myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Maggie’s Memory Quilt – a charity quilt finish!

¬†About 18 months I launched a Quilt Drive to make a special quilt for Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh. It was the brain child of one of my lovely students, Cat, who had recently had cancer and had got through the experience with the help of Maggie’s Centre and Quilting (Cat attended my Beginner’s Patchwork and

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

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

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

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

White Roses for Jo Cox – can you help?

Here’s a little call for help for all you knitters out there! Can you knit a white Rose for a special Jo Cox memorial in June? Barbara, who works in our shop is helping her niece and the school she works at with this project. We will happily take roses dropped at the Edinburgh shop

QuiltCon 2017 Report

I can’t believe it is already two weeks since I came home from QuiltCon – it really seems just a beautiful dream to me now! But I was there and I’m sure you want to hear all about it! The photo above is the crowd surging into the show on the first day, and you

Stitch Gathering Words Quilt #1

At the Stitch Gathering 2015 we sent attendees fabric and asked them to embellish it with their favourite word. This would then be their ticket. We asked for words to be positive and life affirming. You can read more about the ticket words project inception here. Our amazing retreaters brought along fabulous works of art

Maggie’s Memory Quilt Drive – Can You Help?!

I am helping Maggie’s Centre with a charity quilt drive to help them celebrate their 20th birthday in November, and I’m hoping some of my dear readers may be able to help us. We are looking for donations of quilt blocks for a special memory quilt that will eventually hang in Maggie’s Centre Edinburgh and

EMQG Charity Quilt version 2

As most of you will know I was very busy this weekend hosting the third annual Stitch Gathering! While I am gathering my thoughts (and recovering!) and before posting a full report, I wanted to tell you about our EMQG quilt raffle that we launched at Sunday’s event. You may remember the quilt our Edinburgh