myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Beauty is You is Here!

Now I promised that my last post, which promoted new fabric on our website, wouldn’t be a regular occurrence. But then this very special fabric line arrived and I just had to share it with you! As soon as I saw ‘Beauty is You’ by Cori Dantini a few months back I just totally fell

Saturday Shopping

I thought I would do an occasional promotional post so I can keep you up to date with all the new fabric we have appearing in our Edinburgh store and on our website. AND give all my loyal followers a little incentive towards some shopping! But first you have to look at all the pretty

Peekaboo Quilt

I have been desperate to do something with my Porthole Blocks that I made with Lucie Summers at the  FQ Retreat ( I can’t believe that was over a month ago now!). So here is my Peekaboo Quilt. Lucie leaves a 1/4 inch seam around her ‘holes’ (block on the left) but I preferred the

Massive Giveaway and website launch!

It’s Giveaway Time everybody!! Look at this big pile of booty that you could win!! But first of all I want to share some exciting news with you. For a while now I have been hinting at changes afoot in our Edinburgh shop. Earlier this year we started stocking fabric, wool and haberdashery to compliment

Irate Pirate Update

Here’s a quick update on the Around the Bend Across the Pond quilt tops I have been working on. Our group is called ARRR8 (which in my head has become Irate Pirate), and we are doing a Round Robin Quilt. This is an offshoot of the Old Red Barn Co group on Flickr and you

Science Project finished!

Apologies for being a bit quiet at the moment. I have become a victim of my own success – my craft classes are going so well that I am totally wearing myself out teaching them! And it is leaving me with very little time to make pretty things and, more importantly, look at all the

Warning – vintage notebook overdose alert!!

A couple of months ago I made my first two of these notebook holders. I wrote about them here and I hoped to teach a workshop on them. However this was another of those classes that didn’t get enough interest (I seem to be always saying this, but lots of my classes do get booked

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

Meet Sally!

I’m busy thinking up new classes to teach next year, and one of the subjects I’d like to tackle is a simple rag doll. I did make up Annalise earlier in the year from scratch, and lovely though she is, I felt I could improve and simplify her. So I am pleased to introduce Sally!

Trip around the pumpkins

Here’s a Trip Around The World cot quilt I just finished to sell in the shop. I used this tutorial from Quiltville and it was very quick and easy. Melanie of Texas Freckles is doing this design for one of the other ‘Do Good Stitches’ circles this month and recommended this tute. I like checking