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| 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...


| 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...