myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Sneak Peeks and Hand Sewing

I’ve entered a bit of a frantic period with lots of magazine commissions due all at once, lots of teaching in the studio, and the Stitch Gathering coming up on Sunday – eeek! Normally I wait until I have lovely finished project to chat about over here, but alas I have nothing finished I can

Pouch Problem?

Is an addiction to zippy pouches a recognised condition?!  If so I think I better get some help as I can’t stop making them! I’ve been talking about my Tendrils Technique in my last few posts.  The pouch above was the first one I tried with this technique, using Dashwood Studio ‘Paper Meadow’ fabric. I

Shangri La Farm Sherbert Quilt finished!

Last week I showed the top for this quilt when announcing my new Aurifil thread collection, Sherbert Dip. I am pleased to show you the finished piece! I made this to accompany the thread box and to hang on the stand at Festival of Quilts. Here’s a little reminder of the colours from the box…

Quilts and Pouches for Grenfell

I’m sort of on holiday at the moment. The studio is having it’s summer break for the next 6 weeks so I’m not teaching, but I still seems to have a lot to do! I think that’s the problem with this ‘gig economy’ they keep talking about – I just have too many businesses to

Stitch Gathering 2017 workshops and news round up!

Our workshops for this year’s Stitch Gathering Retreat have just been announced and I thought I would share my two new class samples with you. As you can see from the mosaic above there is a fabulous selection of classes on offer this year from our new guest tutors, Mandy Munroe, Lucy Brennan and Sarah

A Journey of Some Scraps

I’m not the sort of quilter who keeps every last little scrap, in fact I’m pretty brutal with the sizes of scraps I throw away (otherwise I would be drowning in them even more than I actually am!), but when I finished making this 3D Improv Dresden block the fabrics were so pretty and looked

Scraptastic Applique!

A few weeks ago we announced the workshops for our Thread House Retreat in January. The retreat sold out after just 6 days! Karen, Lynne and I are teaching two workshops each (the most popular of which can be repeated) and one of mine is needle-turn applique. So I thought it would be nice to

Rainbow Wheel Quilt

Back in the spring I was very busy making quilts for magazines and now a whole bunch of them are being published at the same time and I can finally show them off! So expect plenty of finished quilt posts over the summer. First up is my Rainbow Wheel Quilt featured in Love Patchwork and

Embellishing Patchwork

I felt very honoured to be asked to take over the Technical Feature in Love Patchwork and Quilting for this issue.  Sarah their Tech Editor is on maternity leave so they invited some ‘guests’ to fill the gap and asked me to do a feature on embellishing quilts, which or course is right up my

Scraptastic Midnight Meadow Quilt

Recently I’ve been teaching an evening class based on my Improv Meadow Quilt below. So of course I’ve been making another quilt alongside the students, but this time with a dark background. The first 5 sessions were all about using different improv techniques to create flowers, leaves and stems. Here are some of my class