myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Fresh Sewing Day

My participation in Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day usually totals about one a year, mainly because I either forget or else feel I have not really achieved enough in the last month for a whole post. But May 2014 has been a productive month with 3 quilts finished and shared. That’s my Dresden Porthole (bottom middle),

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

My Workshops at the Fat Quarterly Retreat

Some of you may already know that I will be teaching at Fat Quarterly Retreat this summer. The workshops have just been announced so I thought I would blog about my classes here. I am very excited about this!! First off is Further Adventures in Embroidery. There’s been a few basic embroidery classes at the

Dresden Porthole Quilt

At last a finished quilt to share with you!  I feel like all I have been talking about is business recently – new shop, Stitch Gathering, blah-di-blah… I always wanted this blog to be separate from my working life but somehow it keeps leaking though (or more like taking over!). So it’s lovely to show

ORBC Quilt Along – The Story So Far

(Yes, this is the Cherry Blossoms of Washington, DC!) Greeting from Virginia.  Hello everyone out there in myBearpawland, I’m thrilled to be here as Jo’s first guest blogger!:)  I asked Jo if she would mind telling all her fans about the new round at Old Red Barn Quilt Along and she said, sure… how about you

Finished Hello World pillow

It’s been a bit quiet in the sewing room recently as I have been busy with our shop move. But I did manage to finish the Hello World pillow for Blend Fabrics. And as I have all my quilts at home at the moment (usually they are hanging on the walls of the craft studio)

Hello World!

  Regular readers will already know how much I love Cori Dantini’s fabrics. I have used both of her previous collections to make cushions and wallhangings. Last year Blend Fabrics asked me to make a pillow from Cori’s ‘The Sweet Life’ collection for their booth at Quilt Market. Well they’ve asked me to make another

Cathedral Window Cover

At last I can share this quilt with you that I made back in January. And I’m so ecited that it’s the cover quilt on this month’s Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (out today!)! Eeek!! This was quite a big project as not only did they want a quilt with a matching cushion, but they

Improv EPP

I bet you didn’t know you could do Improv EPP, did you? Well it turns out you can! Yes I know it is another cushion, but this one is for me, and it’s also my first FAL finish this year. This project started more than a year ago now as a project to show off

Botch Handle Cushion

This week a friend had a special birthday (a number I am heading for in just a few years too!) so I made her this cushion out of gorgeous Dashwood fabric. I just love those foxes. This is the Botch Handle block for my Modern Sampler Quilt which I finally finished a few weeks back.