myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Adventures in Small Piecing

Following on from yesterday’s QuiltCon Report post I’d like to look in more detail at one of the workshops I attended and the projects I’ve made from it. This was Adventures in Small Piecing with the adorable Chawne Kimber. Though I think it should be renamed ‘Adventures in Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Piecing’ as  the word

Home Wall Hanging

I spent last weekend with my extended family celebrating my niece, Sarah’s, 40th birthday (I was very young when I became an aunt BTW!) at her amazing party. Of course I left it till the last minute to make her a present. Obviously she has already had a quilt from me (21st birthday) and numerous

The Thread House Retreat Report!

A week or so after the event and I finally feel recovered enough to post my Thread House Retreat Report! This was our first residential retreat, held at Folly Farm near Bristol two weekends ago. Speaking for myself, Karen and Lynne we are happy to pronounce it a resounding success! And as far as the

New Patterns and New Classes!

I have had a VERY busy weekend! In fact I have had a very busy couple of months! And tomorrow I will be lying beside a pool in the sun as I am off on my hols to Tenerife!! I can’t wait! But before I go, I just have time to tell you about our

St. Catherine’s School Quilt – FINISHED!

I’m going to be sharing not one but THREE quilt finishes this week – phew! So watch out for more posts – but in the meantime… I wrote about this project a few posts ago here. It is a commission for an Edinburgh primary school to commemorate their 50th anniversary. I really had a lot

St Catherine’s School Quilt

I have a couple of different quilts on the go at the moment which aren’t for publication so I can share some WIP posts about them. This first one is quite exciting as it’s the first public commission I have ever had. One of my students, Morag, is a teacher at a local catholic primary

Autumn is for Applique

  We’ve just put our wood burning stove on for the first time since before summer, so in our house that means it’s officially Autumn! And as much as I hate the short days and the grey skies it is lovely to be warm and cosy inside. Regular readers will know that I have been

Scraptastic Applique!

A few weeks ago we announced the workshops for our Thread House Retreat in January. The retreat sold out after just 6 days! Karen, Lynne and I are teaching two workshops each (the most popular of which can be repeated) and one of mine is needle-turn applique. So I thought it would be nice to

Summer Garland Applique

I’ve been a bit busy over the last week getting ready for a weekend of celebration for my 50th birthday (which is actually tomorrow). I had a fab time at my party on Saturday with lots of family and friends coming to visit and general merriment (and of course Karaoke!!)! The weather was also amazing!

Sunshine Applique

We’ve had some funny old weather in the UK these past few weeks, even for us! Today it’s sunshine and showers all the way. So hears a nice ‘sunshine’ slogan and a fun project!  Last year I made a small wall hanging to go with this House Quilt for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. It