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With schools closed indefinitely and increase in the number of work-from-home parents and guardians due to the COVID-19 situation, planning daily activities for your favorite little people will obviously be key for the well-being of all involved!

Once their online schoolwork is complete, try using your own interest in sewing and quilting to keep them occupied. Depending on the age group, they could be happy gluing colorful African fabric scraps to cardstock to create collage artwork.  Older kids might want to stitch together fabrics in their favorite color (by hand or machine) to make a pillow or tote bag.

 

IMG_20190427_111213711_1556406572394Whether they’ve expressed an interest in learning more about the needle arts, or the suggestion is yours, we’ve gathered a few tips for quilting with children to make the process both fun and successful!

  • Keep it simple – Begin with a single block that can be made into a decorative pillow, a bed pillowcase, tote bag front, or accent block for a denim jacket back or a T-shirt. It can also become a simple art piece suitable for framing.
  • Mending is Trendy!  Show them how to creatively mend their clothes and/or add decorative patches with hand stitching and easy embroidery stitches.
  • Take into account the child’s personality when planning your quilting session. For younger kids, keep it fun (and safe) by avoiding projects that require precise measuring and cutting. Instead, pull out some precuts from your stash, focusing on the fun of design and the creativity of blending colors and patterns.
  • For older kids, or those who are naturally inclined to math and geometry might want to explore the more precision-based aspects of quilting, where templates & rulers are used.
  • Remember that children’s taste levels are more sophisticated than ever; have a variety of fabrics and embellishments available for experimentation. Provide the opportunity to work with batiks and other cool “adult” fabrics that aren’t strictly juvenile in design and coloration.
  • Let the child work with scraps of one of your own current projects, to create a small “featured block” you can use as the back label for your quilt. The label can include both of your signatures.
  • Remember, the key is to reduce the stress of the situation – with any luck, you might also create a budding new fiber artist in the process! Have a follow-up project in mind to keep up the momentum and encourage their efforts as they work. The follow-ups can introduce new techniques to gradually increase their quilting skills.

And remember, though things seem to be changing almost hourly, we plan to open the Cultured Expressions studio during regular hours this week, including Virtual Visits, (shopping the studio via video phone call!) and we expect to continue operating our online shop

Thanks to Taiye and Maya, two of our lovely young Kids Camp attendees from 2019 ; )

Stay safe, everyone, and whoever you’re housebound with, keep creating!

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Check out the latest class schedule for workshops at the Studio in Rahway!  By popular demand, we’re introducing two Young Beginners sessions – a kids’ sewing class (Patchwork Pillow), and one for teens, too (Drawstring Backpack).

In addition, there are the usual favorites, and a new Bogolan Zippered Clutch that’s winning rave reviews on Instagram already ; )

       

You can register by phone, in person at the studio, by mail or online.  Details are on Page 1 of the schedule.  We hope to see you soon!

 

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Hello Everyone!

I hope this post finds everyone ready for 2019, bcuz ready or not, here it is!  How did you do creatively in 2018?  Did you make time to sew, quilt or otherwise indulge your artistic side?  I hope so, and if not, we have a fresh new year to work with, so let’s look ahead with optimism and make the most of it!!

We’ll committed to doing our part here at CE to jumpstart your creative goals with a blog readers coupon – save 20% on your next online order of $20 or more when you use the code BLOG2019.   It’s valid now thru Saturday, Jan 5…

AND, speaking of “creative goals,” save the dates for our next Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat, in the sunny Colorado mountains, AUGUST 7-11, 2019.    ; )  Yes, a wine lovers’ quilt retreat, pairing our favorite varietals with our favorite African fabrics & inspiration, all in a semi-secluded retreat house in the mountains!  Watch for the brochure later this week via blog post and the CE newsletter,,,

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Thank you sew much to the members of the New Mexico Quilters Assn (NMQA) for hosting me to lecture and teach this past week!  On Monday I presented my “Global Textile Influences for Quilters” trunk show (ably assisted by Judi and Nancy) followed by Tuesday’s African Mosaic workshop:

Quiltin' in Albuquerque

Debbie and Sandi went for extra credit, creating African Mosaic borders for centerpiece handpainted mask and mola designs, respectively (below).  We all had a great time, and I look forward to seeing photos of the completed works ; )

To arrange a Cultured Expressions trunk show and/or workshop for your group, contact me.

 

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We’ve morphed this year’s SewJourn Colorado into a treat for quilters who also enjoy wine, in our first Wine Lovers’ Quilt Retreat!  Imagine a 5-day, 4-night pajama party with like-minded friends, in a beautiful mountain retreat house. It’s complete with well-equipped workspaces, a gourmet kitchen and comfortable dormitory-style accommodations!  It’s just secluded enough to focus on your creativity, without being scary-secluded ; )

In addition to spending days and nights immersed in our favorite projects, with a focus on African fabrics, we’ll spend one day in Denver proper, enjoying a trunk show with renowned fiber artist Valerie C. White, attend the WaShonaji quilt guild‘s annual exhibition opening, and enjoy a few other stops along the way.

New this year: We’ve added wine tastings to the itinerary, for an even more relaxed vibe.  We’ll be pairing wines not only with food, but also with various sewin projects, just for fun!  So register today , pack your sewing machine (ask Lisa how – it’s easy!) and a few projects, and immerse yourself in some well-deserved “me-time”.

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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???

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Vlisco has started a Tailoring MasterClass in Nigeria…read more

And here’s a very random Fabrigasm from their site of gorgeous African fabrics.  My “one day” wish list there includes at least 43 prints and counting…Enjoy!

 

 

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