So sorry for the silence around here. Apphia and I just got back from a wonderful week vacation in Austin, Texas visiting friends and family. You can see some of the fun stuff we did on our Instagram.... the trip went by so fast!
This Saturday (from 10:00am to 2:00pm) Abigail will be in Rogers, Arkansas at The Rabbit's Lair selling, signing, and showing off Modern Prairie Sewing!!! Us other three girls plan on tagging along and modeling some made goodies. So come see us!
My Mom has sewn with knits for years, and has always loved them. When I was a girl Mom made me some darling dresses with knits. I love the way knit feels, and I love wearing knit-y things. But, I've always been a little hesitant sewing with them.
I have made myself a few knit garments, and usually they end up on the side of a-pain-to-sew-with and I-don't-wear-it-long-before-I-get-rid-of-it-because-it-looks-homemade. I hope someone out there understands. I'm not a perfectionist for the most part, but I hate it when I sew up a garment and it looks like I sewed it. Cringe.
Well, the time rolls around again when I voice to Mom how much I would love to have a maxi knit skirt that is cute and comfortable and I sewed it. And, of course, Anna Maria Horner having just come out with new knits gave the perfect excuse to try ONE more time and get over my fear of sewing with knits.
People, I'm here to tell you..... I DID IT!!!
That's right! All those pictures above are photographic evidence. I purchased a piece of Anna's knits from some of our favorite fabric folks (hi, Quilt Home!), and made myself a skirt. In fact, I made it in about 1 - 1 1/2 hours one evening. So I could wear it to Church the next day, of course. And, I love it. Yay!!!!
This knit is a dream to sew with. Most of the other knits I've worked with want to catch and slide around, then catch some more. Then, when you put it on it wants to grab you and cling in all the places you are telling it not to. Not this knit! I also just used my regular machine with a stretch knit stitch (because sergers kind of scare me to death). No problem-o.
So, I guess this means I'm officially a sewing with knit survivor and advocate, right? I know (because My Mom has told me this for years...) that not all knits are created equal. So, if you're like me and have sewn with knits and had bad results, pick another knit and try again. You can conquer! And, while I'm at it, may I recommend the knits that I used?
Did I mention it's as comfortable as pjs?
If you have any knit experiences (bad or good) do share them!
A month or so ago Sophie, asked if we could come out to her house and model some vintage wedding dresses for her. Sophie is a super talented, cute, happy, funny photographer, who also happens to be a fabulous friend. Of course, what could we say but "yes!"?!
What a wonderful surprise to be blessed with a 3rd daughter! You have always been so full of life, love, and laughter. I truly value your zest and your tremendous loyalty.
May The Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide and direct you all the days of your life.
I love you, Mommy
Happy 22nd birthday, Abs! We love you so very much and know we are so blessed to have you as a partner-in-crime. Thanks for being a great sister. We are so excited to see what God will do in your life this next year!
Today I've been thinking about all the marvelous things you can do with a needle. Just seeing a Pinterest picture or a photo on someone's blog of something beautiful that's stitched makes me giddy.
The most recent hand project I've started on is this beauty above. Talk about LOTS and LOTS of cross stitching. I know. I bought the PDF pattern on Etsy a few months ago, and just a couple weeks ago decided I was ready to plunge in. It will be soooo exciting to see it completed!
Below I'm going to share with you some beautiful handstitched works. Some of the forms are different (crewel, most just embroidery). Enjoy the eye candy!
I LOOOOVVVVE Rita Hayworth's blouse in this photo!!! All the attention to detail + the styling = magnificent. It doesn't even seem to bother me that the photo's in black and white so I can't see color. I can just imgaine.....
Anna Maria Horner put this little birdie on a sash for her daughter a few years ago. Cutest thing.
Also, we are happy to report that we are now selling Abigail's book, Modern Prairie Sewing, on our site. The best part of that (well, what we think's the best part) is that all of the books ordered from our site will be autographed by Abigail herself! Be sure and request a special message, if you like!
It seems like forever since we've been here. Along with things being topsy-turvy-crazy-busy, we have been trying to soak up the last days of summer.....
The book features patterns for 13 different quilts, all done 'column' style. Which makes it soooo much easier to put together! This book is perfect for those that haven't quilted before, but are ready to give it a whirl, or for the seasoned quilter that wants a fun, fast project.
We chose to make the "Carefree Column Quilt" out of Pam Kitty Picnic fabrics. Except for the sashing, binding, and backing the rest of the quilt is made with fat quarters. Always a plus, right? The quilt came together in one day with no problem. The quilt patterns are for many different size quilts (the Carefree quilt is lap size). We are thinking these would make darling baby blankets...
One of the things we loved about the book is the diagrams. Call us goofy, but diagrams really can help a body out. The ones in Nancy's book are spot on, making it a cinch to lay out!
All we can say is that we are the MOST blessed girls on the planet. You are the best Mom ever! There's so much we want to say, and so much we can't say. We've been together through thick and thin, and nothing has changed. We are still crazy about you!
For so many years you've been our teacher, our example, our Mommy. As we've gotten older you are now our best friend and confidant. Thanks for all the years you've loved us, taught us, and showed us. We feel we would be extremely blessed if we only lived up to being half of the woman you are.
To the best Mommy ever, we wish God's richest blessings on you. Here's to many more years celebrating you!
We're the Long ladies... Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah. We love Jesus, we like to make things, we love to be together, we talk a lot, and we design sewing patterns. Most of all, we're glad you've stopped by!