Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Big Little Book Blog Tour

Truthfully the actual title is The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips Blog Tour - that just wouldn't fit in the title area of the blog post.   Today is finally my day to tell you why you this book is important!

As many of you know, I have an AccuQuilt GO! die cutter that I love to use.  I have made videos about it.   But I was not successful with it as soon as I got it.  Why? For one thing this book wasn't available.
In fact it still isn't available, but it will be on November 1st.  Yaaay!
You see, when I got my Go! cutter, I didn't know the "tricks of the trade" to use it most successfully.  I didn't realize that fabric will stretch as it goes through the cutter. I cut some square shapes that weren't square.  Fortunately, I knew people who were able to help me sort out that problem.  In the process of learning I became acquainted with the author of this book, Ebony Love.
Ebony has lots of videos explaining various aspects of die cutting.  She has finally put her expertise into this book.
There are chapters on everything from choosing a die cutter. There are several brands and models of die cutters, so how do you decide which one to buy?  Ebony has done all the research and you can read the pros, cons and approximate prices in the book.
There are all types of dies.  How do you know which ones to buy?  When I first started using the GO!  I used it only for piecing shapes.  Now I use it more for applique shapes than for piecing as my style of quilting has changed.  Ebony outlines how to choose dies you will use.  There are also tips listed to help you utilize the dies you get for maximum efficiency.  (Did you know that strip dies can also cut diamonds?)  The book tells you how to care for the investments you have made in purchasing dies.

One thing most people who haven't used a die cutter are unaware of are the consumable supplies such as mats.  There is an entire chapter on consumables for the various systems. There are tips on getting the most out of your consumables to save money.

Another thing I loved is the section in the cutting chapter about minimizing fabric waste.  Most of my readers know that I hate to waste a square inch of fabric. So of course I found this section to be my favorite.

There is even a nice resource section in the book with lots of wonderful resources for die cutters.  I even found a listing of My YouTube channel.  (I am honored to be considered a "resource.")


If you are considering getting a fabric die cutter, or perhaps have one and have been frustrated trying to use it, this book is a great source of information.  You can order it direct from the author.  Or you can order it from Amazon.

Tomorrow is the last stop of the blog tour. That stop will be hosted by the First Lady of Fabric Die Cutting (as I call her)  Ebony Love at LoveBug Studios.



16 comments:

beaquilter said...

I usually use the go for applique shapes too or "funky" shapes, I really want the tumbler die next

Barb said...

Wonderful information!!

Linda said...

Thanks for letting us know about this book! It sounds like something we all need!

Gill said...

I have a Baby Go but I often think I don't get the best out of it!
This looks a great book!

VickiT said...

This book Ebony has created is on my wish list at the very top now after all I've read from her blog and now after reading all the reviews during the blog tour. I've seen many sections from her book that will definitely help. Learning to minimize fabrics is probably one of the top areas I want to read more about.

Thanks for the review Gene.

Judy Chain said...

Great review....and can hardly wait to get my copy.

emmy said...

Totally agree about the learning curve for the Go. I spent hours on the internet looking for answers. Some were answered (your you Tube), but many were not. So glad the resource is now available.
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Marcia W. said...

Thanks Gene for the review. My mother won a baby GO! We are at that "stuck stage" of not knowing which dies and consumables to purchase so can actually use the baby. I appreciate your explanations.

Cyn ;-) said...

Great review, Gene. All of us really need a copy of Ebony's book. I've watched her on YT, but can't wait to read her book.
I didn't know you had YT vids as well... gonna go check those out!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I have a new Go Baby, but I think I need this book before I dare to start using it!

Virginia said...

I just purchased the strip dies but I look forward to getting more dies soon. thanks for the information regarding the book

Connie said...

Great information Gene!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Great review. Gene, I remember that it wasn't too long after I purchased my Chisel die that I was looking for an answer to a question. I found your video and it answered my questions. Thanks for all you have done to help us answer questions.

Carla G said...

Great review! I'm looking into getting a die cutter and this book sounds like a great resource. :)

I Love You, Evie said...

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Kate Brown said...

This sounds like a really useful and informative book. I am going to have to look into getting it. I have a few dies I haven't even tried yet and I am sure there is info in it to help me. Great review Gene!