myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Butterfly Block Tutorial

It’s time for a new tutorial! How would you like to make a pretty butterfly block that’s quick and easy and requires NO foundation paper piecing?! That’s right no FPP! It’s not that I have anything against FPP but sometimes you want to just rotary cut and sew! I’ve been playing with the gorgeous new

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

Trip Around The World Cushions Tutorial

Welcome to a second tutorial this month – I am spoiling you! This tutorial supports the two ‘Trip’ cushion kits we have just launched in our Edinburgh shop and online. Of course you could use it to just make your own version with fabric you already have. Or you could buy our kits which include

Single Fold Binding Tutorial

I’ve been planning to write this blog post for years now, as much for my beginner patchwork students as for anyone else. This is the way I do all my binding and I’m going to explain why in this post. Recently I made 2 new cushions kits using versions of the Trip Around the World

Easy Tote Bag Tutorial

For a while now I’ve had this gorgeous ‘Made for Adventure’ panel of Cori Dantini’s (from her The Sweet Life collection) and have been meaning to do something with it. Recently we put our remaining stock of these panels in our summer sale and I decided it would be a good time to finally make

The Stitch Gathering Ticket Bag Samples

I’m sure by now you have all heard about the Stitch Gathering. And all about the quilt I recently finished from last year’s fabric tickets. A few people suggested that last year’s ticket was such a great idea we would have trouble topping it this year. Well I had something up my sleeve that might

Folded Patchwork Tutorial

Today I am taking part in the Oakshott Colourshott bloghop! I am the first stop on the hop and very excited to be sharing this new tutorial with you all! You can check out all the other stops on the bloghop over at Lilys Quilts. A few weeks back the very kind people at Oaskhott

Hand Quilting Tutorial

Hello lovely readers. This tutorial was originally featured on Leanne’s blog as part of the first quarter FAL earlier in the year. I thought it was time to share it here in case anyone missed it there. Today I am going to share my 20 odd years worth of hand quilting experience with you all.

Garden Shed Wallhanging

Click here for your FREE Pattern/Tutorial I had such a lovely time playing with my new Cori Dantini line ‘The Sweet Life’ by Blend Fabrics, and here is the result! I love Cori’s illustrations and when I saw these garden themed ladies for some reason I wanted to put each of them in their own

Hand Quilting Tutorial

Just wanted to let you know that you can find my Hand Quilting Tutorial as part of Finish-A-Long 2013 over on Leanne’s She Can Quilt Blog TODAY! As one of the FAL sponsors Leanne asked me if I’d like to do a tutorial and hand quilting is something I have had on my to-do list