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| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine's Day from The Featherweight Shop Heart-Themed Patterns, Accessories & Fabric   Love is meant to be shared. What better way to show this than by spending time with those that you care about? The Featherweight Shop has put together a special collection for Valentine's Day to celebrate those special people in your life that you love. Each pattern, accessory or fabric is themed to highlight the little joys in life. Take the time to enjoy the little things, the people you care about and share what you love to do! Happy Valentine's Day from The Featherweight Shop! Shop...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Quilt Kit Spotlight: "Snow Cozy" Winter Baby Quilt Kit

Snuggle up on a cold winter night with your little one in the "Snow Cozy" quilt featuring Cozy Snowman Fabric by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs. This fabric collection features primary-color inspired fabric, ideal for the developing mind! Prefused snowflake diecuts are included in the pattern, quintessential for playful hands.


| Posted by April Henry

Blocks 15, 16 & 17 (Farmhouse, Feed & Seed and Pears) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

January 2019, Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along We are very excited to be starting 2019 with the continuation of our Featherweight Shop's Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along!  If you're just now joining us, welcome!  We began the sew along in 2018 doing one block at a time so that new quilters could learn before we picked up speed.  So, you'll have plenty of time to catch up and finish by the end of this year along with us.  Simply jump in now at Blocks 15, 16 & 17 with our featured blocks for January: Farmhouse, Feed and Seed, and Fresh...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 13 & 14 (Egg Basket & Farm Fresh Flower)

Blocks 13 & 14 are our featured blocks for December - Egg Basket and Farm Fresh Flower blocks! The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues, even in December amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.... This was indeed the Christmas season, yet a few of us Featherweight Shop diehards still got together to work on our blocks.  We waited until after our big annual sale, but we had fun discussing that when we increase to three blocks per month (starting in January), that means we are half way through with sewing our quilt top! Both Ruthie...


| Posted by Carmon Henry

A Thread Cutter That's Actually Sharp

Upon arrival of our new Featherweight Shop edition Thread Cutterz, we wanted to make this quick and easy video tutorial for you!  This tutorial will walk you through setup as well as show you how easy it is to now cut thread when piecing or sewing on your Singer Featherweight 221 or 221. We all know the vintage original Singer thread cutter and even the new replica thread cutter (both designed to wrap around the presser bar) are more for nostalgic purposes than they are for actually cutting...(we have often referred to the old ones as "thread-frayers"!)  This new Featherweight...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Blocks 11 & 12 (Country Crossroads & Crops)

Block 11 & 12 are our featured blocks for November - Country Crossroads and Crops blocks!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues.... After laying out all my blocks I noticed that mine are needing a bit more pops of red for balance.  Thus, I decided to incorporate some red 30s prints for the Country Crossroads block.   But, when it came to constructing my Crops block, I ended up grabbing the little white corner square pieces from the wrong pile creating some assymetrical crops. Can you see my errors?  I decided to keep them...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 5 (Butter Churn)

We are already on Block 5, Butter Churn, of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop! If you're just now joining us, we are continuing with our monthly Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Grab some fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!  This month Lori Holt shows us a fun and efficient way to sew flying geese.  Follow along with her instructions, making sure to press seams open when you can and being careful to be as exact with your alignments as possible.    I wasn't...


| Posted by April Henry

Happy 4th of July!

This past year (or more) I have slowly been working on quilts that reflect the time of year or season.  I finished a Lori Holt Christmas quilt in January and a Valentine's pillow for February as well as a Valentine quilt this spring (photos to come later).  Well, this "Stars & Stripes" patriotic quilt kit I got from Craftsy some time ago has been several months in the making, yet I am still working on it piece-by-piece... and now block-by-block!  I was so excited to have finished the 120 red & white blocks and now I only have 48 of...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 4 (Baking Day)

Yay!  It's so much fun to be moving right along with these Farm Girl Vintage blocks by Lori Holt... When cutting out block 3 last month (Baby Chick), I loved the colors so much that I decided to make cutting easy and continue with the colors of pink, yellow and red.  My great-grandmother had a "big yellow bowl" that she used for making bread.  That bowl was handed down to my mom and then to me.  Therefore, for me, it only seemed apropos for the larger mixing bowl of "Baking Day" block 5 to be yellow as well. Ruthie changed...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 3 (Baby Chick)

Today, we are featuring block 3 of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Last month we learned about pressing seams open and cutting accurately when we sewed Block 2, Autum Star.  This month we will be adding a small, but new technique to our blocks with simple embroidery for the chick's little legs and eye.  So, grab your fabric, get it prepared and cut and let's enjoy some more Featherweight sewing!    Cutting was fairly straight forward and easy this month, so I ended up cutting for both Ruthie's and my block. Don't forget to sew...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 2 (Autumn Star)

Today, we are featuring block 2 of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  Last month, many of us began by learning some of the quilting basics as the first block, Apron Strings, was completed.  This month, many gained new confidence while preparing, cutting and sewing block 2, the Autumn Star.    Ruthie picked out fabric for both her block and mine with the only variation being the center teal and corner green floral prints. Lori Holt's instructions are always so clear and concise, even a beginner quilter can quickly learn the art of quilting by using...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 1 (Apron Strings)

Today is the beginning of our Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along at the Featherweight Shop!  The gals were eagerly anticipating this gathering after all packages were ric-rac tied and shipped because today we are featuring the start of a new quilt - some of us for the very first time.  Awww, sweet Wendy... She's already settling in and becoming comfortable with quilt-making that she's beginning to teach and help others... we love it! The nice thing about Lori Holt's books and patterns is that scrappy prints and fabrics work so well.  Today's block, "Apron Strings", was ideal for pulling a...


| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

This past week, the Featherweight shop staff met and chose the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Book as our next sew along.  The quilt is adorable and appeals to many styles, the blocks are smaller at 6 1/2" square and will be fairly simple to construct (especially with Lori Holt's wonderful instructions), and each block will be easy to find fabric for (scraps on hand, charm packs, layer cake, etc.) making it manageable on any fabric budget!  We would all love to have you join us!  We will be gathering to sew on our regular Featherweight Shop Sew Along day, which...


| Posted by April Henry

Baby Quilt for Baby Thompson

Some of you probably remember when we hired our very first employee, Rebekah.  Then a couple of years ago we were so excited to see her get engaged and married to Burl.  Well, they are expecting their first baby any day now and we had a baby shower for her just this past Sunday.  A friend and I decided to make her a little quilt with the bright bold colors that Rebekah so enjoys. The pattern and fabrics are by Sandy Klop of American Jane (Moda).  The quilt was pieced, appliqued and quilted -- all on the Singer Featherweight.  We...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow Sewalong - Part 4

Binding a Quilt! Part 4 is the final installment of our Love Letter Pillow Sewalong!  We are very excited to finally display our little pillows and just in time for February!  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 Love Letter Pillow, I was able to find some red, white and blue striped fabric for my binding, but you can use a pretty polka...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Pillow 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 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 Sewalong - Part 1

Hi everyone!  The Featherweight Shop team has been eagerly anticipating today, and we hope you all have been as well.  If you are just now joining us, please review the previous blog post by clicking here for the pattern and a list of supplies needed. SEWALONG SCHEDULE Thursday, January 25th, Part 1 and 2, 8 am PST Monday, January 29th, Part 3, 8 am PST Wednesday, January 31st, Part 4, 8 am PST When I first saw the Love Letter Pillow it made me think of the old airmail envelopes my grandma would let me play with when I was...


| Posted by April Henry

Love Letter Sew-Along.. 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:  Pattern (available for purchase download here) Quarter Inch Foot or Guide Walking Foot Thread...


| 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...