myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Argyle Chain Quilt

I’ve been through a bit of a manic phase in the last few weeks, no time to blog and nothing to show anyway as I have been sewing magazine commissions like crazy! I’m just about through a bit of a backlog (phew!) and have a quilt in the latest issue of Today’s Quilter to share

Tendrils quilt

It’s a long time since I made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabric and I had forgotten what an uplifting joyful experience it can be! This quilt was destined for the issue of Today’s Quilter that coincides with Festival of Quilts so it always need to be a bit of a showstopper. And what better

Shangri La Farm Sherbert Quilt finished!

Last week I showed the top for this quilt when announcing my new Aurifil thread collection, Sherbert Dip. I am pleased to show you the finished piece! I made this to accompany the thread box and to hang on the stand at Festival of Quilts. Here’s a little reminder of the colours from the box…

Almost Black Quilt

Presenting ‘Almost Black’, a new finished quilt and a bit of a departure for me. This got sent off earlier today to Festival of Quilts as my entry to the Modern Quilt category. I’ve been thinking for a while now about how to make applique look more modern and minimalist. My recent mini (for the

Sewing Quarter – my first appearance…

…is on Saturday! The Sewing Quarter is a shopping channel focusing completely on sewing (dressmaking and patchwork mainly) which launched in January. I’ve been ‘promised’ since the beginning but my distance from the studio (in Birmingham) and trying to sort out projects and kits has meant it’s taken this long to get me on! I

Feathers Quilt for Siblings Together

I finally had some time to finish a quilt this weekend! This is a version of my Feathers Quilt that I’ve made during the last three years that I’ve been teaching this workshop. The pattern was in Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 9 (and it made the cover!), and has been one of my most popular

Butterfly Block Tutorial

It’s time for a new tutorial! How would you like to make a pretty butterfly block that’s quick and easy and requires NO foundation paper piecing?! That’s right no FPP! It’s not that I have anything against FPP but sometimes you want to just rotary cut and sew! I’ve been playing with the gorgeous new

Home Wall Hanging

I spent last weekend with my extended family celebrating my niece, Sarah’s, 40th birthday (I was very young when I became an aunt BTW!) at her amazing party. Of course I left it till the last minute to make her a present. Obviously she has already had a quilt from me (21st birthday) and numerous

Pickle Dish Quilt

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s start 2017 with a brand new quilt! This is yet another pickle dish quilt, this time a straight-up version of the traditional pattern, made completely in Jennifer Paganelli’s new line Hotel Frederiksted (for Free Spirit Fabrics). Yay! It made the cover of Today’s Quilter! I actually received my copy before

Starlights Quilt

Introducing my new Thread House quilt – Starlights!  And the third finish on the blog this week! Yes three months have (somehow) passed since our first patterns were released back in September. So it’s time for three more Thread House Patterns, and this is my offering. I was attempting something relatively simple ( I often