myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Wabi Sabi Hot Water Bottle Cover and Book Review

My lovely friend Karen Lewis has produced this beautiful book, Wabi Sabi Sewing, and I am delighted to be one of the stops on her ‘book hop’ today. The book, which is published by Sew and So, came out in August and I have been really enjoying exploring all the projects and finding out about

Ombre Clamshell Cushions

Back in June I finished the Clamshell Cushion below. It had started as a class sample and then hung around in the WIP pile for a few years before I was in a tidying mood in the Spring.  It reminded me how much I like to work with this shape and technique. Around the same

Stitch Gathering 2018 Goody Bag Giveaway – WINNER!

Congratulations to Muriel Campbell!! You have won the Stitch Gathering Goody Bag!! And who says the number 1 entry never wins??! This time it was lucky number 1! Thanks so much to everyone who entered and left such lovely enthusiastic comments about our event.  I am so sorry you can’t all win! Please email me

Stitch Gathering 2018 Report and Goody Bag GIVEAWAY!!

Last Sunday was the 6th annual Stitch Gathering! Every year I organise this one day event which is held in Edinburgh in October. Around 90 quilters come together for a fun filled day of sewing, chatting, shopping, learning and sharing! This year we had some new teachers such as the amazing Karen Lewis (seen here

Finished Vintage Home Quilt Reveal!

Ta-dah!! It’s finished and revealed! I’m delighted to share my Vintage Home BOM quilt with you today. The latest issue of Today’s Quilter (number 41) is out today and as well as featuring yet another stunning Lynne Goldsworthy cover quilt, you will also find instructions for completing the Vintage Home quilt. I’ve kept the setting

My Splendid Sampler 2 Day!

Welcome Splendid Samplerers! Over the last few months we have been working our way through the first 20 free block patterns for the Splendid Sampler 2 Sew Along. Finally it is time to reveal my block and I am so excited to share it with you! I also have news of an amazing fabric bundle

Paisley Passion Embroidery – FREE Pattern!

Today is the official launch of my new Passionflower thread collection on the Aurifil blog, and to celebrate I have designed a new embroidery pattern which you can download for FREE! I wrote about my Passionflower thread box in this post here. It contains 10 x 12wt spools in the beautiful shades I used for

Pincushion Round-up Post!

This year’s swap item for the Stitch Gathering Retreat is a pincushion so I thought it would be a good idea to round-up all my favourite pincushion tutorials and patterns for inspiration and help. I’ll also be showing off new pincushions I’ve just finished plus favourites I’ve been gifted over the years. But let’s start

Festival of Quilts 2018 Report

Yes… that IS me and Kaffe Fassett! This year my Festival of Quilts adventure began (at 8am!) with an appearance on the Sewing Quarter.  And if you read my last post you will already know that the other guest that day was none other than the legendary Kaffe Fassett – one of my biggest design