myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Fresh Sewing Day

My participation in Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day usually totals about one a year, mainly because I either forget or else feel I have not really achieved enough in the last month for a whole post. But May 2014 has been a productive month with 3 quilts finished and shared. That’s my Dresden Porthole (bottom middle),

Crochet beginnings and endings

Let’s make time for some crochet! It’s been a long time since I devoted a whole post to crochet and yet I always have some on the go and still love it with a passion. We’ll start with the endings. Yes, I finally actually finished a crochet blanket! This is my Ripple Baby Blanket, made

FAL 2nd Quarter

Just snuck in to this quarters Finish-a-long!  With just a few hours to go before the deadline I am listing again the UFOs that I failed dismally to finish last quarter. I only managed to finish one of the six projects I listed at the beginning of the year and so I am featuring them

FAL 2014 – I am joining in!

I only managed to take part in the first quarter of last year’s finish-along, and only managed to finish 2 things! How useless am I? To tell you the truth I am actually quite a good finisher so I don’t usually have loads of projects to add. But this year I seem to have found

The Sweet Life Pillow

Here’s a little EPP project I’ve been working on for the last month and now it’s finished and off to a very special destination tomorrow! The nice people at Blend Fabrics asked me to make something with Cori Dantini’s current line ‘The Sweet Life’ for their booth at Quilt Market!! So my cushion will be

July Fresh Sewing Day

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

A few wee makes

Do you remember a few months back I showed you a new magazine that featured my African Flower Crochet Bag? The publishers wanted to get pre-orders so had mocked up a cover showing lots of the featured bags. Well here is that actual magazine, Creative Bagmaking, out just yesterday. And as you can see my

Busy doing nothing

I seem to be always busy but not getting much done at the moment! I think it’s down to a particularly heavy class schedule in May. I don’t really have anything finished to show you and not much prospect of it in the near future! But I don’t want you all to forget about me

crochet bags and knitted…

A few weeks back I showed you a sneak peek of some pastel African Flowers that I was crocheting for a future project. Well I can now reveal that they were for another magazine project!  This is Creative Bag Making. The cover above is just a mock-up as the bags are all still to be

Family Life with Wool

Who’s that handsome, wild looking, young man? It’s my boy Felix!  Felix arrived home last week after nearly a year away travelling the world and growing his hair. It’s so lovely to have him back safe and sound. We weren’t really expecting him back at the beginning of February and his arrival has coincided with