Lectures and Workshops


"Winter Squash"

“Winter Squash”

Create! Keys to Unlocking YOUR creative power

What if creating everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, money, your ideal job, awards, fame, love… was as easy as making a quilt?

In this program you’ll learn:

How creating anything and everything can be as easy and fun as whipping up a quilt.

Why losing yourself in your sewing can be the best way to solve problems.

The amazing power hiding in your passion for quilting.

Prepare to be transformed by this empowering look at quilting by award winning quilter and creator Lauretta Crites. Lauretta’s quilts, personal experiences as well as information pulled from the latest science and historical events will have you looking at your quilting in a whole new way!

A Quilters Year

Art and traditional quilts come out to play. Let me show you how I change the seasons through the quilts I display in my Southern California home. A year in Quilts – from the frosty snowflakes of January thru Spring Flowers, Falls Fruits and Christmas Wreaths, oh my, how the year does fly!


Quilt Show Reno Classes 2020

Detailed video supply lists will be posted approx 1 month prior to the class, for text supply lists click on links provided next to the class titles.

Cutting Mat Tote Bag

Cutting Mat Tote

Embellished Cork Journal Cover

Embellished Cork Journal Covers

We will use stamping, stenciling, painting and markers to create a unique journal cover you can use for years. Learn how versatile and easy to sew cork fabric is while making this fun and useful project. Perfect for journaling, Pet records (my dog Stitch’s book shown above), daily to do lists and much, much more. Journal is included. Simple final sewing will be done outside of class.

Quilt Coloring Fun – no supply list just wear apron or old clothes

You know coloring is great fun! Did you know you can color your quilts? Learn the techniques for using ordinary colored pencils to make beautiful, vibrantly colored, washable quilts. Allow your inner child to come to the party as we re-discover the joy of effortlessly creating. Students will have approx. 10 pre-printed mini quilt designs to choose from.

Of all the supplies available for art quilts by far my favorite and the easiest to use is pencil colors. More precise than crayons, easier to control and blend than inks and paints. Add that they are inexpensive and with the application of “magic elixir” permanent on fabric, what’s not to love! Come have the fun of reacquainting yourself with the joys of simple coloring. If you have learned to “color INSIDE the lines” you already have all the skills you need to launch right in and start creating!

Mod Cat  – For supply list click here

Mod Cat Throw

Learn great quilt making tips and shortcuts as we work on this fun modern quilt top. Bright strip scrap applique cats with sassy pieced scrap borders. You’ll want to make this one again and again.

Houston Festival Classes 2019

The video supply lists are posted! There is a link to the relevant video at the end of each class description. Thanks for your patience while I worked out my adventure in videography! If you have any further questions email me at LaurettaCrites@gmail.com or call (626) 975-6738

Tuesday October 29, 9am-5pm #213 “Harvest Scarecrow” 

It’s Highlights and shadows that create dimension in what we see. You will learn the fundamentals of how to use markers and paints to add “dimensional punch” to your applique while making this adorable Harvest Scarecrow wall hanging. Let your inner child come out to play in this fun, fast paced class. We will be working on preparing and shading the applique portion only, instructions for finishing will be provided. No drawing experience required, just an open mind and childlike curiosity. Finished size as shown approx. 19″ x 21″

For Harvest Scarecrow video supply list click on this link : https://youtu.be/tvY48tRsm-Y

Harvest Scarecrow background finishing videos:

Part 1: Preparing for Stitching

Part 2: Stitching Cornstalks

Part 3: Borders and Quilting

Part 4: Finishing and hanging

Wednesday October 30, 9am-5pm #320 “Witch’s Boot”

Let your inner child come out to play as we “color” this wonderful Halloween Witch’s boot. Learn how to transfer designs to fabric and use ordinary colored pencils along with fabric pens and inks to make this washable holiday wall hanging. We will work on the center colored section in class. Finished quilt as shown 32″ x 31″

For Witches Boot Video Supply list click on this link: https://youtu.be/vwQ28oh-JJ4

Houston festival note – the organizers have told me they will have a room with light boxes set up (not our classroom) which they will reserve for our use for the Witches Boot class. I don’t know how far from our classroom it will be but it will be available

Houston Festival Saturday Nov 2, 9am-5pm #710 “Shaded Holly and Berry Wreath”

Beach Cities Quilters Guild, Friday Nov 15, 2019 10am-4pm

Diablo Valley Quilters, Thursday Nov 21, 2019

Learn how to transform your applique from the ordinary on the left to the extraordinary on the right using highlights and shadows. We’ll go step by step as you learn to use paint and markers to add realistic details that create dimension while making this beautiful Holiday Wreath. No sewing will be done in class, finishing the raw edge applique at home to complete as a wall hanging or pillow will be discussed.  Wreath diameter 16″

For Holly and Berry Holiday Wreath video supply list click on this link:


Create! Visioning on fabric

Visioning on Fabric

Visioning on 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. You may make your piece as literal or as abstract as you want. This is about a “feeling” no art experience is required! You may share what your quilt represents, or not, it is entirely up to you. 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. As long as your quilt makes you smile and reminds you of your desire, it’s perfect. You will learn tips and tools for taking your dreams from fabric to fruition. The experts agree the more you can “feel” the way achieving your dream will feel, the more likely you are to achieve it.

Painted Tyvek

Painted Tyvek Leaves

Who knew a lowly mailing envelope could become so beautiful? The durable “fabric” known as Tyvek can be painted and manipulated in a variety of ways to add dimensional embellishments to your art quilts. This is “up-cycling” at its best. Offered as a project class, or a process class where participants make fabric for their own future projects.

miPhone your Phone bag – Your new favorite purse!

I created this purse specifically to hold my iPhone but you’ll think it was designed just for you! Customize the pockets to fit your brand of cell phone perfectly, take notes easily with the pen pockets built in on the side. The pockets continue on the back, yet it’s as easy as pie to complete in just a few hours. Cross body bags are so convenient and trendy. Showcase your personality with your fabric choices and plan to make lots more for gifts, everyone will want one!

Choose from 3 purse sizes to make in class then customize it to fit your phone. You get to “make it your way” choose the size then, the fabrics… 1 fabric inside and out or mix it up? The choices are unlimited, but no matter how you design it, you will go home wearing a great cross body bag customized to hold the cell phone you can’t live without.

Quilt Coloring Fun

“Get Real”

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“Get Real” Harvest Scarecrow project

Light and shadow are what give the things we see form and shape. In this class we will be adding detail and dimension to our applique designs with inks, pencils and pens. This is the technique I use most often for my award winning quilts.  Available as a 1 or 2 day class.

NYGCD (not your grannies churn dash)

NYGCD Fabulous and Fast 2 color quilt

NYGCD Fabulous and Fast 2 color quilt

This is not your grannies churn dash! This churn dash variation has a modern graphic look that everyone loves but used to be a huge hassle to make. Now I’ve  re-engineered it to take advantage of today rotary methods no more half-square triangles. Now a row quilt on the diagonal you’ll speed through this beauty using strip sets, nested seams, chain piecing. All the things we know make for a fast quilt.  Grannie never had it this good!