myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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  Regular readers will already know how much I love Cori Dantini’s fabrics. I have used both of her previous collections to make cushions and wallhangings. Last year Blend Fabrics asked me to make a pillow from Cori’s ‘The Sweet Life’ collection for their booth at Quilt Market. Well they’ve asked me to make another

A new use for quilts

As I am right in the middle of making a new quilt with nothing much to show you at present, I thought I would catch up on a couple of little projects I finished around Christmas time (better late than never!). This first one is a tiny mini quilt for my eldest son Felix, the

Modern Sampler Quilt finished!

I actually finished this quilt before Christmas, but with everything that’s been going on and with the terrible weather we’ve been having (everything is soaking wet outside!) making photography difficult, I am only just able to share it with you now. This is my Modern Sampler Quilt, that I started making for a class last

New Applique and Colour Theory workshops

We’re going to focus on the rest of our new 2014 classes at myBearpaw Craft Studio in this post. First of all I have a new Applique class. For the first few years I offered a class where you decorated a tote bag with needle-turn applique. I have now updated this class so that we

Using up my class samples again…

I have been very busy with my workshops over the last few months. Most classes involve a degree of class prep plus I quite ofter produce a block during the class. So on Monday I had a great time using up some of my class samples and making them in to useful items. I have

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

Modern Sampler Quilt – in progress

A couple of weeks back I mentioned how I was busy working on new classes for the Autumn, well this here quilt top was what took up most of my time. It’s not quite finished but I thought there was enough done to share with you. I have doing my 2 intermediate patchwork evening classes,

Cover Star

I am very excited to share this news with you and I hope you don’t all think I am bragging as I tell you about another magazine mention. Because this one is rather special.  Not only is my Liberty Dresden Plate Cushion the big picture on the front cover, but can you also see that

Notting Hill Dresden Plate Cushion

Yes, I’ve got a big thing about these Dresden Plate cushions. First I made this one. And then I made this one. And then I made another one that I can’t show you just yet 😉 I thought it would be lovely to turn one of these into a kit that came complete with the

Floral Dresden Plate Cushion

A few months ago I had my first go at the Dresden Plate block when I made this cushion for a session in one of my evening class blocks. It proved really popular and so I decided to make it a full day workshop for 2013, with the idea that you could complete the whole