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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 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 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 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

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 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 27, 28 & 29 (Old Red Barn, Out to Pasture & Patchwork Pumpkin) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along I have been waiting to sew this barn for quite a long time - in fact, since 2015, when the Farm Girl Vintage book first came out and when I saw all the blocks displayed in a Spokane quilt shop.  The barn block they had hanging on a cute little line was made with this darling red fabric, but sadly the shop didn't have any left.  The store clerk was so sweet, though... she went digging in the shop's scraps to give me all she had left -- just enough to make this block!  Thus,...


| Posted by April Henry

Blocks 24, 25 & 26 (Hen, Milking Day & Old Glory Flag) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along For our geographic area, we have officially entered what many locals call the "mud season" - that time of year when the weather can't decide to pour down rain to the point of flooding or grace us with a warm sunny afternoon.  In this time of weather flip flop, and when I need a sewing break from rubber galoshes and weeding, these Farm Girl Vintage one-by-one blocks are perfect for keeping my interest and excited about the "what do I get to sew next?!"  For April we get to sew: the Hen, Milk Can and...


| Posted by April Henry

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

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along We are very excited to be working on 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 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 sew along with us.  Simply jump in now at Blocks 15, 16 & 17 with our featured blocks: Farmhouse, Feed and Seed, and Fresh Pears, and then fill in with the other earlier blocks as you can! ...


| 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 - Egg Basket and Farm Fresh Flower blocks! The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues.... 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, that means we are half way through with sewing our quilt top! Both Ruthie and April opted to make a yellow and brown basket, featuring a more "realistic" or natural-colored...


| 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 - 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 and just...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along - Block 9 & 10 (Cool Threads & Corn and Tomatoes)

  Block 9 & 10 are our featured blocks - Cool Threads and Corn & Tomatoes!  The Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop continues; block 9 was a lot of fun to be creative with the thread spools!  Ruthie had the idea of using a light brown fabric print for wooden spools and I liked it so much I decided to copy her design.  Block 10 was the perfect block to add some bright red color and coordinate with the yellow, being creative with the various vintage style prints.  If you're just now joining us for...


| Posted by April Henry

Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Sew Along - Block 7 & 8 (Chicken Foot & Churn Dash)

  Block 7 & 8 are both being featured today... Chicken Foot and Churn Dash are the two blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Sew Along with the Featherweight Shop!  Block 7 has a number of pieces forming the "Chicken Foot"; it turns out so cute all sewn together in tiny detail.  Block 8 is one of my all-time favorites because it's a thirties classic - the "Churn Dash".  It sews together fairly simply and brings quick satisfaction.  So, how did you all do?  I'd say I spent a couple of hours (attempting those points!) on the Chicken Foot...


| 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 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!  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 paying attention on my...


| 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 (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 hers up...


| 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 block we learned about pressing seams open and cutting accurately when we sewed Block 2, Autum Star.  This installment 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 a...


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