myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Sewing Room Shelves Wall Hanging

There’s just enough time before Christmas is upon us to share this project I made for the current issue of Popular Patchwork magazine. If you are anything like me you will want to start the New Year with a big clear out and an organisation of your sewing room. If you’re not like me then

Gossip Girls

Issue 7 of Love Patchwork and Quilting is currently dropping through subscriber’s letter boxes (though not yet on the news stand), so I think it is now safe to share my skittle dolls with you. The photo above is from the magazine, I always love the way they style things. And they do look like

Winter Woodland Play Pillow for Fat Quarterly

Fat Quarterly issue 15 is out today and of course it’s all about Christmas! And, for the first time, I have contributed a project – my Winter Woodland Play Pillow. I have made a few woodland themed mini quilts, some for swaps and some for commissions, and they have all featured trees with pockets. I

Nametags Workshop

It’s getting very nearly time for our Stitch Gathering Retreat! And I know some of you still haven’t made your nametags yet, so I thought I would do a post with nametag ideas that might be of help with last minute panics. I’ve been making a few of these to show at my Bearpaw Craft

Getting ready for Fat Quaterly Retreat!

I’m off to London a week on Thursday for the second Fat Quaterly Retreat and looking forward to it even more than the last one! I think this is because I am more relaxed this time and less nervous about meeting everyone and what to expect. I am taking part in another Sample Swap, this

Hansel and Gretel Quilt

I’ve made another Fairytale Quilt. You may remember the 2 Red Riding Hood quilts and a 3 Little Pig quilt that I made previously. Well this time it is Hansel and Gretel! Christina, the lovely lady who commissioned the second Red Riding Hood quilt has also commissioned this one. The first one was for her

Lesson planning

I’m very busy with my craft classes at the moment and now patchwork is vying with crochet as the most popular class. A few weeks back I taught a full day workshop in the porthole technique that Lu Summers had taught us at FQ London (I checked first to see if she was ok with

Robin Christmas Decoration Tutorial

Do you remember this little fella? I did promise you a tutorial a couple of weeks back and, for once, I am actually delivering! My Saturday class last weekend was Hand Sewn Christmas Decorations, and I think all my students would agree that this little fat robin was the easiest one we tackled.  So, without

Wonky Star mini quilt

Today I will be linking up with Lily’s Quilts ‘Fresh Sewing Day’. Earlier this year the lovely Rachael Daisy of Blue Mountain Daisy blog made an absolutely stunning wonky star doll quilt. We were taking part in the Doll Quilt Swap at the time and this wasn’t even the one for her partner but an

Scrappy Pincushion Swap Round 3

Oh, I have had such fun making this Pirate Treasure Chest pincushion!! This is the second time I have taken part in the Scrappy Pincushion Swap. Last time I made the Little House Pincushion and I got the feeling that my partner this round would like something similar. The idea of a treasure chest came