Brenda Miller has been a friend for years. I knew her as an artist through the Strathroy Art Group. She had worked at the store before she developed her pattern line that keeps her on the move these days.
On a trip to California Brenda dropped in to visit Hoffman fabrics and has established a working relationship with them. We get excited at the thought of free fabric but imagine it arriving with the expectation there will new quilts and bags created, made and the pattern published on a very short timeline! I wouldn't know where to start and would be totally overwhelmed. That usually results in little getting done.
This year Brenda has shown her versatility in designing embroidered quilts, strip friendly quilts and bags.
We have 'Granny's Attic Toy Shop', 'Angels Watching Over Me' and 'Snow Angels Pillow' to try.
Check Brenda's video on YouTube and learn how easy these quilts are.
The 'Everything Goes Bag' is Brenda's newest bag pattern. There are pockets on the outside and enough pockets on the inside to carry all the modern technical devices (phone, netbook and tablet).
I made a Christmas version to take shopping. There is a zippered inside pocket for extra security too. A 'new to quilting' foam batting makes the outside firm so it sits up and is less floppy than other bags. The foam dried out really quickly when the strap didn't get entirely into the car and was driven close to the wet road from downtown London to the south end. Just so you know and don't have to try that yourself.
Go to Brenda's website, www.amongbrendasquilts.com to see the new 'Bali Cream Crackle' and 'Bali Fruit Swirl' using the new line of Bali Pops while I get breakfast.