myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Modern Love Quilt

Introducing Modern Love which I designed for the Modern Quilt Guild ‘Quilt of the Month’ feature. I’ve had this quilt in mind since I made my Conkers Quilt 18 months ago and I finalised the design back in March last year.  It has been hard keeping it as a secret all this time! My Conkers

Maggie’s Memory Quilt – a charity quilt finish!

 About 18 months I launched a Quilt Drive to make a special quilt for Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh. It was the brain child of one of my lovely students, Cat, who had recently had cancer and had got through the experience with the help of Maggie’s Centre and Quilting (Cat attended my Beginner’s Patchwork and

SG Blend Fabrics Competition Winner!

We had some wonderful entries for the SG Blend Fabrics Competition, thank you so much to everyone who took the trouble to make something and enter! It was very hard for us judges to decide. I was ably assistant by my two partners in quilty crime, Karen Lewis and Lynne Goldsworthy. In the end we

SG Blend Fabrics Competition – Linky Party!

Welcome to the Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition Linky Party! It seems very appropriate to be having a party on New Year’s Day – what a great way to start 2018! Just a wee-reminder what this is all about: After years of being a very generous sponsor of The Stitch Gathering, this year Blend Fabrics

2017 in quilts

I just read the 2016 version of this post where I said I wanted to slow down my quilt production in the following year and have a little more time to spend with family and friends (and myself) . Well though I still managed to fill a 16 square mosaic, a lot of the quilts

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 3

Welcome to month 3 of our Vintage Home BOM quilt along! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I always think this period between Christmas and New Year is an odd, disorientating time, I never know what day it is and I’m all out of my routine! So this latest issue of Today’s

Mandalas to Embroider – giveaway results

Thank you so much for entering my giveaway to win this beautiful book, and for all your lovely comments about my new blog. The winner is comment number 12 – Sandra “Oh I’d love to see it as a centre of a Dresden plate! Then maybe made into a cheerful cushion or table centre mat.

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 2

Welcome to month 2 of the Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along!  I have been so happy to see your teapots popping up all over Instagram! Even my sister Jane is joining in 🙂 This month we are adding to our Tea Party with with some cups and saucers.  And as these are quite small blocks we

Siddi Inspired Cushion

During my trip to QuiltCon Savannah earlier this year I attended a fascinating lecture by the wonderful Shruti Dandekar on Indian quilting, specifically Siddi and Godhadi quilts.  I was especially taken by the quilts made by members of the Siddi community of Southern India. The Siddi people are descendants of African slaves brought to Goa

Mandalas to Embroider Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Mandalas to Embroider Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

The lovely Carina Envoldsen-Harris came up to Edinburgh to teach at the Stitch Gathering last year and at the time she was launching her second embroidery book. Well now she has published her third! Search Press sent me a copy to review and very kindly offered another copy for me to GIVEAWAY! More on this