Mia’s Fabric Café serves up fabric and sewing advice

A new shop in Watson will be of great interest to quilters, sewers and crafters alike, as Mia’s Fabric Café has the fabric needed for any of their projects.

Anita Murphy, owner of Mia’s Fabric Café, in her new shop with one wall of her bolts and bolts of beautiful fabrics. She’s holding a basket of “fat quarters” which are one-fourth yard pieces of fabric cut to measure 18x22 inches. The “fat” cut gives the customer a more versatile, almost square, piece of fabric to work with instead of a narrow 9x44-inch piece which is the standard cut. The shop keeps pre-cut fat quarters on hand and will also cut any fabric customers want into fat quarters.

Owner Anita Murphy carries exclusively 100 percent cotton fabrics that are suitable for clothing, quilting, home décor and crafts. A quilter and seamstress herself, Anita is available to help both novice and experienced customers choose just the right fabric for their needs and provide advice on projects if desired.

Her fabrics include florals, stripes, solids and assorted prints in a veritable rainbow of colors. She also has seasonal prints, so check with her first for your Halloween, fall, Christmas and other occasions, including LSU and the Saints.

Christmas fabrics are also in stock, and she advises people that now is the time to start those Christmas projects in order to have the best selection of fabrics and enough time to finish them.

The shop also carries books, magazines, patterns, sewing supplies and tools, and a complete line of notions such as needles, thread and more.

Anita has always loved working with fabric and has sewn most of her life, but first got into quilting later in life when she made a baby quilt for her first grandchild. “And then I was addicted to quilting,” she said.

“Growing up in Donaldsonville, I went to the local fabric shop on Saturdays to babysit the owners’ children,” she said, “and sometimes they would let me help out in the shop. I knew then that one day I would have a shop of my own.

“I thought about opening a dress or bridal shop, but quilting and sewing seemed like the perfect fit. I started working on it about a year ago and opened the shop June. 19. I’ve dreamed about it for so long that sometimes it seems strange it is really real. I love talking to people about sewing; this is like my sewing clubhouse, and I’m selling fabric so I can afford the clubhouse!”

She added, “I’m having a wonderful time, and I hope everyone will come in for a visit, and they are welcome to stay awhile and quilt or sew.”

Anita will soon be offering classes on quilting and making children’s clothing. Stop by the shop and pick up a schedule of the classes.

Two things, just in case you’re wondering: the name Mia came about because that’s what her grandchildren call her; and, no, it is not a coffee shop. She just thought that Mia’s Fabric Café sounded a lot more interesting than Maw-maw’s Quilt Shop.

Whether you call her Anita or Mia, you can call her with any question about sewing or the shop at 225-271-4423, or drop by to see all her lovely fabrics at 34130 La. Hwy. 16, Suite 2, Watson, in the Victoria Plaza strip mall across from Wal-Mart. The shop is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Her website is under construction; check back soon at miasfabriccafe.com.