myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014 Report

A very belated report on this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat! Once I got back I had a big deadline looming and I also needed to get all our Autumn/Winter craft classes listed and released, so I’ve not had a moment! Finally I’ve caught up and can share the magic with you. First up is the

Preparing for Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014

It’s nearly that time of year again – yes it’s time to head down south to London Town and meet up with all my quilty pals at Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014! Woot woot!! This year will be extra special (and slightly more stressful) because I am teaching at the Retreat. I am teaching ‘Further Adventures

My Workshops at the Fat Quarterly Retreat

Some of you may already know that I will be teaching at Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer. The workshops have just been announced so I thought I would blog about my classes here. I am very excited about this!! First off is Further Adventures in Embroidery. There’s been a few basic embroidery classes at the

A very NEWSY post

I usually keep my personal life out of this blog as much as possible. I have always wanted it to be a happy, crafty place where I can go to escape real life. But sometimes real life leaks into every part your life. And I guess this is how I feel at the moment and

Mini Improv Quilt

I’ve been a bit busy with classes and quilt shows recently and have a number of projects on the go but none at the right stage to share with you here yet. But I did manage to finish the Improv Mini that I started in Lu Summer’s Class at Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer. I

FQ Retreat 2013 – I’m back!

I have been away at the 2nd Fat Quaterly Retreat in a very hot London. This is my 2nd year too and I have to say that, though I loved it last year, this year was even better. In fact I would say I enjoyed it loads more than last year due to feeling much

Getting ready for Fat Quaterly Retreat!

I’m off to London a week on Thursday for the second Fat Quaterly Retreat and looking forward to it even more than the last one! I think this is because I am more relaxed this time and less nervous about meeting everyone and what to expect. I am taking part in another Sample Swap, this

July Fresh Sewing Day

I am so pleased that I’m finally managing to link up with Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day! After doing the first couple of months 2 years ago I’ve been constantly forgetting about it ever since – doh! I have got SOOO much finished in June! Look at the mosaic up there – it’s chock-a-block! And that’s

Beauty is You cushion

Here’s a little comfort stitching project I have been working on recently.  You will probably remember how excited I was by Cori Dantini’s Beauty Is You fabric line. I was desperate to do something with it, so taking one of our FQ bundles I embarked on a little EPP. I’ve recently started teaching my classes

Sampler Tree Embroidery with extra owls

I have been having a week off work for a wee holiday, just ‘staycationing’ at beautiful Shangri La Farm. But seeing as I have picked the wettest week of the year for it, I have been inside sewing most of the time! This has given me time to catch up on ARRR8 and Cherish Circle