The theme for this week’s quilt contest is Group Exchange Quilts. For example, row robin quilts, bee blocks, and other quilts where you’ve exchanged blocks or fabrics or worked on different parts of the quilt with others. You can submit quilts, wall hangings or table toppers made with any technique (pieced, appliquÃ©, embroidery) as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted).
This week’s sponsor is Ebony Love from LoveBug Studios and she has an exciting new book to tell you about: The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips. The winner of this week’s contest will win a copy too.
I’ve been die cutting for several years, and when I first started, there were very few places to find information on die cutting. I joined a couple of Yahoo groups, and we all helped each other, but every time a new person joined the group, we found ourselves answering the same questions. I thought someone should gather all our tips in one place, so that it would be easier for people to get answers to their questions.
Little did I know then that “someone” would turn out to be me.
It took me nearly a year of research and writing, but it resulted in a book packed full of information, recommendations, tips and techniques for die cutting fabric.
The book starts off with a review of each of the major die-cutting systems offered by both Sizzix and AccuQuilt, and then covers topics about dies, mats, preparing your fabric, adapting patterns, and maintaining & storing your dies. There are also tips about sewing and piecing, as well as an extensive resources section to get further help and information.
There’s something in this book for just about everyone. If you’re curious about die cutting but can’t decide where to start, there is information to help you compare systems and make a decision that’s right for you.
If you’re new to die cutting and feeling pretty intimidated about the whole process, each chapter will walk you through the right way to die cut and help you troubleshoot issues.
Even if you’re a die-cutting veteran, you’re still likely to find some tidbits you didn’t know before, and if you have multiple die-cutting systems, this book also shows you how to interchange and adapt your dies the right way to help you make the most of your die cutters.
The book is 8.5″ x 5.5″, 254 pages, and spiral bound so it lays flat. There are also several pages throughout where you can add tips of your own or make notes.
Speaking of notes, I’m also introducing a companion sketchbook called Notes & Doodles, which will be the first sketchbook geared toward die-cutting quilters!
I’ve invited 14 bloggers to help me kick off the book release with a Blog Book Tour. The tour runs from October 17th-31st, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the book and what they think of it.
The winner of this week’s contest will win a copy of the book when it ships in November.
If you’d like to place a pre-order for the book, you can get it in my Artfire store. (If you place a pre-order and you end up winning the contest, your money will be refunded.)
Through September 30, if you add both the book & the sketchbook to your cart, you can use coupon code BUNDLE to save $10 on your order.
Enter the Contest
Get your cameras out! To enter the weekly contest, read the updated rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, October 1, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).
Weekly Quilt Contest Links
- Submit your photo
- 2012 Themes, Winners & Sponsors
- Sponsor a contest – only two dates left this year:
November 12 (Sports)
December 3 (Christmas Table Runners)
Last Week’s Quilt Contest
Thanks to everyone who entered last week’s Fall’s Glory quilt contest. So many beautiful and colourful quilts to look at. I donated both copies of the Quilter’s Cookbooks to the top three quilters with the most votes. Congratulations to:
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