myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Surviving the Country Living Fair

Yes I’ve survived! As I mentioned in my last post, not only did I have a stand at the Scottish Country Living Fair last weekend, but I also had to do a demo in the Craft Theatre every day! The CL Fair was held at the SECC in Glasgow from Thursday to Sunday and I

Liberty Pants Panda Tutorial

Who wants to make a panda?! Not just any old panda, but one of these pandas wearing really cool Liberty pants ?! Remember Sunshine and Sweetie up there? I did promise you a couple of months back that I would do a tute and here it is! Please assemble: Black and white felt plus a

Embroidery Stitch Tutorial

Do you remember this Raised Rose stitch that I used in my Sampler Tree embroidery? I have had a few requests for a tutorial so, in this post, I try my best to give one! I first ‘found’ this stitch by googling ’embroidery stitches’ and looking at the images. Above is what I found. Hopefully you

Robin Christmas Decoration Tutorial

Do you remember this little fella? I did promise you a tutorial a couple of weeks back and, for once, I am actually delivering! My Saturday class last weekend was Hand Sewn Christmas Decorations, and I think all my students would agree that this little fat robin was the easiest one we tackled.  So, without

Get ready for Christmas!

I made this Christmas Advent Quilt a few months ago so that I could offer a workshop on making it. I had planned that, at the same time as I was doing the workshop, I would make a wee tute for the blog. However nobody booked for this workshop 🙁 I have found it difficult

English Paper Piecing Tutorial – with cheating!

  A few weeks ago, I showed you my new Liberty stash and told you about a quilt I really wanted to make with it.  I hadn’t been able to get permission to show the photo in time for that post, but since then Clare ‘Summerfete’ has returned from her holiday and has kindly allowed

My new business project

A few weeks ago, when I unveiled my new blog button, I alluded to another reason for needing a new logo. Some of you were very keen to find out what I was up to *cough – Catherine Sewing Attic* .  Finally I am ready to spill the beans… We are changing one of the

Mosaic Tutorial

There has been a lot of exciting activity in the world of British Quilters this week! The amazing human dynamo that is Lynne of Lily’s Quilts has started a Brit Quilt Group on Flickr for all us British Quilters to get together and share stuff. And if that’s not enough we are now busy organising

Doll Quilt Swap 10

I am struggling to catch up at the moment. Not only have I not had any time to post here, but I also haven’t had time to make anything to write about! I am doing a full 5 day week in the shop on my own where I am very busy with deliveries of new

Oggle Owl Tutorial

Ok, here it is! At long last, my promised tutorial for these cute little crocheted owls I have been making for the last year. I have had lots of requests for this and I know some of you are really excited to get started! First of all let me tell you that I don’t consider