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Hi Everyone!

I hope this post finds you navigating life as creatively as possible ; ) It’s been a Blessing to continue to serve you through all of your newly-found sewing and quilting time, the mask-making and more. Your curbside pickups, online orders and virtual visits have kept us afloat and we THANK YOU SEW MUCH! We miss our regular tribe of visitors, and have made sew many new friends in the past few months who are curious to explore the studio, too!
SO…we’re re-opening the Studio this Wednesday, July 8! 
Please see important information below… 
We welcome you back starting this Wednesday with a few simple precautions to help ensure everyone’s safety:
  • To help maintain social distancing, we will serve a MAXIMUM of 3 customers inside the studio at one time.  Please CALL THE STUDIO at 866-683-2568 or TEXT Lisa at 908-553-0196 to let us know approximately what time you’d like to come by. This will help us to give you personal service, juggling with virtual visits, etc.
  • A FACE MASK is required by EVERYONE entering the studio.
  • Please use our HAND SANITIZER, available as you enter, so you can safely enjoy the tactile, Fabrigasmic experience of fabric shopping.
  • Naturally, we must all observe social distancing as much as possible.
  • You can now schedule your Virtual Visits ONLINE! If you’re far away, (or even if you’re just around the corner!) visit us virtually! Check out our new online booking page. Appointments are now generally available Wednesdays thru Fridays.
  • ONLINE ORDERS and VIRTUALS: Due to our higher volume of orders AND increasing shipping delays of the USPS, it may be taking a few extra days to receive your orders. Please keep this in mind if you’re working with a specific deadline.
  • An update on CLASSES:  I’ve decided to suspend all of our in-person classes, events and parties thru the summer, and will revisit plans based on the conditions in September.   Sorry for any inconvenience, but I look forward to booking events again when possible, and am now actively preparing online classes and trunk shows, so stay tuned for details!!

This Wednesday we’ll open for extended hours of 12-8pm, and we’ll start back with regular hours for the rest of the week – Thu 12-6; Fri 12-6 and Sat 10-6pm.  Of course, as regulations and situations continue to change, hours may also change, so please feel free to call, check our email newsletter (subscribe here), and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @culturedexpressions for updates.


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Don’t Miss These CYBER Specials:

  • FAT QUARTER FUN! Save 20% on all African Print FQ assortments, including 10-, 20- and 40-packs, kente 6-packs and black/white 8-packs. Shop Fat Quarters NowFQs
  • Purchase any GIFT CERTIFICATE of $50 or more and get 10% bonus value added to it! For example, order a $100 certificate and we’ll adjust it manually in the amount of $110. They are beautifully packaged with a Fabric Surprise. Please include the names of the Giver and Recipient, along with a preferred color, in the Comments when you order (or just email us these details after you place the order) And yes, Giver and Recipient can be the same person, so go ahead, treat yourself, too Shop Gift Certificates Now
Offers Valid Online, Now thru Monday, December 2 at 11:59pm!

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CulturedExpressions.com Pre-Order Fabrigasm Issue #6 Happiness is…a new issue of Fabrigasm magazine.  Well, for me, anyway, and I hope you’ll feel that way, too, when you see it.  Issue #6 (Spring 2017) has to be my favorite yet!  it’s at the printer now and on its way to CE headquarters.  So we plan to start shipping on April 24, after returning from our Baltimore event on April 22. orders will be fillled in the order they’re received, so be the first one in your creative circle to check it out!

As always, online orders for the magazine always include a little fabrigasmic “treat” so you’ll have something to pet as you read the issue.  We’ve increased the print run this time, but remember, once they’re sold out, only the digital edition will be available.

Pre-Order FABRIGASM #6 today!

Did you miss the first five issues?  You can get caught up now with DIGITAL issues

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Cord Control, African Mosaic Style, #AfricanFabricMonthAfter too long a time fumbling through cords at the bottom of any handbag, I decided it was time for some cord control, African mosaic style. I stitched up an African Mosaic zippered pouch to keep them all together, and out of the way of everything else!  Earphones, assorted charger cords and devices, thumb drives, spare phone batteries, etc. charger cords– the list of everyday essentials continues to grow…  Now, they’re all in one confined space that minimizes the tangling, and makes changing tote bags that much easier.

The project requires (1) 50-pack of 2″ African print squares (from which you’ll choose your favorite 36 prints), an 18″ square of fusible layout grid, black lining fabric, fusible craft interfacing and a zipper.  And optional beads for the zipper pull  ; )  Make the pieced block and create the pouch…for instructions, order Fabrigasm issue #4 (Winter 2015, Page 9).

Of course, your squares can be monochromatic instead of mixed.  Here’s one in just my brick reds and browns…and it uses 49 squares (7 across and 7 down).  Tailor yours to whatever size you need.  You’ll find a zillion uses for these — try one, or a few, during AfricanFabricMonth!

AMQKZipperedPouch Cord Control #AfricanFabricMonth

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StripBundleFallFinally, the African Brilliance Collection is here! And now, it’s as easy as A-B-C to create your own African fabric quilt.  Play around with the 50 strips (2-1/2″ wide x 44″ long) in this bundle to create something special.

You’ll find lots of jelly roll quilt inspiration online (start here) –at least until I get my own samples done  ; )  Incidentally, I’m thinking of weaving the strips against a lightweight fusible batting, or pulling out some earth tones and turqs for quick quilt-as-you-go pillows…or maybe a Rail Fence spectrum quilt?  More ideas than time, can you relate??

If you’re among those happy Brooklyn quilt show attendees who got in on the first run of our ABC bundles, and you have something to show off, send us a pic!! And thanks to everyone who submitted a name over the past few weeks.


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So all this week I’m getting ready for Cultured Expressions‘ return to the Brooklyn Quilters’ Guild’s show.  And I need a little help:  name our African print fabric rolls!

New for the show: I’ll have a test-run of 2-1/2″ wide strip bundles of 50 and 25 African PRINT fabrics! But these are so much more exciting then the usual “jelly rolls”, they need a cool name..Soul Rolls?? Maybe, maybe not;  I’m open to suggestions, so name our African print  fabric rolls, and if your name is chosen, I’ll think up an equally Fabrigasmic reward for you  ; )  These pics should inspire you…

Name Our African Print Fabric Rolls!

Name Our African Print Fabric Rolls!

These are perfect for your favorite jelly roll quilt pattern (you’ll find lots of freebies online!) They’ll be available online after the Brooklyn show.  Feel free to comment below to submit your ideas for names.

Adding to the hype is the show’s new venue, the Brooklyn Marriott, where we’ll be occupying the Grand Ballroom.  In other words, this is the show you won’t want to miss! I’ll see you next weekend!!    —-  lisa

Brroklyn, here we come - quilt show

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Today more than ever, The Ankara Quilt Made EasyAnkara is all around us, in fashion, shoes, handbags, and of course, quilts!  This classic “Chinese Coin” quilt design becomes the Ankara Quilt Made Easy, a simple to sew yet  striking design. Showcase your favorite African prints, whether you purchase the fat quarters specifically for this project, or use up your leftover fashion scraps.

Bold yet beginner-friendly!  I just cut up rectangles of the Ankara prints (these are approx 11″ x 7″), piecing them into three bars, then joining the pieced sections with wide black strips (sashings) in between, and slightly wider black borders all around.  Here’s am alternate basic Chinese Coin tutorial.

To add some interest, I also used scraps of the prints within the top & bottom borders.  One key to making this quilt is to use a really “good black” cotton fabric to frame the prints.

I pieced this quilt top a couple of years ago after a Ghana trip – probably time to get it finished  ; )

The Ankara Quilt Made Easy #ankaraSee the current 14-piece assortment of Cultured Expressions’ Ankara FQs here…


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…to make seven-inch fabric crafts, that is!  Come hang out with us THIS SATURDAY, April 25 at Yara African Fabrics for our 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day.  There, I’ll show you at least 4 different quick crafts using CE’s Jacquard Batik 7″ squares — choose your favorite for a make-it-take-it you can enjoy (and duplicate) at home. seven-inch fabric crafts - jacquard Batik kaie-it-take-its #culturedexpressions #africanfabric Shown here are the Coaster, Bookmark, and Pouch Necklace.   I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can accomplish with these gorgeous little Ghanaian fabric squares and little or no sewing!  In addition to  creating these seven inch fabric crafts, we’ll have lots of other inspiration, Retail Therapy, and of course, great refreshments  ; )

Get the DETAILS… and join us on Saturday for a celebration of African fabrics, and you, our trasured customers & friends.  The event is FREE – but be sure to RSVP

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