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Posted in Monthly Mini at 10:38 am by Lauretta Crites

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“LOVE” Mini Quilt on a foam display board

Posted in Monthly Mini, quilt display, Uncategorized at 6:31 pm by Lauretta Crites

Now that life is cycling back toward something like normalcy I’ve been able to spend some time in the studio. My
current art quilt is under a social media black out so I am going to share a new Mini Quilt display method I’ve just tried.

Design Foam Boards for Mini Quilt Mounting

Design Foam Boards by Fairfield are rigid styrofoam with adhesive on one side so its easy to mount the quilt directly to the board. The instructions say to position sticky side up wrap your fabric to the back covering only the edges and then stick it to the wall…
Sorry… I’m not gluing these things to my wall… Here’s how I used it.

I started by measuring the width for my border. Since the center of my Mini Quilt measures 8 1/2″ square and the foam board is 12″ square I needed the border fabric to be 1/4″ (seam allowance) + 2″ (distance to edge) + 1/2″ (thickness of foam) + 1 1/2″ (wrap on back) = 4″ I cut 2 border pieces 4″ x 8 1/2″ and attached to the sides, right sides together, sewed using 1/4″ seam, pressed toward the border, added 4″ border to the top and bottom measuring for the length. You will have a finished top with very wide border, as you see in the top photo.

Next I marked on the back of the quilt 2″ out from the seam of the mini quilt center. This created a 12″ square, the same size as the foam board. I then removed the stickybase protective liner and centered the board sticky side down on top of my fabric aligning it with the marks I made.

center the foam on the back of your mini quilt

Clip into the fabric even with the edge of the board on the sides, stopping at the board. Place double sided adhesive fabric tape along the raw edge stopping where the fabric is clipped . Remove the adhesive liner and wrap the fabric around the edge of the foam onto the back (non adhesive) side of the board pulling slightly as you press the tape in place to create a tight fit.

trimming the top and bottom border

Use a touch of glue to secure the raw edge of the fabric on the 1/2″ bottom corners. Fold back the extending end of the top and bottom border fabric even with the side of the covered edge of the foam board. Trim away about half of the fold back, to eliminate bulk.

After trimming, glue remaining fold back in place on top of border.


glue extra seam allowance

Place double sided fabric tape on raw edge from end to end on remaining edges, wrap fabric around sides and onto back tugging slightly as you press tape in place to create a tight fit.

view of back of finished board


With the stickybase adhesive firmly anchoring the front of the mini quilt and nothing sticky on the back I can prop my mini up on a table, or stand it in a small easel or even press a picture hook into the back and hang it on a nail.

Mini top wrapped on design foam board


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! 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!!!!


Skew Perfection

Posted in Monthly Mini, Video tutorials at 5:22 pm by Lauretta Crites

Skew Perfection Mini Quilt

Skew Perfection Mini Quilt


Truth be told, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. If I don’t believe I have the time to do something “right” (read: perfectly) there is a good chance I won’t do it at all. Of course, that means a lot of things I’d like to do I don’t end up even trying.

But, life is short and in the spirit of perfect imperfection I am going to do way more things BADLY.  In some cases like these video’s REALLY BADLY. (seriously don’t say I didn’t warn you…)

It won’t be easy for me… to take a deep breath and do it anyway, say it anyway, publish it anyway, post it anyway.

If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly… or so I’ve been told.

I hope you enjoy my imperfect offerings… the good news is, with practice they should get better…

much love,




Follow your heart…

Posted in Monthly Mini at 10:38 am by Lauretta Crites

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How much time do you spend in joy?

“The measure of my success is my joy” read the poster in the yoga studio I was attending for the 1st time. Huh… the measure of my success is my joy… not my job, bank account, status, or what my family thinks. My JOY. I know it sounds kinda obvious but seriously… how much time do you spend in JOY do you really ENJOY your time, your day, your life? That poster launched  me on a journey of discovery. Discovering how I could move closer to  joy. These mini quilts are really personal prompts to me to remind me how to live in joy, and I am so happy to share them with you. Today spend some time thinking about what brings you joy. What lights up your heart? I made a list and do at least one thing on it each day. FOLLOW YOUR HEART make your own list and spend some time with the people you love or doing an activity you love (like coloring and  making a mini quilt…)

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