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is an American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY, Certified Appraiser of quilts and
quilted textiles, certified in 2005. This certification was obtained following several years of
study, mentoring by a certified appraiser, and passing a rigorous testing processing which
included written and verbal exams. She is a member of the Professional Association of
Appraisers Quilted Textiles.
Brenda is a quilt maker and this is a huge plus when appraising the work of others.
Needle turn applique is her favorite method of creating a new quilt. However, she never met
a quilt she doesn’t like and enjoys mixing pieced, applique & embroidery techniques to
create quilts! Scrappy quilts are among her favorites because of her passion for fabric. Her
sewing past includes award winning clothing construction & tailoring . She spent many
summers teaching kids to quilt at Christian Outreach Center, Largo, Florida, where she and
her husband, John, served as Founders & Directors before retirement.
She is a member of American Quilter’s Society, The Applique Society and is an active
member of a local quilt guild “Hidden Stiches”, Largo, Florida. Brenda also founded “For
His Glory Stitchers” quilt group at her church in Brooksville.
Brenda has a special interest in antique quilts and has had the privilege of documenting
the quilt collections of Heritage Village, Largo, Florida and the St. Petersburg Museum of
History, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Brenda also does restoration of quilts and finds there just aren’t enough hours in the day
to do all the stitching she would like. “So many quilts~both new construction and
restoration, so little time!”
Educationing others is accomplished with lectures & trunk shows that showcase many
quilts from Brenda’s private collection.