myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

New Snowball Bag

I’ve been busy this week organising our next term of myBearpaw craft classes. We have 5 new classes but I have to admit to not making anything new for them, but I did manage to make a new version of my Snowball Craft Bag. This was originally made as a pattern for issue 22 of

Stitch Gathering 2017 workshops and news round up!

Our workshops for this year’s Stitch Gathering Retreat have just been announced and I thought I would share my two new class samples with you. As you can see from the mosaic above there is a fabulous selection of classes on offer this year from our new guest tutors, Mandy Munroe, Lucy Brennan and Sarah

FOQ ticket giveaway winners!

The winners are… number 10 Beatrice25 May 2017 at 06:36 Hello, love the small bags! Would love to win a ticket to the Festival of Quilts. Last time I went was 3 or 4 years ago. Haven’t used up al the fabric I bought there, though! and number 12 SewLittleToSay26 May 2017 at 17:52 I’d

Festival of Quilts ticket GIVEAWAY!

As a teacher at this year’s Festival of Quilts I’ve been given some free tickets. I’ve given two away on Instagram and now it’s time to give two away over here, to all my dear blog readers! Read on to find out how to win one of these tickets. But first let’s find out about