Pre-Order Fabrigasm Issue #6 Fabrigasm Magazine Issue 6 Spring 2017 Pre-Order Fabrigasm Issue #6 Happiness is…a new issue of Fabrigasm magazine.  Well, for me, anyway, and I hope you’ll feel that way, too, when you see it.  Issue #6 (Spring 2017) has to be my favorite yet!  it’s at the printer now and on its way to CE headquarters.  So we plan to start shipping on April 24, after returning from our Baltimore event on April 22. orders will be fillled in the order they’re received, so be the first one in your creative circle to check it out!

As always, online orders for the magazine always include a little fabrigasmic “treat” so you’ll have something to pet as you read the issue.  We’ve increased the print run this time, but remember, once they’re sold out, only the digital edition will be available.

Pre-Order FABRIGASM #6 today!

Did you miss the first five issues?  You can get caught up now with DIGITAL issues

My “National Grilled Cheese Day” Recipe

So apparently it’s #NationalGrilledCheeseDay and while I usually don’t go in for such internet drivel, this one is closer to my heart than most  ; ).  And so I share with you my favorite Grilled Cheese ingredients;

  • butter
  • pumpernickel bread – or multigrain
  • three or more cheeses – any combo of these, with the Gorgo being mandatory: extra sharp cheddar, gorgonzola (or regular bleu, in a pinch) , muenster, mozzarella, herbed feta, jalapeno pepper jack
  • the lightest dusting  of garlic powder

Add the light dusting of garlic powder to the bread. Layer up the cheeses.  Grill in a pre-heated, pre-buttered  cast iron skillet until cheeses ooze forth from between the bread and bubble on the surface of the skillet. Enjoy with a glass of well-chillled Gewurztraminer or Riesling, and mixed greens, with a slightly sweet dressing to balance the savory cheeses.   Of course, to Africanize the experience, serve with a Jacquard batik napkin.  You’re welcome…



Here’s to Sewing Retreat Weekends! Vogue 1313

I’m still basking in the glow of a sewing retreat I enjoyed this weekend, with the members of NJ ASDP Vogue 1313 - Here's to Sewing Retreat Weekends!(Assn of Sewing & Design Professionals) in PA.  And as much as I love speaking, vending and teaching Cultured Expressions stuff, it’s always a luxury to be a “pay-my-way-and-just-show-up” kinda participant when I can! Three meals a day were prepared for us in between time in the big room, sewing and laughing, snacking, sipping, and ripping out in some cases… I got to work on this Vogue 1313, a DKNY dress.

(VENT: Why do they continue to photograph these designer styles in BLACK when you can’t see the details??  Dammit! Even with line drawings, you want to see the details in real life.  Can you at least show them in taupe or grey occasionally??)  Anyway, I cut mine about 7″ longer for the option of trimming the length later, and made a couple of standard pattern adjustments.

OK so I try it on – the hips were snugger than I wanted, but more importantly, the cotton blend rib knit I chose ended up much dressier than I need it to be, not as sporty/casual as the photo.  I was in NO MOOD for alterations, I just wanted to continue sewing and laughing and snacking and sipping.  Like stress-free! So… Vogue 1313 Here's to Sewing Retreat Weekends!I re-imagined the garment into a high-split tunic, to be worn with leggings or wide-leg pants with some drape.  I cut the side panels up the middle to the waist, turning the edges in as a self-facing.  I just need to finish the top of the split, then hem it. Not only was this “easier” than alterations, but realizing how much dressier my fabric looked, this gives me a more casual garment, that I could dress up OR down, and get much more use out of it than a regular dress. (OK, I realize the irony that my tunic is ALSO black and you STILL can’t see the damn details, but I’m not the one selling the pattern, LOL…) I was able to keep the pockets in place, which I love.  Add a Kuba handbag and I’m set to go!

So, here’s to sewing retreat weekends.  I highly recommend them.  Yeah, I’m a little sleep-deprived, but satisfied with my project — a fair enough trade off… I’m in a zone… maybe because I just sent Issue #6 of Fabrigasm magazine to the printer, and in  it, we take a look at “Sewcrastination” – what holds us back from indulging in a favorite pasttime, and how can we beat it?  The issue will be available in about 2 weeks! Fabrigasm Magazine Issue 6 Spring 2017

Akufo-Addo’s New Found Love; African Prints

This article is giving me LIFE… I had to stop what I was doing (working on Fabrigasm issue #6) to share this article with you…

I’m hoping that Ghana’s new president, Nana Akufo-Addo, will help to bring quality African-led fabric production back to the region. You might remember his January 7, 2017 inauguration outfit. Since then, his love for African prints is becoming a Thing.


Cultured Expressions - Nana Akoufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo, who is known for his sharp suits, seems to have developed a new love for African prints and is making waves with his new shirts. Read more

cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo Addo

Cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo-Addo

Cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo-Addo



New Brass Embellishments for Our April Events! Brass embellishmentsNew Brass Embellishments for Our April Events! TODAY our shipment finally arrived, just in time for the Empire Quilt Guild Show tomorrow and Sunday!  We’ve revamped the brass offerings, starting with the round pendants.  We also named the styles so now you can choose the specific designs for yourselves!

Then came the button assortment – a 10-pack of shank buttons, with one each of 10 different symbols, including THREE NEW symbols by popular demand…”Duafe”, “Gyawu Atiko” and “Onyankopon Adom Nti Biribiara Beye Yie”.  And we now have the 1.5″ pendant in the same 10 symbols Check out the website for all of the culturally significant meanings.  (These were formerly offered in 1″ and 2″ sizes – the new 1.5″ size is a more versatile dimension and allowed us to add the new styles.  Enjoy! Brass Brass embellishments

And if you’ll be in Baltimor, MD on April 22, you can choose yours in person when we visit the African American Quilters of Baltimore, and the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild together in a joint trunk show event!  Or at the Roc-A-Natural Hair Expo on May 13 in NYC, or at our Customer Appreciation Day with Yara African Fabrics on July 29 in the Bronx…




Fat Quarter FLASH SALE!

Now thru 11:59pm tonight, save 10% on Cultured Expressions’ 20-piece and 40-piece African Fabric Print FQ bundles!  The current selection may vary from what’s shown, but be assured of a colorful, varied assortment.

What’s a Fat Quarter? It’s a quilting term for a ¼ yard of fabric, measuring 18″ x 22″. Its “fat” dimensions (compared to a standard ¼ yard of fabric that measures 9″ long x 45″ wide) are more versatile for quilting, crafts, pillows, doll clothes, photo frames, desk accessories, covered journals… or just for general procurement – we don’t judge ; ) Fat quarters make it easier to collect a wide variety of prints for your fabric stash.

Fat Quarter FLASH SALE!

No coupon code needed – the discount will appear in your shopping cart.  Enjoy!

CE and Yara African Fabrics – It’s That Time Again!

Yara Customer Appreciation Day

Mark your calendars for our 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Day, a day when Cultured Expressions and Yara African Fabrics join forces to celebrate and enjoy African fabrics with great deals, freebies, creative inspiration, door prizes, delicious food, and the company of some of our favorite customers!  Did I mention that it’s all FREE??

If you’ve been before, you won’t want to miss it, and if you’ve never been, then you REALLY shouldn’t miss it.  Either way, join us!  Doors open at 12 Noon.

 Saturday, JULY 29, 2017!

Yara Customer Appreciation Day

In other words, now would be a great time to begin whittling down your fabric stash from last year, so you can enjoy this year’s bargains guilt-free  ; ) And new this year, we want to check out  YOUR  skills in our first-ever Headwrapping Contest – more on that later!  Oh yeah, it’s happening, so Save the Date JULY 29, 2017 bring a friend or three, and come enjoy an afternoon with us!

Coming Up May 13: We’ll Be Wrappin’ at Roc-A-Natural!!

Today I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be a part of the mainstage lineup for the 4th Annual Roc-A-Natural, on Saturday, May 13 in NYC!  I’m demonstrating my favorite headwrap and bodywrap ideas, on a variety of live models (I still might have a few openings if you’d like to model, contact me!).  Headwraps aren’t just a fashion choice, they’re a lifestyle choice, and I’ll sow you how you can incorporate your favorite African fabrics into your everyday life. Of course, I’ll be vending too, so come hang out with us for some no-sew fashion inspiration!

For updates, follow @culturedexpressions and @rocanatural.  See you there  ; )

Coming Up May 13: We'll Be Wrappin' at Roc-A-Natural!!

Learn Hand Quilting with the Women’s Art Collective!

If you’re in the Watchung, NJ area and want to learn hand quilting with the Women’s Art Collective from two stellar area experts, keep reading!

The Women’s Arts Collective presents a HAND QUILTING WORKSHOP

Learn Hand Quilting with the Women's Art Collective!In this exciting workshop you will learn the basics of hand quilting! Whether you have never quilted at all or need helpful hints to improve your hand quilting, this class is for you. Instructors Carolyn Davis and Glendora Simonson, co-founders of the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild, will teach 4 blocks: two blocks are applique and two are piecing.

Glendora holds the distinction of being the only quilting teacher I’ve ever had.  I still remember her tapping my knuckles with a ruler (Catholic school style) whenever I felt the impulse to back-tack at the end of a quilt block seam, a holdover habit from garment sewing.  I have since forgiven her  ; )  but then again, maybe that’s why I haven’t taken another quilting class since then…   Anyway, we all go “way back” and I know you’ll learn a lot and have a great time, so here are the workshop details:

 Three 3-hour sessions: (You must attend all 3 sessions)

February 5, 12, & 19 —   1:00pm – 4:00pm

LOCATION:   Art As Therapy, 58 Ridge Rd., Watchung, NJ 07069 908-561-9226

Cost $65  To register, submit payment to

For more information about The Women’s Arts Collective, visit online, or call 908-405-7062.

Pictured here is Glendora’s Siddi-inspired hand quilted wall hanging.  I love everything about it – color, composition, quilting, and of course, that tree branch hanger is sooo Cultured Expressions!

Register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO!

Need some time away?  Of course you do, so we recommend you register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO!

Join Cultured Expressions this summer for our second SewJourn in the cool, scenic mountains, taking place August 9-13!  Enjoy the big, beautiful guest house with dormitory-style accommodations, well appointed for quilters and sewing enthusiasts, with delicious meals and gorgeous mountain views.

Reserve before Feb 24 and SAVE $50

Just pack your sewing machine, quilt projects, knit or crochet yarns, and settle in for a very special long weekend in a natural, peaceful setting, with like-minded friends.  Think of it as a creative 5-night pajama party! We’ll break away one day to explore various “CE-Approved” resources to be found in downtown Denver, and visit with renowned artist Valerie C. White as she shares her passion with us. And I’ll teach a mini-workshop, too, leaving you the majority of the time to immerse yourself in your personal projects.  Treat yourself.. download the brochure!


Reserve before Feb 24 and SAVE $50


Register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO 

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