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  • The Best of ...

    May is upon us!  And you know what they say about May, right?  April showers bring May flowers.  Blooming is one of the things our intrepid leader does best.  This month our own Patricia E. Ritter shares with us her "Best of ..." and her bio.  Her creative genius takes it roots in the world around her.  So, without much ado, we give you Patricia in her own words.

    I love you eyes by Zoey Zoey, Patricia's MVP

    Best quilting tool?  My imagination.  But it can also be my own worst enemy ... especially when I can't seem to execute what I imagine.

    Best inspiration?  Anything and everything ... from a trip to the hardware store to the pattern on a sheet of paper towels.  Design and patterns are all around us, and it's hard for me not to visualize them as quilts, applique or quilting designs.

    Diagonal Plaid by Patricia E. Ritter

    Best time to quilt?  Mornings.  I'm one of those crazy people (that you hate ;-) who loves waking up and getting started with their day.

    Best project ever?  Whatever project is next. I'm always evolving and always trying to think "outside the box", so my best project has yet to come.

    Best day off?  Hummmm ... this is a tough question.  I feel like I'm always "on", even when I'm sleeping.   I can't tell you how many times I've woken up from a dead sleep with a really cool idea. 

    Double Bubble by Patricia E. Ritter

    Best advice you ever received?  Strive to be the best at whatever you do. 

    Best advice you’ve ever given? When it comes to designing, don't "marry" your original idea.  You're only dating.  See where the design leads you before committing.

    Best road trip?  I don't think I can pick a best road trip.  I once drove from Florida to California and back, and that trip was amazing.  I also lived and worked overseas for 7 years and pretty much every weekend included a road trip that's worth noting.

    Best place to visit?  My house and studio ... LOL ... just ask any of my friends!

    Honeycomb by Patricia E. Ritter

    While pursuing her degree in Fine Arts, Patricia E. Ritter established her artistic voice as a ceramicist. Soon her talents expanded to include working with metals and bead work, and for the next 15 years she worked creatively and professionally as a jeweler and gallerist.

    Her relationship with quilting bloomed out of a need to strengthen her fine motor skills through needlework. With quilting, she found an art form that was simultaneously useful and ornamental. Her quilting experience quickly grew from dabbling on a domestic machine to acquiring her own longarm machine and sketching the pantographs she envisioned yet found did not exist.

    Inspired by the foliage and flowers within and around her native Miami, her original pantograph designs multiplied into a library of designs. It was a natural step to start a pantograph business, Urban Elementz, first selling to local quilt shops and soon after selling internationally online at her site www.urbanelementz.com.

    Now Urban Elementz's product line has expanded beyond pantographs to include original patterns, stencils, design boards, applique and fabric.  Patricia's multifaceted artistic experiences and entrepreneurial resolve ensure that Urban Elementz will continue to flourish alongside the ever-growing creativity of machine quilting.

    Vessel by Patricia E. Ritter

  • Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

    by Heather Spence

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament Tutorial by Heather Spence

    I've got scraps.  A. Lot. Of. Scraps.

    Sometimes it's overwhelming when I think about them.  So, most of the time, I ignore them.  Until I get a brilliant idea.

    Now ... not all my ideas are brilliant.  Heck ... sometimes they’re not even that great.  But, if one can combine scraps, with cute, quick and simple ... well, then.  Now we're onto something.

    And that is how these little cuties were born!

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornaments

    Size:  3 1/2" square

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    What you need:

    Nine 1 1/2" squares cotton quilting fabric (i chose four white, four green and one red ... but you can choose any colors you want)

    One 3 1/2" square cotton quilting fabric to match

    One 3 1/2" square of fusible batting

    One 6" length of mini ric-rac

    Start Sewing:

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    1)  Sew one green square to both sides of one white square.  Press seams towards the green.  Make 2.  If you're using directional fabrics such as mine be aware of the placement ... unless you don't care they are all going in different directions.  :)

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    2)  Sew one white square to both sides of the red square.  Press to the red square.  Make one.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    3)  Match seams and sew the two green rows to the top and bottom of the red row.  Press seams open.  (see pic below)

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    A mental note on pressing (which is another complete blog post so this will be short):  Press seams to the side where needed (to match seams) otherwise, press seams open to reduce bulk, especially at corners.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    4)  Place your mini-block on top of the fusible interfacing.  Be sure the glue side is up!  Otherwise you'll glue the batting to your ironing board.  That would be bad.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    Quilters Dream sent me samples of their new fusible batting.  All I can say is ... Oh.  My.  Gosh.  It's amazing.  This is the poly that I cut into first.  Once it's gone I'll use the cotton.  If you want to give it a try ask about it at your local quilt store or send them a message!  Be sure to tell them Urban Elementz sent you!!  (as a mental note here ... if they send you the free sample and all you're using is scraps then ... guess what ... you've got free ornaments for all those exchanges in December!)

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    5)  Fold your piece of ric-rac in half.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    6)  Line up the raw edges of the folded ric-rac with the middle of the raw edge of one side of the mini-block.  Secure with stitching about 1/8" from the raw edge.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    7)  Lay the 3 1/2" square on top of the mini-block, right sides together, matching all four corners.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    8)  Pin the four corners.  I guess you could pin the snot out of it but it's so darn little it may not be worth it.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    9)  Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew around the outside edge leaving a 2" opening at the top.  (i guess it could be any side ... i liked the top though ...)  Remove the pins.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    10)  Trim the corners.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    11)  Then, at a steeper (right word?) angle, trim the corners again.  This removes even more of the bulk fabric and batting from the corners.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    12)  Turn right side out through the 2" opening.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    13)  Push the corners out with your finger.  (they'll look like this.)

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    14)  Then I went and pushed them out further with this little purple tool.  It's not That Purple Thang, but very similar.  (there's no name on it and i threw the package away years ago ... whoops!)  That Purple Thang or any tool like that would work great for the corners.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    15)  I then folded the edges of the opening in ...

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    16) and gave it a press.

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament

    17)  Top stitched a little less than 1/8" from the edge so as to close the opening, trimmed the threads and ... voila!  This little cutie guy got to join his friends!!

    Quick Scrappy Christmas Tutorial

    I've got a whole bin full of 1 1/2" squares and a lot of mini ric-rac so I'm going to have some fun.  Maybe try some other variations!

    Thanks for following along.  If you make any please feel free to share a picture of your Quick Scrappy Christmas Ornament with us on Instagram and Facebook!  Be sure to tag us.  :D

    xo,

    ~ heather

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