myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Aurifil 2018 Design Team

Newsy stuff!

I have exciting news for all my blog readers! Sometimes I don’t get around to to announcing stuff here that’s already been shared on social media, but this first bit of news is a big deal so I want to share it as much as possible! I am one of the Aurifil 2018 Design Team!

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along - Month 1

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 1

Hello and welcome to the first month of the new Today’s Quilter BOM Quilt Along!! I am so delighted with the reception to this new Block of the Month and to all the quilters who’ve already shown enthusiasm for joining in! In case you feel you’ve missed something take a look at my launch post

fabric pot tutorial

Fabric Storage Pot Tutorial

Welcome to a new tutorial!  I will be showing you how to make a simple fabric storage pot from a prepared piece of quilted patchwork or applique. These are a great way to use up small sample pieces or to try out time-consuming techniques on something small. First of all I want to say a

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along!

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along!

So this has been an exciting week for launches!  And it hasn’t finished yet as amazingly enough I am about to launch my first ever Quilt Along!! You all know that my Today’s Quilter ‘A month in the country’ BOM has just finished, which means that a new Block of the Month will be starting

The Stitch Gathering Edinburgh 2017

Stitch Gathering 2017 Report!

The fifth annual Stitch Gathering retreat happened on Sunday! And it was a wonderful day from start to finish. In fact I think it was the best ever!! Proceedings actually kicked off the day before with a Private Prosecco Party at my shop/studio! This was a great way for ‘out of towners’ to visit the

Sneak Peeks and Hand Sewing

I’ve entered a bit of a frantic period with lots of magazine commissions due all at once, lots of teaching in the studio, and the Stitch Gathering coming up on Sunday – eeek! Normally I wait until I have lovely finished project to chat about over here, but alas I have nothing finished I can