myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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,

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

Three Little Pigs Quilt

  Earlier this year I made a version of my Red Riding Hood Quilt as a commission. I was photographing it in the shop when one of my customers came in, saw the quilt and got very excited. Catriona completely fell in love with the wolf and the trees and the next day she was

Sampler Tree Embroidery with extra owls

I have been having a week off work for a wee holiday, just ‘staycationing’ at beautiful Shangri La Farm. But seeing as I have picked the wettest week of the year for it, I have been inside sewing most of the time! This has given me time to catch up on ARRR8 and Cherish Circle

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

I will be the envy of FQ London…

…with my beautiful name tag!! How gorgeous is this little embroidered badge made for me by Emily of Strawberry Patch Blog?! I am participating in a name tag swap for the Fat Quaterly Sewing Retreat in London next month (so excited!!). I hadn’t even started mine when this exquisite little thing popped through my mailbox

Spot The Difference

Seeing as it’s the Easter Holidays I thought it would be nice to have a ‘spot the difference’ competition to help keep your kids busy while they are off school. So I completely re-made the Red Riding Hood quilt that I made 2 years ago for the DQS9 just so we could play a little

Eeeekk! Look at this adorable quilt I just received!

The post man was my best friend today when he brought me a parcel containing the quilt I really wanted in the FLQS. This absolute beauty from Lucinda (LucyEllen06). When I saw this in the group pool I totally fell in love with it, and it seemed to be so perfect for me (owls, buttons,

A hearty Goodbye to 2011…

… and Hello to 2012! I am just hoping it will be an improvement on 2011 which was a pretty pants year as far as I was concerned, but it did have lots of good points too. And look at all the quilts I managed to actually finish! I am very impressed with myself. Of

Blogger is being very mean too me!

I first published this post last Thursday *a few weeks ago!* but something must have gone wrong with Blogger as it appears it has not been showing up in the dashboard/reader. I thought you had all gone very quiet, and was even more alarmed after I published another post yesterday and, again, heard a deafening