myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

New Snowball Bag

I’ve been busy this week organising our next term of myBearpaw craft classes. We have 5 new classes but I have to admit to not making anything new for them, but I did manage to make a new version of my Snowball Craft Bag. This was originally made as a pattern for issue 22 of

Quick and Easy Quilts Book GIVEAWAY!!

I am so excited to be part of the Quick and Easy Quilts bloghop!! This is Lynne Goldsworthy (of Lily’s Quilts blog) new book which is published by Kyle Books. And as well as a quick preview of the book and a look at a project I’ve made from it I will also be giving

Text Embroidery and some more Matchstick Quilting

I’ve been busy launching our new myBearpaw prospectus over the last week. These are my workshops and evening courses from mid April till mid June. There are 5 new classes, four of them are for quilts and projects that I have made previously like this House Quilt and the Snowball Craft Bag. But I did

Using up my class samples (again)

This week I have been tidying my sewing room. A few weeks ago I hosted a giveaway and asked all you lovely, wise peeps to give me your fabric storage tips as an entry comment. I got some great ideas and the one I liked best was to store my fabric in a trolley that

Turning Japanese…

 … oh yes I’m turning Japanese, I really think so! Those of you of a certain age may remember this song by the Vapors. And it comes into my head as I consider my growing obsession with all things Japanese. Well as long as it’s sewing related that is! It started about 5 years ago

Patchwork knitting bag and needle roll

It’s been a few months since I had any projects featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine so I am excited to share my patchwork knitting bag and needle roll with you! Issue 22 is out now and my bag even made the cover inset shot! The snowball pattern is meant to resemble balls of

50 Fat Quarters Makes Bloghop!

Back in January I told you about a book I had co-authored, well it’s finally been published (more than a month early, slightly catching me off-guard!) and us authors have organised a bloghop to introduce ourselves and celebrate all our beautiful projects! There is a full schedule for the 50 Fat Quarters bloghop at the

Trying out some new techniques

I’ve made quite a few bags over the years, but they have all been pretty basic. I can either do a tote bag or one with a box gusset like the one above. Regular readers will know that I have serious problems following patterns and therefore am doomed to ‘make things up as I go

yo-yo sample pillow

There hasn’t been much time for sewing during what I am calling ‘Mental March’. I have hardly drawn breath since I came back from QuiltCon, what with 2 ‘Fairs’ on consecutive weekends, lovely Karen Lewis staying with me last weekend, 2 magazine commission deadlines (so I have been sewing but nothing I can show you!),