myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Festival of Quilts 2017 Report

The Festival of Quilts is a four day event and the largest quilt show in Europe with thousands of quilts to see, and way too much to buy! Plus you get to catch up with all your quilty friends! Basically it is four days of bliss and excitement, where you feel completely ‘amongst your people’!

Shangri La Farm Sherbert Quilt finished!

Last week I showed the top for this quilt when announcing my new Aurifil thread collection, Sherbert Dip. I am pleased to show you the finished piece! I made this to accompany the thread box and to hang on the stand at Festival of Quilts. Here’s a little reminder of the colours from the box…

My very own Aurifil Thread Box!!

I have had a few very exciting things to share recently – TV appearances and Bookazines – but I have kept the best and most exciting announcement till last! I now have my very own Aurifil thread collection box!!! This is such a dream come true for me, I love Aurifil and I love colour

Almost Black Quilt

Presenting ‘Almost Black’, a new finished quilt and a bit of a departure for me. This got sent off earlier today to Festival of Quilts as my entry to the Modern Quilt category. I’ve been thinking for a while now about how to make applique look more modern and minimalist. My recent mini (for the

Hawaiian Applique Cushions

As I am sure you all know by now, I do love a bit of applique. So when Alice, the editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting, asked me to do my interpretation of Hawaiian Applique I jumped at the chance. And look it made the cover of issue 50! There are some fantastic projects in

Classic Quilting – my very own BOOKAZINE!!

The lovely people at Immediate Media have produced this one-off bookazine which is full of my previous projects from Love Patchwork and Quilting and Today’s Quilter! It is basically a ‘Greatest Hits of Jo’ collection!! How great is that?! It’s like my very own book but with no effort at all on my part! ?

Sewing Quarter – my first appearance…

…is on Saturday! The Sewing Quarter is a shopping channel focusing completely on sewing (dressmaking and patchwork mainly) which launched in January. I’ve been ‘promised’ since the beginning but my distance from the studio (in Birmingham) and trying to sort out projects and kits has meant it’s taken this long to get me on! I

Stitch Gathering 2017 Tickets – Quilted Postcards!!

It’s that time of year again, when the secret Stitch Gathering Ticket project I have been working on is finally revealed! This will be our fifth event in October, so that means I have had to come up with FIVE different ideas for this so far – phew! Talk about making a rod for your

Quilts and Pouches for Grenfell

I’m sort of on holiday at the moment. The studio is having it’s summer break for the next 6 weeks so I’m not teaching, but I still seems to have a lot to do! I think that’s the problem with this ‘gig economy’ they keep talking about – I just have too many businesses to