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

Fat Quarterly Retreat 2014 Report

A very belated report on this year’s Fat Quarterly Retreat! Once I got back I had a big deadline looming and I also needed to get all our Autumn/Winter craft classes listed and released, so I’ve not had a moment! Finally I’ve caught up and can share the magic with you. First up is the

Using up my class samples again…

I have been very busy with my workshops over the last few months. Most classes involve a degree of class prep plus I quite ofter produce a block during the class. So on Monday I had a great time using up some of my class samples and making them in to useful items. I have

Mini Swatch Quilt

A while back when I was surfing through some quilty websites I saw a thumbnail of what I thought was a stunning modern quilt. But on closer inspection it turned out to be some swatches of fabric washi-taped to a wall. So this got me thinking… …wouldn’t that make a cool little quilt? So I

The Sweet Life Begins

Look at this lovely bundle of yummy gorgeousness! This is Cori Dantini’s new line of fabric and I am a very lucky girl to be getting to play with this before it even hits the stores! A few weeks back I got a really nice email from Cori herself saying she had seen this cushion

Notting Hill GIVEAWAY!!

We’ve had lots of new fabrics delivered to the shop and amongst them is the new Joel Dewberry range. I am so excited about ‘Notting Hill’ that I’ve decided to have a GIVEAWAY!! We took delivery of it last week but due to a visit to the big Trade Fair in Birmingham we’ve only just

Vintage Floral Embroidery

Regular readers will know that I have a large collection of vintage embroidered linens. I have been cutting these up and using them to make things like notebook holders and cushions for a while now. But, inevitably, I’m starting to use up all the best bits. And some of the bits are just so gorgeously

Beauty is You is Here!

Now I promised that my last post, which promoted new fabric on our website, wouldn’t be a regular occurrence. But then this very special fabric line arrived and I just had to share it with you! As soon as I saw ‘Beauty is You’ by Cori Dantini a few months back I just totally fell

Massive Giveaway and website launch!

It’s Giveaway Time everybody!! Look at this big pile of booty that you could win!! But first of all I want to share some exciting news with you. For a while now I have been hinting at changes afoot in our Edinburgh shop. Earlier this year we started stocking fabric, wool and haberdashery to compliment

Spot The Difference

Seeing as it’s the Easter Holidays I thought it would be nice to have a ‘spot the difference’ competition to help keep your kids busy while they are off school. So I completely re-made the Red Riding Hood quilt that I made 2 years ago for the DQS9 just so we could play a little