myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

July Fresh Sewing Day

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I am so pleased that I’m finally managing to link up with Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day! After doing the first couple of months 2 years ago I’ve been constantly forgetting about it ever since – doh!

I have got SOOO much finished in June! Look at the mosaic up there – it’s chock-a-block! And that’s not all – I am saving something special for you later in the week 😉
I’ve already posted about nearly everything in that mosaic except the top line, so here’s a bit of info about those items…
I am so excited to be attending Fat Quaterly Retreat again this year! But it is coming around so fast. I thought I had loads more time to get my swap stuff ready and then I realised that my name tag had to be with my partner by the beginning of July – that’s today!
Anyway, mission accomplished at the weekend and here is the tag, with my partner’s name covered up. I had an idea just I was going off to sleep (my best ideas always come then – do yours?) and this came out pretty much exactly as I imagined, I love it when that happens! I hope my partner likes it too, it’s in the mail today.
I may show you another photo later with the name uncovered as I’m quite proud of my embroidery stitches 🙂

A couple of weeks back I took some time away from the shop to work on new class samples for the Autumn term (so technically I was working from home). I already posted about the Modern Sampler Quilt I am making (see quilt top in mosaic above), but this is another new class.

It’s a sewing machine cover but the idea of the class is to practice free-motion quilting. I have been asked a lot for a class on this, but I just couldn’t handle the idea of students spending all day practicing on sample quilts. And then I had the idea to do a sewing machine cover. It’s really just a mini quilt with ribbons attached, but still with plenty of space to practice without being too precious about it.

I added a row of flying geese as that’s something else I get asked for in a class, so I thought I would kill 2 birds (or should that be geese!) with one stone.

Last up is a new crochet class to do the ripple pattern. I have started another blanket (only my fourth unfinished one *blushes*) to try this out. It’s a lovely pattern as is this Baby Rooster Merino wool, which is gorgeously soft and fine but still machine washable. And available here.

So that’s my action packed June for you.
Stay tuned for The Sweet Life Project free pattern and tutorial later this week and don’t forget to visit all the other Fresh Sewing Day Posts!

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  1. Yay for finishes !! !!
    LOVE the ripple blanket – my one I started on the flight from Auckland to Singapore and then hooked my way around Europe last year is still unfinished

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