quilting design

  • 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

  • Your Own Personal Assistant!

    Ever feel lost searching for the perfect design? Have an idea of what you want but you need a little help narrowing it down? Find the perfect design with our SEARCH FEATURES. Think of it like it's your own personal shopping assistant!  Check out how easy it is ...

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  • The Best Of ...

    Welcome to our new series called The Best Of ... !

    Every month we'll introduce to  you one of our designers, and they'll share their very Best's.  To kick off our first month, we are thrilled to acquaint you with, Valerie Smith and her "best of" list.

    Valerie Smith

     

      Best Quilting Tool: Seam Ripper. We all make mistakes!
       Best Inspiration: Quilt Shows!
       Best Time to Quilt: Early in the morning. I am an early bird and get my best work down 5 or 6 in the morning.
       Best Project Ever: Whatever I am working on at the time.
       Best Day Off: The day after a big "whoops". We all need breaks even from the things we love. Then get back to it!
       Best Advice You Ever Received: "That's nothing anyone on a horse galloping by would notice" - Gal from my old quilt guild.  Let up on your mistakes and enjoy your beautiful creation.
       Best Advice Ever Given: Do what brings you joy!
       Best Road Trip: Hmmm ... my best road trip is yet to come! I don't travel much with small children, but I did take a trip to Gatlinburg, TN.  That was a lot of fun.
       Best Thing About Quilting: You get something cozy when you're done.
       Best Place to Visit: The quilt shop!
    Valerie has been quilting for more than 30 years, and many of her designs have been published in national publications.  She lives in the northeast corner of Ohio, on the shores of Lake Eerie, with her husband and four children.  Two of her most popular pantographs designs are Lather, Rinse, Repeat and Deja Vu.
  • Dare to Dream Big!

    By Patricia Ritter and Julia Mathis

     

    Dreaming big is a motivational push of positive encouragement, an incentive propelling growth and prosperity meant to freshen up your everyday – any takers? If answered with a fat ole’ yes – then hold on to your hat! All of us at Urban Elementz are eager and delighted to release our Dream Big Quilting Designs for long-arm and domestic machine quilters.

    Hoffman California Fabrics designs and manufactures innovative,  imaginative fabrics, including their beautiful digitally printed Dream Big floral panel. This product is STUNNING (in all caps)! The flower seems to burst from the fabric, stretching into each corner of the panel offering itself up as the perfect textural canvas for quilting. And has become all the rage of quilters all over the world!

    And just like every other quilter, we were bitten by the bug!

    So what did we do?

    We came up with twelve amazing Dream Big Quilting Designs. To encourage creativity and unique personalization each design is unique in arrangement and composition but configured to be "mixed and matched". Get more than one and release a current of possibilities and create your vivacious, exquisitely distinct, Dream Big quilt.

    Thank you for providing us with constant inspiration and as always, we love your feedback.

    Head on over to our Facebook @urbanelementzdesigns and our Instagram @urban.elementz to stay updated with our full week of deals.

    Living the dream never gets old.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Delicious Digitizing!

    By Natalie Gorman and Jessica Schick

     

    Did you know that just because you can find the same edge-to-edge pantograph design on multiple sites, it doesn’t mean that all digital and paper pantographs are created equal?

    How so?

    Let’s first talk about how the pantograph "cake is baked.”  A designer draws a design with a trusty pencil and paper. Digitizers then trade in pencil and paper for mouse and monitor, and virtually recreate the continuous line drawing from start to endpoint.

    Oh – how we wish we could just scan in a drawing and – voila – the design in done! Instead, we meticulously work on each design to assure everything that’s stitched by your computerized quilting system is impeccable. What you see in our online images is what you get on your quilt. No additives or preservatives!

    The Perfect Pantograph Recipe

    Every single detail that is digitally drawn will stitch when you use the design. If the design looks messy with wobbles, inaccurate points, egg shaped circles, flat spots, and rows that don’t interlock, that's what you'll get. When you’ve worked so hard to piece together straight seams and perfect points, messy quilting is more disastrous that spilling red wine on a white dress.

    Below are two versions of the same design, Sonata (by Jessica Schick*), showing two examples of digitizing:
    * Example 2 digitized by Jessica Schick/Urban Elementz

     

    Example 1:

    A - Feathers have flat spots, angles and divots
    B - Curls are uneven and appear squished
    C - Wonky curves that will stitch wobbly
    D - The leaves have rounded angles/tips instead of sharp points
    E - When rows are put together, there are gaps

     

    Example 2:

    A. Curls and feathers are rounded and smooth
    B. Sharp points
    C. Smooth lines and curves free of divots and wobbles
    D. Parallel curves for clean nesting
    E. Fully fills the spaces between rows

     

    So while you might be able to get designs from a number of places, we are committed to providing you the cleanest, most carefully digitized designs possible. Like a 5 star restaurant, we carefully prepare every ingredient of the design. From the smoothness of the lines, to the way the designs evenly fill space, every detail is going to be stunning. Your quilt will be delicious.

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