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Die Cutting For Beginners Blog Hop
tracy • July 23, 2015 • 7 Comments

I feel like Ebony Love has taught me all that I know about die cutting. I met her about a year after I received my Sizzix Big Shot Pro for a Christmas present from my hubby. I had done a ton of research before choosing a machine and chose Sizzix because I knew I could use Accuquilt Dies in the Sizzix machine (Accuquilt are thinner, so you can use them in Sizzix but can’t use Sizzix in any Accuquilt machine smaller than the Studio). I am a more is more kinda girl, so this was the machine for me. Unfortunately, it sat for well over a year because I was paralyzed with fear – I have no idea why. I mean it’s just fabric right?

Luckily, I got invited to Quilt Market in 2012, joined GenQ and promptly was introduced to Ebony Love. The rest is history.




After giving me the “WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T USE IT YET?!?” talk, she gave me a copy of her book and her email address so I could ask her questions. Over the years, she has held my hand on more than one occasion and taught me ways to use my dies other than the original purpose. I am now well on my way to intermediate level die cutting and when I say it has changed my life, I don’t exaggerate. It allows me to cut fabric on days when my hands otherwise would not let me and for that I am grateful.

We have used Sizzix dies in more than one We Sew 2 Project. I think they are great for kids!



Cyd uses her Fabi to cut out shapes








And have made some CUTE projects…





Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Tulip and Melon Dies.

I can not recommend die-cutting more! It is fun and makes piecing a breeze! If you are unsure, I think Ebony is just the girl to teach you all about it!



Ebony has created a video to teach you all you need to know about die cutting. The video is great and teaches you all you need to know to get started! Go visit her website too!

And I am giving you a chance to win a copy! Simply leave me a comment below telling me why you want to win. We will choose a winner at random on July 27th.

For more chances to win, visit the rest of my friends on this amazing blog tour!


July 20 – LoveBug Studios

July 21 –  Sizzix

July 22 – Custom Quilt Kits

July 23 – GenQ Magazine

July 24 – Cheryl Sleboda

July 25 – Jessica K Darling

July 26 – Quilt Shop Gal

July 27 – LoveBug Studios & Interweave – Webinar TBD



  • becky m • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #1

    oh wonderful! What a great resource. I could definitely use this to start thinking outside the box with my Go!
    And I love the idea of using them for kids. I would definitely feel better about my daughter cutting with the Go rather than a rotary!!

  • Dawn Jones • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #2

    I have really been thinking about getting a die cutting machine, this video would give me a better view of whether I want to invest in one.

  • Marian • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #3

    I would love to win this, I am about to have hand surgery and the injury may have been a result of rotary cutting!

  • Kathie • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #4

    Ebony was also my inspiration to learn to use my Sizzix Big Shot . . . she is amazing and a great teacher! I have learned by participating in her Downton Abbey QAL’s but this video would really help me continue on my own beyond Ebony’s beautiful patterns. Thank you for the opportunity to receive one of her new videos!

  • Renea • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #5

    This would be perfect for me as I have a Sizzix Fabi cutter and have only used it once. I need help!! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Crickett • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #6

    I have been contemplating getting a die cutter. This would be a big help in that decision!

  • Jen B • 1 month ago
    COMMENT #7

    There are so many projects that are able to assist w/ creating, my mind is already spinning w/ideas. The ease of cutting will help too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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