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Kansas City Connection

I am looking forward to my upcoming Kansas City book events Sept.2nd-4th, and I am thrilled  to celebrate the release of Vintage Notions with favorite local retailers who have inspired me: Curious Sofa, Urban Mining, and Tomboy Design Studio. Check my events schedule for more details. Now a little bit about my book’s connection to […]


Vintage Notions Book Adventures!

The last few week I have met some wonderful people while traveling to share my book Vintage Notions. Here are some photos from a book signing event I did at the Liberty Quilt Shop in Cedar, Michigan. Thanks to Judy and her team for hosting a charming event! An Indygo Junction pattern trunk show was […]


My First Library Order!

I am enjoying wonderful weeks in Michigan with my family and friends, three so far and two more to go. This is a much needed break from my daily work routine in Kansas City, here I refuel….time with my kids and enjoying all the beauty of “Up North” are at the top of the list. […]

Mary Brooks Picken

Why Thimblefuls?

Naming a product line, business, or blog can be a fun and challenging exercise. The process of brainstorming names for my Indygo Junction sewing patterns has gotten more challenging over the 20 years as we have already used some of our favorite names. But I am always up for the challenge and we try to […]

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