myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Festival of Quilts 2017 Report

The Festival of Quilts is a four day event and the largest quilt show in Europe with thousands of quilts to see, and way too much to buy! Plus you get to catch up with all your quilty friends! Basically it is four days of bliss and excitement, where you feel completely ‘amongst your people’!

Festival of Quilts ticket GIVEAWAY!

As a teacher at this year’s Festival of Quilts I’ve been given some free tickets. I’ve given two away on Instagram and now it’s time to give two away over here, to all my dear blog readers! Read on to find out how to win one of these tickets. But first let’s find out about

New Patterns and New Classes!

I have had a VERY busy weekend! In fact I have had a very busy couple of months! And tomorrow I will be lying beside a pool in the sun as I am off on my hols to Tenerife!! I can’t wait! But before I go, I just have time to tell you about our

Jungle Blooms Quilt

This quilt is a bit different for me! Now I’ve started working for Today’s Quilter I have been lured away from the modern quilting style a little. Not completely though! I couldn’t ever make something I didn’t like! The idea for this quilt started way back at the Anna Maria Horner workshop at QuiltCon when

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

Granny Squares Quilt

It always takes me a while to get round to these popular quilts that are quilt-a-longs etc.  I’ve loved the Granny Square quilts from afar for a while now (especially the one Lynz made which was part of our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition last year) but never got round to making a whole quilt –

Boho Pom Pom Cushions

Issue 10 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine should have hit the newstands by now here in the UK. As usual it is packed to the gunnels (what are gunnels?) with amazing projects and fabulous fabric and quilty eye-candy! Lynne has got not just 1 but 2 amazing, jaw-dropping quilts in this issue (how does

Fresh Sewing Day

My participation in Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day usually totals about one a year, mainly because I either forget or else feel I have not really achieved enough in the last month for a whole post. But May 2014 has been a productive month with 3 quilts finished and shared. That’s my Dresden Porthole (bottom middle),

Dresden Porthole Quilt

At last a finished quilt to share with you!  I feel like all I have been talking about is business recently – new shop, Stitch Gathering, blah-di-blah… I always wanted this blog to be separate from my working life but somehow it keeps leaking though (or more like taking over!). So it’s lovely to show

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)