myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

More Sashiko

Issue 17 of Love Patchwork and Quilting hits the newsstand today and it includes the next project in my ‘stitchy series’, this time Sashiko! Karen Lewis’s quilt on the front cover is just delightful and a real bright spark in these dark months. I am in love with Fiona’s spool bunting – what a genius

Scandi Stitch Cushion

I’ve been working on a short series of ‘stitchy’ projects for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine and the first one to appear in print is this Scandi style needlework cushion. It’s in issue 16 which should be out now and features Lynne’s fabulous Honeycomb Hexie quilt on the cover. The photo at the top is

Dala Horse

Issue 15 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine hits the newstands today and I am so happy to be able to share this month’s project with you… …my Dala Horse! And look, he made the cover too!! This was one of my favourite projects for LP&Q that I’ve done so far. The nice thing about

Giant Clamshells

It seems a long time since I showed you something I made! All my time recently has been taken up with the Stitch Gathering or making stuff that I can’t show you yet. And then for the last week I have been either ill or busy organising our Edinburgh Modern Quilt Guild Luke Haynes event

Love Patchwork & Quilting Subscription Offer!!

Today I’m sharing a really amazing subscription offer from everyone’s favourite UK patchwork magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting! Try 3 issues for ¬£3 when you subscribe today!! Visit: and sign up! Overseas? See link above for special overseas offers Terms and Conditions: This offer is for new UK print subscribers paying by Direct Debit

Disappearing Diamonds

  I made these cushion covers for the latest issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting, which is out today… This issue is all about colour so I was playing around with a 2-tone effect. A bit out of my confort zone really (why use 2 colours when you can use 20?!) and I have to

Yo-Yo Trio

  Issue 11 of Love Patchwork and Quilting is now on sale, so I can now show you the project I designed for it It’s a trio of yo-yo pieces – a throw, a cushion and a framed picture. Jen, the editor (who we all got to hang out with at FQR!) had seen this

Boho Pom Pom Cushions

Issue 10 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine should have hit the newstands by now here in the UK. As usual it is packed to the gunnels (what are gunnels?) with amazing projects and fabulous fabric and quilty eye-candy! Lynne has got not just 1 but 2 amazing, jaw-dropping quilts in this issue (how does

Swatches Quilt 2.0

I have this other little project in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine this month (issue 9) – the Swatches Quilt. This is a version of this mini quilt… …which I made last summer. You can read about how I came up with the idea here. I always thought it was a neat concept and so

Feathers Quilt

I can’t tell you how much I have been longing to show you my Feathers Quilt! I made it for Love Patchwork and Quilting Mag a few months back and this issue finally hits the newstand today. And I made the cover again this month! So chuffed!!! This felt like an important commission as the