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Sewing With My Children

My children are getting to an age where they are very interested in sewing and now have the ability to complete some easy projects on their own. I’ve been reading and asking my friends how I should start with my kids and what resources there are available for young children.

My oldest daughter, Cassie, is 8 and my youngest, Kim, is 6. I’ve been doing some crafts with Cassie for a few years now, but think she is ready to start using my sewing machine. I’ve held off on it so far because I’ve been nervous about it, but I think with my supervision I think she is ready.

I didn’t want her to use my expensive Janome computerized sewing machine as it might be too complicated and intimidating so I wanted to find a simple and inexpensive sewing machine that she would be able to use. I settled on the Janome New Home sewing machine. It is small, light, looks cute and has all of the features she needs to sew almost anything. I found this machine by going to www.bestsewingmachineforkids.com and reading what they recommend. It is a nice simple site with some good reviews.

Once we got the sewing machine I spent the weekend setting it up and showing her how to use it. We then practiced some simple sewing techniques and she had a great time. I was surprised how quickly she took to it and we were ready to start creating some simple sewing projects.

The first one we did was a small pillow for her dolly. We went to the fabric store and picked out some cute fabric and went home and proceed to create 3 pillows. One for her, me and her best friend. They turned out great and she was super excited to learn more. I wanted to keep the excitement going and I didn’t have enough “cool” kids projects in my memory to show her so I ended up getting her a great book: Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make

We’ve been working through the book over the last several days and her skills have been growing exponentially. I have a feeling we will be through this book in no time.

At the same time, my youngest, now wants to learn sewing. She has even started to use the Janome New Home sewing machine with the help of her sister. There is a finger guard on this model so there isn’t a danger of her getting hurt. With Cassie’s help she was able to make a pillow too and she carries it everywhere with her.

It has been a fun couple of weeks and I look forward to seeing what they will be making a month from now. I’ve already been eyeing up some new sewing books to keep them occupied. I’ll share their progress as the year goes on.

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Baby Quilts

There is nothing quite like making a baby quilt for your little one or someone you love. I have made so many to date, but still get a big thrill every time I see a baby in one of my quilts. My “little ones” aren’t so little anymore, but it is a lot of fun making them for other members of my family and friends.

Short on Time? Try a Quilt Kits

If you are in a hurry and want to make a baby boy or girl quilt and don’t have enough time, purchasing a baby quilt kit can be a great option. They are inexpensive, come pre-cut and have everything you need to create the quilt in no time. For a list of some really cute baby quilting kits please visit our friends at www.quiltersreview.com.

Sun Bonnet Sue Baby Quilt

sun bonnet quiltSun Bonnet Sue – This traditional quilt pattern for a baby girl is surrounded by over 100 pineapple medallions in soft pastel shades. The little girls are hand stitched and frame quilted to enhance the pattern. Whether you use it in a crib or on the wall, this is a hard quilt to keep in inventory, so order yours today. The color of the dresses & the pineapples on this quilt can vary slightly. We back our baby quilts with soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

Double Wedding Ring Baby Quilt 37 x 47

wedding ring baby quiltThis pretty little quilt is feminine without being fussy – Pastel pieces encircle the Angels quilted in the Double Wedding Ring quilt blocks and are all that’s needed for this perfectly simple baby quilt. We back backs all of our baby quilts with soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby. The quilt’s flannel backing and the color of the diamonds will vary.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

Whirly Gig Log Cabin Quilt – 43 x 50

whilry log cabin baby quiltWhirly Gig Log Cabin Quilt – 43 x 50 Vibrant color splashes everywhere in this twisted Log Cabin quilt pattern!! This is not your typical baby quilt – every color of the rainbow is present in this beautiful piece of art. It’s sure to be a favorite quilt for many years to come. We back our baby quilts with soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one

Colorful Building Blocks Baby Quilt – 40 x 52

Building blocks quiltLarge quilted butterflies adorn this composition of rectangles and squares. While this colorful and cheerful quilt will brighten any nursery – it will work equally well as a quilted lap robe or throw. We back all of our baby quilts with soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

Hugs & Kisses Baby Quilt 41 x 54

hugs kisses quiltThis is one of our most popular baby quilt patterns. Wrap your baby in X’s and O’s and rock away the hours. These colors are perfect for either boy or girl and this quilt is guaranteed to brighten any nursery . We back all or our baby quilts with a soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one

Log Cabin Baby Quilt 36 x 45

log cabin baby quiltPastel log cabin quilt blocks form a rainbow across this pretty little baby quilt. Angels quilted on each block make it perfect for your newest little blessing! This little quilt will brighten any nursery and is sure to be your angel’s favorite for many years to come. We back all of our baby quilts with soft flannel for extra warmth and softness next to your baby.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one

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Home Decorative Sewing

Thank you for your interest in Blue Moon Fabric Arts. My work encompasses all kinds of custom sewing for the home. So whether you need window treatments, slipcovers for your chair, duvet cover for your bed, decorative pillows, seat cushions, or any other home decorative sewing for your home, contact me to discuss the vision for your project.

The customer’s vision is my focus, so we will take the time to discuss your vision and the materials needed before purchasing materials and beginning work. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. It would be great to learn about your project.

Home Decor Sewing Services

My services include a wide array of home decor sewing projects. This is just a few types of projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on for friends, family, and my dear clients: chair slipcovers, custom couch slipcovers, ottoman slipcovers, custom duvet covers for the bed, custom placemats, table runners, valances, curtains, cornice boards, custom headboards, custom decorative pillows, custom bedskirts, and more.
Decorative Sewing in Tampa Bay

I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete a wide array of projects in our local area of North Pinellas County. Generally speaking, I serve the following areas in the Tampa Bay area such as: Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Odessa, Dunedin, Westchase, Tarpon Springs, Trinity, St Petersburg, Ozona, Clearwater Beach, and more.

Your Custom Home Decor Project

There really are so many opportunities available when you have the option of doing home decorative sewing. The large department stores may not have just the right fabric or just the right size. Of course this means you have to settle. Your home decor should be an extension of you and your family’s personality and style.

There are certain elements of your home decor that make a powerful impact on a space. For example a couch or chair is a large piece for a living room. A duvet cover is a large piece for a bedroom. Window treatments are a large piece for any room. So by updating the fabric, you can achieve high impact by doing a custom decorative sewing project.

I would love to talk with you about your fabric options and locations to get the best materials at the best cost. I’ve been sewing locally for years, so I can give you some excellent options.

It would be a pleasure discussing your project, so I look forward to talking with you.

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Quilters Gifts

Santa pin cushionsSanta Pin Cushions – 6 Pack

Santa Pin Cushions – Sold in groups of 6. Santa Pin Cushions – These sturdy pin cushions are made of mini quilt blocks in Christmas reds and green – slightly weighted so they won’t fall over. Perfect for the Santa collector on your list! Limited number available – Order your 6 pack today!! We’ll happily choose for you.

fabric shelvesPiecemaker Fabric Shelves

Fabric Shelves – Blessed Are The “Piecemakers”. These smiling (slightly bowed in the middle) shelves will remind you of your own stash – jam-packed with fabric, batting and quilt tops. No two plaques are alike – but each is guaranteed to have hundreds of pieces of fabric (most will have 500+) stacked and secured and ready to bring a smile to your favorite fabric hound. 7in x 14in

fabric shelves 2Material Girl Fabric Shelves

Fabric Shelves – I’m a Material girl – Wanna see my Fabric – These broken shelves will remind you of your own stash – jam-packed with fabric and batting. No two plaques are alike – but each is guaranteed to have hundreds of pieces of fabric (most will have 500+) stacked and secured and ready to bring a smile to your favorite fabric hound. 7in. x 14in.

Chocolate Fabric Shelf

Fabric Shelves – Fabric is like Chocolate – There’s always room for one more piece – These straight shelves will remind you of your own stash – jam-packed with fabric, batting and rolls of “backing”. No two plaques are alike – but each is guaranteed to have hundreds of pieces of fabric (most will have 500+) stacked and secured and ready to bring a smile to your favorite fabric hound. 7in x 14in

Chicken pin cushionChicken Pin Cushions – 6 Pack

Chicken Pin Cushions – Sold in groups of 6. Our colorful chickens are the perfect little something for a sewing circle, a Christmas stocking, that beginning sewing basket or your favorite quilter. These sturdy pincushions are made of mini quilt blocks in an array of colors – slightly weighted so they won’t fall over. Order your 6 pack today!! We’ll happily choose for you.

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Lap Quilts

This is my collection of Lap Quilts that I’ve made over the last year. Many of these I no longer own. I’ve either given them away as gifts or sold them in the store. I really enjoy making this size of quilt. It is perfect for lounging in front of the fire or on the deck in the summer.

triangle-quiltScrappy Half Square Triangles Quilt 48 x 54

The old fashioned quilt pattern and multicolored fabrics in this quilted lap robe will remind you of Grandma’s sewing basket. No two quilt blocks are alike – the backing is 100% cotton flannel in a dark forest green.

Blue Moon Fabrics uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

quilted circles quiltQuilted Circles & Squares 41 x 60

The rich browns in this quilt will remind you of chocolate and the plaids,stars and circles are sure to appeal. This quilted lap robe is generously sized and backed with a beautiful flannel that makes it easily reversible.

Blue Moon Fabrics uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it.

quilted bow tiesColorful Bow Tie Lap Robe 42 x 56

Quilted rows of cowboy plaid bow-ties are randomly set in this old fashioned lap robe. Backed with charcoal gray flannel.

Blue Moon Fabrics uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

stripes quiltMulti Colored Stripes Quilt 42 x 49

The vibrant fabric in this quilt will bring life to any corner. Reds and pinks and blues dominate the color scheme of this otherwise simple quilt. The backing is 100% cotton in a neutral beige print.

PS Quilts uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it.

Multi Colored Bow Tie Lap Robe 42 x 56

Rows of cowboy plaid bow-ties are set diagonally in this old fashioned quilted lap robe. Backed with soft orange and brown plaid flannel and gently quilted.

Blue Moon Fabrics uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

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Twin Bunk Throws

I’ve been busy over the last few months creating all sorts of quilts. Some I’ve kept, others I’ve given away. I even sold one. I have to say that I am loving my passion lately. I have a stack of patterns and fabric that I want to get to, but not enough time in the day! Here are a few of the projects that I’ve completed lately…

Roman Stripes Quilt 62 x 89

roman stripes quiltOriginal Design Twin Quilt
Black, green, gold, magenta, and a multicolored check make this striking quilt come alive. This original design will look stunning on a bed or on a wall – intricately quilted and backed in flannel, this quilt is a piece of art that will keep you warm for years to come.

PS Quilts uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

Friendship Star Quilt – 65 x 101

friendship star quiltThis quilt lets you sleep beneath the stars in the comfort of your own bed! Our stars are set in muslin to help neutralize the bold colors of red, green and gold. The inset border dramatically frames the body of this quilt.

Blue Moon Fabrics uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it. While the quilt pattern can be reproduced, we cannot guarantee that the exact fabrics will be available to make another quilt just like this one.

This is one that I sold to a lovely lady. She is going to use it at her cabin.

Autumn Leaves Throw 64 x 83

Autumn leaves throwThis quilt will make you think of fall – with its autumn colors of gold and orange and dark red. The perfect quilt for cuddling up on the porch while you watch the leaves turn. Quilted with leaves to mimic the fabric – this throw is unique and it’s backed with 100% cotton woven fabric of orange checks.

PS Quilts uses 100% cotton batting

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it.

Whole Cloth Quilt – Cool Cats 64 x 77

Cool Cats quiltCool cats play with feather quilting on this twin size quilt. The borders and backing are periwinkle blue making this one of a kind quilt a sure fire favorite for the cat lover in your life.

PS Quilts uses 100% cotton batting.

This quilt is homemade so there is only one exactly like it.