Grow Your Blog

Welcome everyone to Averyclaire Needlearts!   I am excited to be a part of the “Grow Your Blog Party.”  Thank you for stopping in to visit. 

I am a midwesterner, born and raised in the Chicago area.   Whether I am home or away, I keep busy hands.  There is nothing more wonderful than a cup of hot  tea while having a piece of some kind of needlework, sewing, quilting, or knitting in my hands.    An early morning in the perennial garden fills my soul. I can get lost for weeks in books and am a passionate Francophile. Music to sooth the soul is Andrea Bocelli, Adamo, and John Denver. 

My grandmother, Clara Avery, taught me to knit when I was seven and instilled into me the gentle art of all kinds of needlework.

If you leave a comment on this post you will be entered in the drawing to win a prize (the drawing will be held on February 15th).   It will be a lovely cross-stitched surprise.   However, please scroll through my blog to see some of my projects.  I hope you enjoy them all and I look forward to seeing all of your projects as well. 

 Amities, Averyclaire

Yellow Whole Cloth 1

Star Quilt 1

Sweet Sixteen HQ2

Berry Patch Rabbit


Sophia Sampler Framed

Kathie Monog Pillow1

Scotty Ornament

Sewing Pockets




Flannel Quilt

Tablecloth Quilt 2011


Fleur de Lis Scissor Fob

Wedding Quilt

Christmas Stocking Remade

Cross-Stitched Navajo Weaving

Thanks again for coming!


110 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily C
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 08:56:25

    So many blogs, so little time. Love your quilting work, esp. the appliqued flowers.


  2. Beth Visak
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:00:36

    I love your quilts!


  3. Silke
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:07:31

    Dear Averyclaire,

    What a beautiful blog you have!

    I am one of the volunteers for the Grow Your Blog party just to make sure that the links on Vicki’s post are working correctly. It’s been so much fun to see all your creations. You are very talented (and must be very patient to do that all stitching!)

    Like you, my grandmother taught me to knit and to this day knitting is what brings me back to center.

    Greetings from beautiful (and very cold recently) Savannah! xo Silke


  4. Marit Johanne
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:07:42

    Your crafts are beautiful! You are talented and your mother did a great job to teach you! Greetings from Marit Johanne in Norway


  5. CynthiaCrane
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:21:04

    What stunning quilts and needlework! Thank you for sharing a little bit about you. I recently moved to very near the area where John Denver penned his famous song “Take Me Home Country Roads”. Needless to say, it is very beautiful here in W. Va. I’m visiting from the GROW YOUR BLOG party – Come visit my blog and you’ll see a few photos of that area!


  6. Marta Leggett
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:52:28

    You are such an inspiration to me. I too love a cup if tea and some handwork, nothing like it! I love the photos of all the beautiful work you do, and I too enjoy all areas of needlework. Thank you so much for the time you give in sharing your work with us.


  7. Shirlee Fassell Needle and Hook
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 09:53:16

    Love your blog! I am visiting from the “Grow” party. I to love needlework and am a Francophile!


  8. joan
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:05:38

    Oh my gosh, what stunning work! And such inspiration!


  9. Sanderella's Crochet
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:52:38

    Good morning! I enjoyed visiting your blog very much this morning, and now a follower! You do beautiful work. I too, am from the Grow Your Blog party! Visit me Sandy


  10. Colette
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:59:30

    So many lovely projects! Visiting from the Grow Your Blog party!


  11. Joyce Frank
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:32:55

    Enjoyed your blog. Love all your projects, but the cardinal is so lovely. I found you at Grow Your Blog Party. I have become a follower.


  12. Catherine
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:38:31

    What fabulous workmanship. The photos of your work are gorgeous!


  13. Karen H
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:42:20

    Hello Avery. Thank you for visiting my blog and I thought I would drop by yours for a visit. Your is lovely and I think that you and I have a similar colour sense! I wanted to let you know that I would love to enter you in my give-away too but you are showing as a no-reply blogger and I can’t find a way to contact on your blog! 😦


    • averyclaire
      Jan 25, 2014 @ 14:49:03

      Hi Karen..thanks for your note. I do not know what a no-reply blogger is…but be assured…you will be entered in the drawing. As long as I can email you…you will be in!


  14. Lavender Cottage
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:44:55

    You are a talented crafter and I so enjoyed looking at all the things you’ve created. Thank you for sharing them through the GYB party.


  15. Peg
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:01:07

    What a lovely blog, I love being able to create in several ways but gosh you leave me standing. Your creations are so beautiful! I hope you feel better soon, never a good thing when there isn’t a definite diagnosis it always helps when you know just what you have to fight.
    I look forward to popping in to see your new creations, loved the quilt group photos so lovely to see their work too.

    Peg x


  16. a spirit of simplicity
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:19:28

    i am visiting through growing your blog party. Your needle work is just beautiful.


  17. Susan
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:22:53

    My best friend is a quilter. Wherever I go I seek out the quilting ladies because they are so warm and friendly. You might like my other site where I ramble on about gardening on five acres in British Columbia.


  18. Deborah Weber
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:28:56

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and I’m delighted to make my way over here now. Your creations are simply gorgeous – I’m wowed!


  19. Jen Ham
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 12:49:59

    Your crafts are absolutely gorgeous and I am so excited to follow your creations and adventures! xoxo Jen


  20. Judith
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 13:09:59

    You make beautiful quilts and other things!!!


  21. Bernadett
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 13:20:43

    Hello ,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to take part in your giveaway.Lovely presents.:)



  22. Jackie
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 13:48:51

    Thank you so much for visiting me, what beautiful quilting and needlework you do, I would love to be in your giveaway!


  23. Dawn Williams
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 14:34:47

    Stunning, stunning, stunning. That’s all I can say. You are incredibly talented. would love to be entered into your give away. I have joined your site and look forward to seeing you projects!! My email is


  24. quilt musings
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 14:43:12

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Your quilts are amazing! The dresdin is absolutely perfect!! LOVE the colors you chose! Your quilting in the first picture is nothing short of amazing!!


  25. barbara corbitt
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 15:08:32

    as a fellow quilter, i am in awe of your beautiful work! i love all of your projects but my favorite two are the cat quilt and the pinwheels, you do beautiful work. i am a new follower.


  26. Wendy Welsh
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 15:40:12

    I’m returning your visit! Your work looks lovely and I will follow your blog. I’ve made biscornus too – will post some pictures soon


  27. kathy & deb
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:08:38


    We love your blog–your needlecrafts are fabulous!

    Good luck with the GYB party.

    Deb and Kathy


  28. Tanya Quilts in CO
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:08:52

    Your Dresden Plate quilt is exquisite! Thank you for sharing your amazing work I am visiting from GYB!


  29. Judy
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:22:18

    Beautiful quilts and cross stitch!! I am originally from Kankakee, Ill. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Judy in Colorado
    Attic Raggedys


  30. Sara
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:32:25


    Thanks for your comment on my blog! It’s nice to meet you too.

    Your blog is lovely, congratulations.
    I hope you are having fun in the GYB party.


  31. Beth
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:48:34

    being that i am from Virginia … i love the cardinal. awesome!! ( :
    hi there. i’m Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks – so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party.


  32. Margaret
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 16:58:40

    So lovely to see all your work. You are so talented! Nice to learn more about you too!


  33. Judy
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 17:24:02

    Awesome eye candy! Thanks for sharing. I have not done any cross stitch in years. Maybe I will pull some out this winter.

    takangel87 (at) gmail (dot) com


  34. Sheila
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 17:25:21

    Greetings from Nova Scotia , your work is beautiful , some serious eye candy , thanks so much for sharing !


  35. Linda Hubbard
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 18:09:03

    Waving Hello from cold snowy eastern Canada! Your work is so lovely- we have similar loves- stitching and quilting. Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects with us.


  36. Judy
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 18:22:10

    Your work is beautiful. I especially love your quilt with the stars on top. It is so nice to meet you. Enjoy the hop.


  37. dasha
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 18:39:55

    Visiting from GYBP. Is that a beaded pin cushion I spied in the middle of the photos. It is absolutely gorgeous, and I could never find it in me to use it as a pin cushion!


  38. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 18:42:46

    Wow! Such beautiful hand work you do! I love all of the diverse ways your creative side shows. Lovely, just lovely! Keep up the great work!


  39. Kelly Williams
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 19:09:01

    Wow!! You are very talented! Beautiful work. Thank you for the give away.


  40. Jo
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:14:43

    What a lovely legacy from your grandmother- your work is beautiful 🙂 Isn’t it wonderful to know that with every piece you create, a part of her lives on? Thanks so much for sharing!


  41. DeAnna S
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:34:06

    Your work is awesome. You are one talented lady. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway chance.


  42. Sherry
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:44:03

    Your projects are lovely, Your hand work is exquisite.


  43. Kathy h
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:18:26

    Beautiful quilts and cross stitch. You are very inspiring.


  44. Tisha
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:37:09

    Your quilts are lovely. I really like the stocking with the embroidered name. Thanks for visiting my blog today.


  45. Debra Kay Neiman
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 21:45:13

    New follower. Love your work, especially the pin cushion and the rabbit quilt. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow…love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com


  46. Susan
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 22:30:42

    I love all your hand work. I, too, enjoy cross stitch and quilting. My mother taught me to knit at a young age. I knit mostly dishcloths. I’ll get a call from my daughter to ask for them. She doesn’t ask for much, so it’s a thrill to make them for her. I try to make one novelty one for her. Last time I made her a Tweety Bird. I asked my son if he would like son – he’s getting ready to move back in with his son’s mom and said she doesn’t have any/many, so I’ll make her some. She and I have always been good friends. You do amazing work and I can tell you really enjoy it. I am following you via email now and am thrilled to have found you and know that you are growing your blog.


  47. Dolores
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 22:39:53

    Your handwork and quilting are very beautiful. I am a fellow quilter and also love being in my perennial flower garden. Stop by my blog to enter my fabulous fifty giveaway.


  48. beags50
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 23:15:33

    Oh heavens, thankyou for visiting my blog………….. I returned the visit, and now I am in love with your work!! What a beautiful stitching wizard you are. I’m now following your blog via email. Thankyou again!!


  49. Southpaw Stitcher
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 23:39:00

    Hi Miss Averyclaire. You are an inspiration to me, not only with your stunning quilts and needlework, but also with your beautiful “light” that you never hide.


  50. Caitlin
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 00:02:50

    beautiful work 😀


  51. Vicki
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 00:12:16

    You are a ‘no-reply’ blogger, so I am glad that I found your site. You work is amazing.


  52. karen
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 00:15:46

    You are very talented…love the quilts.


  53. Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 04:29:11

    You do gorgeous work! I just started quilting about two years ago and just love it. Looking forward to seeing what you create throughout the year. 😉


  54. kelitomlin
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 05:20:09

    Hi! Popping over from the GYB party to find someone else using the same beautiful theme as me – brilliant!

    Your crafts are beautiful, you have very talented hands. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Best wishes on your blogging journey.
    Keli x


  55. Miss Lilly
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:14:20

    Hi 🙂
    Your work is so lovely! You’re very talented 🙂


  56. Judy Cooper
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:35:57

    Hi, I’m visiting from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. I joined your follower list.


  57. Christine
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 09:01:29

    Hi, it’s nice to meet you. You have a beautiful blog


  58. Asri Wahyuningsih
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 09:13:45

    Awesome Quilts and beautiful blog Avery Claire


  59. colourcomplements
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:04:02

    Your applique is gorgeous! 🙂


  60. Elsina
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:48:48

    Your creations are so beautiful! You are very talented! Thanks for showing!


  61. Evalina
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:54:55

    All your work is beautiful! I hope you’re enjoying this party as much as I do.
    Evalina, This and that…


  62. Claudine Beaurenaud
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:34:57

    J’aime beaucoup ton blog qui a de bien jolies choses. Je t’embrasse.


  63. mrsunclefuzzy
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:37:20

    You have an amazing talent your needle work is just beautiful.


  64. Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 12:48:23

    Visiting via Vicki’s GYBP and enjoying the beautiful work of your hands and heart.


  65. Vicki aka hula~la
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 15:40:46

    Wow…such intricate details. Very nice work, indeed! Enjoy the blog party! Aloha


  66. Beth C in MA
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 17:27:31

    So happy to have found you on Grow Your Blog. We have so many of the same interests. I have signed so as not to miss even one posting.


  67. Bonnie Larson
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 20:41:12

    Great looking blog. Thanks so much for sharing


  68. Karen in Breezy Point
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 20:53:56

    So many beautiful projects–glad I stopped by!


  69. Kim S
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 00:13:42

    Wow! Your quilts are all wonderful. I love the Dresden appliqué. Those colors are so pretty. Visiting from GYB.


  70. minibea12
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 00:44:23

    I love your cardinal! I miss the Chicago area and the Midwest birds. No blue jays or cardinals where I live now.


  71. anaslua
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 02:38:53

    Beautiful work is on display in your post. Excellent craftmanship!
    I loved to be here.


  72. Barbara Lilian
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 05:13:37

    Thank you for popping in to visit my blog, from the grow your blog party. I loved seeing your beautiful hand work. I ‘ve entered your name for my first give away.. I look forward to your visits.


  73. Prince Snow Farm
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 09:46:48

    So nice to find your blog! Your pieces are amazing….and I adore birds so those are my favorites….but the purple and gray that looks like a felt piece is tugging at my heart! Happy to find you!


  74. Tammy
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 10:54:46

    Wow! Your work is so incredibly gorgeous! I learned to cross-stitch when I was a teenager and still love it though don’t tackle the big projects anymore I do a lot more crochet right now just because it is easy to carry around wherever I go. Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy


  75. Sarah
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 18:56:00

    Wow, you have quite a collection of things you have crafted!


  76. littlerobyne
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 18:57:25

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Now, I am visiting yours! I love your quilts.


  77. Judith Bigley
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 20:37:49

    Hello, Your hands do Beautiful work, your grandmother would be Oh so proud of you. Glad to have stopped by, and will again from time to time. Thank you for sharing with all of us bloggers, and have a blessed day.


  78. littlehouseonthedairy
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 20:37:54

    I love the stocking! Sunflowers are my all time favorite!
    Hope you are enjoying the hop.
    Mary Ann


  79. Toni J
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 04:09:00

    Your stitching and quilting is wonderful. I especially like your Sweet Sixteen. I look forward to seeing your projects in the future.


  80. Shane
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 04:28:55

    It’s lovely to meet you while at Vicki’s party!
    I’m a Francophile too – you must come over and meet me as we have much in common!
    I love my garden too and I’m out there most days – early morning is the best for me!
    Avery you are so talented with all the beautiful things you make.

    I’m following you – and I would love you to come over and enter my Giveaway – a vintage fabric and lace collage.
    I’ll be back to see you when the party finishes – have fun and enjoy the party!


  81. jan
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 16:01:33

    Your needlework is just beautiful as are your quilts. I am visiting from GYB and look forward to seeing what you create in the future. I am a new follower and it si very nice to meet you. I have a surprise giveaway on my blog if you would like to stop by and enter.
    xo Jan @


  82. Jocelyn
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 17:40:43

    So glad to meet you. You do such lovely work.


  83. *Wisher*
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 05:22:56

    Hi Averyclaire,
    I’ve came via the blog hop and found your lovely blog.. I’m happy to find a stitching blog like yours.. and have followed you.. hope to see more of your beautiful creations in the future.. 😀


  84. Carol
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 19:18:53

    It’s always such fun to visit your blog and see all your lovely projects! That cardinal ornament is especially stunning 🙂


  85. Elise Lea
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 00:31:42

    Your whole cloth quilt is incredible! I am stopping by via the GYB hop and I wish you nothing but blessings in your blogging!


  86. Laura
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 19:25:08

    Beautiful work!


  87. Patty
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 10:24:33

    Your work is gorgeous. I enjoy the things you do too, especially the drinking of tea part. Thanks for the chance to win and it was nice meeting you!


  88. jackie
    Feb 01, 2014 @ 18:59:56

    Your work is beautiful. I would love to own anything you made. I know it will be a treasure. Thanks for the chance. I am following you via email. Thanks, Jackie


  89. Jackie
    Feb 02, 2014 @ 06:01:10

    Hello Averyclaire, What beautiful quilts and pictures you make please enter me in your draw. I enjoy my garden too and get great inspiration there it is nice to take a book out for an hour on a nice afternoon too, I hope you will visit me when you get a minute.


  90. Debbierose
    Feb 02, 2014 @ 23:01:37

    you have a lovely blog, however I cannot locate the like button, on you blog only comments. keep up the good stitching


  91. Tina
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 04:12:07

    Hey, I am visiting from Germany with the GYBparty. Your artwork is amazing, I love that yellow quilt and especially the little cardinal 🙂
    I will be back to check out more!


  92. moleymakes
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 12:23:53

    Just stopping by to quickly say a friendly “hello” from the UK via GYBP.
    I love your quilts and stitching work.
    Do please visit my blog if you have time. I’m also having a giveaway. Happy blog hopping 🙂


  93. RedSetter
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 20:27:31

    Hi Avery Claire just visiting from GYB and wanted to say how stunning your work is. You have made so many utterly beautiful quilts is such gorgeous colourways. I’m looking forward to popping back over to see what else you are getting up to.
    Love and best
    Craft blog
    Cat blog


  94. Dana Cargill
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 23:49:40

    Love your quilts & am inspired by all that hand quilting.


  95. Renee
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 10:32:10

    Wow! Your quilting is simply gorgeous! I am following through Bloglovin’. (I stopped by last night and cannot remember if I commented or not, so I hope this is not a silly duplicate. Your work is just so pretty!)


  96. Carol Dillman
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 23:03:00

    Still working my way through the GYB party. Love looking at your quilts and have a goal this year to finish some of my UFOs. Will definitely need to spend more time looking through your pics. Am now a new follower.


  97. Dawn (@Over_Board)
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 05:48:08

    wow lots of friends comments. i just a newbie. i love card crafting. but, i did buy a sewing machine to do a little stitching on card stock. Just hopped by from the GYB party. and the pincushion with scissors attached great concept.


  98. Lija
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 19:03:56

    Another cross stitcher [smile] … your quilts are great too! I absolutely love the biscornu design. Where did you get the pattern?
    Would love to enter for a cross stitched surprise (those are the best … guess how I got my first biscornu). I am having a giveaway too for the party … but it will be a surprise even to me … but seriously I should post the picture soon.

    Enjoy the party!



  99. minerva
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 11:12:43

    Just dropping by from the GYB party – such lovely quilts you have here – beautiful! Love your cross stitch too, very nice.
    Alison x


  100. Kristen
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 18:11:01

    I am visiting you via the Grow Your Blog Hop and am now your newest follower with Bloglovin. If you get a chance, please visit me at Happy Stitching!!


  101. Piroska
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 21:02:12

    Your work is gorgeous! I’m looking forward to browsing through the rest of your site. :o)


  102. Dawn Williams
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 22:41:12

    Hi AveryClaire. It’s so nice to meet you. I’m visiting from the GYB party. You are very talented and I love, love your work. If only I had the patience to do what you do with your hands. I just don’t have it. I’m off to browse more of your blog.


  103. thecottagedream
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 23:26:39

    I love all your work. The cross stitch is amazing! Your quilts are amazing too. You are very talented.


  104. Gillie
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 14:49:33

    Well, the little I looked at has me anxious to come back! Love the blog! Waving from a bit to right in south west Michigan!


  105. Birgit
    Feb 14, 2014 @ 10:53:40

    Hi Averyclaire,

    What an unusual name — I haven’t heard it before. It definitely has a nice ring to it. 🙂

    Your cross-stitching is lovely. I especially like the pumpkins (I love fall and Halloween, you see). 🙂 Thanks also for the chance to win a cross-stitched surprise. Whoever wins the treasure will surely love it.

    Lots of greetings from Germany,


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