Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada

It’s great to get away in the summer-time to visit new places, meet exciting people and to have the opportunity to get to know and to teach fellow quilters and bag makers. It’s an added bonus when the shop you visit is so well laid out and the owners are so warm and friendly.  That was my experience earlier in August when I visited the Around the Block Quilt Shop in Beaverlodge, Alberta to teach two two-day classes.

Written by Brenda Miller — August 17, 2015

The Tiara II Arrives!

I'm a Baby Lock Ambassador in Canada and as such I've been lucky to have Mason Sewing Machines in Vancouver outfit my sewing and quilting studio with Baby Lock sewing machines. This is the story of Brenda meets the Tiara II Quilting Machine

Written by Brenda Miller — February 18, 2015

Best Traditions With A Twist 2015 Blog Tour

The process that brought one particular idea to print in the Winter 2015 Best Traditions with a Twist magazine by Quilters Newsletter.

Written by Brenda Miller — January 23, 2015

Welcome!

I'm Brenda, and I love designing patterns that help you create beautiful, functional bags and quilts.

These patterns are unique, well-illustrated, simple to follow, and fun to sew.

We also carry my own line of bag zippers, finished designer bags, bag hardware kits, specialty fabrics, and notions, so you're able to easily find what you need to do a superb job on all of your ABQ projects.

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