One of the many highlights of our Wine Lover’s Quilt Retreat is the time we spend with the Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild members during the opening reception for their annual qult exhibit.  This year it takes place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12 noon to 4pm..  These lovely women do gorgeous work, and the exhibit is presented beautifully at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver.  We always enjoy their talents and the variety of styles their work represents.  It’s really a treat! And did I mention the door prizes, and activities?  Plus, they feed you  ; ) So, if you’re in the area, join us there!

(If you can’t make the reception on Saturday, you can still view the exhibit thru September 26, 2019.)


…for our August thru October studio workshops!

And the schedule includes our most popular classes, plus one new one – the Ankara Corded Organizer earned raved reviews whe I posted it on Instagram & Facebook, and we’ve now added the class (pattern and kit are in the works!)


Plus, two special events –  we’re celebrating African Fabric Month on Saturday evening,  September 7 with a Sip n’ Sewcialize event, including a trunk show, quick project, discounts and door prizes!  then, on October 6, we’re thrilled to have Ghana’s Master Kente Weaver Kwasi Asare back for KENTE & CULTURE II  –  Our first session in May sold out quickly, so if you missed it, be sure to register early!

DOWNLOAD the new Schedule now!!


This week we happily concluded our “SEW IT, SIGN IT” signature quilt project!


It was our first community charity quilt and we’re really pleased with the results.  In addition to completing a beautiful quilt with squares sewn and signed by our wonderful donors, we raised $745.00 for the Sickle Cell Assn of New Jersey.  The quilt is on display just across the street from the studio. at the Rahway Public Library on East Milton Avenue, where it will remain through the summer.  She measures approx. 76″ x 92″ — the result of the paid donor blocks plus a few extras to round out the size and shape.


Pictured l. to r. Sakiyyah Darden and Edie Browne (Sickle Cell Assn of NJ); Lisa Shepard Stewart (Cultured Expressions); Mary Bently LaMar (Sickle Cell Assn of NJ)

To continue the theme of awareness, the Association presented the Library with books and brochures about sickle cell disease.  For information, contact the Sickle Cell Assn of New Jersey.

Again, THANK YOU to all of our donors and supporters – we literally could not have done this without all of you, and we appreciate you all.          ——-      Lisa


Who has the day off today? Come to the studio at #1417mainstreet in #rahwayNJ and check out all of the gorgeous #bogolan #mudcloth and the #kubacloth — all 20% OFF today and tomorrow!! Make bags, pillows, shrug jackets, ponchos and more. If you don’t sew, (#firstofall, shame on you) just use the bogolan as a sofa throw for some quick summer decorating excitement 😀. Then get your friend who DOES sew to make the matching pillows!

And the kubas can simply hang on a wall, or be transformed into the most intersting handbags you’ve ever carried! We have kuba bag projects in African Accents ON THE GO!

If you’re far away, the 20% OFF sale is valid on #virtualvisits, too. Call us to arrange your shop-by-video call appointment now!  866-683-2568 (866-MUDCLOTH)

The meetup for this Saturday, June 29 featuring Randy’s Sewing machine tips has been POSTPONED. The weather promises to be treacherous for the evening hours. Please stay tuned for the new date.
(We are still open today regular hours until 6pm. Pick up a new project to enjoy at home during the storm ; )
Stay safe and keep stitching!!!

Be honest…How often do you clean your machine? Do you change the needle ONLY when it breaks?? What’s that weird noise?


Join us for our next Meetup at #1417mainstreet in #rahwaynj this Sat June 29 at 7pm. Our sewing machine mechanic Randy K will share easy but crucial machine maintenance tips, followed by our usual sew-n-tell. $5 meeting fee can be applied to any purchase. His last visit was standing-room-only 😜 so pls RSVP by Friday via DM or call 866-MUDCLOTH or email lisa@culturedexpressions.com

#sewingmachine #sewing #quilting #tuneup #sewafrican #rahwayissewhappening #meetup

Hi Everyone!

SJC-GRAFhalfWe’ve had a cancellation on our Colorado Wine Lover’s Quilt Retreat, August 7-11, 2019.  If you’d like to attend, call me ASAP at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568) to grab the spot. Download the BROCHURE!and join us in the Colorado mountains for the ultimate Sip’n’ Sew  ; )