myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

QuiltCon 2017 Report

I can’t believe it is already two weeks since I came home from QuiltCon – it really seems just a beautiful dream to me now! But I was there and I’m sure you want to hear all about it! The photo above is the crowd surging into the show on the first day, and you

Stitch Gathering Words Quilt #1

At the Stitch Gathering 2015 we sent attendees fabric and asked them to embellish it with their favourite word. This would then be their ticket. We asked for words to be positive and life affirming. You can read more about the ticket words project inception here. Our amazing retreaters brought along fabulous works of art

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

2016 in quilts

Well 2016 has been quite a stand out year, and not always for the right reasons!! But on a more positive note… Look at all the quilts I made!! Yes I was pretty busy! And though I am very proud of all the lovely things I made (well most of them anyway…), I think I

Starlights Quilt

Introducing my new Thread House quilt – Starlights!  And the third finish on the blog this week! Yes three months have (somehow) passed since our first patterns were released back in September. So it’s time for three more Thread House Patterns, and this is my offering. I was attempting something relatively simple ( I often

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

The Thread House Pattern Launch and GIVEAWAY!!

Our The Thread House patterns are now ready to purchase! You can check them all out here. Right get ready for some serious quilting eye candy… We are so pleased with our first six patterns! We hope you like them too. At present you can only buy them as a download but paper patterns will

Crockery Cupboard Quilt

Following on from yesterday’s Conkers Quilt unveiling, here is my second pattern for our first The Thread House release – The Crockery Cupboard Quilt! Eagle eyed readers will recognise the bowl motifs from an earlier version, my Dishes Quilt which featured in Today’s Quilter last year. I loved making those bowls so much that it got me thinking

Conkers Quilt

Many of my loyal readers will have heard me talk about The Thread House. This is the new quilt retreat and pattern venture I started earlier in the year along with my two partners Karen Lewis and Lynne Goldsworthy. Well it’s nearly time for us to release our first patterns! The launch is scheduled for

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