myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Social Bite Homeless Village Quilt Drive

Welcome to a new charity quilt drive I am launching today! Some of you may know that my husband, Jonathan Avery, builds Tiny Houses for a living.  About 18 months ago he was approached by a very remarkable man named Josh Littlejohn who is the driving force behind Social Bite.  You can read all about

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 4

Welcome to Month 4 of the Today’s Quilter Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along! This month it’s all about storage. Perhaps you’ve had a big re-organisation or a clear out of unwanted clutter at the start of the year?  Maybe you’ve found some new (or vintage) tins or containers to store stuff in?  Well that’s the

The Thread House Retreat 2018 Report

And so our second Thread House Retreat has come and gone! We returned to Folly Farm in Bristol with another 45 Retreaters from around the world for a jam packed weekend of workshops, fabric, frolicking and fun! We started things off on Friday afternoon with a fabulous goody bag  (thank you to all our amazing

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

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!

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

Argyle Chain Quilt

I’ve been through a bit of a manic phase in the last few weeks, no time to blog and nothing to show anyway as I have been sewing magazine commissions like crazy! I’m just about through a bit of a backlog (phew!) and have a quilt in the latest issue of Today’s Quilter to share

Crochet Virus Shawl

I have been really enjoying knitting socks over the last few years (and shared a few pairs over here), but I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that my hand problem (inflamed tendons due to RSI) flairs up more with knitting than any other hand activity. However I love working with the self patterning

Pouch Problem?

Is an addiction to zippy pouches a recognised condition?!  If so I think I better get some help as I can’t stop making them! I’ve been talking about my Tendrils Technique in my last few posts.  The pouch above was the first one I tried with this technique, using Dashwood Studio ‘Paper Meadow’ fabric. I

Tendrils quilt

It’s a long time since I made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabric and I had forgotten what an uplifting joyful experience it can be! This quilt was destined for the issue of Today’s Quilter that coincides with Festival of Quilts so it always need to be a bit of a showstopper. And what better