myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

SG Blend Fabrics Competition – Linky Party!

Welcome to the Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition Linky Party! It seems very appropriate to be having a party on New Year’s Day – what a great way to start 2018! Just a wee-reminder what this is all about: After years of being a very generous sponsor of The Stitch Gathering, this year Blend Fabrics

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Ruby

Welcome to the last of my guest posts for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL, hosted by the wonderful Kerry! This week it is Ruby #89. When I first saw this block I must confess that I thought there was something wrong with it. It does look a little like it’s been badly pieced! But then

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Peony

When I picked the blocks I wanted to do for my guest posts in Kerry’s QAL I wasn’t really looking at the designs in the book, I was just picking nice words and the flowers I liked.  So a few weeks ago when I saw that another post was coming up, I just thought ‘oh

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Martha!

Hello all you Farmer’s Wifers!! First of all I hope you have been doing better than me at making your Farmer’s Wife 1930s blocks. I have managed to make the huge total of two since I last guest posted for the QAL! *hangs head in shame* So this is Martha. And here she is on

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Hope

Hi Folks and welcome to my latest guest post on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL. We are up to block 43 – nearly half way through! This is Hope, she was quick and Easy and I think very striking. As before I English Paper Pieced the block as described in this earlier post. Not that

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Crystal

Hello and welcome to my second guest post for the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt Along. Today’s block is Crystal.  This was actually the first block I made way back in August! I have to admit that I jumped into the QAL (and the guest posts!) in a moment of madness, and then worried that I

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – Carolina!

Oh Carolina! Hello and welcome to my first guest post on the Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt Along!  And yes I hope you also have that old Shaggy song in your head now, as I have every time I think about this block! I actually made my version of Carolina months ago as soon as I

Patchwork Pennant

Popular Patchwork was one of the first magazines to publish my patterns, nearly 3 years ago now. I’ve been kept pretty busy with the newer magazines like Love Patchwork and Quilting and Quilt Now recently, but now PP has a new editor I’ve been lured back!  She is the lovely Liz Betts, one of my

Farmer’s Wife 1930s QAL – EPP tips and advice

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s quilt-along is now up and running with some great blog posts from Kerry who is hosting the QAL. This is the main page with all the info if you want to join in (there’s still time!). I have been busy making some blocks and sharing them on Instagram. This has brought