myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Forth Bridge EPP lap quilt is finished!

Phew! I’ve finally finished something else for this first quarter of Finish-A-Long 2013! That’s 2 out of 4 (Felix’s Xmas jumper was the other), so 50% percent is not too shabby I guess. If anyone has visited Leanne’s blog for the FAL tutorial’s this week, this quilt will be familiar to you from the Hand

Hand Quilting Tutorial

Just wanted to let you know that you can find my Hand Quilting Tutorial as part of Finish-A-Long 2013 over on Leanne’s She Can Quilt Blog TODAY! As one of the FAL sponsors Leanne asked me if I’d like to do a tutorial and hand quilting is something I have had on my to-do list

Small Projects and Special Offers!

Things are slowing down a bit for me as we get close to Easter and I get a break from classes. So I have been having a little crafting fun with some small makes that I can get done in a few hours.  Like this patchwork and embroidery frame purse, which came straight out of

Normal service is resumed…

Blimey, two and a half weeks since I last posted! After that big Stitch Gathering announcement in my last post I did a quilt show, got ill, did a show at the SECC and taught loads of classes in between – phew! I do manage to pack a lot in but the last few weeks

Ethel Owl is Famous!

Homemade With Love is a brand new magazine just out yesterday. It’s absolutely crammed with crafty projects. But what’s this on the contents page? Those owls look very familiar… Yes it’s my 2 pals Ethel and Edmund! This is my first published project and so it’s quite a thrill! And if that wasn’t enough excitement,

Finish-a-Long 2013

I didn’t take part in this last year. Somehow I thought I didn’t have that much to get finished. Well this year I have! But I am going to try to be realistic as the FAL is divided into quarters which gives me only 3 months to tackle these. So in this first post I

Progress and Beginnings

I’m very excited to be at home today, the first Christmas Eve I have had off for 13 years! That’s the perils of working in retail for you. This is the first day of 7 consecutive days at home and I have so much new crafting planned! But first let’s look at how I’ve been

Ethel and Edmund

Meet my 2 new owl friends – Ethel and Edmund! We just took delivery of a range of flannel (available now on our website) from Robert Kaufman and what better project to try them out on than a few more owls for my collection? That’s Ethel above… …and this is Edmund, giving you a cheeky

Travellin’ Pic Stitch Blog Hop

Today I am taking part in my first blog hop! Katy and Laura are now both on their way to the Sewing Summit in Salt lake City from opposite ends of the world. They are also planning a ‘Thelma and Louise style’ Road Trip (at least I hope that’s the style they are planning!) and

Beauty is You cushion

Here’s a little comfort stitching project I have been working on recently.  You will probably remember how excited I was by Cori Dantini’s Beauty Is You fabric line. I was desperate to do something with it, so taking one of our FQ bundles I embarked on a little EPP. I’ve recently started teaching my classes