myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Hygge House Pillow

Have you heard about hygge? It is a Danish word that roughly translates as staying in, being cosy and relaxed, and hanging out with friends and family. It’s been all over the media these last few months. I first heard it referred to on Radio 4 back in July/August and wondered whether I could use

Pickle Dish Quilt

Happy New Year everyone! Let’s start 2017 with a brand new quilt! This is yet another pickle dish quilt, this time a straight-up version of the traditional pattern, made completely in Jennifer Paganelli’s new line Hotel Frederiksted (for Free Spirit Fabrics). Yay! It made the cover of Today’s Quilter! I actually received my copy before

The Quilter Magazine

At this year’s Festival of Quilts I re-joined the Quilter’s Guild. They help run the show and have a ‘recruitment’ stand there. I’d been planning to do it for a while having become re-connected with some of the Scottish groups through ‘trunk show’ visits over the last couple of years, and also through my work

Today’s Quilter BOM

When I was asked to design the new Today’s Quilter Block of the Month I’ll admit to being both proud and nervous, seeing as I was following on from my quilt hero Jen Kingwell! Jen’s BOM was absolutely stunning so I had my work cut out! I had asked the TQ editor (another Jen) whether

News News News!

I seem to have lots of news to share, so this post will be a bit of a round up! First of all myBearpaw, my Edinburgh store, has been nominated for the best Scottish independent shop category in the British Sewing Awards!! How exciting and surprising! Apparently the nominations were all made by readers, so

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

New York Beauty Brigade Quilt

Welcome to my New York Beauty Showstopper!  This was the design brief I had from my lovely editor Jen when I discussed making a quilt with Jennifer Paganelli’s sumptuous new line ‘Color Brigade’ (I know, it’s an American name so it has American spelling, just grit your teeth and let it go). I have a

Colourwash Quilt

Wow, two finished quilts in the same week! Of course these were both finished months ago but at last I can share them here! This quilt features in the latest issue (12) of Today’s Quilter and there’s a bit of a story behind it that involves a feature I’ve contributed to! (so not just sewing