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!
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!
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?
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 GO! Remember 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 ; )
It’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.
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!!
Check out these pics from our SewJourn — we were all-in and fully immersed! Catch a glimpse of quiltin’ in Colorado!
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!!
So of course, as I was basking in the glow of our easy-breezy summer SewJourn Colorado Mountain Retreat, I forgot to publish the winner of this mini ABC Bundle giveaway! Thanks for all of your great comments, they were fun to read. And now, without further delay, the winner of the ABC Mini Bundle is…
Vanessa Peters of Houston, TX!
Congratulations to Vanessa…If you weren’t as lucky as Vanessa this time around, you can visit the CE Shop online for your own ABC fabric bundle.
BTW, the blocks from my garage session are coming along. I was able to add the first black sashings to each block. I ended up using real adinkra cloth rather than the silk douppioni…
After seeing and hearing about everyone else’s exciting projects during three CE events this summer — namely the African American Quilt Conference in Lawrence, KS, then Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA, and our joint Customer Appreciation Day event with Yara African Fabrics in the Bronx, NY — I decided to stop everything and get back to my own machine.
I set myself up in the garage last Sunday, one of those perfect-weather days, and stitched up some not-so-random blocks using CE’s ABC Strip Bundles… sipped water and wine between blocks, it was fabulous! The open garage gave me the perfect combination of indoors and outdoors. I need to do that more often… like maybe this Sunday! Then I’ll be packing up the Janome Jem Gold for our SewJourn Colorado Mountain Retreat, starting this Wednesday ; )
This is what I have so far – imagine 12 more blocks, with black silk douppioni sashing…hopefully I can move it forward during our retreat.
So what are you sipping and sewing this summer, and where are you doing it? Comment below for the chance to win a mini-strip bundle! All comments posted by Wednesday at 12 noon will be eligible to win…Good Luck!
So, we’re enjoying fond memories of last week’s exciting inaugural African American Quilt Conference in Lawrence, KS. Thank you to everyone who attended this historic event! We’re now in Hershey PA for the annual Quilt Odyssey show, taking place July 20-23, 2017. And I’m happy to say that the ladies in Lawrence nearly cleaned me out, however, I still have some fun stuff in store for the Hershey crew…
Along with the usual Cultured Expressions batiks, ABC Strip bundles, fat quarters, African Mosaic quilt supplies and embellishments, my books and Fabrigasm magazine, this year at Hershey we’re featuring bogolan and kuba, along with masks and upholstery remnants so you can create your own version of these looks. You’ll find it all (and me) in Booth #307 ; )
So I’m spending the weekend in high merchandise prep mode, with the quilt conference in Lawrence, KS coming up next week, and Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA the following weekend! I hope I have enough batik… I’m also prepping precuts, FQ bundles, African Mosaic Quilt Kits (above), brass embellishments, patterns, Fabrigasm Issue #6, and more.
Then, on July 29, we’re co-hosting our 4th annual Customer Appreciation Day with Yara in Bronx, NY.
Just for fun, if you see me in person at ALL THREE July events, you’ll earn a $20 gift certificate! Check out www.culturedexpressions.com/events for more details and links.
Back to work… #nocookingtoday #letsorderout 😁
Check out these pics from our most recent Color Block Bag workshop! It’s one of my favorite classes to teach because just about everyone finishes and carries her handbag home with her, sometimes in use! Seeing each bag take shape – literally – never gets old for me. I also love how everyone in class comes up with ideas for their “next” bag, because you really can’t make just one – variations in pockets, closures, size and shape, color combinations, handles and an endless list of other options lets you make this bag your own, over and over again! And to help them along with these fun options, a copy of my third book, African Accents ON THE GO! is included with the workshop as a take-home textbook. Just a few reasons why this handbag remains a workshop favorite!
This is one of mine. It started out as a bag, but never quite got finished so I inverted it and it morphed into a perfectly sized cover for my Janome travel sewing machine.
Ready to make your own? We have the printed Color Block Bag pattern or downloadable PDF pattern, and the Jacquard Batik squares available online. Or better yet, arrange a workshop for your guild, or just an informal group of friends.
Contact Lisa for details… then carry a bit of Africa wherever you go ; )