We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear Jo Avery (My Bear Paw) has yet another amazing quilt in Today’s Quilter. She’s used the fabulous Hotel Frederiksted from Jennifer Paganelli (Free Spirit Fabrics).
Here’s 3 quick links to our bundles of Hotel Fredriksted:
- 13 Fat Quarters of Hotel Fredericksted
- 5 Fat Quarters of Hotel Fredericksted (bundle 1)
- 5 Fat Quarters of Hotel Fredericksted (bundle 2)
Jo’s a creative force to be reckoned with! Her quilts grace the top Quilt Shows, they appear in magazines and she runs a top retreat in the UK. Do we need to say more? So we thought it was about time we shared a bit more about the lovely Jo. Here’s what she has to say…
I’m Jo Avery, and this blog is all about sharing the things I make.
My sister, Jane, taught me to sew when I was 6 years old (a squirrel made out of our old curtains), and I spent a large part of my childhood making toys, knitting, and from the age of 10, English paper piecing with hexagons (though I just called it patchwork then!). When I was 21 I decided to start my own business designing and producing tapestry kits. I didn’t really know what I was doing but with the help of my boyfriend, Jonathan, (who knew a bit more than me) it worked and Cleopatra’s Needle was born.
After a couple of years we moved from London to the Scottish Borders. We married and had 2 boys. I spent less time running the business so it was left to Jonathan to take the reigns, and though it was still going well, it wasn’t really what he wanted to do. So we sold it (it is still going strong under new ownership) and Jonathan set up a furniture making business (called Jonathan Avery).
Meanwhile I had joined the local quilt group and started making quilts for friends and family. Soon I was making art quilts and exhibiting them in galleries all over the world. In 2011 I opened up a craft studio in our Edinburgh store, which I named myBearpaw, and have been teaching workshops in sewing, quilting, embroidery and crochet ever since.