myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

The Sweet Life Begins

Look at this lovely bundle of yummy gorgeousness! This is Cori Dantini’s new line of fabric and I am a very lucky girl to be getting to play with this before it even hits the stores!

A few weeks back I got a really nice email from Cori herself saying she had seen this cushion I made out of her last (and first!) fabric line, ‘Beauty is You’, and how much she liked it. As you can imagine I was delighted to hear this.
This led to Blend, the fabric company Cori designs for, asking if I would like some of her NEW line to see what I could make with it.
I said ‘yes please!’ and a package arrived last week containing this beautiful fabric.
I actually think it is even better than the first line! It is called ‘The sweet life’ and is full of Cori’s adorable illustrations. I am working on something using the panel above and most of the other fabrics.

But that still leaves these big panels, the 3 above are a width of bolt. I just adore these, especially this flag waving girl below. What do you think, a bag? A cushion? The centre of a quilt?

Meanwhile here are a few sneak peeks of what I’ve been working on with the rest of the fabric.

It’s all pieced but I am planning some major hand quilting so you will have to wait a while to see the finished thing.
It’s going to be a free downloadable project so if you like it you can all make one! And I’ve put a big order in for The Sweet Life so we’ll have plenty of fabric ready when it comes out sometime in July.

I always like to show you something actually finished in every post so here is another patchwork storage caddy.

The one I made a few weeks back was meant to be for a gift, but I couldn’t bear to part with it once I’d finished. So I’ve made another one. This time with buttons.

Here it is filled with some goodies – 3 fat quarters, a box of Twining’s comforting Liquorice tea (my new favourite), and a euro scrubby (amazing scourers that we sell in the shop!).

I’m off for a few days to Whitby with my family tomorrow. I’ve got some crochet and some applique lined up for the train journeys. I’ve also got a queue of new projects to show you when I get back. See you in a few days!


  1. Well look at you…I told you your star is rising!;)

    Those panels would look fabulous cut into the three sections…add a border around each one…get 3 sets of stretcher bars…make a quilt sandwich with each panel and staple them onto the stretcher bars then do lots of fun embroidery and embellishing on each one….hang and admire!:)

  2. I am so lucky to have such an amazing sister! The so lovely sewing tidy full of goodies was my birthday present – thank you again Jo x
    The lovely patchwork holder is very useful, as are the goodies inside xx

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