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| Posted by April Henry

Christian, the Sewing Machine Guy

Many of you met our son, Christian, when we were on our Singer Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in the summer of 2016.  He charmed the sweet, lovely ladies and enjoyed being their personal Featherweight technician for each class.   Yesterday, while flipping through some old photos I found these pictures and I couldn't help but chuckle (as well as have a moment of heart swelling for that sweet little boy).  I remember how excited he was to "sew" using this child's Singer Sewhandy Model 20.  He was about 5-years-old and he wanted to make his Lone Ranger and Johnny West...

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My quilt from Great-Grandma Ruth

When I was a little girl, about 5-years-old, I took a trip with my parents to visit my Great-Grandma Ruth, who lived in a lovely little house on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It was a small craftsman style home, but very "English" in her style and nature. The front porch had a portable swing that I would enjoy sitting on - probably singing and swinging, fascinated that it was a "bench" and not a tire or schoolyard swing. She collected salt & pepper shakers, spoons as well as bells of all kinds. Great-Grandma Ruth was also an avid quilter...

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Family Time in Georgia, 2016

After our stop in Woodstock (when we took our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour in 2016) we spent several days with Uncle Charley and Aunt Sandy in Georgia.  We love them dearly and all of us enjoy just listening to their darling southern accents -- with "darlin'" and "sho'nough" being the special words we will forever remember as their terms of endearment.  All of us enjoy antique shopping and collecting together and so sharing several days in Dawsonville was a time we will always cherish. Our time with them just happened to fall during the time of Carmon's birthday, so Aunt...

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Washington, D.C.

When we started planning for our Featherweight Maintenance Workshop Tour 2016 we knew that we would somehow want to incorporate a visit to Washington, D.C.  Carmon had visited the city in the fall of 2009 and had wanted to bring the rest of us to see US history first hand ever since.  It was certainly a lot to take in and we had high hopes that we would get to see many sites in an 8-day time period.  While we would probably have to spend several months to see each minute historical detail, we do feel like we received at...

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

After New York City our family took an 8-day break from the Featherweight Workshops to tour our Nation's capitol and historical sights.  The first place we visited was Philadelphia.  It just so happened to be around the July 4th weekend, so there were several things we would not have ordinarily had the opportunity to see any other time of year.  This also meant that there were considerable more crowds, so some of the most-desired historical sights were not available for us to see during our one-day visit in Philadelphia. Independence HallHome of the Constitutional Convention We took a horse-drawn carriage...

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New York City

We had one day in New York City, so we had to maximize what we could see and do... and it all had to be done on foot.  We road the train, the subway and walked and walked and walked.... and walked... but, we were able to see the Statue of Liberty, Time Square, Museum of Natural History, the 9/11 Memorial and all the sights in between.  We were worn out by the end of the day, but it was a fun to experience and see it all for the first time. Our first view of the New York skyline...

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Amish Country

Did you see that?  We were welcomed to Pennsylvania.  Carmon said, "take a picture!  We're entering Pennsylvania!"  Well... by the time I grabbed the camera and it zoomed in, that's about all I caught. Driving on the country roads in Amish country of Pennsylvania had some unexpected surprises.  First, we didn't really expect them to be driving motorized vehicles.  Second, we did not realize that the area was a mixture of both Amish and Quaker descent with lifestyles that, by our first glance, appeared similar.  Our hotel clerk directed us to Kitchen Kettle Village, which is a very busy touristy...

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Fabric and Racecars

After the Featherweight Maintenance Retreat at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Ruthie and I were able to do a little bit of fabric shopping.  Although I did make one note for next time -- plan ahead to do fabric shopping the day before the retreat... I know I would come home with more fabric for sure!  Carmon and Christian went to the man-cave at Missouri Star and enjoyed a round or two of pool while we shopped.  Christian liked the game so much he decided he wants to get a pool table for his house someday.... (Rack 'em up, Son!)...

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Grizzly Bears Up Close

On our way out of Montana and after only about 15-20 minutes on the freeway we saw a billboard advertisement for the Montana Grizzly Encounter.  It was a rescue facility for domesticated grizzly bears.  (There is no such thing as a "domesticated bear", of course... but these are bears that would no longer survive in the wild because of their upbringing - hence, "rescue").  It was a fascinating experience and great learning/schooling opportunity as well for Christian and Ruth - a family field trip of sorts. This 850 pound bear was named "Jake" and he was accompanied by "Maggie".  Maggie...

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Ruthie's "Pink" Singer Featherweight

Since before Ruthie was born, there has been this certain shade of pink that has followed her.  It all started with the antique shade of pink paint that softly adorned the walls of her nursery.  From there she had her patchwork quilt that I made her, a few special outfits, and as time went on, diminutives that she would find to adorn her room.  That certain color pink even earned the label by a friend as "Ruthie Pink".  So, now we spot Ruthie Pink everywhere and in the oddest of places sometimes.  This past weekend at a neighborhood Fred Meyer...

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