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| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 9 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

BLOCK 9 - NOT COMPLETED YET!  Block 8 reference:  https://singer-featherweight.com/blogs/sew-along/sew-along-block-8-sewing-north-to-alaska-by-featherweightBlock 9 is exactly like block 3 only the pink and green pieces are reversed.  Only 3 new images to add (below):   We have quite a stack of blocks by now, don't we?!  After last month's sewing, you should now have a total of 28 blocks sewn and set aside.  I do enjoy stacking them all up neatly and seeing the visual progress.  It keeps me motivated to cross the finish line, so let's now begin Block 8 with another set of four!  If you are just joining us, though, order a kit below...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 6 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

Summer is nearly over and just yesterday a song came over the radio that reminded me of Christmas and the holiday season... my heart had a flicker of excitement as festivities and traditions are just around the corner!  What about you, are you preparing for holiday sewing yet? This Block 6, for me, was one more milestone, because it marked the four corners of the Alaska kaleidoscope.  It replicates block 4, and after last month's sewing, you should now have a total of 20 blocks sewn and set aside.  Let's now begin Block 6, with another set of 4!  If you are just joining us, though, order...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 5 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

I am so excited about this month, because it is an exact repeat of what we did on Block 2, except it gets turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise!  It feels like we are coasting for a little bit but I love that feeling of "Oh! I know what to do here... I can do this!".  Granted, we still have work to do with these four blocks, but it will be a great time to hone our skills and see if we can make any improvements on those quarter inch seams and matching points, learning with each block!   After last month's sewing,...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 4 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

How is your Alaska quilt coming along?  We are doing well and really getting into the rhythm and method for sewing Edyta's way.  She's a great teacher and we have all gleaned some very helpful skills to apply to all our quilt piecing!  There are a few close-up photos below that will elaborate on the position of the pieces to achieve that accurate quarter inch seam.  This Block 4 was one of our favorites in all the series to sew, so we hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!  After last month's sewing, you should now have...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 3 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

Last time, we sewed our second set of four blocks.  You should now have a total of eight blocks sewn and set aside.  I don't know about you, but a little pile of blocks always makes me feel accomplished!  So, let's keep our momentum going and begin Block 3 with another set of four.  This block is laid out just like Block 1, but this time we swap pieces to bring in an additional color.  If you are just joining us, order a kit below and sew along with us!   Click the images below and select your quilt kit in Blue or...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 2 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

Last month, we sewed our first set of Block 1.  How did you do?  Did you learn something new?  Edyta gives the sweetest encouragement to just keep sewing "one more", so let's begin Block 2 with another set of four!  This block has two additional pieces to work in, but I'm adding some tips to help you achieve even greater accuracy.  If you are just joining us, there is still plenty of time to order a kit and sew along!   Click the images below and select your quilt kit in Blue or Holiday (while supplies last).  And, BONUS!  All the fabric pieces are pre-cut by...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: BLOCK 1 Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight

We are officially setting sail on our Alaska Quilt Sew Along today!  Four of us in the shop each picked out our color choice, have you selected yours yet?  If not, click the images below and grab your quilt kit in Blue or Holiday, while supplies last.  And, BONUS!  All the fabric pieces are pre-cut by laser - perfect and beautiful.  Pieces don't fray, they're uniform and we can sew right away!       Order an Alaska Quilt Kit in your color preference (Blue or Holiday) and join us! The majority of the sew along photos will be shown using the Holiday Kit as...


| Posted by April Henry

Sew Along: Sewing North to Alaska by Featherweight (Getting Prepared)

COMING SOON, Thursday, March 25th! In May of this year, we were scheduled to take a Featherweight Maintenance and Quilting Cruise with 40 other Featherweight friends from around the world to Alaska.  However, as you all know, due to the government response to Covid, travel (and much of life in general) was canceled in 2020 and is continuing into 2021... and even 2022 for at least some of the cruising industry.  So, we have disembarked, so-to-speak, and are continuing on in the spirit of Alaska anyway by starting an Alaska Sew Along!        Order an Alaska Quilt Kit in your...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Cover Sewalong - Part 4

Binding a Pillow Cover! ... Or use these tips for your next quilt!  Part 4 is the final installment of our Conversation Love Letter Pillow Sewalong!  We are very excited to finally display our little pillows and just in time for Valentine's Day!  Are you just now joining and feeling late to the party?  No worries at all... be sure to review our supplies list page and Parts 1, 2, and 3 and you can participate at any time!  To continue with the Airmail theme of the Conversation Love Letter Pillow, I was able to find some red, white and...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Cover Sewalong - Part 3 (Walking Foot Tutorial, too!)

Let's Quilt on the Featherweight! We are now moving on to the quilting process of the Love Letter Pillow.  If you aren't quite finished with piecing your final block, then refer back to Part 2 of the Sewalong for some piecing tips.  For quilting, we have opted to use the Walking Foot designed for the Singer Featherweight. The teeth on the walking foot align to the teeth on the feed dogs so this will eliminate any unnecessary shifting and allow for more even feeding during the quilting process. To begin quilting (this applies to any quilt) you will want to...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Cover Sewalong - Part 2

Now Let's Sew! If you haven't selected, squared or cut out your fabric yet, then refer back to Part 1 of the Sewalong before proceeding. I like to place a little pencil mark next to each instruction I have completed. Doing so means I will know right where I left off if I have to set my project aside for any reason. Before construction, be sure to label your pieces well as instructed, follow the pattern layout directions and begin sewing your pieces together following each pattern step carefully!  Nadra has some great tutorials on her website, too, including this...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Cover Sewalong.. with the Featherweight Shop!

Well, the girls and I have decided it's time we have a little quilting sew-along.  By girls, I mean, the Featherweight Shop girls, of course!  Yes, all those packages you receive that are neatly wrapped with a little ric-rac bow... well, you've inspired the wrappers to start a sewing project, too! So, with Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought it would be fun to make a "Love Letter Pillow" by ellis & higgs.  Would you like to grab your Featherweight and join us? Supplies Needed:  OR Pattern (available for purchase download here) Quarter Inch Foot or Guide Walking Foot...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Cover Sewalong - Part 1

Hello everyone! The Featherweight Shop team has eagerly been awaiting today, when we get to share this lovely Valentine's themed kit - the "Conversation Love Letter Pillow Cover!" We hosted a Featherweight Fellowship and sew along in 2018 and are revisiting that fun tutorial again, week by week leading up to Valentine's Day, but this time offering our own kit with  adorable love-themed fabric.  We enjoyed our sewing time together and hope you do, too - whether you make another Love Letter Pillow Cover like ours below or are making your own for the very first time! If you are just...


| Posted by Tammy Olson

Shop Talk: Thank Heaven for Little Girls Purse by Kristyne Czepuryk

Welcome back to Shop Talk here at The Featherweight Shop! We love our local chit chat with staff, gathering around the dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. In these segments, we exchange patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, crafty projects, and smiles about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. Shop Talk is the fun tidbits of news! ***** Tammy created an adorable hand purse for her granddaughter, Scarlet, in this week's Shop Talk. Please join in the fun as we follow along with her!  Shop the 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls'...


| Posted by April Henry

SHOP TALK: Using Leftover Scraps

Welcome back to Shop Talk here at The Featherweight Shop! We love our local chit chat with staff, gathering around the dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. In these segments, we exchange patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, crafty projects, and smiles about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. Shop Talk is the fun tidbits of news! **** What paint is to the painter, fabric is to the quilter.  Every single fabric print is like a new color to the quilter's palette, with each one being unique for making many, many quilts.  But,...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Why We Love Quilting ~ Happy National Quilting Day!

  Here at The Featherweight Shop, we are overjoyed to have a day dedicated to the celebration and history of quilts! We always love a good reason to share our favorite quilting stories, patterns, fabrics and more!  National Quilt Day came to be on June 22, 1991 in Lincoln, NE during the 22nd Annual Quilt Show. The National Quilting Alliance passed the resolution that created National Quilt Day every third Saturday of March. Presently, National Quilt Day is celebrated across the country with all types of quilty fun!  Stories of Love for Quilting ~ Quilting for Country ~   While...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Finished Quilt + BONUS! Scalloped Border Step-by-Step

  Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along - Finished Quilt with Scalloped Border At the end of February, the borders and sashing were pieced, the quilt top was finally assembled and delivered to the local longarm quilter for a small bit of custom quilting.  Two years to the month and here we are... the Farm Girl Vintage Sampler quilt is completely finished!  We started in March, and two years later, it's all sewn, quilted and bound.  Isn't it exciting!?  This quilt is probably the most time-laborious project I've ever sewn, and it's certainly the most tedious with all the sampler block...


| Posted by April Henry

Final Quilt Top - Finishing the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along - Sewing the Top Together Last post we finished up by having all of our sashing and border pieces cut and ready.  How nice it was to have everything prepared, because the quilt top sewed together so much faster than I anticipated.   There are quite a few tips and hints in our final* installment of the Featherweight Shop Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's finish this! * I just dropped off the quilt top yesterday to have it quilted, but as soon as I finish the scalloped...


| Posted by April Henry

Blocks 42, 43, 44 & 45 (Water Turn, Welcome, Winter Star & Woolly Sheep) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along We have four blocks in this post, which is a bit more than usual, but we can do this -- we are nearly finished! Psssst! If you're just joining us and want to get in on the fun with a darling and perfect collage of farm girl vintage styled fabric, then check out the Farm Girl Vintage fabric and accessories collection here. You can also order Farm Girl Vintage Book 1 here, and Farm Girl Vintage Book 2! Begin this sew along by opening your book to page 69, grab some fabric scraps, get them...


| Posted by April Henry

Sweet Christmas - Extra Scrappy Happy Snowman Projects to Make

If you purchased the Sweet Christmas Snowman panel and are wondering what else you can do with the extra printed pieces on the panel (besides the obvious quilt), this blog post will give you three suggestions showing what we made:  Bunting, Hot Pads & Pillow Cover.  We hope these get your own ideas flowing with creativity!  Be sure to post and share your creations in the comment section below. ******************************************************************** 1.  Christmas Decorative Bunting After sewing together a quilt using the Snowman Panel from the Sweet Christmas collection by Urban Chiks (for Moda Fabrics), my mind was racing with all...


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