Wednesday, December 31, 2014


I was blessed with the most amazing year!  
It's not that there weren't disappointments, trials or tears. I think those come with every good year, but with the end of the difficulty came love and smiles. 
God is so very very good to me! 

*my book became more than a dream. The Lord taught me a little patience as I waited on His perfect timing and as I stepped through a lot of different things that I'd never done before.
*I hosted my first-ever trunk show. I met lots of beautiful people and had an honoring time of signing copies of Modern Prairie Sewing.
*my brother, Joe, went to school. I learned more about people (interesting...) and even a little bit about farrier work! (That's a plus, right?!)
*I am constantly thankful for my cup-over-flowing of phenomenal family.... And friends! Dinner dates, sleepovers, and shopping outings were awesome, good, and encouraging.
*I turned 22.
*A month after turning 22, I was asked how old I was. I responded quickly with, "oh, 21." Then I had to stop and think why that sounded wrong. I was gone before I figured it out and could tell that sweet gal that I'd just turned 22. Oooops! Oh well!
*I wrote several tutorials for different places and was interviewed about my book through a fun podcast!
*I managed to pull off 2 giveaways for my book. My first on-my-own giveaways ever! It was super fun and I loved doing it. 
*I bought fun fleece to make pj's for some of my favorite little kids ever. 
*I found this year more than ever that I'd rather give than get. 
*I decided to tackle dog training. You wouldn't want to hire me! haha 
But Brandy's a happy girl and I taught her how to sit. Her other amazing gifts, like being excited when I give her a treat, I can't take the credit for!
*I've read more this past year than since I got out of highschool! Big Score! 
*Our church held 3 cantatas. I was blessed to be a part of every one of them. 
  Soooooooooooooooo manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy things happened this year! I can't quite phrase all of it into words here, but I can say with a certainty that Jesus has been my rock and hiding place and has given me so much peace through the trying times.

I'm so excited to see what The Lord will do for all of us in 2015. 
I know it'll be amazing!!!!

Lots of love from here,  Abi

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Quick Christmas Makes!

 Betty pouches
 Oven Towel (go ahead and make a set!) 
Cakewalk skirt
Pieces and Letters Pillowcase (everybody uses a pillow, right?!)
These are super fast makes from Modern Prairie Sewing!  But if you tend to like tutorials better, here are a couple choices for you!  

long road bag tutorial
                                                   The Long Road Bag tutorial 
I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner!  If you're short on time, but have the fabric that these projects call for and Modern Prairie Sewing, you'll be good to go!  Actually, most all of the projects from my book, would be great for last minute gifts!  Sew and have fun giving!
xx Abi

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review of Modern Prairie Sewing by American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine, Fall 2014

Written by a 20-something hands-on seamstress and crafter, the projects in this book are modern but with a nostalgic vibe. The projects are designed to develop technical skills; some have bonus details to further raise sewing skills. (American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine, Fall 2014)

Wow!  I was so excited to see this review by the American Sewing Guild Notions Magazine pop up on Amazon along with the other editorial reviews.

I'm soooooo blessed!!!!
love, Abi

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Time's A-Comin'!

Wow!  Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner?!  I love Christmas time. Even though I'm horrible at making a Christmas list of things I'd like to have... I never can think of anything I want. However, after my sister, Achaia, begged me to make one, I thought real hard and came up with a few things I wouldn't mind having. Most importantly: a sewing pattern or two, razors, cowboy boots, and maybe a gift certificate to Target or QuiltHome.

I find I'd rather give than get....

What's on your list???!!!! 

Modern Prairie Sewing is now selling on marie-madeline and I will sign a special note on the inside cover to those who would like one!  It's selling for awesome prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and JoAnn Fabrics. Now's the time to order a copy if you want it in time for Christmas!

My entire month of December is full to the brim of amazing and fun things that I love doing. It's a little hectic at times, but I wouldn't trade it! 

Keep warm!  xx Abi