I just finished the binding on this little runner from my Little Charmers 7 pattern.
The original pattern has a dark background, so it was fun to do a version that was totally opposite!
The fabrics in the new version are by Bonnie and Camille – Vintage Modern is the name of the line. The pattern is done with a charm pack and a little yardage of the white and red prints.
This will be my spring runner on the dining room table, though I will probably have it out a little later, considering it is July 11th and I just got it finished!
For those of you who are interested in the pattern, you can click here. It is available as a paper pattern and as a PDF.
Yes – I have finally gotten around to telling you that we have PDF patterns! I was going to wait until I had them all finished, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Our most popular PDF pattern so far is Gypsy Girl. This image has been floating around Pinterest, so we have had lots of people stopping by from the site.
The original version on the cover of the pattern is done with Amy butler fabrics, as shown below.
The nice thing about the PDF pattern is that I was able to add in the directions for both options! I have also added in extra pictures of the quilts to all of our PDF patterns. That isn’t something that is possible with paper patterns and still keep them in an affordable price range, so it’s really fun to be able to load the patterns up with more pictures. The pictures are all at the end of the pattern, so you don’t have to print them if you don’t want to.
So, I’m just curious –
What is your preference – PDF or paper patterns?
Those of you who enter an “opinion” will be entered into a drawing for a free PDF pattern of both Little Charmers 7 and Gypsy Girl.
I think I prefer paper. Your patterns are all wonderful, whatever the format!
I think I enjoy owning a paper pattern but at the same time I like having quick access to a PDF pattern so…….it’s a toss up! 🙂
I think I prefer PDF patterns as then I always know where I can locate them when I want to start a new project, however I am not biased I love all pattern formats and cannot resist picking them up when I am in a quilt shop.
PS I love your designs, thank you so much for all you create for this obsession of ours.
I always print out my PDF’s and put them in a binder, but it’s also nice having a backup on my hard drive. I guess my answer wasn’t really helpful 🙂
I am a PDF girl….like the immediate access. Also I like the option of NOT paying for shipping. Would rather buy fabric (G)!!! XXX
Both are nice. But I agree with the earlier post, your patterns are wonderful!!
When I see something I want to make I hate to wait so have been known to order both! I would love to make both of these! Thanks for the chance to win!
I’ve become a convert to PDF patterns….so convenient and saves a little $$
I think I prefer paper patterns, however I have ordered PDF also.
I love the idea of PDF patterns. I can keep a safe copy, and not worry about misplacing it, I can print an extra page to cut out templates, and I like not having to pay for shipping. I think my favorite part of a PDF pattern is that I can probably get it faster than through the mail. (Love the table runner – it’s adorable!)
I prefer PDF patterns since I can get them immediately and I can print what I need, if I need to print them at all.
I think I prefer paper, but I love to search and see things online also.
I prefer the PDF patterns. I know where they are and can access them easily.
I think I prefer the PDF patterns. So much easier to store on the computer.
“PDF is probably my favorite…unless I happen to be running low on printer ink! It is a real thrill to order a pattern and have it delivered right away! Your patterns are stunning by the way!
I definitely prefer PDF!
I prefer PDF patterns that I can store on my computer and call up when I want to work on one.
As much as I love paper patterns, the postage is usually too much to deal with so lately I’ve switched to getting PDF patterns when I can. And the ‘instant gratification’ of getting the pattern right after I order it is a great bonus too.
I will toss my hat into the PDF ring also. It is so immediately gratifying to spend a little money (no shipping – yea!) and in some instances have access to the pattern for life! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your patterns – I’d enjoy it even if it was a paper pattern! 🙂
I love the PDF patterns too–I can get it right away and no postage….wonderful for late at night for us night owls…
No preference really. I take whichever works the best for me at the time. PDF no waiting and that’s a plus.
I still prefer paper patterns though I have purchased pdf versions then printed them out to use. The big advantage to pdf patterns is the ability to get them immediately, but in that case the delivery mechanism needs to work flawlessly and that has not been my experience so far.
Well, I prefer the pdf version cause I can have it so much sooner then paper:) And I LOVE the runner….and its made out of my favorite line..:) Would love to have both of those patterns!!
I like to have paper patterns. I really like the fabrics you chose for the table runner; it looks great!
Being “international” I obviously prefer the PDF version because I can get it instantly. LOVE LOVE LOVE your new table runner!!!
I prefer the PDF patterns. I can receive them right away and no postage since I live in Canada. Love the table runner! Thanks for sharing.
PDF patterns for sure! I can save them right to my computer and I don’t need to worry about losing them or anything! I am currently having a few organizational issues right now that I am trying to work through!
For all the reasons that have already been stated in prior comments, I would say PDF all the way!
I like paper patterns because its like getting a “gift” in the mail, but I am likely to do more purchasing of PDF patterns just because of the ease in getting them and getting started.
I like paper patterns for quilting and PDF for my knitting patterns and I am not sure why.
I really like PDF patterns because I can get them whether or not my LQSs carry your paper patterns–and they don’t always.
I like them both but am really enjoying instant access to PDF patterns!! Great work as usual”
I like PDF because less chance to lose them. They are safe tucked away on the computer.
I probably like paper better because they feel like I have “real” pattern, I am afraid my PDF patterns will get lost in the shuffle of papers. Guess I just need to be more organized with the PDF versions. Love all your patterns and can’t wait to make something with your Angles with Ease book.
I agree with your thought on the PDF’s getting lost in the folders!
I have purchased both in the past and have up until now preferred paper, but now I am shifting more towards PDF due to the instant gratification and saving on shipping. I like having them on my computer and printed up for my binder. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your style of fabrics and patterns!!!
I like a PDF pattern better. I can save it and always know where I can find it (or at least I can always search my hard drive to locate it in a minute or two), unlike a paper copy which can easily get lost in my sewing room. If I want a hard copy, I can print the parts I need and then not worry too much if it gets lost in the shuffle along the way somewhere.
I prefer PDFs because I can download them immediately & store them on my computer. I have the option to print them or not. I really like that photos of the quilts in various fabrics will be included in the PDF.
I prefer paper patterns mainly because the cost for PDF is the same as paper but I have to use MY paper and ink to print them. We just had this discussion at The Round Bobbin quilt shop where I work and no one likes PDF’s better. That being said I suppose they fulfill the need for instant gratification!
I like the PDF versions. Quick access and could probably stay more organized.
I like paper patterns better. When I buy a PDF, I just end up printing them anyway. Sometimes I buy PDF’s because I didn’t plan far enough in advance and need the pattern right away.
I have always loved your Verna version of Gypsy Girl but by the time I saw it I only had a Jelly Roll in Verna so I used it for something else. This quilt is on my “To Do” list (which is rather long!).
I prefer Paper Patterns because of the size but I have bought PDF when I get the urge to make a quilt “right now”!
Love the table runner! I’ll add it to my list!
Definitely PDF. Sometimes I get excited when I see a new pattern, I want it right away so I can savor it and plan the quilt.
I prefer PDF patterns. I like being able to keep my patterns organized, and I can print off what I need, because sometimes the instructions for cutting are easy enough to follow (i.e. cut 2 1/2 strips, 4 1/2 squares, etc.). Also, if you want to make the project larger or smaller, you can resize the applique pieces easily.
I love PDF patterns! It took a little getting used to, but the convenience of downloading it right away and having it stored right on my computer has helped quite a bit with my stacks of patterns.
I prefer paper patterns, but I also like the instant gratification of PDF. I love all your patterns regardless of how I get them 🙂
I’ve never ordered a pattern. I always buy them from the quilt store. So, hey, I’ll definately give a PDF a try. Thanks Heather
I’m a little old fashioned….I prefer the paper patterns. 🙂 I absolutely love all of your designs!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win your wonderful patterns!!!
I love .pdf.! It’s the instant availability and ease of storage all wrapped into one convenient format!
Love, love PDF patterns! I can have them right away if necessary, and have the option of printing or not…..the best of both worlds. Thanks for making them available. Oh, and there is no shipping involved, a definite plus!
I prefer to have a paper copy of patterns, even though a PDF would be faster.
I enjoy your blog, and your quilts are beautiful. Keep up the good work.
I prefer paper unless I am ready NOW to make the project. I would love to win a pattern!
I love the fact it can be a PDF, it is faster and I have the option to also have it saved on my lap top!
I prefer the paper pattern, but love the PDF being to download it right away and at least have the fabric requirements on hand if I’m ordering fabric. I like not having to pay shipping also. So PDF is becoming my favorite. I print them and put it in a vinyl page holder and in a notebook.
I do like the instant gratification of the PDF! But there IS a drawback – I tend to overbuy!!! Love your work very much.
PDF all the way!!! You never know when the urge to purchase a pattern will hit at midnight!
PDF..the instant gratification. At midnight, when you can’t sleep and just have to have something new to work on! lol Plus I like the idea of no shipping! I would buy your patterns no matter what format they are in.
I like the PDF because I don’t have to search for a pattern. They are right where I put them on the computer! Thank you so much for the chance! Love your patterns and your fabric!
HELLO, I’VE USED BOTH,BUT THINK I LIKE A PAPER PATTERN.
I think just about everyone prefers PDF. I do, except in dressmaking. I find your patterns to be very easy to follow and the pictures are a great help.I always backup my files so I never have to worry about losing them.
I love PDFs! I put them on my iPad and gaze at them whenever I have a moment!
I LOVE .pdf patterns — I can print only what’s necessary, and only when I’m ready to make the
project. I often buy patterns that I’m not planning to start immediately, so in the meantime I have
to store them somewhere, and (hopefully!) keep track of the for when I AM ready to start. It’s SO
much easier to do that electronically, for me anyway.
I think I like PDF patterns best. I can print the pages I need and I like the idea of extra pictures. Electronic patterns can also be located easier.
I like both PDF & paper patterns.
I love pdf patterns – I don’t have to wait for the postman and can get started on the sewing straight away! Instant gratification 🙂 Neither do I have to pay for the postman to deliver it!
I like them both, but have to say, I am liking PDF patterns more and more! Once I save them to an external hard drive I have no worries about losing them or the computer crashing… and they can be sold at a more affordable price, since there is no printing or shipping involved.
Paper for me!!
PDF – storage is so much easier. Love your designs.
I love to receive parcels in the mail and I love my collection of paper patterns with the colour photo to drool over. PDF is a sign of the times tho and I guess I will have to convert eventually. A least I can still get my fabric in the mail! Love your work Heather. I’ve just ordered Angles With Ease and the Ruler here in Oz.
Thanks for the fun give away. I am getting more used to PDF patterns and filing them in clear page protectors and keeping them in a 3 ring binder. I do like your idea of adding more pictures – that I would really enjoy. I do love the old paper ones – but I think I am leaning towards PDF as time goes on. The instant gratification factor is great!
Prefer paper patterns, not enough experience with PDF. Hard to change this old gal.
Simply beautifu runnersl!! I use both.If I use PDF,I print only what I want and love it because is more faster have it than waiting the postman or go to the shop!
Hi Heather, First off, I love all your photos of Carter. He is such a sweetheart. Although, I haven’t signed up for Lake Beauty yet, I am thinking of signing up when Mary Schettle and Jane Wimmer sign up. After all, Tom did tell me to sign up and who am I to argue with my husband, right? You asked about PDF vs buying the printed pattern. I guess because the price is usually the same, the way it looks, I would rather the printed pattern because I would get it in the bag and it would fit in my shoe box type box that I have all my single patterns in. Also, for the same price why use my paper and my ink? But if I’m being very impulsive, which I have been know to do, I could see myself buying a PDF pattern so I would have it immediately! Take care and keep on making those wonderful patterns, designing the gorgeous fabric and taking all those beautiful pictures. have a fun/safe summer, Diann Kremer Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:37:45 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
I like PDF patterns the best. I usually follow on the computer and only print necessary pieces. PDFs help me in decluttering the sewing room much like ebooks have helped me get rid of all those hard books I have read.
I love the PDF patterns. The hardest part for me is organizing them on the computer.
I prefer paper. But I wouldn’t say no to PDF.
PDF works for me. I can print the info as I need it.
I like the ease of pdf patterns for quilting. For sewing clothes, I prefer paper patterns because then I don’t have to hunt down some paper on which to put it.
I prefer paper but I also love the instant satisfaction of getting it …. like….. NOW!
Tks for the contest!
PDFs are great if you need something fast! But if I’m not in a hurry I like a paper pattern best. Love your quilts as always!
I’m located in Australia, so it’s much easier for me to simply purchase a PDF, I don’t print them out, I sew straight from my iPad, saves paper and ink and you can zoom to a larger font easily. I’m a huge fan of your patterns, and have sewn many of them, so am thrilled that now they are just a click away! Keep them coming I say.
PDF’s – hands down!
The PDF version is so very handy for the “immediate gratification” side of me. Also, the P&H ‘thing’ is getting to be $$$$. The ‘net is here to stay so let’s use it!!! Yay!! Also, works great for those who don’t reside in the great USA!!!! Hugs……Doreen
I prefer PDF, mainly because I don’t have to wait for the pattern and there is no postage added on to the cost of the pattern. Your new tablerunner is beautiful and so is Gypsy Girl!
PDF patterns are my new favorite. You get them fast, can print out the pattern and have a copy to keep on the hard drive. The new runner is cute!
PDFs are the best. Instant gratification and you don’t have to print it out if you don’t want to or you can just print what you need. I like that I don’t have to store them either other than on my computer. And not to mention the savings too!
I prefer a paper pattern. I am always running out of ink, or paper, or something. Plus I find it easier to keep my paper patterns in their little jacket and stored. I tend NOT to print out pdf patterns, and they just sit in the computer. I only have a desk top so it is not by my sewing machine for viewing. I have noticed that a lot of pdf patterns are the same price (with most designers) as paper. It seems a little less cost efficient that I have to use my own ink and paper and pay the same as the paper patterns. Just a thought.
I like the pdf patterns because I usually see something and decide I need to make it NOW. And no shipping! And I love Gypsy Girl!
I’m fine with PDF patterns – I love being able to get them instantly! I do print them out to actually use them.
I would prefer the pdf patterns so I can keep it on my computer file. I’m trying hard to keep myself organizing as much as possible and don’t have to pay shipping cost. 🙂
I love your tablerunner!!!! So beautiful colors!!!!
I like them both but probably sway toward PDF. PDF is harder on my budget since I can do it instantly, makes impulse buying a problem (for me, not you!) That’s probably why I prefer it though. I can just print it or store in on my computer. Then every time I search my downloads….surprise…I forgot I had that pattern!
I prefer PDF patterns. I keep them on my Ipad so I always have them with me when I find that special fabric.
I like the PDF pattern. I like the fact that you can get the pattern right away and not have to wait.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I prefer paper. I like to use my patterns for my nighttime reading…although sometimes instead of helping me sleep I end up make the quilt in my mind all night long.
I still prefer paper patterns. I guess it’s the tactile nature of it. I know I can print the pdf pattern, but that seems like a bother. And I don’t have a computer in my sewing room, so that is another reason I like the paper. But I may eventually be persuaded . . .
I prefer pdf patterns. I like having them available right away and if I save them to my ipad, they are with me, even on trips if I decide to start a project.
To get it quick, a PDF is great, though I do like having paper.
I like the paper patterns because I am too chicken to try to figure out how to do PDF. So maybe I will win and get to learn how!
I prefer paper because I don’t have a very good printer.
I like paper but like to have PDF when I want to make it Now!
I didn’t think this would be the case, but I’m loving PDF’s. I’m always able to find the pattern I’m looking for without digging through tons of patterns or magazines.
I prefer PDF because is quicker and I have to be organized with my folders but for international customers like me (Mexico) is better (I don´t have to pay the shipment which is more expensive). Love your patterns!!
I’m an impulse buyer so I love getting that PDF…also, My screen is huge, so I like blowing up the pics. Plus, most people that do pdf patterns have a lot more pictures. Not to mention the backup perk. Awesome!
Has to be PDF for me as I’m in the UK and it saves me postage. I do print the pattern though!
I prefer PDFpatterns. I love how instantly they arrive! I live in Australia so postage takes a lot longer to get her. Also, if I lose the pattern it’s saved on my computer.
I prefer PDFs. I like to have them immediately….even if I don’t start them for years!
I prefer PDF patterns. That is not to say I don’t spend a lot of time looking at them at stores and goodness knows there are drawers full of paper patterns in the sew room. It is easier to locate on the computer though!!! Love this table runner!
PDF – Immediate gratification – see it, buy it, ready to quilt.
(Might just save some money to put towards more quilt toys/fabric.)
First, I love all of your patterns in any version. I’m afraid I’m one of those that can’t decide. I lean a little bit more toward PDF now that my color printer is working again. But it’s always fun to get a little surprise in the mail when you order a paper pattern. 🙂
I like PDF patterns for instant gratification. If you see one that you like, and the bug hits, you can buy it and start it almost immediately. However, I do print them out, so paper is my preference.
I actually prefer paper patterns so that I can put them into a file and “dream on them” even when I’m not sewing. I also love being able to “get it right away”, so when I purchase or download a pattern online, I usually print it out right away (even if it’s a long pattern) so that I have that precious hard copy. Thanks for offering the giveaway.
I thought I’d always be a paper girl, but find that I have fallen hard for PDF. Love the instant gratification, and having it readily available.
LOVE the table runner! I actually have some Bonnie and Camille scraps that may just be enough for this cute pattern…yah!! 🙂 As far as patterns go, I do like the “instantness” of PDF and I can print it AND have it on my computer. I agree with many of the other ladies that having it come without shipping and getting it right away, especially if it can’t be found locally, is really a plus. I do still have LOTS of paper patterns and some of your books, love them too! 🙂 Basically I buy both. 🙂 BTW, I have think your patterns are so well written and easy to follow, love the gypsy girl in verna!!! Thanks for the give away!!
I like them both, but I like that if you see a pattern that you like and it’s available as a pdf. then you can have it immediately!! You can always print the pdf. and have a paper pattern! I love all of your patterns, either way!
You just mentioned in your blog that with PDF patterns, you are able to show more pictures of the design. I like that idea. What a difference fabric options can make, especially with the light and dark backgrounds in your Little Charmers 7 pattern. For that reason, I like PDF files.
I love your patterns and blog.
I prefer the PDF patterns — instant gratification! I love your style! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and love hearing about my home state of Minnesota! We just don’t get back there often enough!
I’ve never used a PDF pattern before but it sounds like a great idea! I could start working on the project sooner and the actual pattern will take less space to store and that means I could buy more patterns! 🙂 I love Gypsy Girl! My future daughter-in-law wants me to make a signature quilt for their wedding and this would be a perfect pattern!
PDF for me! Much easier to store!
PDF for me, am running out of space in the sewing room, and I can store a lot of patterns/information on a pc.
I’ve never used a PDF pattern, so I guess at this point I’m a paper pattern gal! Thanks for the chance to win!
I prefer print patterns if I can access it locally. I don’t like to pay for shipping or waiting for the pattern to arrive in the mail.
I have a split opinion! I love the convenience of PDF – being able to instantly purchase and download a pattern I find online. So convenient!! However, if I know I can find the same pattern at a local shop I’ll buy it there.
I prefer paper patterns, I’m not always great with the computer ,or it runs out of ink in the middle of the copy. Trust me if anything can go wrong it will ,that is if I’m operating the computer lol.
Love all your patterns I have most of them. Thank you
I like having a copy that I can physically touch and put in a file! I think I am pretty old-fashion!
I like PDF patterns because I can get them almost instantly, there’s no shipping cost, and I always have them saved in mycomputer in case, like what happened to me last week, one of my cats threw up on a page of one of my patterns, and that one was not a PDF. Ick.
I have only used a PDF pattern once, but I loved the ease and speed of get ting…..a,d no postage! Carol in Texas
I haven’t bougth any PDF patterns, but warming up to the idea. As much as possible, I like to support the local shops. I hate to pay shipping, but since my printer goes through ink quickly, I think I am still way ahead to buy a printed pattern. I guess I need to be more technologically savvy too! Since I have gotten a tablet, the idea of PDF patterns is more appealing. Keep up the good work! I always enjoy reading your blog (and buying your patterns, fabrics, and books!)!
I like the option to purchase a PDF. Like several others have said, it takes a long time for mail to come from the US to Canada and that alone can be too long when you want to make a project fairly quickly. I love having the option to open it on my monitor or my iPad. I keep mine in Dropbox so if I want to look at the fabric requirements while I’m out shopping, I can just open up the pattern right there on my iPhone. It’s so much easier to store them electronically and if I really want/need to print, it’s simple. Thanks for asking!
I like the patterns…..I would have to print the PDF myself anyway which isn’t always convenient………….
I prefer paper. I have never purchased a PDF because I would want to print it & I’m always having computer problems. Plus for the same price as a PDF I have a paper pattern in my hand. But I would not turn down a PDF pattern. I guess I need to be more savvy on the ‘puter.
The PDF is nice since you have immediate access to it, you don’t have to wait for it to arrive to start your next project.
The PDF works great for me. Storage isn’t a problem and it’s right there in a folder when you need it. Love your designs and fabrics.
I like PDF, nothing like instant gratification.
PDF is the way to go. When I decide on a project I would like to start ASAP. 🙂
I like PDF because I can get it instantly when inspiration strikes and I can’t lose it if I buy it but don’t get around to it for a while.
PDF all the way. I can store them on my iPad and pull up the pattern easily. It’s nice to be able to blow up the view when numbers are small too.
Paper…. love the idea of PDF. But I love flicking though my patterns and books, somehow I seem to get more inspiration when I can physically hold a pattern rather than see it on screen. Yes I feel like a ludite sometimes 😉
I like both paper and PDF patterns. I do print the PDF’s and keep in a ring binder. Your patters and quilts are just beautiful. Keep up the good work.
I like the PDF patterns, especially when online shopping (you can get started right away).
I would think the PDF would be nice if you see a pattern you like and want to start it right away and not wait until it comes to your physical mailbox vs. email box!
I prefer PDF patterns. I can find them easier. Lol..I can also print a pattern multiple times and make notes without messing up the original. Luv it!!
I still like the paper patterns the best. However, I do realize the advantages of PDF patterns. Love all of your designs!
I found your blog via Pinterest. I have not actually made a quilt yet but I am looking for something easy to start with having bought the fabric! I think I would prefer paper to start with.
I love that Gypsy quilt!!! I actually prefer paper patterns because I can hold them in my hand rather than having to print off a pdf. Paper patterns just seem more official.
I’ve never used a pdf quilt pattern. There seems to be lots of pros to them. I’ve been thinking of trying one, but haven’t yet – so used to paper patterns. I love your patterns and reading your blog.
I love the pdf patterns! I can print them off and get started gathering fabrics right away!
I’d choose a PDF because of the instant gratification they can give. I like to get started right away with my creativity when I’m in the mood.
I like them both. But a pdf is faster. When I see a pattern i like i want it now!
I like paper patterns better, because my printer doesn’t always print well
I like PDF if I’m on a hurry and want the pattern RIGHT NOW! Otherwise, I like buying patterns at quilt shows and shops, especially if I see a sample made up.
It depends. If it is just for one pattern. I would opt for PDF. I would rather have paper if there is multiple patterns involved.
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I prefer paper patterns. hen I have it and keep it organized, I prefer to purchase the paper pattern.
Even if I download it , I will print it. But I always seem to be out of ink ( black or color ). It gets frustrating.
I like both, If I download it I usually print it out . Paper pattern you can file away to use again .
I like PDF patterns. I can print it when I get ready to do it, but I tend to lose paper patterns, or misplace them, I should say…as PDF, they are safe in my computer and searchable and printable as needed.
Marilyn in MS
I like both but PDF are easier and then I can just print them and the cost is usually less
I prefer PDF
PDF/digital is better. You get them faster. You simply print them out, or if you don’t have a printer, put it on a thumb drive or an SD chip and go get it printed. And it ends up on paper anyway. Save the time and shipping. Print out what you need when you need it. Store it. Whatever. Digital is the way to go. 🙂
And another note: It is easier to send out corrections and/or updates!
I really like PDF patterns, instant access. I can store it or print it now.