myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Flower Tile Cushion

Last week we had a little taste of Spring up here in Scotland with some mild weather. But alas, it was short lived and this week we’ve been plunged back into winter. However Spring can’t be far away, and here’s a lovely Spring-like project to get us in the mood! And look, it’s made the

Hygge House Pillow

Have you heard about hygge? It is a Danish word that roughly translates as staying in, being cosy and relaxed, and hanging out with friends and family. It’s been all over the media these last few months. I first heard it referred to on Radio 4 back in July/August and wondered whether I could use

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!

Spring Garland Applique

After my slightly moany post last time and less than enthusiastic quilt unveiling (thanks so much to everyone who told me they liked it!) here is another magazine commission that I TRULY LOVE! I am doing a series of four seasonal applique cushions for Today’s Quilter, starting with Spring which is in issue 7 (out

Sophie Update and a Crochet Cushion

Back last Spring I started the Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015 and wrote about it here. I was getting on quite well but got distracted and stopped for about 4 months!  The problem with this project is that you really need to give it your full concentration (rather than what my sister calls ‘mindless’ crochet, where

Trip Around The World Cushions Tutorial

Welcome to a second tutorial this month – I am spoiling you! This tutorial supports the two ‘Trip’ cushion kits we have just launched in our Edinburgh shop and online. Of course you could use it to just make your own version with fabric you already have. Or you could buy our kits which include

Scrappy Wheel Cushion

A few weeks back I posted about using up my workshop samples and showed you a piece made from 4 fan blocks left over from my Modern Sampler Course. Well I finished the hand quilting and made it into a cushion – yes a cushion! I ended up giving a lot of spare cushions to

yo-yo sample pillow

There hasn’t been much time for sewing during what I am calling ‘Mental March’. I have hardly drawn breath since I came back from QuiltCon, what with 2 ‘Fairs’ on consecutive weekends, lovely Karen Lewis staying with me last weekend, 2 magazine commission deadlines (so I have been sewing but nothing I can show you!),

How I used my embroidery and FREE workshops!

Excuse me a moment while I blow the cobwebs off this blog! A bit of a posting break occurred due to a lingering virus, too many magazine deadlines, a lot of classes and a 4 day show at Glasgow SECC that involved 4 EPP workshops a day! Today is my first proper day off in

Disappearing Diamonds

  I made these cushion covers for the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting, which is out today… This issue is all about colour so I was playing around with a 2-tone effect. A bit out of my confort zone really (why use 2 colours when you can use 20?!) and I have to