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| 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 Ashley Fritsche

Sew Along Part 5: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder

Welcome back to the Sew Along: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder Part 5! If you are just joining us, catch up on Part 4 HERE. In today's final installment of the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder, we learn how to perfect the quilt binding! Shop the Quarter Inch (1/4") Foot, Open Toe Low HERE Shop the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Kit HERE Products Used in Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder: Part 5Aurifil ThreadFolded Corner Clipper RulerOlfa Rotary CutterQuilter's Pressing FleeceSteam IronFeatherweight Accurate Seam GuideHinged 1/4" footTrue 1/4" FootLow Shank Open Toe 1/4" FootWater soluble applique glueOptional Products:Walking footQuilt...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew Along Part 4: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder

Welcome back to the Sew Along: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder Part 4! If you are just joining us, catch up on Part 3 HERE. Today, Sarah Baker walks us through the unique quilting techniques, quilt sandwhich assembling in preparation for the final step of binidng! Shop the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Kit HERE Products Used in Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder: Part 4Aurifil ThreadBattingBasting SprayOpen-Toe Low Shank Quarter-Inch FootThread SnipsCutting Ruler, TQM Fold Away 6x24Optional Materials:Saftey PinsCongratulations on a beautiful quilt top! We are ready to quilt this sweet little baby. Once you get to this part of...


| 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 Ashley Fritsche

Sew Along Part 3: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder

Welcome back to the Sew Along: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder Part 2! If you are just joining us, catch up on Part 2 HERE. Today, Sarah Baker walks us through the block assembly, techniques for creating perfectly pressed seams, as well as chain piecing! Shop the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Kit HERE Products Used in Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder: Part 3Glass Head PinsFolded Corner ClipperSeam Roller by Lori HoltTula Pink Hardware - StilettoCute Cuts by Lori HoltSteam IronQuilter's Pressing FleeceCutting Mat - Double Sided & Self Healing - 12" x 18"Open-Toe Low Shank Quarter-Inch Foot Block assembly time!...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew Along Part 2: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder

Welcome back to the Sew Along: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder Part 2! If you are just joining us, catch up on Part 1 HERE. Today, Sarah Baker¬†illustrates the steps of¬†fabric selections, cutting shapes, squaring up blocks, and more! Let's begin... ¬† Tools Suggested for this blog Sew Along: Aurifil 50wt Dove Gray Lori Holt Cute Cuts 10 1/2‚ÄĚ ruler Olfa Rotary Cutter Edyta Sitar Sweet 16 Fabric Lori Holt Cutting Mat, 12" x 18" Self-Healing ¬† Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder Part 2by Sarah Baker I am using Edyta Sitar‚Äôs Sweet 16 fabric for this pattern.¬† We...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew Along Part 1: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder

Guest Blogger: Sarah Baker Welcome to The Featherweight Shop Sew Along: Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder! Whether you’re a newcomer to quilting or a seasoned seamstress, each new project with your Featherweight offers a chance to learn something new or practice something familiar. Shop the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Kit HERE Today, we begin the Sweet Trellis Mini Quilt Skill Builder with guest blogger, Sarah Baker, from Omaha, Nebraska. Sarah crossed paths with The Featherweight Shop in 2018 when she attended her first Featherweight Maintenance Retreat at the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She is a gifted teacher - from her years in the...


| 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

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

Preparations for Sashing, Borders & More - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along This post took lots of turns.  And, when you're a slow sewist like me... well, that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for getting extra sewing finished.  Nevertheless, I was determined to accomplish as much as possible.  After much discussion and deliberation (and persuasion from Ruthie), I decided that my quilt will have 64 blocks rather than the original 48.  No worries... you can continue as planned, but there were just so many blocks I wanted to add, it was extremely difficult to pick and choose.  Thus, it was easier to make the quilt...


| 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

Blocks 39, 40 & 41 (Sunday Morning, Sunny Sunflower, & Tumbleweed) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along Wait, the Sunday Morning finished block in the photo below doesn't quite match the block in the book...?  Well, as the saying goes, "If you can't hide it, feature it!"  Technically speaking, all three blocks sewed together beautifully, with points matching and appropriate finished sizes, but Sunday Morning didn't quite finish as planned.  Nevertheless, once I realized my error, I decided to just keep sewing, frame it in and make a sewing life lesson out of it, even still. What's that other saying...?  "Do as I say, not as I do?"  Yes, that's it... so,...


| 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 This is the month of stars!  Perfect timing as we often get to view the stars and gorgeous constellations on late summer nights. 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 accuracy and block size, so let's get started... Psssst! If you're just joining us...


| Posted by April Henry

Blocks 33, 34, & 35 (Postage Stamp, Scrappy Maple, & Scrappy Strawberry) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along Hello!  And, how has your summer been?  Ours has been flying by... especially since we had such a late spring, the extremely warm summer weather is now suddenly upon us!  Thankfully, the warmer weather outside affords us time to cool off inside all the while being productive by continuing to sew our Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  I've been able to do quite a bit of cutting ahead and it feels great to just sew the next block because it's all set and ready.  And, it makes me feel like we are approaching the finish line...


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