myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

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

Stitch Gathering 2016 GOODY BAG GIVEAWAY!!

Yes it’s that time again! I have kept aside two of the amazing goody bags from this year’s event to giveaway! You can enter one giveaway here on the blog and the other on Instagram! But let’s take a closer look at what you will be winning… 1. From Immediate Media we have a copy

Stitch Gathering 2016 Report

It was our fourth annual Stitch Gathering retreat on Sunday!! As usual this took place in the Craiglockhart campus of Napier University in South Edinburgh. And as usual we had 90 excited and enthusiastic quilters in attendance!! Here I am giving my welcome speech, goodness knows what I am talking about here! This was just

Potholder Swap!

This year’s Stitch Gathering swap item is a pot holder! I am just starting to allocate partners for both of this year’s swaps (we are also hosting a nametag swap as we do every year) so I thought an inspiration post for pot holders would be a good idea. So I thought I should have

Improv House Block Tutorial

Who wants to try some nice gentle improv??!! Hopefully you’re all shouting “me, me, me!” with your hands in the air! Regular readers will know all about the Stitch Gathering retreat that I organise every year in Edinburgh and the fabric ticket project that goes along with it. Over the last three years we have

Stitch Gathering 2016 classes are announced today!

This year’s Stitch Gathering classes have just been announced! You can read descriptions of all the class here. Let’s have a look at them in more detail! We have some really interesting new teachers this year like Juliet Van der Heijden of Tartankiwi blog. Originally a Scot Juliet now lives in New Zealand but is

The Thread House

I am very excited to share something myself, Lynne Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis  have been working on over the last few months! This is The Thread House, a new Quilt Retreat and Pattern business which we properly launched last Thursday with our new website. Please take a look around and let me know what you think!  If

Stitch Gathering 2016 tickets on sale today!

Stitch Gathering 2016 tickets are now available to buy!! This year’s event is on Sunday 25th September, 9.15 – 5.15 at Napier University Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh. Tickets cost ¬£120 and include tea/coffee, lunch, workshops, events and goody-bag. Have a fantastic day with like-minded quilters and sewers! Last year’s event was a sell-out and we will NOT be

Save the Date!!

It’s official!  This year’s Stitch Gathering will be on Sunday 25th September 2016!  Tickets will go on sale in March! Sign up for notifications on the Stitch Gathering website Looking forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in September! 

Stitch Gathering Goody Bag GIVEAWAY!!

Did you miss out on coming to the Stitch Gathering this year and instead had to gaze with envy at all the photos of the amazing goody bags??!! Well here’s a chance to win yourself the very last GOODY BAG!!! It’s packed with fabulous stuff – let’s take a closer look at some of it,