Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Guide You Need To Get


Before I get into why you really need to buy this book, I wanted to give you  my personal history in relation to die cutting fabric and my friendship with Ebony.

Two years ago I really wanted a die cutting machine. I searched, I read, I analyzed. I worried about investing too much into a tool that I wouldn't use a lot and I also worried that if I bought too small a machine, that I would be upgrading within the year. The information I had to go on was supplied by the different manufactures and blog reviews. I finally purchased the AccuQuilt Studio; a couple months later I also purchased the Sizzix Big Shot.

It would seem that die cutting is intuitive, right? You place the fabric on your machine, roll it through and end up with perfectly cut shapes for quilting. However fabric is not like paper. You can have issues with the grain, with the bias, and with how you place it on the die. To be honest, die cutting can be fast and effective, but you need much more instruction than what comes with any of the machines.

After a few bouts of frustration and ruined fabric, I joined the AccuQuilt Yahoo group to learn more tips. At that time I met Ebony Love. Oh my goodness, what a wealth of knowledge! I learned so much from her experiences. Then I learned about her YouTube videos and was awe struck! Honestly, whenever I use a new die, I first go to Ebony to see if she has already created a video about it.

This past year I learned that Ebony was creating a book with all that amazing knowledge on die cutting. Her book, "The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips", is the book I wish I had a little over two years ago. It will help you determine which machine is best for you, how to use the machine and more. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy later this month and I'm planning on keeping it with my dies for quick access.

Why should you buy this book?
1.) It will help you determine which machine will rock your world.
2.) It will help you to understand how to use different dies in different machines.
3.) You will learn tips on how to correctly cut fabric without costly mishaps.
4.) Lots of amazing quilting tips and tricks.
5.) Tips on all the consumables used with die cutting machines.

I want you to have this book so much that I'm giving one away! The book is scheduled to ship in early November.

How to enter?
Leave a comment about the first project you would like to make with a die cutting machine.
You have until midnight (MST) on October 31st. Please be sure to leave your email so that I can contact you.


61 comments:

suemac said...

I do need some help with my Accuquilt Go Baby. I seem to go through mats really fast and then my fabric does not come out straight when I cut it.

UcanQuilt2 said...

I inherited the studio. Which I love, but like you I wasted a lot of time and fabric in the beginning not know how to lay the fabric correctly. I found Eboneys videos on you tube and they have have helped so much so exciected for her book to come out. I have only used the 2 1/2 strip cutter, but I have so many other dies that still have the plastic on them. I would love to make a quilt using some of these dies. Thanks for the oppuintuty to win Eboney's book.

Anonymous said...

I'd make a strip quilt to begin; seems like I could practice die cutting with a simple, fun project. In fact, that quilt would actually be a table runner so I can get instant gratification!

mindingmomma said...

the first thing i would try is a tumbling blocks quilt

VickiT said...

The Accuquilt site has a great pattern for the Grandmother's Flower Garden. I'd love to make that quilt once I am able to get the Hexagon die.

LC said...

IF I had a machine, I would cut shapes out of all those scraps that are so neatly filed by color in 12 drawers... and then give away that cabinet!

epm.mail.444@gmail.com (remove my email if you can get it from my profile :-) )

barbara woods said...

a baby quilt that is so fancy

Quilting_Chris said...

I am like you and can not thank Ebony for the information she shares. I would like to use any of my dies to make a complete quilt top joining squares rectangles and triangles into blocks.

Anita said...

Wow, first comment :) I would like to make some type of hexagon or apple core quilt project since those are the hardest shapes I think to cut out by hand. Thanks for the info on the book and giveaway!

Marcia W. said...

The first project I would like to work upon is a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt with hexagons.

sandra said...

I bought an accuquilt go over a year ago and haven't used it yet. I just don't know how to start. It took me over a year to decide to buy it and now it just sits in my dining room. I bought the die for 2 1/2" strips and I have a quilt that takes them that I want to make for my husband but I just don't know once again how to start. I would love to have this book if it would help me. Sandra

Marjorie said...

Belle, you are so right about Ebony. She makes it all seem so easy.

sam said...

I would love to make a log cabin variation using my Go!

sammi

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I need a Christmas tree skirt. I'm sure I could find a die or two that would help me with that.

JoyceLM said...

I'd make lots of HSTs for an HST value quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

emmy said...

I would love to make a hst quilt with colors and white. Thank you for the giveaway.

Barb said...

It is so interesting that we all love different die cutters....but the thing is they are awesome no matter which one we chose. Ebony's book is very informative for those that are confused as to which one to buy.

ummi AR said...

I benefited a lot of tips and techniques from Ebony and now she has a book specifically on fabric die cutter, awesome!

Sharon said...

If I had a go I would just love it but as of yet not possible...but the book sounds wonderful

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

A die cutter is on my quilting wishlist!! I'd love to make an equilateral triangles or tumbler block quilt.

Teresa in Music City said...

I recently purchase a Big Shot Pro and have no idea how to use it! So of course I would love to win a copy of Ebony's book! I want to make Eldon by Edyta Sitar, and you have to cut a million 1 inch strips for that quilt, so I think that would be my first project.

Nanbon44 said...

I love my Accuquilt GO and use it for every one of my quilts..

Barb N said...

Aside from what everyone else has said, I've seen some really great applique cut-outs that would be great fun to work with!

Gill said...

I'd make a drunkards path quilt! I love this block but I don't fancy cutting all those curves by hand!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I want to make a tumbler quilt using my stash of civil war reproductions. I have the die, just not the time to get started yet!

Kathy MacKie said...

I'd love to make the Rose of Sharon Quilt.

Lesly said...

I'm looking forward to trying a Storm at Sea block!

Tracey @ The Peony Teacup said...

I'd really love to try and make a DWR quilt, but I still find the idea of piecing all those bits intimidating!

Mary said...

I would work on a tumbler quilt.

Sallie said...

Tumblers. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

I've been using the Go! for many years now but am always learning something new. I would love to win a copy of this book as I teach AccuQuilt Go! classes and recommend good books that I use. My recommendation would introduce many new users to Ebony's system.

sue@asdfwordpro.com

Lovie said...

Have a AccuQuilt GO. Still want to make a Double Wedding Ring using only scraps for the arcs. Hope that tips given will aid me in getting accurate cuts

Lyn said...

I would like to make a square with the ends cut. rag quilt I think its called.

ummi AR said...

i'd like to do Rose of Sharon ...i say a video on YouTube by Judy where she made a beautiful scrappy Rose of Sharon. Simply lovely!

Butterfly said...

I would like to make the Blazing Star quilt.

Virginia said...

I would love to make a drunkards path quilt.

Debbie said...

I'd like to do an "I Spy Quilt" for my grandsons. debbie73521@yahoo.com

Linda said...

I want to make a Hunter's Star quilt using my scraps and cut with my Go Cutter.

MoeWest said...

I would make a Drunkards Path quilt.

Bonnie58 said...

I would start with something basic as soon as I purchase my new cutter based on the information from Ebony's new book on which die cutter will suit my needs best. Thanks for the opportuinty on the draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Linda E in AZ said...

I have a GO cutter but would love to try a Sizzix Big Shot to make a lap quilt for my husband.
thanks

Fiesta said...

I love making minis and it would be nice if the go cutter made more mini dies. thank you for the chance.

RandiSue said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. The first thing I will do after reading this book is BUY a die cutting machine. I have been bouncing back and forth over which one would be best. Then I will cut circles like crazy for a modern druckards path. Thanks for the opportunity. derrilc@cox.net

Sally said...

Well, I've made several quilts with my Accuquilt, but 'first' on was Christmas quilt with snowmen! Wonderful. Would like to know if

Nancy said...

I might try a strip quilt - I HATE cutting strips by hand!

Jan said...

A hexagon table cloth, 90 inches round. So excited for this book. I love hints, tips and more.

rag55 said...

Would love to make an appliqued baby quilt with the animal dies. I can almost see it now. Have been wanting to get a die cutter.......this book would be the perfect help to get one!!!!

Kathy MacKie said...

I think I would make make the Sharon Pederson's Rose of Sharon Quilt.

Jackie said...

The first project I'd make would be a quilt. I have a GO and haven't used it yet. Based on commentary I'd read, it is harder to use than it appears!

Fibercrafter said...

A quilt with lots of circles would be fun to make with a die cutter. I'm looking forward to this book!

Ellee said...

I would like to make an applique landscape wallhanging. soparkaveataoldotcom

Maria said...

I have been eye-balling the AccuQuilt " Flying Home Quilt Pattern" by Alicia Avila and Kay Brieden. It is absolutely beautiful and I love log cabin quilts. I'm just scared of wasting more fabric than I need too. So am looking forward to either winning Ebonys book or winning it. Thank you for a great give away. Good luck everyone!

NurseShelley said...

I want to make a quilt!! Thank you

meyers.shelley@gmail.com

Unknown said...

My first quilt would be an I Spy quilt. I have all the hexagons cut out but still need to cut the triangles.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I have a Go!Baby....my first project was a polka dot cushion...I love the cutter. But would love to know more about it.

sandra said...

Today after having my Go cutter for over a year I got it out and cut 4 1/2" squares and I found out that it wasn't too scary but I really need the book to get me more comfortable.

Carla G said...

I want to make a tumbler quilt! I've been looking into getting a die cutting machine but haven't decided which one to get yet. :)

SewLindaAnn said...

I am so excited about this book. I have a GO Baby and am trying to decide if I need a larger system and I was thinking about the Sizzix Big Kick. Thanks for letting us know about her You Tube videos, I also prefer to have a written copy of info. to use. I want to make a hexie quilt. larmenti@bellsouth.net

Anda W said...

I would like to make a tumbler quilt with the GO cutter! awolk at rogers dot com

Mystica said...

I'd like to do a quilt for a baby due in March!

Paulette S said...

Jennifer, I'm so glad Ebony wrote this book. I'm a paper crafter, but I'm collecting dies that I think will do double duty between card stock and fabric. I only have one official quilt die, Dresden Plate, from Stampin Up by Sizzix. I admire the quilts my grandmother made and the time it takes to complete these valuable works of art and necessity. I want to make a quilt for my grand baby with the Sizzix Owl#2 die, but I feel guilty for not completing a throw I started for my hubby's nautical living room several years ago. I simply don't know how to put it together! Thanks for a chance to win Ebony's book. craftqueenrocks at yahoo dot com

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