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| 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 2020 - 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 2018, and two years later in March 2020, 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...


| Posted by April Henry

Final Quilt Top - Finishing the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2020 - Sewing the Top Together Last month 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...


| 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 2019 Where did October go!? Well, as many of you know, we made the trek across country to the great state of Texas to participate in the International Quilt Market and Festival for 2019. As such, our Sew Along blog post was slightly delayed so that I could finish the blocks and photograph a few of the steps and tips for this month. We have four blocks this month, 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...


| 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...


| Posted by April Henry

Blocks 36, 37, & 38 (Simple, Spring & Summer Star Blocks) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along 2019 This is the month of stars!  Perfect timing as we often get to view the stars and gorgeous constellations on late summer nights.  The Henry family was in Missouri this month during the Sew Along, but we are continuing with three gorgeous star blocks as we approach the finish line for our Farm Girl Vintage Sampler quilt.  Simple, Spring & Summer are our featured blocks this month.  The biggest take away while sewing these was squaring up each unit as you stitched each section of your block.  It made a world of difference for...


| Posted by April Henry

Featherweight Maintenance & Lori Holt Retreat - McCall, Idaho 2019

The Featherweight camaraderie was exhilarating with non-stop learning! Featherweight History, an all-day Featherweight Maintenance Workshop, along with day after day of one-on-one personal Featherweight assistance and exploration.... and then Lori Holt brought us all her Farm Girl Vintage treats and inspiration!


| 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...


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