myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

2017 in quilts

I just read the 2016 version of this post where I said I wanted to slow down my quilt production in the following year and have a little more time to spend with family and friends (and myself) . Well though I still managed to fill a 16 square mosaic, a lot of the quilts

Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along – Month 2

Welcome to month 2 of the Vintage Home BOM Quilt Along!  I have been so happy to see your teapots popping up all over Instagram! Even my sister Jane is joining in 🙂 This month we are adding to our Tea Party with with some cups and saucers.  And as these are quite small blocks we

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

Argyle Chain Quilt

I’ve been through a bit of a manic phase in the last few weeks, no time to blog and nothing to show anyway as I have been sewing magazine commissions like crazy! I’m just about through a bit of a backlog (phew!) and have a quilt in the latest issue of Today’s Quilter to share

Tendrils quilt

It’s a long time since I made a quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabric and I had forgotten what an uplifting joyful experience it can be! This quilt was destined for the issue of Today’s Quilter that coincides with Festival of Quilts so it always need to be a bit of a showstopper. And what better

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

Classic Quilting – my very own BOOKAZINE!!

The lovely people at Immediate Media have produced this one-off bookazine which is full of my previous projects from Love Patchwork and Quilting and Today’s Quilter! It is basically a ‘Greatest Hits of Jo’ collection!! How great is that?! It’s like my very own book but with no effort at all on my part! ?

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

Flower Tile Cushion

Last week we had a little taste of Spring up here in Scotland with some mild weather. But alas, it was short lived and this week we’ve been plunged back into winter. However Spring can’t be far away, and here’s a lovely Spring-like project to get us in the mood! And look, it’s made the