So, Who Claimed That Purple Prince Batik Fabric??

Thank You to everyone who bid on our illustrious Prince symbol batik last week!  The bidding was fast and furious, with the successful winning bid of $123 from Christina of the metro DC area.

If you’ll remember, once we launched the auction on eBay, we thought it would be fun to sweeten the pot by adding some choice fat quarter coordinates and a $25 CE gift card to the prize package.  Can’t wait to see what Christina comes up with!
So, Who Claimed That Purple Prince Batik Fabric??
In the spirit of Prince’s own philanthropic legacy, most of the proceeds ($100) will benefit Connect Ghana, an up-and-coming foundation headed by Daniel Addo, our export manager in Accra.  The proceeds will benefit expectant mothers at a health center in Berekuso, in Ghana’s Eastern Region, funding the purchase of mosquito nets and other supplies. In the past, Connect Ghana has raised funds to purchase plastic chairs and school supplies for area students.
A great cause, supported by a great fabric and great friends and customers is an excellent way to begin a new year, and I’d like to do more, so stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind auction items from Cultured Expressions…and in the meantime, you can always shop online for your favorite African fabrics, kits, embellishments and inspiration!  Or visit the new Studio at 1417 Main Street in Rahway.

Winter Workshops: Register Now for Fabrigasmic Fun!

OK, there’s a little snow on the ground, but the streets are clear and the holidays are over!  Which means it’s time to settle into creative indoor activities, surrounded by African fabrics!  Check out our Winter 2018 Workshop Schedulewith classes where you can make quilts, pillows, handbags, accessories, gift items, a cool bogolan poncho and more!

It all takes place at the CE Studio, 1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ

And if you are a true beginner with NO sewing experience at all, start with Sewing Machine 101, a 2-hour primer on using the machine – you even make a mini African print tote! It’s just $35 and supplies are included. Bring a friend, or two…

I’ve realized over the years that some of my quilter friends don’t consider themselves “sewers” and many of you suffer from Zippaphobia, an unnatural fear of Zipper Installation!  We have two ways to cure that:  consider the Color Block Batik Handbag (shown), or African Mosaic Zippered Pouch.  Make 2018 the year you conquer the fear…  Seriously.

Register online, by phone at 866-MUDCLOTH, or in person at the Studio.

See a class you like, but the time won’t work?  We can schedule it at our mutual convenience with just 3 students, so grab your funnest friends and we’ll figure it out!

We’re also considering workshops by other instructors and fiber artists for the Spring schedule and beyond.  If you are interested in teaching a workshop, please contact Lisa via email, including a few images of your class idea.

 

 

 

 

Attention, Prince Fans…Great Fabric, Great Cause!

I just listed this on eBay…The Purple One’s symbol batiked on a lime green jacquard weave cotton. I scored it on my last buying trip while shopping with one of my main batik ladies. It’s 3/4 of a yard of fabrigasmic fun.   I figure those of you involved in the Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric Prince quilt challenge will be particularly interested!

And for those of you who don’t sew or quilt (first of all, shame on you!!), this piece is the perfect size to wear as a scarf, just as it is – don’t even hem it, tis’ fabulous!!!

Most of the proceeds from the auction will benefit a hospital in Ghana, through an organization run by one of our key associates in Accra. Please share! The bidding is fierce, lol, so join in the fun for a worthy cause.

PLACE YOUR BID NOW – scroll on our Facebook page and click on the fabric photo.  Auction ends Thursday, January 4!

 

Join us This Saturday 3-6pm for Birthday Treats ; )

I hope this post finds everyone safe and ready to enjoy the holiday season, to whatever degree you prefer.  As usual, I’ll be taking the laid-back approach, doing as little as I can get away with, but with all of the fun – and work – of the studio launch, there isn’t much leisure time at all for me this December! #nocomplaints  ; )

We’re at 1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ, in the Arts District.  If you’re in the area, come out to the studio this Saturday, Dec 23.  We’ll be open our usual Saturday hours form 10am – 6pm, and from 3-6pm, join us for some birthday cake and champagne as we also celebrate the release of the winter workshop schedule, and studio progress in general.

The studio is easy to reach from NYC by NJ Transit, and just a one block walk when you get off of the train!  Or, if you’re driving, you’ll love the very affordable covered parking deck, just across the street from us.

Can’t get here?  Check out our online specials, now thru December 31  ; )

We’re ready for 2018!!  Are you???

Coming Soon to the Studio…a Holiday Preview

Among our first finds in Ghana are these gorgeous ankara print wallets by Akonnoba Designs!

Akonnoba Wallets Ghana

 They’ll debut during our Holiday Boutique, and at just $20 each, they’ll leave you with cash to put inside them — the price is right for gift-giving. Each features one print on the outside, with multiple coordinating prints inside – see the opened one at upper left. All of them have a zipper pocket and magnetic snap closure, with various other pockets inside.  You will love the quality!

Holiday Boutique hours are 12 noon to 6pm on Fri and Sat, Nov 24 and 25.  Come and enjoy Rahway’s Winter Wonderland festivities, tree lighting and more… Join us at #1417mainstreet in Rahway, NJ.

Studio Progress…Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric!

I’ve been putting in the hours at the new studio, and can’t wait to have you all come visit! Be sure to see the scheduled events for the Preview Weekends in October and November online. I know the end of October seems like an eternity, but rest assured that if you’re experiencing a Fabric Emergency, you can also visit between now and the Dec 1-3 Grand Opening by appointment, and we’ll do our best to administer the proper Retail Therapy to get you through!  (Note that I’m hosting the Santa Fe SewJourn Oct 18-24).  Keep reading for more on our Studio Progress…Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric!

Thanks to the CE Pit Crew for helping me to pull things together for the #RahwayCultureCrawl last Saturday:  Camille, Dolores, Jacki, Kim, Roz, Bern, and Glen  —  You all did a great job decorating and promoting the space to passersby!

Studio Progress...Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric! culturedexpressions.com

Studio Progress...Name Our Mannequin, Win Some Fabric! culturedexpressions.com

The shop is located at 1417 Main Street in the Rahway Arts District, just only one short block from the Rahway train station (on NJ Transit, take the NJCL or NEC lines to Rahway).  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Meanwhile, remember that our African Fabric Month offer for FREE SHIPPING on $60 or more ends tomorrow!  And with one day left, there’s  still time for one last giveaway.  So…our lovely window model (aka the dressform) needs a name… comment below with one or more suggestions, and if we select yours, you’ll win a 6-piece FQ pack of our latest ankara print finds –  and they are GOOD!!!  Comments posted by next Tuesday 3 October are eligible for the drawing…thanks!

 

 

#AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates…

#AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates...Hi Everyone! I had a crazy week, sorry for the delayed #AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates…  First of all, going back to last week’s fabric postcard giveaway, our winner is Daisy from Cottage Grove, OR!

She’s getting a scrap bundle of jacquard batiks and some fabric postcard interfacing for creative experimentation…

Congratulations, Daisy…now get busy!  🤗

Already we’re halfway thru our second official  #AfricanFabricMonth — what’s everyone working on now?  Any handbags, totes, Vintage Coin Purses or other Fabrigasmic accessories to show off?

#AfricanFabricMonth Giveaway Updates...Comment below, or post your pics on Instagram or the Cultured Expressions page on Facebook to enter our random drawing for a free copy of ON THE GORemember to include  #AfricanFabricMonth in your posts so we can find your entries!!  And yes, enter as many times as you like. Even works- in-progress are eligible.  Post by this Thursday 21 Sept for your chance to win!

Good Luck  ; )

The African Mosaic Flash Sale Starts NOW! Plus…

Cultured Expressions - African Mosaic QuiltingIt’s time for an African Fabric Month FLASH SALE!  Now thru Wednesday, save 20% on Cultured Expressions African Mosaic Kits, 50-Packs of 2″ Squares, and Fusible Layout Grid!

Whether you’ve never tried this project or you’ve made several, you’ll love it as a full-sized wall hanging, or use smaller sections to create pillows, pouches, quilt borders, bags, bookmarks, coasters, mugrugs and more…

 

I use this one below (36 squares total) for my charger cords, thumb drives, etc. It’s become indispensable, protecting the connectors and tips of the plugs from the various everyday hazards in my handbag!! Just make the block, add batting and backing, and finish as you would any zippered pouch.

PLUS… our #AfricanFabricMonth buttons just came in!  Get one free with every order while supplies last! Or, post your African fabric projects on Instagram and Facebook using #AfricanFabricMonth, and we’ll send you one if you send us a DM with your address.

#AfricanFabricMonth – Let the Giveaways Begin ; )

#AfricanFabricMonth - Let the Giveaways Begin ; )

#AfricanFabricMonth - Let the Giveaways Begin ; )It’s time for our first African Fabric Month giveaway for 2017, inspired by my “Jamaica Blue Mountain” fabric postcard! It started with a piece if extra firm heavyweight fusible craft interfacing, cut about 4″ x 6″. I fused the background fabric to it and layered the appliques to make the design. Note that the rust/orange sky section and the brown/green earth section are a single jacquard batik fabric!  Jacquard batiks make the BEST landscape quilts.  After it’s all arranged and stitched, I cut a piece of backing fabric about 1/4″ larger all around than the postcard, pressed the edges up and over to the front of the postcard, and stitched the raw edges into place as the binding… I love raw edge applique  ; )  and fabric postcards are a nice alternative to regular greeting cards (have you seen the price of greeting cards lately??!!)  If you want to write a message, fuse plain muslin to the center on the back and write with a permanent fineline fabric pen.

The second postcard shown here is one I did several years ago – it turned out to be kind of a landscape/ seascape look, complete with dimensional flowers.  The size is about 4″ x 6″, perfect for playing around with a new technique in a quick project you’ll actually finish.

What are you working on this African Fabric Month?  Comment below now thru this Wednesday for a chance to win a versatile scrap bundle and postcard interfacing for experimentation!  And whether you win or not, please continue to use the #AfricanFabricMonth and #SewAfrican on your African fabric posts all month long.  It’s our second year, let’s GROW this thing!!! Thank you and Good Luck to All!!

#AfricanFabricMonth - Let the Giveaways Begin ; )

A Glimpse at Our SewJourn: Quiltin’ in Colorado!

Quiltlin' in Colorado SewJourn2017 CulturedExpressions.com

Check out these pics from our SewJourn — we were all-in and fully immersed! Catch a glimpse of  quiltin’ in Colorado!

Quiltlin' in Colorado SewJourn2017 CulturedExpressions.comquiltin' in Colorado SewJourn 2017 CulturedExpressions.com

In addition to having our own time to create in our comfy mountain retreat house, we had the pleasure of visiting with the illustrious Valerie White for a trunk show of her beautiful work.  It was a special treat to tour her artfully appointed yet very comfortable home and studio space.  She even prepared a lovely lunch for us!

Next, we stopped in at the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild’s opening reception for their annual quilt exhibition.  These ladies do a top-notch presentation, with gorgeous quilts, an ATC mini-exhibition, fun games, giveaways handcrafted by the guild members and yes, a nice buffet ; )

 The exhibition, “I Did It My Way”,  is on view now thru September 28 at the Blair Caldwell Library in Denver. I had lots of faves in the show, but here are a few:

Between Valerie and the Wa Shonaji guild, we left inspired to go back up the mountain and continue to create, laying the groundwork for an extra-productive African Fabric Month in September — get ready!!

#AfricanFabricMonth    #SewAfrican

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