Sherbet Dip by Jo Avery

Jo Avery of My Bear Paw has long been a designer who we’ve followed closely on social media, awaiting her next beautifully staged photo, or her next stunning quilt finish. We adore her style and admire her knack for combining vibrant colors. Sherbet Dip is her debut collection for Aurifil and it includes her favorite shades for piecing and quilting, all in 50wt, alongside some lovely variegated threads that she tends to use in her free motion quilting. Though she does use a wide range of colors, the collection is really a representation of her signature color palette.

Jo Avery Showcasing her debut Aurifil collection at Festival of Quilts 2017

Sherbet Dip
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
2535 – 2545 – 5017 – 4093 – 6729 – 5015
6725 – 5006 – 4670 – 3320 – 4654 – 3660

To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?

My big sister taught me to sew when I was six years old and I spent a lot of my childhood making toys. She also taught me to EPP hexies and when I was in my early twenties with a home of my own I started making them again and this became a quilt top. I joined a local quilting group and they taught me how to quilt it and introduced me to the whole world of rotary cutters and strip piecing. I haven’t stopped quilting since!

Shangri La Farm Sherbet Quilt by Jo Avery

Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
This is a hard one as I feel I have been influenced by so many amazing quilters and artists. However the person who really opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of quilting was Nancy Crow. I attended a lecture by her at the V&A in London in the mid 1990’s and her work totally blew me away. I think she was so ahead of her time and I am always trying to bring her to the attention of the younger Modern Quilters.

What is your favorite thing to make?
This changes day to day as I have a low boredom threshold! I love making a full-sized quilt, it is very satisfying to finish a large project. I’m not one of those people who puts off the binding stage, I always feel that binding locks in all the quilty goodness so I bind as soon as I’ve finished the quilting. At the moment I am addicted to making zippy pouches, I make at least one with the scraps from each finished quilt.

Do you have a go-to technique?
I do like to switch about and try something different with each project but I am always drawn back to needle- turn applique which I find aesthetically pleasing and very soothing to work on. I like to find ways to combine it with other techniques, and am always refining my hand sewing skills. One thing I love about quilting is that you never stop learning and improving, it is a lifelong journey.

Tendrils Quilt by Jo Avery — Appeared in Today’s Quilter Magazine

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I was given a sample at the first Fat Quarterly Retreat in London five years ago. I remember the first time I used it for hand sewing, the thread just glided through the fabric, it felt completely different to the other threads I’d used. I started using it for machine piecing and quilting soon after. As it’s so fine you can get much more thread on to a bobbin than you can other brands which means less changing, perfect for FMQ.

How did you go about selecting colors for Sherbet Dip and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
It was a very easy job for me as I love choosing colours! I had some favourite Aurifil shades that had to be included and I knew I wanted some variegated threads as I love to use these for FMQ. I also tried to make the selection representative of my signature colours. I hope this box inspires others to use more colour in their quilts and be braver with their choices, or just to feel happy when they look inside it!

Tendrils technique sample

Jo Avery joined forces with fellow UK quilt designers Lynne Goldsworthy and Karen Lewis to launch a new Retreat and Pattern company in 2016,
The Thread House. They hosted their first retreat in January of this year with a second planned for January 2018. Nine exclusive patterns are currently available — 3 from each designer. Jo’s patterns are the Starlights Quilt, the Crockery Cupboard Quilt, and Conker Quilts (also the thread collection cover quilt!) and all three are available for purchase here on payhip.


To enter-to-win Jo’s Sherbet Dip thread collection AND a digital copy of each of Jo’s 3 patterns for Thread House: Conkers, Crockery Cupboard, and Starlights, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Saturday, August 26! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Sunday, August 27. Good luck!

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Jo Avery has been playing with fabric and yarn for as long as she can remember, culminating in her current role as a designer, teacher and entrepreneur. Her natural affinity with expressive colour informs all her quilts and her love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery adds further levels of rich detailing, and allows her to embrace both modern and traditional aesthetics. Jo enjoys inspiring others to discover their own creative potential through her workshops and retreats.

** Images, biographical text and interview text by Jo Avery




  1. Great colours! I love the Crockey Cupboard pattern. Jo, you have a new Instagram follower (the_nav) Thanks for sharing, Jo and Aurifil!

  2. Tendrils would be my first choice! I love the color and movement with the vine applique! So pretty!

  3. the crockery cupboard reminds me of my mom’s china cabinet, but the starlights quilt is gorgeous.

  4. Wow! How colorful!
    I’m fascinated by Jo’s Tendrils quilt!
    That’s my favorite!
    (Thank you, again, for a great interview! I really enjoy these looks into the creativity of today’s designers!)
    Pat T.

  5. Love the way the backgrounds are done in so many of Jo’s quilts . My favorite pattern is Starlights and I’d love to start piecing right now with aurifil thread, of course!

  6. I love the quilt you used on your thread box! Fell in love with it when you posted it ion IG! 💟 On my summer bucket list just haven’t got to it yet but summer isn’t over yet. Having this group of colorful threads to do it in would be a wonderful addition!

  7. Crockery Cupboard is Jo’s pattern at the top of my list. It has so many possibilities, depending on the fabric one chooses. Imagine it all in blue and white fabric, like our crockery.

  8. Jo is such an inspiration! this is a great thread collection and how great that it includes a variegated spool! Thanks for the opportunity to add to my aurifil collection!!

  9. I really like her Starlights Quilt! And the Shangri La Farm Sherbet quilt. And the Conker Quilt. OK, I like them all !! Love the colors, too!

  10. I love the conker quilt. Jo is a fabulous teacher and I am about to do another class at the end of the month. Love the colours in Sherbet Dip box.

  11. My mom loves to cook the Crockery Cupboard would be a great quilt for her, I love the Conker quilt so I’ll have to throw that one in for myself!

  12. Erin’s Shangri La Farm Sherbert Quilt is the pattern I’d love to make. The colours are gorgeous!

  13. I would have to say Shangri La Farm Sherbet Quilt. I love, love the colors and I am just learning how to applique’ and this looks like a good one to help me with my techniques. Great job Jo!

  14. Love love love the sherbet dip collection! Gorgeous fizzy colours that would look brilliant on the Conkers Quilt! Especially now that I can paper piece Jo’s new york beauty block! Great collection Jo! 😀

  15. Thanks for a great interview.. I like the Conkers and the Cube. Wish she had a pattern for Shangri La Farm.

  16. I like the Starlights Quilt pattern best. My absolute favorite is really Shangri La Farm Sherbet Quilt>
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  17. just love Jo’s Shangri La Farm Sherbet Quilt and her Sherbet threads – awesome colour choices !! I’d really love to make the Conker quilt – its such fun !

  18. I am having difficulty deciding whether Starlights is my favorite or Crockery Cupboard. Starlights would make a beautiful bed quilt. Crockery Cupboard would make a delightful wallhanging.

  19. I love the Star Lights quilt. That is the one I would enjoy making. Great bright lovely quilts. Thanks for the post.

  20. The Crockery Cupboard is my favorite…I have so many cute fabrics I could use for this one!

  21. The Starlight and Conkers patterns are right in my wheelhouse. The Conkers pattern made me think of eyelashes when I first looked at it.

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  22. I love them all!. But I like the freshness of the Starlight pattern, giving a modern look to an old pattern. Conkers too is great.

  23. Love all of the bright colors.. but being 1st one i saw… Shangri La Farm Sherbet Quilt is my favorite by a little bit…

  24. I love all of them – the colours are amazing! My personal favourite is the Crockery Cupboard quilt – as I know exactly where it could go in my home.

  25. Such gorgeous, luscious colors! I’m partial to the Tendrils quilt but they are all beautiful.

  26. There is not just one quilt I would like to make from Jo’s designs! The Tendrils would probably be first, then probably the Starlights, Shangri La Farm, and Conkers! I can’t wait to see what additional quilts that Jo designs! So beautiful!

  27. I’d love to make the Conkers Quilt. We have horse chestnuts here in California which I think are the same as conkers. The shapes in the quilt are very dynamic and give the pattern lots of movement. Love it.

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