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| Posted by Tammy Olson

The Merry Mug Mat Tutorial

Shop the Merry Mug Mat Kit HERE Christmas is coming! It will be here sooner than we know! It’s time to begin sewing Merry Mug Mats for when family comes to visit during the holiday season! The children, grandchildren and even aunts and uncles will enjoy having a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and a cookie or two on these cheery mats. They are just big enough to use and keep the mess at a minimum- which gives you more time to sew Christmas presents on your Featherweight!Product list for Merry Mug Mats:Merry Mug Mat KitSew Handy Sticker Set...


| 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 Tammy Olson

Vintage Christmas Hot Pads

Shop the Vintage Christmas Hotpad Kit HERE Product list: Hot pad kit Aurifil Thread 50wt Cotton - 1300 Meter Spool Walking Foot, Even Feed Insul-bright Glass Head Pins, Blue Super Fine Cutting Ruler, QUILTER'S SELECT 2 1/2" x 12" (Non-Slip Coating) Rotary Cutter, OLFA Deluxe Ergonomic 45 mm - PACIFIC BLUE Cutting Mat, 12" x 18" Lori Holt Cute Cuts Reversible (Green & Blue) Nifty Needles, Color-Coded - By Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet MINI Wonder Clips, Bag of 20 ct. Assorted Colors  Directions for how to turn the quilt block into a hot pad: Gather your collection...


| Posted by Tammy Olson

One-Yard Apron by Lori Holt

  July 4th is coming right up! And…did you know it’s only six months til Christmas! Sounds like a great time to whip up a few aprons for you and your helpers to wear while you make 4th of July picnic fixins and then again while you create that festive Christmas dinner in December! Shop the One-Yard Apron Kit HERE Products Used:FabricRic RacOlfa Rotary Cutter12" x 18" Reversible Cutting MatMary Ellen's Best Press SprayMini-IronQuilter's Pressing FleeceGlass Head PinsThread-O-Stat Thread Grabber The first apron I chose to make was the "Gift of Sparkle". I laid out the fabric and the ric...


| 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 Jamilyn Turner

Shop Talk: A Simple Guide to Quilt Batting with Jamie

When I first started quilting, I really didn’t know much about batting. I had just finished the top of my very first quilt and was excited to set out to purchase what was needed for the inner layer. I went to my local box store and picked up a bag of polyester batting. At the time, I didn’t know that there was any other batting types available, but I sewed my quilt, hand quilted it myself and gave it to a friend who was moving away. I wasn’t sure why it didn’t look like the quilts I had seen elsewhere as mine was “fluffier” than...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

The Featherweight Shop Staff: Lou

Part of what makes The Featherweight Shop so special are the wonderful people who work here. From the newly introduced to quilting, to the seasoned quilting veterans, each person brings a certain quality that creates a harmonious team and shop. We are delighted to share each of our members with you, along with one of their "shop favorites!" Introducing: Lou, one of our Customer Service gals at The Featherweight Shop. Shop The Featherweight Stitches Embroidery Quilt Block HERE! Lou has been working at The Featherweight Shop since 2018. She brings a certain spark to every conversation. If you are lucky enough to...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Shop Talk: Sweet Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Cookies!

Sweet Snickerdoodle cookies are a Christmastime favorite in Nathan and Sayley's house! As soon as these tasty treats come out of the oven, they soon are consumed with a cold glass of milk! This Snickerdoodle recipe has been handed down through the generations and has been proven time and time again as a winner! We hope you get as much joy from these beloved cookies as we do!Ingredients:3 1/2 Cups Flour1 Tablespoon Baking Powder2 teaspoons Basking Soda1/4 teaspoon Salt1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon1 Cup Butter2 Cups Sugar2 Eggs2 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup2 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla ExtractFor Coating:1/2 Cup Sugar1 teaspoon Cinnamon Directions:...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew-In at Home: Learning From Our Mistakes!

Before we started this project, the kids and I were very undecided if we were able to handle such a huge undertaking. None of us really knew how to sew that well, or how to assemble a quilt for that matter. But, we knew that this year was one that has brought a lot of new experiences into our lives! So, why not go big - and we meant BIG (and at the time did not really understand just how big of a quilt it was.) Understanding that we were going to have a lot of roadblocks, and hiccups, we...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew-In at Home: A Christmas Quilt

Welcome back to the Sew-In with Nathan and Sayley! The Christmas Quilt is FINISHED! Thank you all so much for following along on our journey as we learned all about quilting and explored the joys and easy companionship that come along with this timeless craft. The Sew-In started while Nathan and Sayley were spending countless hours at home from school this last year. Even during difficult times, I believe that learning and family time keep the children grounded. The "sewing" days are my favorite as we spend hours talking, laughing, learning, and sewing. So many memories are being made, as...


| Posted by Tammy Olson

Swell and Sweet Christmas Santa Pillow and Toweling

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year at the Featherweight Shop!  There are so many things to do and prepare that it feels like we are working in Santa’s Shop and we are his elves! Shop Giant Santa Pillow Cover Kit HERE! Products Used:Swell & Sweet Christmas Fabric Panel - 24" x 44"Glass Head Pins, Blue Super FineRotary Cutter, Deluxe Ergonomic - 45 mmWonder Clips, LARGE BAG of 100 ct. – RedAurifil Thread 50wt Cotton - 1300 Meter Spool3/4" Inch RIC RAC by Riley Blake - BLACK (sold by the yard)Scissors, Thread SnipsHand Crank PinkerTowelingNifty Needles for Binding - Color-Coded, by...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Sew-In at Home: A Holiday Quilt Adorned with "Coping" [Sashing] Strips

Welcome back to the Sew-In with Nathan and Sayley! I believe that learning and family time keeps the children grounded. The "sewing" days are my favorite as we spend hours talking, laughing, learning, and sewing. So many memories are being made as well as skills that will last a lifetime! Thanks for tuning in to the Sew-In with Nathan and Sayley.Sew-In Family: Nathan (11), Sayley (8), Mom (Ashley, The Featherweight Shop Marketing Director) ***** Supplies: Cinnaberry by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabric Pattern, Miss Rosies Quilt Co. Cake Mix Recipe #4 Aurfil Thread - Dove Grey Featherweight Thread Post Featherweight...


| Posted by Tammy Olson

Shop Talk: "Something for Everyone" Christmas Stocking by Kristyne Czepuryk, Pretty by Hand

  With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to make three fun and unique stockings! These will be so festive hung by the fireplace in hopes of being filled with stocking stuffers and goodies on Christmas morning! KITS AVAILABLE HERE   Products Used: Mini Wonder Clips Quilt Basting Spray Glass Head Pins, Super Fine Two-Point Turner Sewline Air Erasable Roller Ball Pen Mini Charm Pack ,(Deer Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda)    I began creating the first stocking using a mini charm pack from Deer Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda,  and sewed it all together in a...


| Posted by Ashley Fritsche

Getting to Know The Featherweight Shop Staff: Wendy Jo

Part of what makes The Featherweight Shop so special are the wonderful people who work here. From the newly introduced to quilting, to the seasoned quilting veterans, each person brings a certain quality that creates a harmonious team and shop! We are delighted to share each of our members with you, along with one of their "shop favorites!" Introducing: Wendy Jo, who has been working at The Featherweight Shop since 2019! Product favorite: Square CREATIVE GRIDS RULER SET of 5 - 2.5", 3.5", 4.5", 5.5" & 6.5" with Self-Grips One of the first items Wendy Jo purchased when she started...


| 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

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 April Henry

Blocks 18, 19, & 20 (Furrows, Gingham & Grandma's Quilt) - Farm Girl Vintage Quilt & Featherweight Shop Sew Along

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along This month we are sewing Blocks 18, 19 & 20 with our featured blocks for February: Furrows, Gingham & Grandma's Quilt. Wow! After these blocks, we will have 20 finished blocks -- isn't that exciting?! Psssst! If you're just joining us and want to get in on the fun with a darling and perfect collage of farm girl fabric, then check out the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Kit. You'll have all the lovely fabrics you need to make this quilt from start to finish. You can get the book here, too! So, go ahead and...


| 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

Cozy Christmas Quilt Top -- for the Christmas Eve Finish!

December 24th, 2017 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...


| Posted by April Henry

Christmas Jammies 2006

Well, I did it. I accomplished the task. I wondered if I would actually complete it, but I did. Despite the busy-ness of the season, despite the last-minute-rush of eBay Christmas listings and client purchases and wrapped for shipment, despite the shopping that needed done, and decorating, etc... Granted, the jammies weren't totally completed until the "second" Christmas Eve we spent as a family, but nonetheless, they turned out darling, and I am quite pleased. I even ventured into new sewing territory by creating ALL felled seams. Now here is the BIG question (attention all sewing gurus): What is the...

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