QuiltWoman.com Blog is happy to welcome Claudia Lash of Presto Avenue Designs as our guest blogger today.Â Enjoy!
My name is Claudia Lash and I love to design quilts. Â My business is named Presto Avenue Designs, and I have over 50 patterns available. I have patterns for pieced quilts, appliquÃ© quilts, kids quilts, and wall quilts. Â My best selling patterns at quilt shows are almost always the quilts from â€˜The Family Seriesâ€™. Â 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. Â It was one of the best things in my life. Â A year after the first granddaughter was born, other grand babies came along quickly. Â Papaw and I were in heaven. Â Soon our children began bringing us pictures of their little ones for our mantel, and in no time the mantel was covered. Â We needed more picture space, but I wanted something easy on the wall. Â 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. Â They are actual photographs and are not printed on fabric. Â The pictures are easy to change. Â You can reach under the photo and pull it out and then easily place a new photo inside the frame. Â The quilt will hold twelve 5â€ x 7â€ photographs. Â There is a top panel and 5 hanging panels which are attached with beads.
A year or so later we had a need for another Family quilt which would hold a larger picture. Â Â 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. Â This wall quilt is very much like The Family Quilt but it will accommodate 8â€ x 10â€ photos as well as 5â€ x 7â€ photos.
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. Â The Mini Family Quilt Â PAD140 was born. Â It will hold up to six 5â€ x 7â€ photos.
Any of the Family quilts are a great way to show off your favorite people or pets. Â 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. Â Yet all three quilts are made in much the same way, Â They all have a top panel and hanging panels attached with beads. Â They can be made by any advanced beginner quilter. Â There is also a tutorial on my website, www.prestoavenuedesigns.com, with more help if necessary. Â All Presto Avenue Designs patterns can be purchased on my website or at Quiltwoman.com.