Among Brenda's Quilts

Every once in a while it's nice to get away with friends to do some therapeutic fabric shopping. So on an overcast June morning threatening rain, a bunch of us got together to do just that.

The Red Red Bobbin

At the Red Red Bobbin. This scene looks familiar!

Our main goal was to visit a shop catering to those of us who love bright, clear colored fabrics - the Red Red Bobbin just outside Brantford, Ontario.

Every summer the Red Red Bobbin has a 2 day 'Clothesline Show & Sale'. The shop itself is in the owners' home, a circa 1870's yellow brick beauty. They've devoted their main floor to the quilt shop.

During the sale one of the big draws is the 3 yards for the price of 1 sale which takes place in their detached garage which is annexed for the event. Because of the threat of rain, the Clothesline Show was not set up on the day we visited. Oh well, next year perhaps!

Crafty Gal

Trula, with an Everything Goes Bag hanging on the right and a Voyager Bag on the left.

Parking is mostly along Mt. Pleasant Drive due to the crowds that visit, and as we walked up the gravel drive, I couldn't help but notice a tent filled with beautiful bags for sale, several of which were made from my patterns. The owner and creative force behind the display, Trula James calls her business CraftyGal. Trula makes of all of these lovely bags herself. (

Laden with purchases made in the garage, I then entered the shop itself inside the main house. The colors inside are as fresh as a daisy to match the pretty, bright fabrics on display.

Being an animal lover, it was sweet to find a specially upholstered chair in snazzy fabrics for Lucy, the beloved fur baby of the family.

Every fabric in the house was offered at 10% off and I found a nice selection of delectable prints to carry home with me. Next year the sale takes place from July 20 – 21st so mark your calendars!

Lunch at the Healthy Rabbit

From there it was on to a vegan restaurant for lunch at an establishment called the Healthy Rabbit located in Brantford, Ontario. The food was simply delicious. Surprisingly, the restaurant is mostly run by a dedicated group of volunteers who believe in healthy eating habits.

Mary Maxim

Next we piled into the car to visit Mary Maxim in Paris, Ontario. I've gotten to know some of the staff at Mary Maxim because they run a booth opposite my own at CreativFestival in Toronto.  I'll be there again this fall.  

The Girlfriends Bag at Mary Maxim in Paris

It was nice to see several displays featuring my bags as well as my bag zipper displays in the shop. Once again, none of us left empty handed.

Country Patchworks

Our next stop, where I really did some serious shopping, was just outside Woodstock, Ontario at Country Patchworks.

I had admired the cute footstool (Tuffet) kits that Deb Eddy and her son Adam of Eddycrest Sewing Furniture  had for sale at CreativFestival. They had already sold out when I visited them there, but this day I was able to buy the kit and fabric I needed before we all headed home with much lighter wallets!

Written by Brenda Miller — July 25, 2017


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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