Monday, September 11, 2017

A First, A Finish and a GIVEAWAY!

A first PDF pattern!
I am pleased to announce the release of my very first PDF quilt pattern,
Tumble Bug!
Baby size! 32"x32"
A Finish!
Number 5 on my Q3 Finish Along list
Also Tumble Bug!
So here's the thing....
Since before Cheryl Brickey's Meadow Mist Designs amazingly generous, and timely Pattern Writing Blog Series, I have had this to do!  I am excited to finally have this accomplishment under my belt! With notebooks full of designs, I was determined to push to get this one done. 
While I would have loved to have had this ready months ago, a cross country move in March and raging wildfires in July are my excuse for a September wrap up and release!
I have reopened my Etsy shop, Cedar Fork Stitches, where this pattern is available for sale! 
look at my beautiful May hillside...*sniff*
Tumble Bug is a precut friendly design suitable for beginners with basic sewing and cutting skills. I have included instructions for 2 quilt sizes: Baby, 32"x 32" and Throw size, 72"x 72".
It is a fun quilt that comes together quickly using a couple time-saving piecing techniques!
The baby quilt uses 2 mini-charm packs.  I used Bread and Butter by American Jane(Moda). 

 The Throw size uses two 5" charm packs. It was such a pleasure using Grand Canal by Kate Spain(Moda) paired with this Robert Kaufman Washed Light Indigo Chambray!

I am indebted to my proof readers and pattern testers who answered my call on Instagram, and who taught me how indispensable proof readers and pattern testers are!  I so appreciate their time and talents!
Shannon (@auntiemontana on IG) made this darling version of Tumble Bug using Caravan.
Her comments and suggestions were, how shall I put it? Indispensable :) 
Bonus? She lives in, you guessed it, Montana!  That makes us practically neighbors! 

Emma (@hillstitches on IG) was also kind enough to actually make the quilt!  She made time for this even though she is right in the midst of starting her own online fabric shop, Hill Stitches!
Check out Tumble Bug, done up in Lizzy House fabrics!
Emma also contributed suggestions that made the final pattern BETTER!

 Sandra (@sewofcourse on IG) brought her A-game to the proof reading table, for which I am ever grateful!  Maybe we will see her version in a future Finish A-Long?! 
Thank you, ladies!

To celebrate my first pattern, and my first magazine feature, the excitement of which was rather "consumed" by the fire happenings, I have a bundle of goodies to giveaway here to one US resident!
If you live outside the US, please jump over to my Instagram for a chance to win a PDF copy of Tumble Bug!

  • Tumble Bug! A PDF copy!
  • 2 mini charm packs of "Just a Speck" by Jen Kingwell(Moda)
  • 10 pack of Wonder Clips, purchased from the wonderful Roy Grocery(I just know I have a picture on here somewhere, if I could just find it!!)
  • McCall's Quick Quilts, August/September issue! (My Four-Square Float is on page 48!)
Just a Speck, by Jen Kingwell
If you are a US resident, simply leave a comment below to enter this giveaway!
If you live outside the US, jump over to my Instagram @cedarforksarah, for a chance to win a PDF copy of Tumble Bug!
If you like, tell me what you have enjoyed most about this Summer, in spite of the  myriad hardships that have abounded lately!
The giveaway will close midnight MST on Sunday, September 17th.
I will draw a name from among the entries out of my son's new custom hat Monday, September 18th!
Thanks sew much, friends!
And the Winner is....
And MANY thanks to each of you for your kind and enthusiastic participation and support!
I very much appreciate it!!!

Linking up:
Beth's Main Crush Monday
Lorna's Let's Bee Social
Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday


Vicki in MN said...

Congrats on your first pdf. It is an awesom,e anxious moment isn't it! One learns so much from doing this. Cute pattern and a great giveaway.

Amy said...

I love your son wrapped up in Tumble Bug! It gives great perspective on the large size. Congratulations on your first pattern and the publishing in Quick Quilts. Well done on these designs! Here's to many more to come!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Congratulations Sarah!! Releasing the first pattern is so scary but exhilarating at the same time. It's a fun design, and I know there will be many more!

Jayne said...

YAY for you!! I know just how hard it is to write patterns...its tedious, time consuming and just not natural for me! It's easier to push a pattern design to the back burner. It's a beautiful design and your quilts are beautiful. It is amazing how many people are happy to help out with testing...thank goodness! Congrats and I'm so proud of you!!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sarah,
You have had a lot of things on your plate - life changing events. Congrats to you on your new pattern, and especially the magazine feature!! WOWEE! How wonderfully exciting. Thank you for the link to the writing patterns series - I will check that out. ~smile~ Roseanne

canuckquilter said...

Woot woot! Congrats on your first pattern and on the publication too! So glad you kept plugging away despite life getting in the way. And yes, aren't pattern testers/proofreaders the best?

Rebecca Grace said...

Darling quilt! I love the way you used traditional 9-patches in a fresh, modern way.

Louise said...

What a great pattern! Congrats on being published :)

Miss Alissa said...

Congratulations! Good job it's such a cute quilt. Hope you are all safe and out of harm's way ay from the fires.

Miss Alissa said...

Congratulations! Good job it's such a cute quilt. Hope you are all safe and out of harm's way ay from the fires.

Mary said...

What I enjoyed most about this summer was going with my husband on a couple of trips, one to San Diego, and the other was a driving trip through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Iowa to see the mountains and Yellowstone. Being a farmer it is sometimes hard to get him to get away and travel.

I love your quilt and want to congratulate you on your wonderful accomplishment!

Chris K. said...

Ooh, nice giveaway.

JoanG said...

Congrats on the PDFs. Publishing is a scary thing isn't it? My favorite memory from this summer is seeing the total eclipse. My family and I went to a park and celebrated with thousands of others. It was a lot of fun.

Sherry VF said...

Congratulations on your Tumble Bug pattern! This summer started off with a family trip and will end (if you consider end of Sept. still summer) with a family trip. My children are adults now, so, it's great when we can still get together. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Bernie Kringel said...

Wonderful job Sarah. I feel like I don't pay attention to detail enough to write a pattern. I am filled with admiration for those, like you, who can do this. Congratulations! I hope you are wildly successful and that you are already starting to think about the second pattern!

Kathy E. said...

Tumble Bug is a winner, for sure! Such diversity among the finishes and I love them all! Funny you mentioned Montana because our vacation to this beautiful state in June was the highlight of our summer. We rode the Amtrak from Wisconsin to Glacier National Park and spent a week there. It was glorious and so different than any place we've ever been.

mangozz said...

I've never used any Jen Kingwell fabric and those charms are adorable! Would love the chance to play with them. Congrats on your first pattern!

chrisknits said...

What a cute quilt top! Kudos to all your accomplishments.

JanineMarie said...

Wonderful pattern. I set aside some gray and pastel fabrics a few weeks ago for a to-be-determined quilt. Could this be it? Congrats on the pattern! I am in awe of anyone who can explain how to make a quilt!

Nancy said...

What a fun quilt pattern you've created. It's interesting to see it in so many colors, which helps the imagination "see" other possibilities.

Joye with an e said...

I enjoyed our beach vacation in July. Much of my summer was spent worrying about my mother who had a rough time with several health issues, so the week at the beach was a great stress reliever. Love your pattern and admire the flexibility to make it look different. Thanks for the drawing. said...

I loved your pattern as soon as I saw it. There are so many fabric possibilities swimming in my head. I was just in Montana for the first time, visiting Yellowstone National Park and I fell in love with the big sky. We plan on visiting again soon.

cbg1 said...

This is such a cute pattern! Congratulations.

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Kristy said...

Love your new quilt pattern. Very sweet! We were in Montana this summer. Thankfully our vacation spot was not near the fires though we did have a lot of smoke and no barbeques were allowed. I did get to sew and work on a fun quilt pattern. Your pattern looks like a great one for a Project Linus quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us. K-

Linda Smith said...

The fires are so terrible. And not all out even now. Amazing that you got the pattern done with all of that. Great work, fun design.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It's a great pattern and even better when you see it created full size. Congratulations on the pattern and the recognition from McCall's.

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Christine S said...

Congrats on your pattern Sarah!!

Ella said...

Congrats on the pattern! I love the use of charms!