Brenda has been sewing since the age of 8, first making her dolls clothes and then her own clothes at the age of 12. She followed in her Mother's and Grandmother's footsteps, first sewing, then knitting, crocheting, embroidery and every kind of needlework, but quilting became her passion, combining her love of sewing with the creation of something beautiful and functional.
"Initially I made quilts for my family and then for wedding gifts and baby showers. Later I submitted some quilts to the Kindred Spirits quilt show. I was surprised and pleased to win 1st place for bedsize quilts and the following year the Best of Show. In 2012, I took the plunge and entered McCall's quilting magazines, Quilt Design Star contest. Designing was a huge challenge for me especially with time and theme constraints. But I was so proud to be among 10 finalists from all of North America.
My style has developed and changed over the years, after starting with the new modern style, I now love the old applique Baltimore Albums, and Marie Webster quilts. I favour the softer pastel palette, especially in the new batiks. I look forward to where quilting will take me in the future.
In 2016, I took a Mediterranean Quilting cruise and had the opportunity to study with Di Ford from Australia, and Reiko Saito, from Japan, both respected and award winning quilters. Aside from learning new, inspirational techniques, the next most enjoyable part of the cruise was meeting other quilters from around the world.