myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Festival of Quilts 2017 Report

The Festival of Quilts is a four day event and the largest quilt show in Europe with thousands of quilts to see, and way too much to buy! Plus you get to catch up with all your quilty friends! Basically it is four days of bliss and excitement, where you feel completely ‘amongst your people’!

Hawaiian Applique Cushions

As I am sure you all know by now, I do love a bit of applique. So when Alice, the editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting, asked me to do my interpretation of Hawaiian Applique I jumped at the chance. And look it made the cover of issue 50! There are some fantastic projects in

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

Improv Jugs Quilt

I have a new quilt to share!  I have to admit that it is the end of March and I have not yet made a quilt this year! I don’t know what the hell I have been doing – I don’t seem to have stopped working – but it is not quilt making! But I

Square Cogs Quilt

Issue 39 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine comes out today and I have a quilt featured! This is my Square Cogs quilt made with Joel Dewberry’s gorgeous Wander fabric (the same line I used for my Crockery Cupboard quilt). Absolutely love this modern sampler quilt by Karen Lewis on the cover! And Karen has an

Potholder Swap!

This year’s Stitch Gathering swap item is a pot holder! I am just starting to allocate partners for both of this year’s swaps (we are also hosting a nametag swap as we do every year) so I thought an inspiration post for pot holders would be a good idea. So I thought I should have

Rainbow Wheel Quilt

Back in the spring I was very busy making quilts for magazines and now a whole bunch of them are being published at the same time and I can finally show them off! So expect plenty of finished quilt posts over the summer. First up is my Rainbow Wheel Quilt featured in Love Patchwork and

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

Sunshine Applique

We’ve had some funny old weather in the UK these past few weeks, even for us! Today it’s sunshine and showers all the way. So hears a nice ‘sunshine’ slogan and a fun project!  Last year I made a small wall hanging to go with this House Quilt for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine. It

Laundry Label Quilt

So there I was staring at the laundry label on a piece of clothing before putting it in the wash, and I started thinking hmmmm, those little symbols would make cool quilt blocks! Really I should have left that thought right there as this quilt is probably my least favourite ever. But no, instead I