myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery
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

Post Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition!

The Stitch Gathering may be over but the fun hasn’t stopped yet! For the first time ever we are hosting a competition involving some of the fabric in your goody bag! And if you didn’t attend the Stitch Gathering this year then don’t worry, there is still a way for you to become involved… 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

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