myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Turning Japanese…

 … oh yes I’m turning Japanese, I really think so! Those of you of a certain age may remember this song by the Vapors. And it comes into my head as I consider my growing obsession with all things Japanese. Well as long as it’s sewing related that is! It started about 5 years ago

It’s been a very pouchy Christmas!

Pouchy for presents that is! I’ve come to the zippy pouch very late in the day, having let my colleague Naomi teach our class in this subject in the past. But armed with this excellent tutorial from Flossie Teacakes  I turned this hexy sample piece (that I made during my demos at the recent ICHF show)

Botch Handle Cushion

This week a friend had a special birthday (a number I am heading for in just a few years too!) so I made her this cushion out of gorgeous Dashwood fabric. I just love those foxes. This is the Botch Handle block for my Modern Sampler Quilt which I finally finished a few weeks back.

Exhibition Winners

Our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition, which ran as part of the Edinburgh Fringe this year, was a great success. Visitors from all over the world came to see the quilts. And everyone seemed very impressed and interested in all the exhibits. We asked all our visitors to vote for their favourite quilt, not an easy

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

Ethel and Edmund

Meet my 2 new owl friends – Ethel and Edmund! We just took delivery of a range of flannel (available now on our website) from Robert Kaufman and what better project to try them out on than a few more owls for my collection? That’s Ethel above… …and this is Edmund, giving you a cheeky

Liberty Pandas and the Robot

I think that has to be the weirdest post title this blog has ever had! It sounds like a new show on CBeebies! Let me explain… As I was saying in my last post, I have been planning lots of new classes for the Summer and Autumn, and one of them is called Handmade Party

Starry Table Runner

I have been very busy this week getting all the new classes listed for Summer and Autumn. I have 2 classes left next weekend and then I’m having a week off and the classroom will be ‘resting’ until our Summer School begins in August. I have been teaching for nearly a year now and (I

Flying Felt Animals

A while ago I showed you the sock dolls I had made from one of the 3 craft books I got for Christmas, and I made one of my wildly optimistic promises to share a project I had made from the other 2 books soon. Well here’s number 2. My husband bought me this book