Lauretta Crites is a fantastic quilter! Today we share with you her quilt, Winter Squash (Houston 2014 Art-Miniature 2nd place winner).
If you haven’t met or taken a class from Lauretta, she is one of the sweetest, strongest, and courageous quilters we know. We’re happy to help you get to know her a little better today.
“My grandparents were farmers. Self-reliance and creativity are family traits. The ability to accomplish what you want, with what you have, is a great foundation for quilting! Sewing was just one of many life skills I was taught, and I learned it sewing clothes for my dolls on the family Kenmore. In my high school home economics class other girls were learning how to make aprons… I made my prom dress!
My best organizational tip… do as I say, not as I do? No? OK, I’ve discovered that the plastic trays from the ½ box of See’s Molasses Chip candy is the PERFECT size to hold Superior thread Spools and are the exact width of my elfa system thread drawers!
I’m a HUGE fan of Superior Threads! I’d say about 85% of my thread collection is from Superior. I started my love affair with King Tut, and then discovered So Fine! #50. I was really into the idea of having a full color range in one thread line and so I decided to give myself So Fine! #50, thread of the month club. Shortly afterwards, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had months of chemotherapy and then surgery and recovery. Much of the time I was too tired to sew, but each month I got a little package of “jewels”. Six spools of thread. Six spools with a promise. If I just keep moving forward, I will get to make wonderful quilts and I have every color I need to match any fabric I want! Each month I was so excited to see what colors had come and to mark them on my color chart. It really is my joy to be able to have so many colors in such a great thread at my fingertips!
For Winter Squash I used about 25 colors. I used So Fine! #50 and MasterPiece.
I will say, I find naming quilts HARD! Mine tend to end up pretty literal. So my quilt showing a group of winter squash is called… “Winter Squash”. Yes, well, I have other talents! Which reminds me…
My biggest takeaway is do what YOU love. Trust me, when I showed the garden catalog photo at the beginning of class and said I’m doing a quilt of squash, people didn’t exactly jump up and down. But, before I was 25% in, my quilt was the one everyone was drawn to. My mantra is…”It’s my quilt, the only one who has to like it, is ME!”
See more of Lauretta's quilts on her blog.
Images courtesy of Lauretta Crites