Among Brenda's Quilts

This is part of a series of profiles of quilt artists involved in a project that saw Canadian quilters send their art to be displayed in a quilt show in Taiwan that will begin on April 30 and run through May, 2016. Read about the project here and find links to other participant profiles.

Carol JohnsonI now live back in my hometown of Chesterville, ON, a small rural community southeast of Ottawa. I have three beautiful daughters and two very special granddaughters who live in southern Ontario. I have had the opportunity to try different avenues of employment over the years. In 2004, I realized a childhood dream of becoming a truck driver, which is my occupation to this day. I have seen many places, had the opportunity to travel across most of Canada and the United States and have met some pretty amazing people! I am now, however, a ‘fair-weather’ driver - a decision I made after a couple of very close calls two winters ago. This leaves me a little more time to pursue my passion - Quilting!

I learned to sew at a young age. I remember sitting with my Granny and helping to ‘pedal’ her treadle sewing machine. Mom made a lot of my clothes when I was young, and encouraged me along the way - through Girl Guides, earning badges, making doll clothes, that kind of thing.

When my oldest daughter asked if I could make her a quilt, I was shocked and excited. Most of my sewing until this point was small scale (quilted vests and such) and dressmaking. So, I took a one day class at the local quilt shop - it was one of Eleanor Burns ‘Quilt in a Day’, the Rail Fence - and I was hooked! My first few quilts were tied, until working up the courage to quilt in the ditch.

I consider myself to be self-taught, in that I have no formal art training. Books, online, guilds, friends, quilt shops, seminars, shows - these have all played a part in shaping my little quilting world.

When I acquired my Class A license in 2004, my creative endeavors came to a screeching halt, until 2010. Funny how things work. Since then I have won a few ribbons and awards. I enjoy designing and I love free motion quilting. One day I hope to be publishing some of my designs, teaching both domestically and internationally, and maybe even author a book or two. Lofty, I know. But without our ideas and our dreams, life would only be an existence. So let’s live life to its fullest - and QUILT!

Artists Statement

With deforestation destroying their winter habitat, we can help save the Monarch Butterfly’s summer home.  Milkweed can and is being farmed and harvested.  The move to cleaner energy has wind farms cropping up everywhere.

Farming in a New Age wall hanging

Farming in a New Age

Materials and Techniques

Carol used cotton fabrics, sulky threads including rayon, metallic, Holoshimmer and polyester.  Techniques used are Fusible appliqué, free-motion quilting, thread sketching and machine embroidery.  She also used Sulky brand Solvy and Battilizer batting.

Farming in a New Age wall hanging closeup

'Farming in a New Age' detailed closeup

Written by Brenda Miller — January 25, 2016


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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