Atlanta’s Whipstitch

On my latest travel stop, I was in Atlanta for the fantastic Atlanta Gift Market. While there, the plan was to visit Whipstitch (“hip fabrics and sew lounge”) on Friday evening for a book signing and Indygo Junction Trunk Show. The weather (nicknamed “Snowmageddon” by the local news) did not cooperate at all. The good […]


Quilt Festival Favs

I had a blast this year at Quilt Festival. It was so inspiring to see the creative designs – you could feel the energy and dedication sewn into each quilt. I’ve created a gallery of my favorite quilts, enjoy! Have you ever had a chance to go to Quilt Festival? Is it on your bucket […]

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It’s Sew Wonderful!

If you don’t know about the fantastic sewing blog Sew Much Ado, you should. Not just because she has a lovely article up right now on Vintage Notions, but because the site is filled with tons of fantastic projects, tutorials and more. Sew Much Ado founder Abby Asplund sews everything from 10-minute leg warmer projects […]


A New Year’s Wish

As you know by now, one of the reasons I felt compelled to write Vintage Notions was due to how deeply I was moved by the writings of Mary Brooks Picken and The Woman’s Institute. As this year wraps up, I’d like to share another selection from an Institute “Inspiration” newsletter dated Jan. 1926. This […]


BHG Test Kitchen

On a recent visit to Des Moines for the AQS Quilt Show, I met up with Kelly Kegans, senior home editor at Better Homes and Gardens. She and I first met at the Creative Connection in Minneapolis a few months ago. We discussed my book Vintage Notions and the fact that Mary Brooks Picken was […]


Check Me Out in Design*Sponge

If you don’t know about Design*Sponge…now’s the time. Why should you know about this site? First, it is, without question, one of the best design-focused sites online today. Dubbed Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials¬Ě by the New York Times, Design*Sponge features an unbelievable wealth of information, DIY projects, reviews, gift guides, makeovers, recipes…and on […]

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