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“My love of working (playing really) with fabric & threads began when I was a little girl, & I learned how to embroider. I had seen table covers & doilies that my Mom had from her Mom & Grandma, & I felt such a sense of belonging as I was also learning to do the variety of pretty stitches. I could sit & stitch for hours!
. . . Then there were the beautiful patchwork quilts that my Grandmas had made that Mom kept on the higher shelves in the linen closet. A little higher than I could reach. . . but I would always take a peek at them whenever I was asked to get something for my Mom from the lower shelves. . . or when putting away the towels when ‘helping’ my Mom folding the laundry. (. . . confession. . . I still like the process of folding laundry!). The quilts were saved for ‘special’ occasions. . . when snuggling & comfort was especially needed. . . like a cold or just thoise times when Mom knew that cuddles wrapped in one of the quilts would help make everything little better. (. . . She was so right. . . & they still have that effect on me.)”
After 22 years working in the architecture, design and teaching fields, Brenda decided to follow her own design dreams and started Acorn Quilt & Gift Company. She first focused on quilts, & over the years has added designs reflecting her love of embroidery & counted cross stitch under ‘Brenda Riddle Designs’.
Brenda majored in environmental & graphic design and has worked in the interior design field in Santa Barbara, California & in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She now lives in Oro Valley, Arizona, where she loves to spend much of her free time designing quilts and needlework, & designing fabrics for Moda(!).
“I love to bring to my designs my “little acorn” philosophy – “from little acorns. . . mighty oaks grow”, meaning that every project is essentially accomplished in the same manner – no matter how simple or complicated – it is simply taking those little steps, that adds up to our true ‘works of heart’.“