Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gathering Summer skirt tutorial!

                                         An old pillowcase? Well loved, just never used?

This is the skirt for you!!! 

Now you can wear it and love it all at once! A really simple, manageable-in-the-crazy-summer-days, kind of skirt tutorial. Hop over and make it for yourself or a friend!

xo happy sewing!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's a Cinch!

                                                           It's a Cinch Belt

It really is a cinch!  Perfect over your straight knit dress - or really anything for that matter!

Make it yours when you get Modern Prairie Sewing: 20 Handmade Projects for You & Your Friends!

happiness with every stitch,

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Throw Back Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some oldie pictures of me and my three sisters.  When jelly shoes, knit shorts and popsicles were all the rage.

xo Abi

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Layin' it out flat

                                                                         Oven Towel
                                                                     Maggie Bag
                                                                  Betty Pouch
                                                                 Flower in Your Hair

The Details. Up close.
How fun is that?!

These four projects from Modern Prairie Sewing are super easy and fun to make. (But I guess I can't say that - all 20 projects are really accessible for anyone!) For those of you who are on the hunt for a sewing book that has cute, easy-to-follow instructions, this is the book for you! 

Please upload any pictures of your finished projects on the Modern Prairie Sewing facebook page! I'd love to see what you sew up!

<>< Abi

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Circus Laundry Bags

 Nothing like going on vacation!

But..... there's nothing like having to do laundry when you get back either. Right? 'Course, the vacation is completely worth having the mounds pile of laundry that need to be done when you get back. Naturally.

Here's a super fun tutorial I wrote for marie-madeline. I hope you like it too! The small bag is perfect for 1-2 people, while the large bag is do-able for a family of 4. Maybe. (Can you tell I'm guessing here?)


Doing laundry was never so fun!  Go for it!  What can you loose?

XO  Abi

Friday, July 18, 2014



                             Two Beauties. Sunny Day skirts. Tulle. A wood pile. Chambray & denim.
                                                                     It was divine.

I had so much fun taking these pictures of my gorgeous sisters, Abiah & Achaia!  I have a lot more that I want to share along and along. If you don't mind?

The skirts are the Sunny Day skirts from Modern Prairie Sewing. And the fabric? Look no further than Jennifer Paganelli!  The skirt Achaia is wearing is made from Jennifer's JoAnn's line, Jenny Eliza. And I had to pull out tulle to make Abiah's skirt extra 'zippy'. I used Jennifer's Beauty Queen for the top skirt. What do you think?

I'm going on vacation!!!!!  Back home to see family and friends and relax. I can't wait!!!  I will be posting once in a blue moon, so stay tuned!

xoxo Abi

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


WE LOVE YOU JENNIFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our sweet friend, Jennifer Paganelli has done it again!!!!!!
Run, run, run, to JoAnn Fabrics and pick up your own stack of Jenny Eliza. It's SO gorgeous! Seriously. I bought some to make a Sunny Day skirt from Modern Prairie Sewing. I promise, I'll share it with you all!!!

xoxo happy sewing!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunlight through Jars

When I started writing Modern Prairie Sewing, the look that I wanted to get across was high on my priority list. I knew what I liked, but making it come alive for other people to see and enjoy was more work than I had it figured for!  Working with C&T helped in a huge way!  They were right there helping me and one of my fabulous editors, Michele, finally pegged it for me.

"Your style is Amy Butler meets MaryJane's Farm."

Duh. She was right! Why hadn't I thought of that? (Thanks, Michele!)
A light bulb came on and I saw a little bit of light that made styling my book a lot of fun.

XO Abi

PS - Oh! the old buttons in glass jars? Doesn't it look adorable? One of my very favorite ways to store my buttons. (Pst! It's a clever tip in Modern Prairie Sewing!  There are a ton more clever tips in there too! Can't wait for you to found them all out.)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Over the weekend!

We had a great weekend! All of us girls were a part of the cantata we sang at Church Sunday evening. It was so much fun! Afterwards we burned - er - cooked hotdogs over a very original Oklahoma style campfire. Desserts went all around and then we set off a TON of fireworks!  It was the absolute best. So thankful for such amazing friends! 
 Ingenious. Right?
        Lottttsss of ffuunnn!!!!!  

Hope your Independence Day weekend was as sparkly!
XO - Abi

Thursday, July 3, 2014

the 4th of July!!!!! (Let's say it with firecrackers!)

                                                                  July 4th, 1993

                                                                     July 4th, 1995

                                                                          July 4th, 2000

Independence Day has always been a bright and happy holiday in my mind.

It usually meant a family cookout. Watching fireworks at night; maybe in your pj's curled up on an adult lap. Handling your own sparklers when you're "a big kid".

But most of all, it's a time to celebrate the joy of freedom.


No one can quite say it like John Wayne does in his Republic speech for his movie The Alamo!  Have you seen it?  OH! you really should!  It's one of my favorites. (But then again, I'd watch anything John Wayne.)

Lots of Sparkly Love from over here!

xoxo Abi