Our Abi wrote a fun tutorial on her blog, The Modern Prairie Girl, for this adorable, simple t-shirt dress. Run go check it out and make your own version with and for the special little girl in your life!
Those of you who have read our blog for awhile can probably remember back to lots of different birthday posts I've written over the years. You might even think that all I've said surely can't be true - no girls could be so perfect. But I am truly blessed beyond measure by these daughters of mine.
Today I am especially thankful for Achaia - my second born daughter. She is so dear and precious to me. When I was expecting her, I sincerely hoped she'd be another girl... and how delighted I was twenty-five years ago today. And I am still delighted. Achaia is so organized! She's efficient and handy. No one in the family can hold a candle to Achaia when it comes to needlework - cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint - you name it. But what would any of that matter if she didn't love and serve Jesus Christ? Achaia is joyful and has a servant's heart. Awesome? You bet she is! And I love her with all my heart.
XOXO Happy birthday, Achaia!
Okay, so now that we've read what Mom had to say, we're all trying to sniff up the tears. But of course we have to tell our favorite Kay that we hope she has a wonderful birthday! Because we are pretty crazy about her. It's funny how one person can take up so much room in our hearts. Maybe it's because we love her so much.
Happy birthday, Achaia! We've always got your back.
We said goodbye to 2014 just a few days ago. And while we welcomed the New Year with open arms, we were a little sad, too, because we'll be making some HUGE changes here in our little studio. Good changes, but changes nonetheless!!
We will no longer be selling fabric. This isn't to say that we'll never ever carry any of our favorite fabric collections again, but for now everything must go. (Which is where the sale comes in, of course.) So if there's anything in stock that you've had your eye on, please snatch it up before it's gone! All first-come orders will receive a free quilting project pattern, too.
Along with the fabric, all custom sewing will be coming to an end. You'll notice on our website that no custom-sewn items are available any longer... but the boutique is full of lovely garments that need a new home! If you have your heart set on something custom sewn, please contact us and we'll see if we can work things out.
*We've had some express concern that they won't be able to purchase happy scrappy quilts any longer. We are glad to report that we are still MORE than happy to take custom orders on quilts!! As of right now, they will not show up as available on our website, but please don't let that stop you! Feel free to contact us directly via email, and we will work with you from there.*
SEWING PATTERNS WILL STAY!!! They aren't going anywhere! So no worries. You'll still hear from us. And you'll still see new patterns and exciting stuff.
We want to thank you all from the very bottom of our hearts for your support and enthusiasm over the years. It's hard to believe we opened our fabric store way back in 2008! And you all have loved us and been so kind ever since. We are SO thankful for you.
If you have any concerns or questions, please, please let us know!
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2: 8-11
Many blessings to you this Christmas, from our home to yours!
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!"?!
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!