Brenda Miller is a quilter and artist Penny met on her way home from Spring Market in Portland, OR. Lucky for us, Brenda recognized Penny’s voice from the help videos in the EQ program!
Over the years, Brenda has sorted through her many creative talents over and over again but has always found her way back to quilting. Now, Brenda quilts the days away making quilts and shoulder bags that are just adorable! Fortunately, she does a fantastic job of documenting her projects on her website.
Brenda often uses EQ5 for her many designs and my favorite is this Pears Helene Set that includes a table runner, place mats, and wall hanging for the kitchen. The stylish arrangement of pears and branches was originally drawn by Brenda by hand but then taken into EQ5 for refinement. Here also, are some examples of the cute shoulder bags she designs.
You can purchase Brenda’s designs by finding a store near you that carries them.
When you visit Brenda’s site, make sure you take a moment to read her Quilting Reflections. Her thoughts on quilting and how it has touched her life are inspirational and truly touching. Here is a excerpt from her reflection entitled, “In Search of Lost Time”:
“We have a duty to the past, to treasure it, and to keep it alive in our memories, and quilting to me — is a way to remember. My Scrappy Sampler was designed and created during a particularly difficult time in my family’s life. As I pause, prior to diving into the next big quilting project, I take a moment to hold that quilt, and remember the final year in my father’s life. The stitches I put into the layers of fabric here, and here — the time my thoughts were with him, as his illness drew him ever closer to the grave — all of that is present in this quilt. As I run my fingers over the seams and the patterns, I am recalling lost time — time that never may come again, but time that was well spent with him.”
Scrappy Sampler Quilt
Brenda, thank you for sharing your quilts and thoughts with us. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more of your artistry in the future.