Show Off Your Family Blog is happy to welcome Claudia Lash of Presto Avenue Designs as our guest blogger today.  Enjoy!

My name is Claudia Lash and I love to design quilts.  My business is named Presto Avenue Designs, and I have over 50 patterns available. I have patterns for pieced quilts, appliqué quilts, kids quilts, and wall quilts.  My best selling patterns at quilt shows are almost always the quilts from ‘The Family Series’.  The Family quilts are all wall quilts, but they are very personal because they hold pictures of my favorite people.

Several years ago I became a grandmother.  It was one of the best things in my life.  A year after the first granddaughter was born, other grand babies came along quickly.  Papaw and I were in heaven.  Soon our children began bringing us pictures of their little ones for our mantel, and in no time the mantel was covered.  We needed more picture space, but I wanted something easy on the wall.  I designed the Family Quilt PAD 119 as a wall quilt which holds photographs. Because the pictures are in fabric frames and not covered by plastic, they are very clear from across the room.  They are actual photographs and are not printed on fabric.  The pictures are easy to change.  You can reach under the photo and pull it out and then easily place a new photo inside the frame.  The quilt will hold twelve 5” x 7” photographs.  There is a top panel and 5 hanging panels which are attached with beads.

The Family Quilt Pattern


A year or so later we had a need for another Family quilt which would hold a larger picture.   Our entire family of 30 or more had a family photograph taken, and this required a larger picture frame, so I designed a new quilt, The Family Too PAD127.  This wall quilt is very much like The Family Quilt but it will accommodate 8” x 10” photos as well as 5” x 7” photos.

The Family Too Quilt Pattern


As these quilts became popular I was asked by some customers for a smaller size family quilt for those people who only wanted to show off a few photos.  The Mini Family Quilt  PAD140 was born.  It will hold up to six 5” x 7” photos.

The Mini Family Quilt Pattern

Any of the Family quilts are a great way to show off your favorite people or pets.  They make a great gift for special occasions such as a wedding or a graduation. Because of the difference in panel sizes and the dimensions of picture frames, each pattern is different.  Yet all three quilts are made in much the same way,  They all have a top panel and hanging panels attached with beads.  They can be made by any advanced beginner quilter.  There is also a tutorial on my website,, with more help if necessary.  All Presto Avenue Designs patterns can be purchased on my website or at

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1840’s Inspiration!

Today we are pleased to welcome Barbara Burnham to the blog. 

Edge-Ruched Flower

Ruching [roo-shing] means “ruffling,” “gathering,” or “pleating.” Ruching techniques have been used on quilts and clothing for centuries. In the early 1800’s, ruching was done for trimming men and women’s clothing, such as on collars and sleeves, and on appliqué quilts to form dimensional flowers. Ruching can be done in various patterns to form appliqué elements, usually by stitching with 90 degree peaks and valleys on fabric strips, circles, or scraps to form various effects.

Taking inspiration from an antique 1840 quilt with unique “edge ruched” flowers, I invite you to follow the instructions in my pattern to make an edge-ruched flower that you can wear as a brooch, or add to a bag, hat, wall hanging or quilt.


Choose a matching or contrast fabric; any pattern, stripe, even polka dots. Cut and sew a folded strip of fabric into this easy edge-ruched flower. Simply add a button and pin to make a brooch and fancy up your favorite outfit. (I’ve made several to choose from!)

The pattern includes instructions to finish this small wall quilt with a fancy edge-ruched flower and a bud bursting from its calyx.


Pattern is available from

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What’s New with Debbie’s Creative Moments

Debbie’s Creative Moments

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of fourteen books and dozens of patterns. In addition, she has designed and published over 250 patterns in an ever-changing line of mystery quilts.

Debbie has taught many energy-filled workshops nationwide for guilds and shops, and some international venues. These include International Quilt Festival (Houston, Rosemont, and Long Beach), Minnesota Quilters Conference, Festival of Classes in Bend, Oregon, The Road to California and many, many more. Debbie has contributed many articles to Traditional Quiltworks magazine and has made two guest appearance on HGTV’s television program, Simply Quilts, and two episodes of’s Quilter’s Coffee .

Debbie and her husband Dan lived in Anchorage, Alaska from 1979 to August 2000. They raised three children, Monica, Erin, and Mark.

After living in Anchorage, Alaska from 1979 to 2000, Debbie returned to New Mexico and lives there now. Outside of quilting, Debbie enjoys her family (Grandkids are the greatest!), cooking, her herb garden, and going on long walks and drives, experiencing new places.

New Patterns!

Here are two of Debbie’s new patterns that can be found on the website.  Click Here to take a look at all of our available Debbie Caffrey patterns.

Mountain Reflection

September Sunrise

New Mysteries for Classes and Shops!

Debbie has designed and published mystery patterns since 1994. They have appeared in many forms such as magazine series, patterns for use by teachers, groups, and guilds for classes and retreats.

All patterns require basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills. Techniques are diverse, interesting, simple, and precise. While some techniques are more advanced than others, no pattern contains curved seams, Y-seams, appliqué, or similar challenges.

The sizes of quilts and number of fabrics used in the quilts are just as diverse as the techniques. For obvious reasons there is no picture brochure for mysteries. Because new ones are always being designed there is an ever-changing number of mystery patterns available.

The Class Mysteries and Shop Mysteries are great for use by teachers, groups, and guilds.  For information on hosting a mystery, please see How to Host a Mystery with Debbie Caffrey by clicking Here.

To view the mysteries please register online Here, make sure to include your guild or company name where it asks for company name.  We will then set up a wholesale account and email you with login information.

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Quilting Discoveries

We welcome designer Susan Mayer of Quilting Discoveries to the blog today.


My name is Susan Mayer designing under the name Quilting Discoveries. One of my most popular “discoveries” was how to put your quilt on point without cutting any side setting triangles.I now have 30 patterns published with the technique called “Straight to the Point” series. Engagement and Dance Partners are two of the most popular ones.


Dance Partners










I have 44 traditional patterns as well. The newest traditional patterns are Moving Blocks and Moving Blocks Again.

Moving Blocks

Moving Blocks Again

They are “design your own patterns” in which you learn several blocks that are sized to all fit together. You pick the fabrics and have fun making the blocks and arranging them as you wish!

Happy Quilting!

Susan Mayer




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Ornament of the Month Club

Today on the blog we welcome Carol L. Steffensen of Chickadee Hollow Designs. 

Winter has settled in and this is the perfect time to start working on things for Christmas next year.  At Chickadee Hollow Designs we are introducing a new line of ornaments called Christmas Keepsake Ornaments. This collection of Christmas Keepsake Ornaments will be available in the familiar Tea dye, in Blue Work, and also Red Work.  If you remember our first ornament line called Vintage Christmas Ornaments, then you will enjoy these as well.


The cost is $7.00 each, however you can save a $1.00 each if you join our Ornament of the Month Club (just give us a call). We started it on January 15th, however you can sign up whenever you want. We plan to send out two each month, as there is 20 in the whole line. That way you should be finished by the end of October and you will have them ready for your tree by next year Christmas! The Club cost will be $12.00 a month plus postage, but remember you will get two ornaments a month. Check them out on our website, on the Seasonal Ornaments page at For the retail stores this is a perfect BOM club for all of your stitchers. Call us with for details! 320-354-2456


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Today on the Blog we welcome our guest blogger Mary Lajoie of Country Angel Designs.  Mary is one of our fabulous designers here at and we are happy to have her share a little about one of her new patterns with us. 


It is a New Year and we are all hoping that 2017 will be a good one.  I am so excited to have my patterns featured at

My first featured pattern is: Bootyful

In this pattern, you will find instructions on how to make two different boots – The Big Boot and The Little Boot.

When I first started making the boots, I gave them as gifts to friends and family. I would buy a small Christmas Cactus plant, or a can of peanuts or candy and insert them into the boots. They were a real hit.  Now I have made it into a pattern so that others can make them as well.

Many local quilt shops have purchased this pattern and have made a variety of samples. It has proven to be very popular.

While Christmas is an ideal time to make the boot as a gift, it can be used on many other occasions throughout the year.

   Valentine’s Day: Make it red and white and fill it with candy.

   Baby Shower: Use pink or blue fabric and fil it with baby supplies.

   Desk Gift: Fill it with pencils and other desk supplies and match the décor.

   Easter Gift: Use Easter fabric and fill it with little Easter eggs.

   Halloween: Use Halloween fabric and fill it with Halloween candy.

   Quilter’s gift: Fill it with quilting supplies such as marking pens, snips, scissors, glue sticks, etc.

There are so many possibilities for this Bootyful Pattern.

Often Quilt shop owners place two co-ordinated fat quarters inside the pattern sleeve and sell it as a kit as the Little Boot requires only two fat quarters.

You need to be an advanced beginner to make this pattern. Once you make just one – you won’t want to stop. I hope you will try my pattern and have fun making gifts for your friends and family.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Mary Lajoie


CHECK OUT MY NEWEST PATTERN:                                                                                             OH BABY! –AVAILABLE AT QUILTWOMAN.COM



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For the Love of Wool!

New Wool Works™  Magazine

Premier Issue Ships January 10, 2017 . . .

Yvonne Buus – Vintage Heart Rug Design

Wool Works™ Magazine is full of good things.  It is a place to learn about wool, from its simple beginnings among grassy pastures to the cherished applique pillows, family quilts and warm hooked rugs that grace our homes.  As you turn the pages, you’ll see beautiful projects from the best designers in the industry who join us in enriching your love of wool.

Wool Works™ Magazine is a commitment to the love of wool.  If you enjoy wool applique, rug hooking or quilting with wool, each issue will contain several projects to inspire you to create something special for your home, your family, your friends.  These beautiful projects deserve to be paired with articles that celebrate our strengths and imagination as women, and our contributing designers share those values.

Laurie Lausen – LJ Fibers at The Wooly Red Rug

Step back in time with us, to a place where life was simpler.  Learn the secrets of dyeing your own wool, visit quilting and rug hooking guilds and meet women who use their handcrafts to give back to their communities.  Master the art of fancy embroidery stitches and learn the best methods for perfect wool applique. Want to learn the best foundation cloth for rug hooking, how to recycle wool and which rug hooks are favored by designers? You’ve come to the right place.

Wool Works™ Magazine is published four times a year in the spring, summer, fall and winter.  Subscribe now and join us in celebrating our love of everything wool.

Cathy Wagner – Cath’s Pennies Designs


Karen Hahn – Horse and Buggy Country


Subscribe Now!  Premier Issue Ships January 10, 2017!

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Soft and Cozy Keepsakes


Soft and Cozy Keepsakes -Faux Rag Quilting is a new book by Margo Yang.

Margo’s quilting hobby started when she quit her computer career over 25 years ago to become a mother. In 1991, her young family moved into a home, and soon she decided to make a tablecloth for her bare dining table. She chose a nine patch block but didn’t finish it because her blocks turned out uneven. Having no clue of how to fix them, she put those blocks in a closet where they languished until she found them again and finished those blocks into a lap quilt.

She and her sewing friends from church often made baby gifts and rag quilts because rag quilts were warm and fast to finish. After making rag quilts for a couple years, she was weary of always making rag quilts full of squares and rectangles. From there, she wondered, another way to make rag quilts that would still be fast but more varied in design and possibly, use less fabric? After much thought, she came up with what seemed like a fantastic idea. She put it to the test and in 2010, her Faux Rag quilting technique was born. She got published in The Quilt Life magazine in December 2013 and got a book contract from AQS in 2014. Her new book Soft & Cozy Keepsakes: Faux Rag Quilting came out in March of this year.

Soft & Cozy Keepsakes will show you how to make unique rag quilts and craft projects using Faux Rag Quilting technique. All the rag quilts in this book are nothing like you have seen or made before. We all know that rag quilts are fast to make. They are soft, snugly and comfy to have wrapped around you. You will enjoy making them for yourself and friends.

Nancy’s review

“I thought rag quilting was as easy as it gets but designer Margo Yang has made it even easier! This method is so easy and so forgiving that anyone can be a quilter without ever sewing a seam. And talk about fast – this would be great if you need a quick baby gift or a donation. This method also allows you to make any shapes you want with curves and angles being no problem. The quilts in this book will only be a kick start as your imagination will run wild with ideas!”

Soft and Cozy Keepsakes – Faux Rag Quilting is available for purchase at  Book also includes CD-ROM that contains all patterns and templates.


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After the Storm

“As I left the barn, I felt the wind strengthen and the first drops of rain began to fall. I called to Sunny and told the children to wash up while I returned to the cabin to prepare dinner.

“By the time I tucked Sarah and Jacob into bed, the storm had struck full force. The wind and rain hurtled down the lake, churning the water into white froth. When it reached our cove at the south end, it slammed into the woods, whipping trees around in a frenzied dance. Flashes of jagged lightening cut the night sky and thunder crashed so close to the house that the log walls shuddered….

“Inside our little fortress, I kept a fire blazing in the large fireplace, and two kerosene lamps shone brightly in an attempt to ward off the darkness and fury of the storm. The windows rattled ominously and the walls vibrated while all around the cabin I heard trees snapping like matchsticks and the wind moaned and howled.

“Sarah and Jacob were frightened and huddled under one of my patchwork quilts near the fire. I comforted them as best I could…. I was frightened too.”

After the Storm is a new book published by Cary Flanagan and available now on A story of Hannah, a young quilter growing up in a New England farming community during the tumultuous 19th and early 20th century. It is a poignant tale of love, loss, and resilience. Orphaned very young and raised by her Aunt Rebecca, she matures from a frightened child to a self-confident and successful quilt designer and businesswoman at a time when few opportunities were open to women.

Nancy’s review:

“I really enjoyed relaxing with this book after a long work day. The story of Hannah’s life makes one appreciate the modern conveniences we have today and that women of that era forged a path for women to be successful in the future. The book made me smile at many points and brought me to tears at others as author Cary Flanagan put heartfelt emotion into her words. She showed that only family and friends’ love and support can carry one through the dark times and make the celebration of the good times worthwhile.”

Purchase your copy today at!


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Adorable Characters without Applique

Lisa Muilenburg is a stay at home mom that started designing quilts for her mother, so she could make new baby quilts for each of her grandchildren.  She now designs them for you!  She loves to get ideas from friends and family and see what she can make for them.

Lisa’s daughter asked her one day when they were going to make their next “Quilt that Counts”.  Lisa told her that her shop was called Counted Quilts, but she thinks her daughter had it right.  Lisa loves being part of making a gift that really counts.

How to make Counted Quilts

These quilts are a quick and easy way to make an adorable character without using applique.

Only Straight Seams! First, cut the fabric into a given number of strips of varying sizes. Second, cut those strips into the given number of pieces. Third, sew the entire quilt top together, using straight 1/4″ seams, following a large labeled picture map. All of Counted Quilts patterns use a similar method.

1. Cut Strips

2. Cut Pieces

3. Follow Labeled Map





These are Perfect Patterns for Beginning Quilters!  And the perfect patterns for making quilts for boys.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Train Quilt Pattern

Octopus Quilt Pattern

Tractor Quilt Pattern

Visit us at to see the full selection of Counted Quilts Patterns.

Happy Counting!!!

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