myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Quilting on the Radio AND the TV!

What an exciting week I am having! First up you can hear me talking to the adorable Pat Sloan on the American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Podcast! I felt so honoured to be asked to chat to Pat on her show.  Through the Aurifil DOM and the Splendid Sampler 2 projects that we’ve been working

Passionflower embroidery and thread collection

I’ve got my embroiderer’s hat on for a change today.  As quilting is pretty much my full time job these days I like to think of other crafts like embroidery and crochet as my hobbies. But also sometimes I combine the two for an embroidery commission. I first designed this passionflower pattern a couple of

Giant Button Card Quilt!

Today I am revealing a brand new quilt!  This is my Giant Button Card quilt, made for the RJR Fabrics ‘What Shade Are You?’ Blog hop! Every week RJR Fabrics feature a quilt made by a different quilt blogger using their gorgeous Cotton Supreme Solids.  They approached me earlier in the year and I was

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 10

Well I promised you a big block this month and I’m delighted to present my Vintage Sewing Machine block! This is the only block this month and though it looks quite complicated it does break down into 4 manageable sections (with a little bit of applique detail to finish). We are already up to month

Resting Cat Block Tutorial

Regular readers will know that every year around this time I announce the Stitch Gathering Ticket Project.  I will be hosting the 6th annual Stitch Gathering Retreat in October which means so far I have had to come up with six different ideas for this (why oh why…? *head in hands*)! It does get harder every