myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Clamshells – rinse and repeat

First off I want to thank you for all the beautiful, heart-felt comments you left after my last post. They were all so comforting and supportive and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave them. Also a special message to KAY. Kay, you have been leaving lovely comments on my blog for a

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

Jumbo Cathedral Window Quilt

First of all, what do you think of my new blog design?! It’s really great having a husband who’s not only an IT genius but used to be a graphic designer as well. Jonathan is the brains behind our main website as well as the Stitch Gathering website, and now he has turned his attention

Tumbling Logs Quilt

I’ve always wanted to make a Tumbler quilt. I loved the simplicity of the design, but then again, I thought it almost looked too simple to maintain my interest for a full sized quilt. And then I wondered what it would look like if I ‘log cabined’ around it. A light bulb went on in

Another Cathedral Window Cushion, Another Magazine…

Here’s a cushion I finished back in January. I did give you a sneak peek and shared the embroideries I used, but now you can see the finished result. Another Cathedral Window (it’s becoming an addiction!), made again from Essex Linen this time in bleached white, and with vintage and new embroideries peeping through the

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

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

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,