myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

SG Blend Fabrics Competition Winner!

We had some wonderful entries for the SG Blend Fabrics Competition, thank you so much to everyone who took the trouble to make something and enter! It was very hard for us judges to decide. I was ably assistant by my two partners in quilty crime, Karen Lewis and Lynne Goldsworthy. In the end we

Post Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition!

The Stitch Gathering may be over but the fun hasn’t stopped yet! For the first time ever we are hosting a competition involving some of the fabric in your goody bag! And if you didn’t attend the Stitch Gathering this year then don’t worry, there is still a way for you to become involved… The

Porthole Pirates Quilt

This was a lovely fun quilt to make with the most adorable fabric. It’s my third quilt for Today’s Quilter, in issue 6 which is out now. And I really enjoyed making a quilt for a child for a change. I love that cover quilt by TQ regular’s Pam and Nicky Lintott.  And the eagle eyed

QuiltCon Prep with The Makers!

So I think you all know by now that I AM GOING TO QUILTCON!!! This is probably one of the most exciting things I have ever done (is that a bit sad?!) and I am on my way to Austin TOMORROW!! I have a lot of workshops booked and have to take a large amount

It’s been a very pouchy Christmas!

Pouchy for presents that is! I’ve come to the zippy pouch very late in the day, having let my colleague Naomi teach our class in this subject in the past. But armed with this excellent tutorial from Flossie Teacakes  I turned this hexy sample piece (that I made during my demos at the recent ICHF show)

Countdown to Christmas!

Proper thinking about Christmas is still a few weeks away for me, but we’ve already started some of our Christmas workshops at myBearpaw studio. Yesterday we did Christmas Angels and had a lovely day creating pretty handmade ‘dollies with wings’. Here is the angel I made along with the rest of the class. Her name

Easy Tote Bag Tutorial

For a while now I’ve had this gorgeous ‘Made for Adventure’ panel of Cori Dantini’s (from her The Sweet Life collection) and have been meaning to do something with it. Recently we put our remaining stock of these panels in our summer sale and I decided it would be a good time to finally make

Merry Stitches GIVEAWAY!!

Our Christmas Fabric has arrived! I know you are all hot and sweaty and Christmas seems such a long way off but it’s here anyway so let’s celebrate!! And not any old Christmas fabric, no, this is a whole collection from my favourite designer Cori Dantini!! And I’m going to give away a whole FQ

Finished Hello World pillow

It’s been a bit quiet in the sewing room recently as I have been busy with our shop move. But I did manage to finish the Hello World pillow for Blend Fabrics. And as I have all my quilts at home at the moment (usually they are hanging on the walls of the craft studio)

Hello World!

  Regular readers will already know how much I love Cori Dantini’s fabrics. I have used both of her previous collections to make cushions and wallhangings. Last year Blend Fabrics asked me to make a pillow from Cori’s ‘The Sweet Life’ collection for their booth at Quilt Market. Well they’ve asked me to make another