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Who’s ready to create some fun new pieces to wear, carry, or enjoy at home?   Our Spring/Summer schedule is here, and I think you’ll find something(s) of interest to spark your creativity ; )  If you’re in the vicinity of our Studio in Rahway, NJ, or your summer travels bring you close by, join us for a creativity break!

And if you see a class you like but your schedule doesn’t quite match ours, let me know – we’re flexible and will try to accommodate you on another date – even better, our custom dates are easier to arrange if you have a group of three or more.

Each project is completed in one session, from 2 hours to 5.5 hours, so if you’re traveling, consider booking two workshops to make the most of your time here.  Not only do we have a discount arranged with a beautiful new hotel one block away, there are also great restaurants and more within a couple of blocks, too!  So, review all of this season’s offerings, and contact us to register or get more information!

#1417mainstreet #RahwayNJ



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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.





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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.

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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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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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So, who won the Fabrigasmic FQ Giveaway?  The lucky winner from last week’s blog post is Veronique Cummings of Powder Springs, GA  Her chosen color palette is “…any color in the oranges, or browns.  Whatever color is fine, I am excited I won.”  And this is the 6 FQ bundle she’ll receive…

Who won the Fabrigasmic FQ Giveaway?

This gives her several months to work on that quilt for her om, and finish it in time for African Fabric Month in September – more on that later  ; )  Thanks everyone for your comments!

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"Untitled" - My SAQA Quilt Auction Piece CulturedExpressions.comThis is a 12″ x 12″ piece I created for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) benefit auction.  Online bidding begins September 12 for this and lots of othe r gorgeous 12x12s by other SAQA members…

Here I was playing with a few strips from one of our new ABC strip bundles, pairing them with a juicy ribbed chenille gold upholstery fabric, with an equally warm Ghanaian batik for the binding/backing, and brick cotton floss accent handstitches.

BTW, If you’ve never tried a combination binding/backing, check out my Faux Quilt Binding video.

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Thanks to the African American Quilters of Baltimore (AAQB) and to A Touch of Gracye Boutique for a fun weekend! After my informal show-n-tell of recent projects, the group enjoyed a spirited session of Retail Therapy, enjoying an array of Cultured Expressions African fabrics and more.  Luckily, my” asSIStant-in-law” Tiffany was there to help me with the rush  ; )  My playdate in Baltimore was a big success, and we’re looking forward to returning to teach a workshop before long…

My Playdate in Baltimore

Next stop was Gracye’s for our sold-out African Vintage Coin Purse workshop…didn’t they do beautiful work??  And some were sewing beginners…

My Playdate in Baltimore

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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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I feel like I’ve been “away” for months, or at least out of my element, so we have a lot of catching up to do!  Just today, my sewing student Camille, agreed to help me with two new video tips!  If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make the easiest quilt binding ever (actually, it’s a faux binding) or want to make your own DIY travel sewing kit,  then these videos are for you  ; )  Try these tips and let us know what you think!  Thanks, Camille..

DIY Travel Sewing Kit   YouTube/CEFabricVideos  Two New Video Tips

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