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Easy Snap Bag

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:23 pm by Lauretta Crites

I love to make these little bags from the quilted fabric left over from making my “Cutting Mat Tote Bags”
you can make them any size you want. The instructions that follow make a “snap bag” approx. 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ finished.

Snap Bag

To make your snap bag, you will need:
1) 1 piece of quilted fabric 8″ x 11″
2) 2 binding fabric pieces 3 1/2″ x 8″
3) 2 prairie point fabric pieces 3 1/2″ square
4) 2 pieces of 1″ wide metal tape measure 7 1/4″ long with the ends rounded and cut edges taped

Start by folding your binding pieces in half lengthwise and pressing.(not shown)
Take your prairie point pieces and fold them in half lengthwise. Press. With the raw edges facing up fold each edge in to the center to form a triangle.

With the “wrong” side of the 8″ x 11″ fabric facing you on the table align the raw edges of your folded binding strips up with the raw 8″ edges of your snap bag, pin in place and stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press stitching to set then press binding up.

Binding shown stitched and pressed to the “wrong side”

Turn your quilted fabric over and wrap the binding around to the front pinning in place. The binding should come down over the front edge about 1 1/8″ find the center and tuck the prairie points under the binding edge about 1/4″ and pin.(see photo at top of page) Top stitch close to the edge of the binding to stitch binding and prairie points.

snap bag "right sides together"

Fold your snap bag in 1/2 “right sides together” aligning the binding edges. On one side only Stitch 1/4″ seam. Insert each of the metal tape measure pieces under the bindings sliding them all the way into the pocket. The rounded side of the tape measure needs to be on the outside (right side) of the snap bag, so working from the the inside (wrong side) slide it in so the inside curve faces you and the outside curve faces the front. Make sure its the same for both sides of the snap bag.
Stitch the other side closed using 1/4′ seam allowance. Finish by zig zag stitching the raw edges.
Turn right side out and carefully poke out the corners to make nice and flat and square.

These little bags are great on the go and make terrific gifts. I have one I use as my binding tote with scissors needles and binding clips. They make great make up bags and travel bags. I’ve make them in the size of eyeglass cases and have one I use as a pencil case. You really can’t have too many. Enjoy!


It’s been a long time…..

Posted in CREATE!, Lecture/teaching schedule, personal life at 1:40 pm by Lauretta Crites

I hardly know where to begin… It’s been a challenging and rewarding year so far and quite a long time since I’ve posted anything. In December my Husband’s Father passed away just a few days before Christmas. In January my Mom passed away just a few days after New Years, and just 1 day shy of her 72nd birthday. Both deaths were unexpected and both combined were devastating. Even with wonderful family support there has been a lot of work and grieving in closing their estates. My father-in-law lived in San Diego county a 4 hour round trip from our home and my task was to hire the contractors to do renovations on his home, make all the design choices and handle all the details of selling his home. My mom lived in Iowa so I was there with her for the final week while she was in the hospital, then back again for another week to help sort and move her personal items, design the grave marker and hold the memorial.

In between all that “A Couple of Old Broads” did shows in Ontario:CA, Phoenix:AZ, Mesa:AZ, Tuscon:AZ, Livermore:CA, and Reno:NV, and I spoke at Quilt Guilds and held workshops in Aliso Viejo:CA, Santa Maria:CA, Northridge:CA, taught at the Reno Sew and Quilt Expo and I will be headed up to central California soon to do presentations at 2 more Guilds and another workshop. Whew!!

July 25 – I’ll be presenting my trunk show “A Quilters Year” sharing how my Southern California home changes seasons thru quilts at the Central Coast Quilters Guild in Arroyo Grande, CA and I will be teaching my “Harvest Scarecrow” workshop on July 26. In this class we use fabric markers and inks to add detail and shading to enhance our applique, and you learn some free-motion quilting for the background cornstalks as well.

July 27 – I present “CREATE! keys to unlocking your creative power” at the Old Town Quilters in Nipomo, CA.

August 3 – “CREATE! Keys to unlocking your creative power” for the Acadia Quilt Guild in Buena Park, CA followed by my “Cutting Mat Tote Bag”” workshop on August 5. A one day class where we build a bag to fit our 18″ x 24″ cutting mat with pockets to fit our rotary ruler and rotary cutter as well.

August 8 – “CREATE! keys to unlocking your creative power” at the Pine Needles Guild, in Wrightwood, CA followed by Saturday the 12ths Workshop “MiPhone your Phone bag” a great cross body mini messenger bag that is customized to fit your personal cell phone, another project typically finished in the 1 day class.

Most of the presentations are open to non-members, either free or with a modest admission fee. Workshops are open for a fee, space permitting. Contact me at LaurettaCrites@gmail.com or the guilds directly for more information.


REACH for a better thought

Posted in CREATE!, LOA, Monthly Mini at 2:56 pm by Lauretta Crites


Mini Quilt  REACH for a better thought

          Mini Quilt REACH for a better thought

Sometimes what we really need is some new thinking. It’s so very easy going around just reacting to what happens to and around us. But, in order to CREATE! our lives, we need to grab the reigns of our mind and say “Whoa! Slow down! I’m in charge here!” Our minds go racing off at a million miles a minute and most of it is not serving us. Our minds can be like wild horses reacting.  You may not know this, but, if what you are thinking makes you unhappy or keeps you from your pursuit of happiness it is not serving you. These thoughts can be reactions to events or just the kind of low grade negativity that prevents you from going for it.

Lets say for example, I would really like to have an article published in a magazine. Now for me that is exciting and a little intimidating. Even with my experience It’s easy for me to think…”I don’t have a clear idea for an article” “They probably get dozens of submissions every day by people with more writing experience than me”, “that magazine fits my work BUT, …”

Or I can REACH for those better thoughts

“If I sit and brainstorm, I bet I can come up with 5 ideas for an article”, “I don’t have to write the whole article, just submit a proposal” “Magazines are always searching for new ideas” “Nothing is truly new, even older ideas can be recycled” , ” Writing a proposal will be good experience” “Even submitting a proposal will give me some name recognition”

Which will be more likely lead to action? The negative defeating thoughts, or the better more empowering thoughts?

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not… you are right.  – Henry Ford


Take time to bliss out

Posted in Monthly Mini at 4:53 pm by Lauretta Crites


June in Southern California is one of the nicest times to stop and smell the flowers. Plants are in full bloom everywhere you look and the days are sunny and warm … or even hot! Most years I would be spending as much time as possible outside working in the garden, enjoying my veggie seedlings growing up and up. But thanks to the drought new planting areas are on hold and the veggie garden will be getting replaced with drought tolerant plants… probably just as well. This year “A Couple of Old Broads” has done shows in Phoenix, Tuscon, and Mesa Arizona. Salt Lake City, Utah. Santa Rosa, CA and next week we head to Reno NV.  That and all other things “Lauretta Crites Designs” take time.

Bicycle flower basket

Bicycle flower basket

I love to take time to do “summery” things. Concerts in the park, walking on the beach, Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters. This year I’m taking belly dance at the rec center. So however you enjoy summer I hope this one’s especially great for you.


LOVE …is all you need.

Posted in LOA, Monthly Mini at 12:30 pm by Lauretta Crites


Love is truly all you need.

When you are in love everything feels wonderful. You feel more beautiful, more vital, more alive.

This Valentines Weekend  fall totally and madly in love… with yourself. 

You are utterly amazing. You are here because YOU are a good idea. Because YOU add to all that is by who you are. Everyday you engage and touch others in ways you never imagine.

YOU are exactly right. You do not need to be anything or anyone other than who you are, so relax.

YOU are exactly where you should be RIGHT NOW, so relax.

You are growing and learning so much and you will continue to grow and learn, that is the nature of life, so relax.

Look at what you have done and what you have chosen and what you have created and know it has all been exactly right and be happy NOW.

…and that goes for me, too. So this weekend I’m practicing extreme self love. I’m going to be delighted with myself. I will be indulgent and playful. I will ask myself leading questions and really listen to the answers. I will be open and curious. I will eat CHOCOLATE.

I will fill my cup until it overflows knowing that its from that abundance  – that overflow – that I can best love others, too – Much love to you <3

I’d love to know how you  fill your cup this weekend. 🙂


Happy Holidays!

Posted in Monthly Mini at 4:47 pm by Lauretta Crites

Holiday Charms Mini Quilt #5.

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Holiday Charms Mini Quilt

Holiday Charms Mini Quilt

This months free mini quilt can also be used for gift card holders that also make fun ornaments. Now that’s a lot of value from one design!

Holiday Charms Ornament/Gift Card Holder

Holiday Charms Ornament/Gift Card Holder

Print out the PDF mini quilt image onto fabric prepared for printing. Color the images  (At the bottom of the linked page is my terrible video on making colored pencil permanent on fabric)

Cut out your Holiday Charms. I rotary cut evenly between the images which leaves about 1/4″ of fabric outside the line, then trim the other edges to a little more than 1/4″.


Tip: If you want to make LOTS of these..

I usually do a paper “color test sheet”. Here I copied the paper color test sheet onto the fabric using my color printer instead of printing just the outline. Color once, print as many as you need. Do adjust your printer to high quality color printing.

Top image is a color copy lost some of the blue sky on the snowman but mostly good

Lower right hand image is the color copy I lost some of the blue sky on the snowman but it’s good enough for me!

For each Ornament/Card Holder you will need:

  • 1 @ 4″ Holiday Charm mini colored image
  • 1 @ 4 1/2″ square of white fabric
  • 2 @ 5″ squares Holiday fabric (My sample is opposite but for gift card holders, you might want to use a light color fabric on the back to make it easier to write the giftee’s name on it)
  • 1 @ 4″ &  2 @ 5″ squares paper backed fusible webbing
  • 1 @ 5″ square of Peltex (Peltex is a stiff interfacing used for fabric bowls made by Pellon, buy it where you get interfacings or use 2 layers of a heavy dressmakers interfacing)
  • 1 6-7″ piece of ribbon
  • Fabric Glue


Apply fusible webbing, the 4″ square to the back of the Holiday Charm and the two 5″ squares to the backs of the 5″ fabric squares, according to the manufacture’s directions. Allow to cool. Remove the paper from the webbing. (Score with a straight pin to cut the paper then peel the paper back away from the score line.

scrape the tip of the pin through the paper in the center then bend on the tear and peel the paper off

scrape the tip of the pin through the paper in the center then bend on the tear and peel the paper off

Place the Holiday Charm, face up, in the center of the 4 1/2″ white fabric square. Press to fuse. Place the 5″ square of fabric for the front of the ornament, face up, on the Peltex. Press to fuse.

Turn the ornament over, place the 5″ square for the back of the ornament on the Peltex, face up. Press to fuse.

Trim around the Holiday Charm to clean up the edges, leaving as much of the 1/4″ border around the outline as you can. Place a small amount of fabric glue on the the wrong side of the charm on the 2 side edges only on the outside 1/8″.

On this sample I folded down the extra seam allowance at the top. I suggest you trim evenly all around.

On this sample I folded down the extra seam allowance at the top. I suggest you trim evenly all around.

Center the Holiday Charm on the front side of the ornament. Finger press to temporarily glue in place.

Stitch 3 sides of the Holiday Charm, outside the line, to form a pocket. Trim the outer edges of the ornament to clean up the edges and create a nice border around the Holiday Charm.


Form the ribbon into a loop. Glue the 2 cut ends on the back of the ornament approx. 1/2″ down. Allow to dry.


Write your loved one’s name on the back, add your gift card and hang your Ornament/Gift Card Holder on the tree! Something personal they can keep after the card has been used up. Made by you. Merry Christmas!

an ornament to save after the cards been spent

An ornament to save after the card’s been spent


CREATE! “R” is for request.

Posted in CREATE!, LOA at 9:00 am by Lauretta Crites

When you make a quilt you usually get to make all the decisions.

If the quilt is just for you, YOU GET  TO PICK every single little detail. You choose the colors, the pattern and the fabric will it be batik or cotton or Minky? You pick what you want, what YOU like best.  It can be the same with life. The problem is most of us don’t know how to put in our requests.

We constantly contradict our desires.

I love old movies, one of my favorites is the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart.  In the film Stewart’s character has a guardian angel, do you remember?  Named Clarence. Imagine for a minute that Clarence is your personal angel. Now Clarence is a really sweet guy but a bit bumbling, he’s a little deaf and not up on the latest fads. He wasn’t even born in the last century (Heaven is an equal opportunity employer, after all…) but Clarence has great intentions and has access to immense power. Everything you could ever want is available to him love, wealth, health, success… and he is standing by ready with his orders to deliver to you what ever you ask for , nothing is too big or too small.  Clarence is there ready willing and able to deliver to you anything you want. He hears you say “oh, look at that awesome jacket, I would love to have that jacket” Clarence starts over to make all the cogs move to pack it up for you and before he can get there you say “look at the price, no way, I can’t afford that” so he hears “I can’t afford that” so he moves on to giving you more of “you can’t afford it” instead. Back and forth it goes, poor Clarence gets worn out and you get nowhere.

Things CAN go better for you than they have, you just have to stop being your own NO.

I don’t mean go out and buy a lot of stuff you can’t currently afford. Instead, become aware of where you are getting in the way of what you really want most. What countering mind sets do you have? Where do you say NO to you? Do you say:

I can’t afford it – I don’t have enough time – I’m too old – I’m not smart enough – I don’t deserve it – I won’t win

You are powerful and your requests are heard. Request what you want, not what you don’t want.

When we talk about or mentally stew over the things that are going wrong in our lives, we put in more requests for things to go wrong.

Talk, think, draw, paint and quilt the things you do want.  Don’t say NO to you. Don’t worry about the details, leave the how’s up to Clarence. Just stop requesting what you don’t want, that’s enough to start the cogs moving again in your favor.

We can order up our lives just like the details of our quilt creations. Request what you want, not what you don’t want.


CREATE! 7 keys to unlocking your creative power

Posted in CREATE!, LOA, Monthly Mini, Uncategorized at 4:59 pm by Lauretta Crites


For me it begins with the idea that being happy and feeling joyful improves every area of your life. That the very act of feeling good, of being happy, draws to you “magnetizes” all the good stuff you want to come into your life.

Now this really excites me, it excites me that the more I practice and the better I become at using these universal principals the more beautiful and enjoyable my life becomes and I want that for you, too!

So, I’ve developed an acronym CREATE! to explain these ideas and principals to move you to your own exquisitely joyful creations.  C- Choose, R – Request, E – Expect, A- Act, T – Thank, E – Energize, ! – the jzuzzh that brings it all together.

C – The first letter in CREATE! is “C” and “C” stands for CHOOSE. In quilting we begin by making a choice. The 1st decision or choice we have to make is what do we want? Nothing can happen until we decide. Until we choose. Will we make a wall quilt or a bed quilt a baby quilt or a tote bag? When we decide for ourselves that is called a conscious decision and with that we create the world around us. BUT – it’s very important to recognize that not all decisions are conscious ones. Many if not most of our day to day creating is done unconsciously.

We want to be conscious creators of our lives. The best way to be happy with your conscious choice is to follow you heart when deciding. Which means choosing things because they are what other people want for you doesn’t really work, your choices must come from your own heart.

If you are interested in a hands on experience of  CREATE!  I will be holding a class:

Visioning in Fabric:


Visualization is a powerful tool for focusing used to help us achieve our goals. In this workshop we will be creating a small (approx. 11” x 17”) wall hanging to help get us in the “feeling place” of our dreams. Experts agree the more you can “feel” the way achieving your dream will feel, the more likely you are to achieve it. Immerse yourself in the powerful energy created as we work together. This is your dream, there is no should. Use colors that speak to you, embellish as your heart desires. You may make your piece as literal or as abstract as you want.  As long as your quilt makes you smile and reminds you of your desire, it’s perfect. You will learn some tips and tools for taking your dreams from fabric to fruition and the cutting edge science that makes quilting the perfect tool for not only visualizing but achieving your dreams.   Redlands Sewing Center, Sept 29 6pm (909) 792-3994


Life is supposed to be FUN!

Posted in LOA, Monthly Mini at 2:01 pm by Lauretta Crites


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I believe that life is supposed to be fun.

If its not, then you’re not doing it right!

I wasn’t doing it right… I was mired in lack-full thinking, so much so that I got cancer.

Interestingly though, cancer also allowed me the opportunity to begin to see my truths, my limiting beliefs and begin to understand the power we all have over our lives, our health and our happiness. That power starts with believing that life is actually supposed to be fun!

One thing I’ve seen proven over and over again is that the better you feel the better everything in your life goes, and you can have total control over how you feel.

Notice I said “can have”, not “do have”…. the doing comes with practice. First you have to realize you can control how you feel, and that doing so has HUGE benefits! I’ll be talking about this more in my upcoming series “CREATE! 7 keys to unlocking your creative power” so stick around.

Until then… go have some FUN!!!!

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