myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Winter Woodland Play Pillow for Fat Quarterly

Fat Quarterly issue 15 is out today and of course it’s all about Christmas! And, for the first time, I have contributed a project – my Winter Woodland Play Pillow. I have made a few woodland themed mini quilts, some for swaps and some for commissions, and they have all featured trees with pockets. I

Using up my class samples again…

I have been very busy with my workshops over the last few months. Most classes involve a degree of class prep plus I quite ofter produce a block during the class. So on Monday I had a great time using up some of my class samples and making them in to useful items. I have

Fun with yo-yos!

I’ve never had much time for yo-yos before. I didn’t like the way they were put together in quilts (or I guess they are coverlets strictly speaking) with the gaps between the circles. Who wants holes in their quilts? But then last Monday I was desperate for a quick easy project to show as my

Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition

For those of you who can’t make it along to our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition I thought I would share these photos that my husband, Jonathan, took after he had finished the mammoth task of hanging them on Friday (thanks Jonathan!). I took the last 3 to highlight particular things he had missed. This is

Chicopee Cathedral Window Cushion

A few weeks back I showed you my attempts to do something with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line. I had attempted some EPP but abandoned it and started on a Cathedral Window project instead. Well here it is all finished, and I am really quite in love with it so there are a lot of photos

Cover Star

I am very excited to share this news with you and I hope you don’t all think I am bragging as I tell you about another magazine mention. Because this one is rather special.  Not only is my Liberty Dresden Plate Cushion the big picture on the front cover, but can you also see that

Notting Hill Dresden Plate Cushion

Yes, I’ve got a big thing about these Dresden Plate cushions. First I made this one. And then I made this one. And then I made another one that I can’t show you just yet 😉 I thought it would be lovely to turn one of these into a kit that came complete with the

Vintage Floral Embroidery

Regular readers will know that I have a large collection of vintage embroidered linens. I have been cutting these up and using them to make things like notebook holders and cushions for a while now. But, inevitably, I’m starting to use up all the best bits. And some of the bits are just so gorgeously

Floral Dresden Plate Cushion

A few months ago I had my first go at the Dresden Plate block when I made this cushion for a session in one of my evening class blocks. It proved really popular and so I decided to make it a full day workshop for 2013, with the idea that you could complete the whole

Lesson planning

I’m very busy with my craft classes at the moment and now patchwork is vying with crochet as the most popular class. A few weeks back I taught a full day workshop in the porthole technique that Lu Summers had taught us at FQ London (I checked first to see if she was ok with