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#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 ; )

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HolidayGraphic09 Season's Greetings...and Savings thru January 7!Whether you get all caught up in the Holidaze, or take a more laid-back approach to this time of year (like we do!), the time is right to wish you a happy, healthy and creative season, and the very best in the coming year!  I thank you for allowing me to do what I love for yet another year.

It's Sew Easy TV - Lisa Shepard Stewart Season's Greetings...and Savings thru January 7!I noticed that many of you enjoyed our most recent promo (last Thursday and Friday), and a couple of you missed it, so I decided to extend the offer now thru Saturday, January 7, 2017. Choose your deal:

$5 off $35   OR   $10 off $70    OR   $20 off $120

Now there’s no excuse not to begin the year with a creative project in hand  ; )

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handbag challenge prize sewing contest Fabrigasm African fabric

We’ve picked our two winners for the Cultured Expressions 2016 Handbag Challenge, so without further delay, we congratulate Alexis Delbridge and Pamela Spears-Bradford!!  All of the entries were so noteworthy that we put together a special Handbag Challenge edition of Fabrigasm, and it’s a FREE download!  You’ll find the two top honors on Page 3.  Check it out, and let us know what you think.  This is the prize pack we’ll be sending to Alexis and Pamela >>>

And everyone else who entered receives a $10 CE gift certificate!  Thank you all and keep up the excellent work  ; )  —————– lisa s

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African Fabric Handbag Challenge Closes TODAY!!

Yep, TODAY is the final day for entries into our super-easy African Fabric  Handbag Challenge!  You could win a CE Bag Maker’s Gift Pack with my On The Go! book, handbag pattern, notions and other fun stuff.

You can still enter until midnight tonight!! Just email a photo of your African fabric bag, along with your name and a 1-2 sentence description.  Show off your best tote, purse, duffel, handbag, coin purse, etc, in mudcloth, Ankara, batik, kuba, korhogo, kente or other favorite fabrics.  Let us know if it’s an original design or from a pattern – either is fine…And feel free to enter more than once, sending a separate email for each entry.

Email your entries to info@CulturedExpressions.com

That’s it!  We’ll post all entries on the blog this weekend, and TWO lucky winners will be announced.  Good Luck, everybody!!   —  lisa


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#AfricanFabricMonth Quick ProjectMy Triple Motivation: (1) I had this small strip-pieced block residing under a pile on my desk for several months, waiting for the proper inspiration… (2) I was also putting my favorite shades at risk by throwing them, recklessly unprotected, into my bag all summer long.  So finally, (3) in honor of African Fabric Month, I sat down to stitch a quick case for them  — and here it goes…

The How-To: I trimmed down the block to the desired size, about 8” long by 4” wide (?), then paired it with a coordinating strip of bogolan about 5” wide.  The goal is to have the pieced block that is almost 1” narrower than the bogolan or backing fabric.

Then I lightly fused black quilt batting to the wrong side of each piece, for scratch protection. You can also use white batting, but I had a strip of black batting sitting there, the perfect width, just begging to get involved in the project. I actually planned to quilt the sections lightly before joining them at the sides, but have you ever gotten carried away on how cute your work-in-progress was looking and FORGET to QUILT it?

(Sorry for the lack of how-to photos on these steps, — I was in The Zone…)

#AfricanFabricMonth Quick ProjectNotice that the bogolan is wider than the pieces block; this is literally by design.  Sew the side seams, right sides together, leaving the last 1/4” at the bottom edge un-stitched.  Turn right side out. Press the pouch so that an equal amount of bogolan shows on each side, creating a look of faux piping .  Stitch-in-the-ditch down the side seams to accentuate the piping effect., again stopping the stitching 1/4” from the bottom edge.  Turn in the un-stitched 1/4” seam allowance along the bottom edge on both the pieced block and the bogolan. Slipstitch the bottom seam closed using small, neat stitches.  To finish, machine or handstitch the upper corners of the bogolan so they lie flat.

Just think how many easy accessories you can create with just one ABC Strip Bundle, and with gift-giving season coming up…



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#AfricanFabricMonth…Win Fabric on Fridays in September!  Take the #AfricanFabricMonth Challenge, co-sponsored by Cultured Expressions and Harlem Needle Arts…

#AfricanFabricMonth - dashiki decorFor four Fridays during the month (September 9,16, 23 and 30), we challenge all African Fabric Lovers to post Instagram photos of your favorite African fabric projects between 10:00am and 12 Noon EST, and be sure to include #AfricanFabricMonth!  All pictures posted with the hashtag will be entered into random drawings for Fabrigasmic fabric prizes provided weekly by Harlem Needle Arts and Cultured Expressions!

Share images of how you use African Fabric in your home décor.  Show off throw pillows, quilts, wall hangings, upholstery, draperies, shower curtains, table settings, etc. in textiles like Ankara prints, Bogolan/Mudcloth, Batiks, Brocade, Adire (tie and dye), Aso-oke, Adinkra cloth, Kuba, and Kente.  Take pics of your existing decor, or create something new just for the Challenge.(Shown above is a daskihi-print-as-tablecloth, and for a little extra credit, a kuba cloth on the upper-right wall. Below, Glen’s  piano bench, which I quickly reupholstered in classic black/cream bogolan.)

Of course, you can hashtag your creations throughout September – then just re-post your favorites during the hours of the Challenge.   And be sure to follow @iamharlemneedlearts and #AfricanFabricMonth - PianoBenchREDO@culturedexpressions on Instagram for great AFM inspiration all month long,and beyond!

Thanks to the illustrious Michelle Bishop of Harlem Needle Arts for co-sponsoring!  You might remember our interview with her in the 2nd issue of Fabrigasm magazine (Winter 2012)

Note: The Challenge is open to US residents only.  Participants may enter any or all of the four drawings, however, each participant can only win once….Good Luck to all  ; )

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Fabgas5COVERAfrican fabrics are enjoying a popularity like never before — BECOME the movement!  Whether you sew clothing, quilts, crafts, or home decor accents, start by using #AfricanFabricMonth on your African fabric projects all month long!!   Cultured Expressions is calling all DIY enthusiasts to show your love for the best textile treasures in the world… And yes, we can begin a few days early ; ) — our movement, our rules!!!

Read more about our new venture, and order your copy of Fabrigasm™ magazine for all the inspiration you’ll need!  Issue #5 was just released (>) and you can also catch up on digital issues 1-4.

#AfricanFabricMonth      #SewAfrican      #CulturedExpressions



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  1. You Could Win a Fabrigasmic FQ Giveaway!This was too good to keep to myself — I had to throw you a sneak peek at some of the latest additions of African fabric print fat quarters in the CE Shop!   And just to get the spring/summer creativity ball rolling, we’ll give you a chance to win CE’s FABRIGASMIC  FQ GIVEAWAY  Just comment below with what you’d like to make with your FQs, and your favorite color scheme, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for one of TWO mini-pack of 6 FQs in those colors! Would you make a wall hanging, tote bag, table topper, mugrugs, fabric bowls, skirt, headbands, fabric bead jewelry…???

And tell your friends to enter, too – if they win the very contest you told them about, you’re entitled to claim at least 2 of the 6 FQs…

All comments posted by Monday, June 6 will be eligible for the drawing. Good Luck to everyone, and even if you don’t win this one, take heart…you can always order online. Treat yourself to a 40-FQ pack, or a 20-pack, or at least a 10-pack! ; )   — lisa

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LisaBatiksThank you to all who took a moment to respond to the Cultured Expressions survey, and the Winners are…all of us!!  I’m already putting some things into action based on your input, and I appreciate you all, as always  ; )  Medaase paa.  And now, Congratulations to the three lucky recipients of $20 gift certificates:

  • Marcia Mitchell of Glen Allen, VA
  • Kitty Dade of Columbia, SC
  • Karen Terry of Auburn Hills, MI

Whether your name is listed above or not, you’ll want to know that we’re planning a special One-Day Online Sale on Saturday, December 5, especially for those of you who can’t attend the Holiday Open House at the CE Studio in Rahway on that day.  DETAIL on BOTH EVENTS.  Hope to see you in person, or online!    —-   lisa



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IT's tiem for a survey, with prizesDespite the mild temps here in New Jersey (no complaints!!) our Favorite Quilting Season is here, so I’ve devised a way for three of you to win $20 Cultured Expressions gift certificates to set things in motion! That’s right, it’s time for a survey, with prizes! Just answer 10 quick questions before noon on November 12, you’ll be entered into the random drawing…  simple, right?  Plus, your honest feedback will help to shape upcoming Fabrigasmic offerings and events, so go to it, and share this post with your African fabric-loving friends, too!  Just think, your next project could be a freebie  ; )

african fabric kente print fat quarters Cultured Expressions, it's time for a survey, with prizesAnd even if you aren’t one of “The Lucky Three” this time,  you’ll have the satisfaction of helping to shape CE’s destiny, and you can take advantage of our ongoing shipping sale –just $2.95 standard shipping to any US address — sounds like the perfect opportunity for a little retail therapy, including these new KENTE PRINT Fat Quarter Bundles!!  Canustandit???

Medaase paa…THANK YOU Very Much!! —  lisa

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