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| Posted by April Henry

Day in Seattle

After our workshops in Olympia, Washington we took a day with the kids and visited the iconic Pike's Place Market!  A few donuts, some fresh flowers and the infamous gum wall were the highlights of our day. An entire wall... and surrounding walls, actually, of A.B.C. gum.  That's "Already Been Chewed" gum.  Nasty, of course, but definitely something to see. Better than Krispie Kreme, I promise; they have a "homemade" doughnut flavor that is so yummy! Carmon surprised Ruthie with a fresh bouquet of Sweet Peas... as you know she has always been our little Sweet Pea.  It was a...


| Posted by April Henry

Cozy Christmas Quilt Top -- for the Christmas Eve Finish!

This year I made haste and got all of our Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree so we could relax and have an enjoyable day on Christmas Eve as a family.  In the afternoon, we made a yummy casserole for supper, frosted Christian's 18th birthday chocolate cake... then settled in for a long afternoon of Christmas movies and time together.  It was one of my most enjoyable times on record, I believe.  I sewed and sewed and sewed, drank coffee, the family mingled, talked, napped and in between we went from one old movie to the next.  (We discovered...


| Posted by April Henry

2nd Place

Our daughter Ruthie submitted her first quilt in the local Quilt Show.  It was her first quilt from start to finish on her Singer Featherweight; she selected the fabrics using a mini-charm pack and a Moda Candies Pattern.  She then configured the block layout and accomplished all the piecing by herself.  When we went on our Mama/Daughter retreat a year or so ago, I helped her with the quilting by free-motion quilting (on a Singer Featherweight, of course) in a stipple formation, and then Ruthie finished by doing all the hand binding.  We were all so proud of her, and...


| 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 Action...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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!)...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by April Henry

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...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

A Week With Ray

We are finally settling back in and getting caught up after being gone for a couple of weeks, doing something I have wanted to do for years. My 15-year-old son, Christian, and I had the distinct honor of spending a week with Ray White. If any of you are not familiar with Ray, he is generally regarded as the worldwide master of sewing machine knowledge. Ray’s expertise of sewing machine mechanics covers everything from basic home model machines to industrial factory machines. Ray even told us about his experience assisting NASA with problems they were having sewing heat shields for...


| Posted by April Henry

A Featherweight Merry Christmas!

We received this photo from a fellow Featherweight owner. She didn’t have a creche perse’, but then remembered her Featherweight had a light so she set up her Nativity this way. We asked her permission to share with you because we thought you would enjoy it as well. (Thank you, Miriam!) Merry Christmas, everyone!  We pray you have a Blessed New Year! “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

Little Kitty or Lilly Cat

This is our Lily Cat or Lily Kitty - whatever suits my fancy as I lovingly talk to her throughout the day. She is the sweetest little kitty ever. No, really - EVER. She loves to lay on her back legs completely outstretched so we will rub her belly. When she desires to be petted she'll come up to our leg, sit and then gently tap us with her paw. She was my mama's kitty until we inherited her about a month ago. (My brother moved home, horrible allergies, yada, yada, yada, we now have Lily.) Her favorite place to...


| Posted by April Henry

Our Daily Bread

.... Okay, well... so I should say that I would really like this to be our daily bread .... Carmon's mom has been making homemade bread for over 20 years. She makes hers in the Kitchen-Aid and I have her recipe which I have made hundreds of times. In fact, I cried when I got my Kitchen-Aid for Christmas the second year Carmon and I were married because I was so happy; I wanted to make bread just like her!  Her little loaves are beautiful and so, so yummy! Another recipe for bread that I have is for a much,...


| Posted by April Henry

Our Family's Daily Bread Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

This is our whole wheat bread recipe.  You know the kind - the moist, melt-in-your mouth, perfect, old-fashioned-flavor kind of bread.... the one that calls for fresh ground whole wheat flour.... the kind of bread that has all that healthy stuff - oh and the one that requires kneading. by hand. Yeah - thaaaaaaat recipe! But, believe me, it is so worth it!(This recipe is being offered in reference to this post.)Grandma Shirley's Homemade BreadYield: 6 large loaves (or about 10 mini loaves)6 cups warm water2 pkgs (or 2 TBsp) yeast3 Tbsp salt3/4 c. sugar3/4 c. vegetable oil2 eggs1/2 c....


| Posted by April Henry

Oma's Breakfast Muffins

I realized the other day that this recipe was not posted (gasp!)... it is one of my all-time favorites! I will make these muffins till the day I die.Oma's Breakfast MuffinsYield: 36 muffins (approx)It took me 2 hours to figure this out, but the Weight Watcher points are as follows ~ 5 points for one muffin if made with oil and 3 points for one muffin if substituted with applesauce2 cups Quick Oats2 cups Shredded Wheat cereal2 cups All-Bran cereal1 cup Boiling Water1 cup Oil (Applesauce can be substituted for heart-healthiness)2 1/4 cups Brown Sugar (packed)1 Quart Buttermilk4 Eggs5 teaspoons...


| Posted by April Henry

My Little Snow White

Let's just say that my little SweetPea loves to dress-up. Pretending has got to be one of her talents. The conversations she makes between her little dolls and bears and toys are just so darn cute.Snow White has always been her favorite Disney Princess, and I don't really understand why because she hasn't seen the movie yet. At Disneyland, Snow White was the one she really wanted to see... and the Snow White ride - she would put her head down during the scary scenes (the entire ride), but sit up for all the 'happy parts' (only the beginning and...