Friday, October 19, 2012

Giveaway - Ebony Love's Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips

If I haven't been talking about my AccuQuilt Go! as much lately, that's only because I've gotten so used to having it around. I still use my cutter all the time, I just don't think about it as much. Unless I'm coveting a new die. Or trying a new experiment -- like the drunkard's path turtles I made last week. When I'm just pulling it out to cut some quick triangles, it's not much different than pulling out my rotary cutter and rulers.

It's become just another favorite piece of my quilting equipment. I'd willingly change sewing machines or brands of rotary cutters, but I wouldn't voluntarily give up my die cutters.

When I decided to buy my cutter I thought it would help me work my way through my scraps and make the baby quilts more quickly. It hasn't worked out quite that way. I'm not making more quilts, I'm making more complicated quilts. More triangles, more curves....more fun new challenges. That pieced border on  Extra Scrappy Pinwheels would never have happened without my 2 1/2" triangle die!

There's a ton  of  information out there about die cutters. Quilters seem to either love 'em or hate 'em, and the ones who love them have very definite ideas about which cutter and dies you should buy.

Ebony Love is the expert when it comes to die cutters for quilters.  If it can be done with a die cutter, Ebony has tried it. (Along with some things that supposedly can't be done!) She's made dozens of videos showing how to assemble the different shapes. She's provided information on the various discussion lists devoted to quilting with die cutters.

And now she's put all it together into a book, The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, which is due out in November. 


Ebony gives you the information you'll need to decide which die cutter is right for you, including start up costs for each machine.  How to use and care for the cutters and dies. Which dies you can use which which machines, and how to make that happen. 

Even after reading every bit of information I could find online about my own cutters, I still learned new tricks while Ebony's book.  If you already own a die cutter, or you're thinking about investing in one, you should definitely do some research. It's a big investment and you want to pick the system that will work best for you, not the brand someone else firmly believes you have to have. 

I'll be giving away a copy of The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips to one of my followers, along with the pre-cut fabric to make the two color lap quilt from my first video.  To enter, just be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post before 11:59pm November 2, 2012. I'll choose a winner and mail the book and fabric when I receive the copies. 



Note -- the wonderful sherbert orange sheet is all used up, so the winner will be receiving a pretty teal and brown swirl that I picked up at the quilt shop yesterday. 

59 comments:

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower and I'd love to enter your giveaway!!

Lori said...

I am a follower. Thanks for a chance to win.

Barb said...

I love my go cutter as well...enjoyed your post...no need to put me in the drawing because I am part of the hop....

B Greene said...

I enjoy following your blog - thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!!

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book - so can my mother and I can actually learn how to use a baby GO! that she won (without dies and mat).

Abbigail said...

I'm a follower. I have a cutting machine but I haven't used it yet because I think it would waste fabric. I'm eager to see this book!
hulseybg@gmail.com

JaneB said...

This is so cool! Thanks a lot. I love that lap quilt & would love having precut fabric. My small quilt group has been talking about getting a die cutter that we could share so this book would be the perfect guide for that purchase.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway.

VickiT said...

I'm loving all I've read so far from the blog hop as well as from Ebony's blog. She has done a great job on this book and know it's one I need for sure.

I am already a follower of your blog.

ItsNurseJessi said...

Me me! I am a follower and I would love this book to compliment my Accuquilt Go!

Kelly Grace said...

Follow via RSS. Love your blog and my Go!

krisgray said...

A whole book about cutters - awesome! I won a Go Baby and love it for scraps but could use some help in the maintenance and die decision areas. I am a happy followers.

Teresa in Music City said...

I am a happy follower and very much hoping to win a copy of this book! I just recently purchased a cutter and have no idea how to use it - Help!!!!

Kathy H said...

I am a happy follower. I think this book would be very helpful as I do have the go baby but have barely used it because I don't know what to make with the shapes I have. Thanks for the chance to win.

shez said...

i am a new follower ,thankyou for a chance in this wonderful giveaway and love your blog.xx

emmy said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway. Her book will be invaluable and your tutorial is great for us visual learners. Thank you for the giveaway and I am a follower.

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered to win a copy of Ebony's new book.

rag55 said...

I am a follower and have been dreaming of (drooling about) buying a fabric die cutter!!

Lovie said...

Follow via email. Can't wait until Ebony's book comes out. Just got the Isosceles triangle die this week, thanks for the helpful info in your video. Also love teal, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Quiltsmiles said...

Whoot Hoot! I just became your

500th follower.

Please include me in yoru giveaway.

Barb N said...

Just found your blog through this Hop - and now I'm follower 501! I love the concept of the die cutters and have one on my Christmas Wish List!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm a new follower and a new Go! Baby owner--can't wait to get started cutting!

Lyn said...

I am a new follower. Thanks for a chance.

Cher in Victoria said...

I am also a new follower, I have a go cutter but need any and all help I can get. I must say that my first attempts with the go were less than perfect, still need some practice, but getting better. There seem to be a few tricks that I have not discovered yet. Will try your turtles quilt it is so cute. Cher

Cyn ;-) said...

I'm a new follower.
This info couldn't come at a better time as I've been trying to sort out which cutter would be the best for me.
Thank you for op to enter your drawing.

lynaeve said...

I'm a follower. thanks for the chance.

ummi AR said...

i'm new follower of your blog.Would love to win Ebony Love book!

Butterfly said...

I am a new follower thanks for the giveaway

Virginia said...

I follow your blog via Netvibes and thanks for the giveaway

Dar said...

Hi Michelle, I am a new follower and would love to win the die cutter tips book to help me "tame" all the bags of scraps that have accumulated over the many years that I've been collecting them. Thanks for the chance.

Donna F said...

I am now a follower. What an adoreable pinwheel quilt! I could use some help with my GO cutter. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

UcanQuilt2 said...

I inherited the studio. Which I love, I wasted a lot of time and fabric 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.  Thanks for the oppuintuty to win Eboney's book.

Lesly said...

Folowing - I've got a BigShot Pro and am fairly new to it, so I'm really looking forward to Ebony's book so I can get the most out of it!

beaquilter said...

i have the go cutter, always need new ideas

krislovesfabric said...

Happy follower, would love tips on how to better use my Go!

Karen said...

I'm a follower and teal and brown is one of my favorite color combos.

jmniffer said...

I am a follower and I have a die cutting machine from cardmaking days but have yet to try running fabric through it. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Linda said...

I'm a follower and would love to win Ebony's book.

MoeWest said...

Ebony's book sounds like an invaluable reference book.

Bonnie58 said...

I am a follower and have been kicking around the idea of purchasing a die cutter machine . This book would definitely help in my thought process. Thanks for the opportunity on the book and fabric giveaway
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

I am a follower and have read your blog for a long time. Thanks so much for the chance to win the book and cut fabric. Just this past weekend I went to a demo on the Go cutters and am trying to figure out if I would really use one or not. The book would be wonderful info to have.

Fiesta said...

I am a follower. Thank you for the chance.

Sally said...

I'm a follower (via email). Very clever ideas I've seen here! I'd love to win, thanks for opportunity!

RandiSue said...

Hi, new follower here. Would love the Big Little book and love your turtles too.
derrilc@cox.net

Nancy said...

I'm a brand-new follower by email! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Jan said...

New follower! Wish me luck!

Jackie said...

I'd love a chance to win! Believe it or not, I have a GO and haven't used it.

hilary said...

Hi. Would love a chance to win. I'm a follower and love your blog. Good luck to us all. Thanks

Fibercrafter said...

I'm a new follower to your blog, and am looking forward to catching up on previous posts. Thanks for the chance to win a great resource book.

Ellee said...

I am a new follower. I like what I see so far on your blog. soparkaveataoldotcom

Maria said...

Hi Michelle, WOW is all I can say! Giving away Ebonys book is a joy in itself but to also give away the pre-cut fabric for your two color lap quilt! Thank you!! I am a follower and really like your tutorials I'm stuck between Extra Scrappy Pinwheels and Moab or Sedona. Guess I'll have to make both huh? LOL

Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

What a wonderful and generous giveaway! I would love to win

SJSM said...

I just joined as a follower. Found your blog through the yahoo accuquilt site. Love ebony's work so would love her book. Your 2 color quilt looks like a winner also. Thanks for holding this give away. I look forward to your posts.

Carla G said...

This looks like a great book! Thanks for a chance to win! I'm already a follower! :)

SewLindaAnn said...

Follower here (a new one). I'm always so impressed when people say they've made a video, it's really cool! I'm looking forward to this book coming out. I'm one of those OCD people that needs to have all the information on something, and I like it in book form better than anything.

Anda W said...

I am an email follower and would love ton win a copy of this book to use with my new Accuquilt GO! awolk at rogers dot com

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm a follower and would like the chance to win as we all know the more we are informed the better we can get.

Paulette S said...

It sounds like great fun. I've subscribed and hope you can teach me something about quilting. I enjoyed the pin wheel and pumpkin quilt tutorials. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Ebony's fabulous book.

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