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 3

Welcome to month 3 of our Vintage Home BOM quilt along! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I always think this period between Christmas and New Year is an odd, disorientating time, I never know what day it is and I’m all out of my routine! So this latest issue of Today’s

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

Post Stitch Gathering Blend Fabrics Competition!

The Stitch Gathering may be over but the fun hasn’t stopped yet! For the first time ever we are hosting a competition involving some of the fabric in your goody bag! And if you didn’t attend the Stitch Gathering this year then don’t worry, there is still a way for you to become involved… The

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’!

The Quilt Block Cookbook

I’ve had some free time this week so I decided to do a little recreational sewing (as opposed to work sewing!). I recently got hold of a copy of Amy Gibson’s new book The Quilt Block Cookbook. You may know Amy from her blog Stitchery Dickory Dock (such a great name!). There are so many

Mystery Quilt Update

We are up to week 7 of my Mystery Quilt evening course tonight so I thought it was a good time to share the quilt’s progress so far. I shared the first couple of blocks in posts earlier this year and explained how offering this class back in December (when we launched the term) had

Lone Star Rising Higher Quilt

It’s a bit of a Ta Da moment! My Lone Star quilt made with Karen Lewis’s new fabric is finished! My Instagram followers will have seen this coming to life over the last month or so and I’m sure will also have heard over there about Karen’s new fabric line with Robert Kaufman. I am

Homebody Quilt

Issue 25 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine goes on sale today and here is my offering this month! It is made with an improv house block and the magazine has called it the ‘Homebody Quilt’ which I like and am keeping. I made it completely from a Fat Quarter bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin

Buffer Wheel Quilt

Issue 24 of Love Patchwork and Quilting landed in my mailbox yesterday (and it hits the news stands on Wednesday) so at last I can share this quilt with you! This has to be one of my favourite quilts ever, and sometimes it’s hard to keep things secret for so long! This was really a