myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Festival of Quilts 2016 Report!

Those of you on social media may already have heard my good news (and the rest of you my have heard my extra loud gasps all the way from Birmingham!) but I’d like to share it over here on the blog too. My quilt was HIGHLY COMMENDED at the Festival of Quilts!!!! This is my

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

Laundry Label Quilt

So there I was staring at the laundry label on a piece of clothing before putting it in the wash, and I started thinking hmmmm, those little symbols would make cool quilt blocks! Really I should have left that thought right there as this quilt is probably my least favourite ever. But no, instead I

Mid-Century Modern Quilt

At last I can share this quilt with you!! Last Autumn the Modern Quilt Guild asked for quilt pattern submissions for their QuiltCon magazine which is produced by the publishers of the American magazine Modern Patchwork. I had been musing on this idea which I could see working in the magazine, so I thought it

New Bedford Disappearing Nine Patch

I have a bit of a backlog of stuff to share over here which hasn’t been helped by the longest period of dark, miserable winter days I can remember which makes decent photography very difficult! Finally we had a bit of frosty brightness and I managed to get a few shots of this Disappearing Nine

Goodbye 2015… hello 2016!

A quick look back at 2015 and a bumper crop of quilts! This isn’t even all of them as I have 3 more that I haven’t/can’t post about yet! So it’s been a very productive sewing year for me and now it’s on to 2016 (blimey, already?!!) and I’m pretty sure that will involve lot’s

Dishes Quilt

I am so happy that I can at last share my Dishes Quilt with you!  I came up with the idea for this quilt back in the summer and offered it to the editor of Love Patchwork and Quilting, Jen. But instead Jen wanted it for her new magazine Today’s Quilter. You may remember I

Please vote for me!!

***UPDATE*** I won the Viewer’s Choice!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted!! Last week I entered 2 quilts in to the Autumn 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and amazingly my Buffer Wheel quilt has been nominated for the Viewer’s Choice!! How exciting! I have never had a quilt nominated for anything before!! Thank you