Happy 23rd birthday to our Abigail!!!

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Happiest of birthdays to my dearest Abigail!!

You’re 23!  The time has flown by so quickly!  You’ve gone from a rambunctious little girl to a go-get-em young lady.  Abigail, I am so very thankful for you!  You are a blessing to our family in so many ways and you can believe me when I say that I’d never change you one little bit.  You are a spark constantly ready to ignite and I say “knock yourself out!”.

I’m crazy about you!

Love, your devoted Mommy

All we can add is a happy birthday to our dear sister, Tabbie!  You know we love you to death, right?  We hope your 23rd year is the most exciting, eventful, and joyful year yet!

We love you!! xoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abiah

the Modern Prairie Girl – PDF patterns!!!!

Modern Prairie Girl, the PDF Patterns


Modern Prairie Girl, the PDF Patterns

Howdy everyone!

I just wanted to stop by here at the marie-madeline blog and share with you that I’ve designed and am now selling 2 new PDF patterns!!  I’m so excited with how they’ve turned out and I’d love to hear what you all think about them too!

The above pattern, Sophie Bags Crossbody & Clutch, is one of my favorite bag patterns. The crossbody is sturdy and perfect for long days, while still boasting of something pretty like the gathered eye-catching panel on the front of the bag. The clutch is one of my go-to bags. Not just because it is pretty, but because carrying it feels pretty!

Here are so more pictures of the Sophie bags!

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The Reflections Quilt pattern is a quick and fun make for anyone that loves quilting (or at least wants to give it a try!). The pattern includes three sizes: twin, full/queen & king. So everyone can have one.

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Read more and see more about my patterns over at my blog, the Modern Prairie Girl.

Reflections Quilt

Sophie Bags Crossbody & Clutch

Check out my Etsy shop, the Modern Prairie Girl!!!!

Thanks for letting me stop by and chat a spell. It’s been fun!

happy sewing, Abi


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We have a beautiful bush that blooms with the most fragrant and sweet flowers. So in the spring, it seems like the perfect place to take some photos.

Today it’s Achaia!  xoxo Us

Happy birthday, Abiah!!



abi_birthdayAbiah — 21 and awesome!!

Here I go again, but I have to tell y’all what a wonderful, Godly young lady my Abiah is.

She’s firm, but she’s a peacemaker.  She’s loyal and devoted.  She’s witty and very loving.  And did I mention the way she can belt out a song?

I love this 4th born daughter of mine — with her long red hair and big blue eyes.  She’s amazing and I’m overwhelmed with the blessing of being her mom.

Abiah, you are the cats and my love will always pour over you.

Forever, Mommy





abibday3Dearest Bug,

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!  We love you to pieces, and think the world of you.  You’re one of our very favorites, and we are forever grateful to God for making you our baby sister.

We love you!

xoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abigail

PS  Did we forget to mention that we love your killer red hair and killer fashion sense??!

And, of course, we can’t help but mention our wonderfully awesome Nanny, who Abiah gets to share a birthday with!  Nan, you are one of our very favorites too, and we love you to the moon and back!  Wish we could have celebrated your birthday in person.  Hugs and kisses!

Happy Birthday to our Apphia!!




Well, it’s time for another of my gushing birthday posts and I have to quote a favorite movie, “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.”.

Apphia Jade – my first born daughter – a daughter I’ve prayed for and praised The Lord for – How can I possibly describe how very much this girl means to me?  She’s responsible and fun loving all at the same time.  She is loyal beyond belief and she has always been the best big sister anyone could ever ask for.

My girls and I have been through very tough times together and The Lord has used these trials to bring us closer and closer.  No Mom could ask for more.  I am blessed indeed!

Happiest of birthdays to my beloved Apphia!     xoxo Mommy

PS  I will be missing you and praying for you every day that you’re away.  May The Lord work in your life in an awesome way!


Happy birthday, Phi!  You know we love you to pieces and can’t imagine life without you!  We pray that this year will be filled with beautiful things for you.

Love, hugs, and kisses from your sisters!!

xoxo Achaia, Abigail, & Abiah

Smile for Sophie (she’s amazing, cute, talented, and funny!)







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!"?!

Above you'll find some of the results.  We also got to model with Sophie's sister (Hi, Clara!!)…..  You can see all of them over at Sophie's blog!

We had an awesome time dressing up and roaming around the property looking for the perfect spot!  Thanks, Soph, for inviting us!


Happy birthday to our Abs!




Dearest Abigail~

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!

xoxoxo Apphia, Achaia, & Abiah

Needlework Thursday

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!

xx Achaia



Crewel Embroidery.  I absolutely LOVE this.


I love Anna Michelle's work, and this ballerina is no exception.


Raindrops keep fallin' on my head….. Simple, but packs lots of punch in all the colors, don't you think?


I bought this PDF pattern already, and am looking forward to making it.  How can you resist a cute tiger??


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.


Love this piece. 

Happiest of birthdays to our beautiful Mommy.



Happy birthday, Mommy!!

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!

With all our love, your girls,

Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah

Scenes of Summer.










So sorry for the silence around here these past months.  Our summer has come and is going so quickly.  We ended up with lots of memories that we want to hold onto forever.

In July we got to take our annual Indiana trip, which happened to be some of the best two weeks ever.  We were refreshed and encouraged, while we relaxed, visited lots of friends and family, went flea marketing, put up about 13 dozen ears of corn, got our hair cut, went shopping, sang, laughed, and drank quite a few Mountain Dew icies.  We were also so happy to have our brother Joe there for a few of the days!

And speaking of Joe, a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to spend a hot (humid) Saturday with him.  We watched him work (amazing – especially in that hot forge!), and fed almost the entire school with homemade pizzas.  We've spent lots of fun weekends with him, and can't believe school is almost out!  Joe's been able to meet some awesome people, and we are so thankful that we're able to call them our friends now too.

Oh, and we girls have also taken advantage of matching a couple times.  Which is funny, considering that Mom would match us ALL the time when we were little (and we didn't always like it).  Now, we have actually done it on purpose a couple of times, including a 'maxi dress' Sunday.

Some of the most exciting news this summer was the launch of Abigail's book, Modern Prairie Sewing!  It's been amazing watching her promote it and exciting to read the good reviews from happy seamstresses! 

We feel so blessed to have gotten to meet some wonderful people over this summer that have become fast friends.  We've loved getting to do things with them including a shopping day, movie + snack fest + kayak adventure, and photo shoot fun. 

We do have good news for you…. our birthday bash starts Monday!!!  We will plan on sending out newsletters so if you haven't signed up, you might want to so you can keep up to date.  Lots of inventory-ing going on around here.

Not much else has been going on, except lots of reading and watching Perry Mason before bed.  Hope your summer has been as good. xoxo

PS…. Have you spotted that badge on the top in the sidebar??  Coming soon!!