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

Achaia’s Etsy shop!

Achaia's Etsy Shop


Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop

Achaia's Etsy Shop






I’m SO excited to announce the opening of my very own Etsy Shop!!

In my shop you’ll find pillow covers hand written and hand embroidered by me!  They also feature a variety of pretty backing fabrics, full lining, sturdy zippers on the bottom of the covers for easy taking on and off, and handmade tassels on the zipper pulls.

I had a lot of fun choosing sayings for each pillow, stitching on them, and putting them together.  I hope you’ll find something you’ll love that puts a smile on your face, and a little extra beauty on your bed or couch!

xxx Achaia

PS  The listings do not include pillow forms, but if you would like to have one of those included as well, be sure to send me a convo for pricing and a custom listing!








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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

say Hello to our NEW website!!



We are SO excited to announce to you the launch of our brand new website!!!  We are just thrilled with it, and hope you are too.  Now, let’s gush over for just a bit….

~The site is there exclusively to showcase our patterns!  So there’s lots of pictures and info all about them.  Of course, if you don’t see an answer to your questions, just shoot us an email.

~Easy to navigate!

~Mobile friendly!

~Free shipping on orders of $50 or more!

~We are also now offering Pattern Collections!  This option allows you to purchase multiple patterns together at a discounted price.

~An updated About Us page allows you to learn a little more about each of us.  Simply click on individual names and read about each of our specialties and personal pursuits (more going on there that we hope to share soon!).  You can contact us individually or read about some of the things we love, which includes everything from country music to Mexican food to cold sheets.

~We will still continue to have our Etsy shop, and don’t forget to keep an eye on it.  If we have any fabric bundles, boutique clothing, or specialty things for sale, you’ll find them there.

~And, don’t forget you can connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin’!

Enough from us… go check it out!!


Kristie, Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, and Abiah

Say it with red and pink.


redandpinkWe girls recently had the happy opportunity to host a Valentine’s Day luncheon for the ladies at our Church!  Our Church is small on the people side, but big on the love side.



It was so fun to plan our menu.  The main course was manicotti, French bread, and salad, with three different yummy desserts — homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cream Wafers, and Creamy Strawberry Dessert.

Our pastor’s wife supplied the drinks (raspberry lemonade and water).  We decorated each place with a special party favor bag, complete with candy hearts, red & pink Hershey kisses, and York peppermint patties, all tied up with red and white twine.



We dipped into our Mom’s vast (and gorgeous) collection of vintage tablecloths for all the tables, and borrowed her ruby red vase collection for all the flowers.

We had mood music on (of course).  How is it that music softly playing in the background can make such a difference??


It was such a wonderful experience for us, and a great time was had by all!  It’s amazing how taking just a couple hours out of one Saturday to spend time with others can be so refreshing.  We are already planning our next luncheon (picnic theme!), and can’t wait.

xoxo Apphia, Achaia, Abigail, & Abiah

Grandma’s Coated Club Crackers (You can’t eat just one… trust me.)


A few years ago when our Grandma was still living and writing us letters regularly, she passed along the recipe for these yummy, fancied-up Club Crackers.  We hadn’t made them for years, until just recently.  It’s amazing how simple they are, but oh so good… what do you expect from something that’s coated with butter and sugar and nuts?  Enjoy!! xo

Grandma’s Coated Club Crackers

Take a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and cover with aluminum foil.  Place Club Crackers in a single layer on pan.  (Grandma used about 42 crackers.)

Melt one stick of butter and 1/2 cup sugar.  Once mixture comes to a boil, let boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and quickly spread over Club Crackers.  Sprinkle with chopped nuts (we use pecans). 

Bake in 350 degree over for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool and remove from foil.  (Grandma always stored hers in the cookie jar.)