I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, by Ebony Love, and today is finally my day on the tour!
Why am I so excited? Because, frankly, we need this book. It is not another project book - this is an information book!
When I first started even looking at fabric die cutting there was next to NO information out there other than the Accuquilt site itself - and, at that time, there was next to nothing on that site except a basically a catalog of the dies themselves and the two cutters - the Studio and the Go! As a person interested in purchasing a die cutter I had to really search for information - I had to really try to find information. I searched YouTube and blogs trying to find reviews and videos and it took a lot of effort. I finally purchased my Go! from a local quilt shop and dived into die-cutting. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning. I didn't pay attention to grain, I bought dies I still haven't used because I bought what I thought I would use and not what I actually would use. I thought that I would use the machine primarily for applique - nope! I use it primarily for piecing - funny huh? I bought dies that I knew I would use and love (the tumbler, the rag die etc) as well; but, if The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips had been around when I was first purchasing I probably wouldn't have made these mistakes. The section on which dies to buy is very honest and very helpful.
The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips contains a die-cutter comparison that is very frank and honest and not exclusive to one company. Ebony focuses on Accuquilt and Sizzix since they are, currently, the two companies that have the most to offer for quilters. I really like the open discussion of the merits of each brand and which brand and cutter would suit different quilters. Let's face it - each quilter has a different situation and different needs. Your quilting set-up, budget and needs will affect your decision as to which cutter to purchase. Would Ebony's book have helped me here? You betcha! Honestly, I still would have made the same choice that I did - but - I wouldn't have waffled for months before I made it and I wouldn't have worried so much about making it.
As I read, The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with many of Ebony's statements - especially her take on the strip cutters. I laughed out-load when I read her statement that many quilters point to the strip cutters and say what a waste of money they are and that they can cut strips faster with a rotary cutter. When I first purchased my Go! I was guilty of this myself! Yes, I admit it, I said this myself. Guess what? I was completely wrong! Strip cutters are so much more than strip cutters and are some of the very BEST and most necessary dies to get! There is a reason there is a whole chapter devoted to them in the book - they are workhorse dies!
There are lots of great chapters in the book including storage, maintenance, applique, fabric preparation, the rag dies and piecing - just to name a few. These sections are an indispensable resource for those people wanting to get the most out of their die-cutters! The information has been compiled, by Ebony, based on experience and by other leaders in the fabric die-cutting community. Basically with this book you will have the most common questions answered and more - this will save you the hours that I had to spend researching when I first started die-cutting.
Ebony also has a big section on her EDeN system. I'm not going to re-invent the wheel here though - Marjorie at Marjorie's Quilting Bee has already done a fantastic review of this system that I know you'll want to check out!
You will want to check out the other stops along this tour!
Other book tour stops this month:
- October 16th – Ebony Love, LoveBug Studios
- October 17th – Jennifer Rodriguez, All Things Belle
- October 18th – Marjorie Busby, Marjorie’s Quilting Bee
- October 19th – Michelle Marr, Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
- October 20th – Tammy Tutterow, Sizzix Blog
- October 21st – Patsy Thompson, Patsy Thompson Designs
- October 22nd – Tracy Rampling, The Peony Teacup
- October 23rd – Mary Fons, Hey Quilty!
- October 24th – Barb Gaddy, Bejeweled Quilts
- October 25th – Katrina Chapman Kahn, Sunshower Quilts
- October 26th – SewCal Gal, Insights from SewCalGal
- October 27th – Vanessa Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
- October 28th – Kelly Jackson, I Have a Notion
- October 29th – Connie Campbell, Freemotion By the River
- October 30th – Gene Black, An Alabama Quilter
- October 31st – Ebony Love, LoveBug Studios
- November 1st – Book Launch on Amazon! (but you can pre-order anytime)
And, if you want to know if you will use your fabric die-cutting system I wouldn't hesitate to say yes!!! I love my system even more than I ever thought that I would and I love cutting projects i never thought that I would ever make easily. I also absolutely love processing my scraps soooo fast and easily so that I can actually use my scraps and my stash to make projects - so in fact - die cutting fabric saves me $$$ ;-)