myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Siddi Inspired Cushion

During my trip to QuiltCon Savannah earlier this year I attended a fascinating lecture by the wonderful Shruti Dandekar on Indian quilting, specifically Siddi and Godhadi quilts.  I was especially taken by the quilts made by members of the Siddi community of Southern India. The Siddi people are descendants of African slaves brought to Goa

Sneak Peeks and Hand Sewing

I’ve entered a bit of a frantic period with lots of magazine commissions due all at once, lots of teaching in the studio, and the Stitch Gathering coming up on Sunday – eeek! Normally I wait until I have lovely finished project to chat about over here, but alas I have nothing finished I can

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

Stitch Gathering 2017 Tickets – Quilted Postcards!!

It’s that time of year again, when the secret Stitch Gathering Ticket project I have been working on is finally revealed! This will be our fifth event in October, so that means I have had to come up with FIVE different ideas for this so far – phew! Talk about making a rod for your

Stitch Gathering Words Quilt #1

At the Stitch Gathering 2015 we sent attendees fabric and asked them to embellish it with their favourite word. This would then be their ticket. We asked for words to be positive and life affirming. You can read more about the ticket words project inception here. Our amazing retreaters brought along fabulous works of art

St. Catherine’s School Quilt – FINISHED!

I’m going to be sharing not one but THREE quilt finishes this week – phew! So watch out for more posts – but in the meantime… I wrote about this project a few posts ago here. It is a commission for an Edinburgh primary school to commemorate their 50th anniversary. I really had a lot

A Journey of Some Scraps

I’m not the sort of quilter who keeps every last little scrap, in fact I’m pretty brutal with the sizes of scraps I throw away (otherwise I would be drowning in them even more than I actually am!), but when I finished making this 3D Improv Dresden block the fabrics were so pretty and looked

Embellishing Patchwork

I felt very honoured to be asked to take over the Technical Feature in Love Patchwork and Quilting for this issue.  Sarah their Tech Editor is on maternity leave so they invited some ‘guests’ to fill the gap and asked me to do a feature on embellishing quilts, which or course is right up my

Text Embroidery and some more Matchstick Quilting

I’ve been busy launching our new myBearpaw prospectus over the last week. These are my workshops and evening courses from mid April till mid June. There are 5 new classes, four of them are for quilts and projects that I have made previously like this House Quilt and the Snowball Craft Bag. But I did