myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Using up my class samples (again)

This week I have been tidying my sewing room. A few weeks ago I hosted a giveaway and asked all you lovely, wise peeps to give me your fabric storage tips as an entry comment. I got some great ideas and the one I liked best was to store my fabric in a trolley that

Patchwork knitting bag and needle roll

It’s been a few months since I had any projects featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine so I am excited to share my patchwork knitting bag and needle roll with you! Issue 22 is out now and my bag even made the cover inset shot! The snowball pattern is meant to resemble balls of

50 Fat Quarters Makes Bloghop!

Back in January I told you about a book I had co-authored, well it’s finally been published (more than a month early, slightly catching me off-guard!) and us authors have organised a bloghop to introduce ourselves and celebrate all our beautiful projects! There is a full schedule for the 50 Fat Quarters bloghop at the

Squaring the Circle Quilt

There are 2 reasons why I am so excited to show you this quilt. One is that it made the cover of the latest issue of Quilt Now magazine!! This is my first project for Katy and so I was really honoured to be the cover star! Especially after flicking through the mag and seeing

Granny Squares Quilt

It always takes me a while to get round to these popular quilts that are quilt-a-longs etc.  I’ve loved the Granny Square quilts from afar for a while now (especially the one Lynz made which was part of our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition last year) but never got round to making a whole quilt –

Preparing for Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014

It’s nearly that time of year again – yes it’s time to head down south to London Town and meet up with all my quilty pals at Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014! Woot woot!! This year will be extra special (and slightly more stressful) because I am teaching at the Retreat. I am teaching ‘Further Adventures

Together Circle Quilt – a FAL finish!

Yes it’s my third FAL finish this quarter! That’s a record for me 🙂 This is my Together Circle Quilt. This is the circle I belong to in the do. Good Stitches group on Flickr.  Every month we produce a new quilt for charity. I am usually a stitcher which means I just sew 2

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