Block of the Month: May 2019

Block of the Month: May 2019

Our guest designer this month is Jo Avery of myBearpaw from Scotland! Her "Dancing Oak Leaf" design is May's Block of the Month pattern. It's inspired by our "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" competition and exhibit. This year's theme is Oak Leaf & Reel and the contest quilts are at the museum through June 25th.

Jo Avery has been sewing and quilting since she was a child and began writing her blog, myBearpaw, a decade ago. Her love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery combined with a passion for colourful improv piecing allows her to embrace both traditional and modern aesthetics. Jo enjoys inspiring others through her studio workshops in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the annual sewing retreats she organises. She is also an Aurifil Designer with two collections available.

Jo says "The inspiration for this month’s block was Oak Leaf and Reel from the New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest. I love oak trees and 8 years ago we planted 200 as part of our woodland in Scotland. They are always behind the other trees, taking much longer to come to life in the spring and hanging on to their autumn leaves long after all the other trees have lost theirs. It’s good to see them dancing in the winter winds when everything else is bare. The name of the block also plays on the other meaning of the word “Reel”—a Scottish dance. I have given the block my own modern spin by using just a quarter and emphasising the ‘ring’ element."

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Next year's “New Quilts from an Old Favorite” competition is open to quilts that are innovative interpretations of traditional “Wheel of Fortune” patterns. The original quilt entered for jurying should be recognizable in some way as related to those patterns. Entry deadline is November 4, 2019.

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