may 20-22, 2022
A Virtual 
quilting Conference 
for the soul
may 20-22, 2022
A Virtual 
quilting Conference 
for the soul
The 2022
Sew Much Soul Conference: 
Quilting edition

Sew Much Soul is returning with a twist! Introducing the Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition, the free online conference with more than 10 quilting classes. You'll learn a variety of quilting techniques including appliqué, free style block building and machine quilting. Join a community of sewers from all over the country from May 20th-22nd. It's truly an experience you don't want to miss. We’ll be learning and creating with a little partying in between!

The 2022
Sew Much Soul Conference: 
Quilting edition

Sew Much Soul is returning with a twist! Introducing the Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition, the free online conference with more than 10 quilting classes. You'll learn a variety of quilting techniques including appliqué, free style block building and machine quilting. Join a community of sewers from all over the country from May 20th-22nd. It's truly an experience you don't want to miss. We’ll be learning and creating with a little partying in between!

The 2022
Sew Much Soul conference:
quilting edition
10+
Workshops 
8
INSTRUCTORS 
3 Days
ACTION PACKED classes
$0
Cost To Attend

Conference recordings only $47
The 2022
Sew Much Soul conference:
quilting edition
10+
Workshops 
8
INSTRUCTORS 
3 Days
ACTION PACKED classes
$0
Cost To Attend

Conference recordings only $47
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
about 
sew much soul…

I really enjoyed the conference. I look forward to the next conference. No matter how experienced you may be; there are always new tips to learn."

Sandra c. 

 I completed most of the Sew Much Soul Conference videos and I finished my thread catcher and my apron, I did my cosmetic bag during the conference...and the Tiana Top I will finish next weekend!!
But the class that was the secret BLESSING was Mama Afia Nson Bonsu's class on The History of African Fabric!!! I FREAKING LOVED HER SESSION! It made me realize HOW MUCH I LOVE AND MISS sitting at the feet of my elders and hearing their wisdom and teachings steeped in experience, trial and error and their journey!!! 

chata y.

“Sew excited to be a part of this group. I can’t wait to get to the skill level I’ve seen in all of your shares! I’m a newbie but I am trying out the new skills I learned at the conference and enhancing the few items I know how to make. I’m using the bias tape skill I learned with making the apron to add trim to the headbands that I make” 

inette B.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
about 
sew much soul…

I really enjoyed the conference. I look forward to the next conference. No matter how experienced you may be; there are always new tips to learn."

Sandra c. 

 I completed most of the Sew Much Soul Conference videos and I finished my thread catcher and my apron, I did my cosmetic bag during the conference...and the Tiana Top I will finish next weekend!!
But the class that was the secret BLESSING was Mama Afia Nson Bonsu's class on The History of African Fabric!!! I FREAKING LOVED HER SESSION! It made me realize HOW MUCH I LOVE AND MISS sitting at the feet of my elders and hearing their wisdom and teachings steeped in experience, trial and error and their journey!!! 

chata y.

“Sew excited to be a part of this group. I can’t wait to get to the skill level I’ve seen in all of your shares! I’m a newbie but I am trying out the new skills I learned at the conference and enhancing the few items I know how to make. I’m using the bias tape skill I learned with making the apron to add trim to the headbands that I make” 

inette B.
Featured Instructors
 Tisha Thorne

Tisha Thorne is co-owner of 
Sew Creative Lounge and is a certified sewing instructor that has been teaching locally in the DC area and throughout the country for more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington DC, Tisha is passionate about teaching 
her students of all ages 
about sewing. 

Tisha and her partner Cecily Habimana founded 
Sip and Sew DC in 2014 and opened Sew Creative Lounge in 2017. Her mission is to teach the world to sew, one stitch at a time.

Shereece SPain

For Shereece, quilting and crocheting journey began in 2010 out of boredom. Shereece was living in a new, small town and she was looking to meet new people. Thanks to a local program, she started to learn to crochet. Then she was reintroduced to quilting (the “correct” way). Her travels and everyday life began to inspire patterns she wanted to create. And now, she is sharing those designs with you and teaching others skills she has learned along the way.

Janet o. Green

Janet has been sewing since childhood, mostly garments and home décor items. She started this part of her journey about ten years ago, making quilts for cover and comfort. Uninspired by traditional quilt patterns and coordinated fabric bundles, she wanted more interesting quilting adventures. Facing a pile of fabric scraps and pieces trimmed from other projects, she asked herself “what if I...?”. That day, her journey took a happy turn into improvisational quilting, and she never looked back! 
Making random blocks (or segments, as she likes to call them) with no real end in mind, exciting new compositions emerged. She loved what she was creating. More importantly, she loved what she was becoming—a Fabric Mixologist.

Afia Nson Bonsu

For Afia, art had always been somewhat of a family tradition and the driving force for every venture in her personal and professional life. Over the course of 30 years Afia Nson Bonsu has painted backdrops, constructed dance costumes, created wearable art, produced graphic tee designs, illustrated album covers, book covers and four children's books. In addition to her amazing work as a private seamstress, Afia also serves as an assistant costume designer a Caribbean Carnival band. 

Afia has devoted every aspect of her life to her four children. Though she has birthed 4, she has and continues to raise, inspire and influence children across communities. 

Lawrence Smith

Lawrence has been quilting for over 10 years and has been a photographer for over 30 years. Lawrence has always been interested in art, and quilting is another art form he has learned to appreciate. Since joining the Uhuru Quilters Guild in 2018, Lawrence has exhibited his quilts at Montpelier House Museum, the Quilt and Sew Expo, and other art centers in the Washington metropolitan area.

A dare led Lawrence to take a sewing class with his wife, Kim. Lawrence told his wife “if you can do it, I can do it better” and said anyone can sew. He realized soon that statement was far from the truth, but he liked what he was doing and stuck with it.  

Lawrence developed his style by incorporating his knowledge of photography and the use of computer art programs into his quilts over the years.

wendy blackwell

Wendy Camilla Blackwell is an outsider textile artist who developed her own embellished style. The Baltimore native believes that art is everywhere and a part of everything, so she uses it to expose her favorite muses, African masks, the Diaspora, and jazz. 

A storyteller at heart, she uses both needle and paint to transmute sadness of our history into triumphant stories in color, on fabric, leather, and furniture.

rose swain

Rose Swain is a quilter and describes herself as a fiber artist that does not quilt by the rules. Yes, she follows the standard ¼” seam allowance, uses 100% cotton fabrics and batting however she likes to quilt “outside of the bolt.”

Rose is a quilt instructor at Sew Creative Lounge and a member of the Uhuru Quilters Guild, an African American quilt guild. One of her favorite things to do is to share her passion of “stitching and creating as an educator.” It can be sewing, crochet, quilting, or crafting. She believes everyone should have a creative outlet to express themselves and to relax. What better way than to teach others how to find their creative outlet joy!

Carrie Augustin

Carrie has been teaching Beginner Sewing 1 at Sew Creative Lounge for four years. 

For more than 25 years, Carrie has been making dance competition costumes and has won several awards. In 2019, she made costumes for the Morgan State University Marching Band Foxxy Dancers who wore them in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Today Show. 

Carrie learned to sew from her grandmother, who was a home economics teacher and sewer. She loves sewing with stretch fabrics and her favorite garment to make is a kimono.

Featured Instructors
 Tisha Thorne

Tisha Thorne is co-owner of 
Sew Creative Lounge and is a certified sewing instructor that has been teaching locally in the DC area and throughout the country for more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington DC, Tisha is passionate about teaching 
her students of all ages 
about sewing. 

Tisha and her partner Cecily Habimana founded 
Sip and Sew DC in 2014 and opened Sew Creative Lounge in 2017. Her mission is to teach the world to sew, one stitch at a time.

Shereece SPain

For Shereece, quilting and crocheting journey began in 2010 out of boredom. Shereece was living in a new, small town and she was looking to meet new people. Thanks to a local program, she started to learn to crochet. Then she was reintroduced to quilting (the “correct” way). Her travels and everyday life began to inspire patterns she wanted to create. And now, she is sharing those designs with you and teaching others skills she has learned along the way.

Janet o. Green

Janet has been sewing since childhood, mostly garments and home décor items. She started this part of her journey about ten years ago, making quilts for cover and comfort. Uninspired by traditional quilt patterns and coordinated fabric bundles, she wanted more interesting quilting adventures. Facing a pile of fabric scraps and pieces trimmed from other projects, she asked herself “what if I...?”. That day, her journey took a happy turn into improvisational quilting, and she never looked back! 
Making random blocks (or segments, as she likes to call them) with no real end in mind, exciting new compositions emerged. She loved what she was creating. More importantly, she loved what she was becoming—a Fabric Mixologist.

Afia Nson Bonsu

For Afia, art had always been somewhat of a family tradition and the driving force for every venture in her personal and professional life. Over the course of 30 years Afia Nson Bonsu has painted backdrops, constructed dance costumes, created wearable art, produced graphic tee designs, illustrated album covers, book covers and four children's books. In addition to her amazing work as a private seamstress, Afia also serves as an assistant costume designer a Caribbean Carnival band. 

Afia has devoted every aspect of her life to her four children. Though she has birthed 4, she has and continues to raise, inspire and influence children across communities. 

Lawrence Smith

Lawrence has been quilting for over 10 years and has been a photographer for over 30 years. Lawrence has always been interested in art, and quilting is another art form he has learned to appreciate. Since joining the Uhuru Quilters Guild in 2018, Lawrence has exhibited his quilts at Montpelier House Museum, the Quilt and Sew Expo, and other art centers in the Washington metropolitan area.

A dare led Lawrence to take a sewing class with his wife, Kim. Lawrence told his wife “if you can do it, I can do it better” and said anyone can sew. He realized soon that statement was far from the truth, but he liked what he was doing and stuck with it.  

Lawrence developed his style by incorporating his knowledge of photography and the use of computer art programs into his quilts over the years.

wendy blackwell

Wendy Camilla Blackwell is an outsider textile artist who developed her own embellished style. The Baltimore native believes that art is everywhere and a part of everything, so she uses it to expose her favorite muses, African masks, the Diaspora, and jazz. 

A storyteller at heart, she uses both needle and paint to transmute sadness of our history into triumphant stories in color, on fabric, leather, and furniture.

rose swain

Rose Swain is a quilter and describes herself as a fiber artist that does not quilt by the rules. Yes, she follows the standard ¼” seam allowance, uses 100% cotton fabrics and batting however she likes to quilt “outside of the bolt.”

Rose is a quilt instructor at Sew Creative Lounge and a member of the Uhuru Quilters Guild, an African American quilt guild. One of her favorite things to do is to share her passion of “stitching and creating as an educator.” It can be sewing, crochet, quilting, or crafting. She believes everyone should have a creative outlet to express themselves and to relax. What better way than to teach others how to find their creative outlet joy!

Carrie Augustin

Carrie has been teaching Beginner Sewing 1 at Sew Creative Lounge for four years. 

For more than 25 years, Carrie has been making dance competition costumes and has won several awards. In 2019, she made costumes for the Morgan State University Marching Band Foxxy Dancers who wore them in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Today Show. 

Carrie learned to sew from her grandmother, who was a home economics teacher and sewer. She loves sewing with stretch fabrics and her favorite garment to make is a kimono.

AS SEEN ON
What To Expect At
The 2022
Sew Much Soul Conference
Quilting Edition
  • 10+ Live Workshops featuring some of the best quilting instructors from around the country
  • Classes via Zoom on Friday, May 20th at 6pm EST and Saturday and Sunday at 11am EST
  • ​Confirmation emails after registration with schedule, supply list and conference prep
  • ​Learn new quilting techniques while making fun, unique projects
  • ​Be a part of a community of sewers in our private Facebook group where you can get to know others participating in the conference
CONFERENCE SPONSOR
three Days of 
Hands-On Learning
What To Expect At
The 2022
Sew Much Soul Conference
Quilting Edition
  • 10+ Live Workshops featuring some of the best quilting instructors from around the country
  • Classes held via Zoom on Friday, May 20th at 6pm EST and Saturday and Sunday at 11am EST.
  • ​Confirmation emails after registration with schedule, supply list and conference prep
  • ​Learn new quilting techniques while making fun, unique projects
  • ​Be a part of a community of sewers in our private Facebook group where you can get to know others participating in the conference
Meet The Hosts
Meet The Hosts
Cecily Habimana  

Cecily Habimana is co-owner of Sew Creative Lounge located in Mount Rainier, Maryland. Sew Creative Lounge teaches children and adult sewing classes and hosts summer camp at their home studio and satellite studio in Chicago. They also partner with various elementary schools throughout the DC metropolitan. In response to the pandemic, Cecily and her partner Tisha opened up an online store and began designing their own collection of fabrics. They excited about their work and are always eager to work with their students.

Cecily has been featured in several publications and blogs including The Washington Post, Washington Express, Madame Noire, The Examiner, American Express website and Chicago Tribune. Cecily has also appeared on Fox 5 News and NPR. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her MBA from George 
Washington University.

Cecily Habimana  

Cecily Habimana is co-owner of Sew Creative Lounge located in Mount Rainier, Maryland. Sew Creative Lounge teaches children and adult sewing classes and hosts summer camp at their home studio and satellite studio in Chicago. They also partner with various elementary schools throughout the DC metropolitan. In response to the pandemic, Cecily and her partner Tisha opened up an online store and began designing their own collection of fabrics. They excited about their work and are always eager to work with their students.

Cecily has been featured in several publications and blogs including The Washington Post, Washington Express, Madame Noire, The Examiner, American Express website and Chicago Tribune. Cecily has also appeared on Fox 5 News and NPR. She received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University and her MBA from George 
Washington University.

Tisha Thorne

Tisha Thorne is co-owner of Sew Creative Lounge and is a certified sewing instructor that has been teaching locally in the DC area and throughout the country for more than two decades. 

Born and raised in Washington DC, Tisha is passionate about teaching her students of all ages about sewing. Tisha and her partner Cecily Habimana founded Sip and Sew DC in 2014 and opened Sew Creative Lounge in 2017. 

Her mission is to teach the world to sew, one stitch 
at a time.

Tisha Thorne

Tisha Thorne is co-owner of Sew Creative Lounge and is a certified sewing instructor that has been teaching locally in the DC area and throughout the country for more than two decades. 

Born and raised in Washington DC, Tisha is passionate about teaching her students of all ages about sewing. Tisha and her partner Cecily Habimana founded Sip and Sew DC in 2014 and opened Sew Creative Lounge in 2017. 

Her mission is to teach the world to sew, one stitch 
at a time.

AS SEEN ON
A FEW SAMPLE PROJECTS 
YOU’LL CREATE
three Days of 
Hands-On Learning
A FEW SAMPLE PROJECTS 
YOU’LL CREATE
conference & giveaway sponsor
Conference Schedule
day 1. conference
Session Begins at 6pm EST
may 20

Quilting Basics: How to Cut   Tisha Thorne

 Jelly Roll Tote   Carrie Augustin 

day 2. conference
Sessions Begin at 11am EST on Saturday & Sunday
may 21

How to Machine Quilt  Tisha Thorne

Improv Quilting Technique  Janet O. Green

Storytelling in Quilting  Wendy Blackwell

5 Tips to Quilt Like a Pro  Tisha Thorne

Cutting Party  Rose Swain

day 3. conference
Sessions Begin at 11am EST on Saturday & Sunday
may 22

Conference Recap  Cecily Habimana

Meaning of Quilting in our Community  Afia Nson Bonsu

Quilted Pillow  Shereece Spain

Adinkra Appliqué Table Runner  Lawrence Smith & Tisha Thorne

Closing & After Party  Cecily Habimana & Tisha Thorne

Conference Schedule
day 1. conference
Session Begins at 6pm
may 20

Quilting Basics: How to Cut Tisha Thorne

 Jelly Roll Tote Carrie Augustin 

day 2. conference
Sessions Begin at 11am on Saturday & Sunday
may 21

How to Machine Quilt Tisha Thorne

Improv Quilting Technique Janet O. Green

Storytelling in Quilting Wendy Blackwell

5 Tips to Quilt Like a Pro Tisha Thorne

Cutting Party Rose Swain

day 3. conference
Sessions Begin at 11am on Saturday & Sunday
may 22

Conference Recap Cecily Habimana

Meaning of Quilting in our Community Afia Nson Bonsu

Quilted Pillow Shereece Spain

Adinkra Appliqué Table Runner Lawrence Smith & Tisha Thorne

Closing & After Party Cecily Habimana & Tisha Thorne

Who Should Attend?
The 2022 
Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition is for the beginner to the intermediate Quilter! 

Learn new Quilting techniques while making fun, unique projects!

Who Should Attend?
The 2022 
Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition is for the beginner to the intermediate Quilter! 

Learn new Quilting techniques while making fun, unique projects!

Don’t miss 
the 2022 Sew Much Soul Conference
Quilting Edition!
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FAQ’s 

What is Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition?

Sew Much Soul is a sewing conference with a little soul! Meaning we’ll be teaching a variety of sewing classes and techniques but with a little partying in between.

When is it?

The conference is being held virtually via Zoom on May 20-22 starting at 6pm EST on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. 

What level is the conference appropriate for?

This conference is appropriate for the absolute beginner through                  intermediate level quilter. 

How much does the conference cost?

The conference is free! You can also upgrade your registration and purchase 
the recording so that you have access to all the classes until May 2023. Please keep in mind that the replay fee is non-refundable. 

What supplies do I need for the conference? 

We have made it easy for you! You may also purchase the Conference Supply Kit that includes all patterns, fabric and sewing notions for each project.

Who is hosting the conference?

The conference is being hosted by Cecily and Tisha, co-owners 
of Sew Creative Lounge. 

FAQ’s 

What is Sew Much Soul Conference: Quilting Edition?

Sew Much Soul is a sewing conference with a little soul! Meaning we’ll be teaching a variety of sewing classes and techniques but with a little partying in between.

When is it?

The conference is being held virtually via Zoom on May 20-22 starting at 6pm EST on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday. 

What level is the conference appropriate for?

This conference is appropriate for the absolute beginner through intermediate level quiliter. 

How much does the conference cost?

The conference is free! You can also upgrade your registration and purchase 
the recording so that you have access to all the classes until May 2023. Please keep in mind that the replay fee is non-refundable. 

What supplies do I need for the conference? 

We have made it easy for you! You may also purchase the Conference Supply Kit that includes all patterns, fabric and sewing notions for each project.

Who is hosting the conference?

The conference is being hosted by Cecily and Tisha, co-owners 
of Sew Creative Lounge. 

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