myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

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

Feathers Quilt for Siblings Together

I finally had some time to finish a quilt this weekend! This is a version of my Feathers Quilt that I’ve made during the last three years that I’ve been teaching this workshop. The pattern was in Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 9 (and it made the cover!), and has been one of my most popular

Butterfly Block Tutorial

It’s time for a new tutorial! How would you like to make a pretty butterfly block that’s quick and easy and requires NO foundation paper piecing?! That’s right no FPP! It’s not that I have anything against FPP but sometimes you want to just rotary cut and sew! I’ve been playing with the gorgeous new

Improv Jugs Quilt

I have a new quilt to share!  I have to admit that it is the end of March and I have not yet made a quilt this year! I don’t know what the hell I have been doing – I don’t seem to have stopped working – but it is not quilt making! But I

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

Pickle Dish Quilt

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s start 2017 with a brand new quilt! This is yet another pickle dish quilt, this time a straight-up version of the traditional pattern, made completely in Jennifer Paganelli’s new line Hotel Frederiksted (for Free Spirit Fabrics). Yay! It made the cover of Today’s Quilter! I actually received my copy before