Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
So close to the stretch goal of $12K! Will you be the one to push me over the top?
So close to the stretch goal of $12K! Will you be the one to push me over the top?
210 backers pledged $12,080 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Finally... a Book on Fabric Die Cutting!! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$12,080

210

The $12,000 QUILT MARKET MOMENT

********************************

With 29 hours left in the campaign, can we make it all the way to Goal #4?

You can help!

********************************

THE $10,000 OPRAH MOMENT

********************************

WE MADE IT!!!!

********************************

WHO AM I?

I'm Ebony Love, and LoveBug Studios is my quilting company. I've been sewing nearly all my life, but I didn't get really serious about quilting until 2006.  I came to die cutting right around 2009, and I've been hooked ever since.

Some people know me from my YouTube videos; others, from my participation in online die-cutting communities, magazines and quilting shows, and others may not know me at all. Hopefully you'll get to know me now, and help me make this book a reality.

It turns out, I'm really passionate about fabric die-cutting! When I first came into it, there were only one or two online forums, and very little documentation, videos, or information to help people to really use these systems effectively.  I set out to learn everything that I could about fabric die-cutting, and I shared what I learned with anyone who would listen.  Pretty soon people started calling me the expert and turning to me for advice. I started writing articles, producing videos, and last year, I started publishing a magazine about fabric die-cutting just to help fill some of the gaps.

With all of that, you'd think I was doing this full-time, but quilting isn't my mainstay (yet.) I still hold a full-time job, and I'm fortunate to be able to take some time off occasionally to make this all happen.

WHY THIS BOOK?

Early on, I started recognizing that the same questions would come up repeatedly from new users, and while I don't mind answering the same question again and again (I try to do so with a happy heart) it seemed like this was really an area of need.  I mean, if you take a machine home and you can't be successful at it with the instructions you are given, maybe the instructions need to be better!  Since that didn't seem to be forthcoming, and no mainstream publisher would take this on (this is a very niche area of quilting right now!) I decided that it was my job to do this.  After all, if I'm the expert, who better to write the definitive book on fabric die-cutting?

When you get a sewing machine, the manual covers the basics, but they don't teach you to sew. For that, you can buy any number of books teaching you how to sew, quilt, make pillows, alter clothing... but nothing teaching you how to die-cut fabric successfully!!

Also, even in this day & age, not everyone is online, and I know that there are many, many more people who own die cutters than the folks I've interacted with in the forums.  I need a way to reach out to those folks and let them know that there is help out there, and even if you don't have high-speed internet, you can still learn to die cut successfully.

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

As of 7/21, the book is completely written, has had an initial round of editing, and is currently with the book designer for layout.  The book will come in somewhere around 160 - 200 pages (it's a large multiple of 16, so it's an interesting endeavor to get it just right) and is absolutely packed with information. The book opens with a chapter discussing all the major fabric die-cutting systems, and then continues with chapters about dies, consumable materials, and HOW to die-cut & prepare your fabric.

A sneak peek inside the book!
A sneak peek inside the book!

I also am introducing the Equivalent Die Notation System, or EDeN, to teach you how to convert rotary cutting instructions into die-cutting instructions for any common quilting die from popular manufacturers.

There are even some tips on sewing, how to store & maintain your dies, and then a super chapter on Resources you can turn to for more information.  This is really the key too; letting all those off-line quilters know the wealth of information they can find online and where to go!

The book is spiral bound, and at 8.5" x 5.5", will fit very snugly near your die-cutter so you can always have it close at hand.

BEING AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER

It took me a while to come to the conclusion that the only way this book would get done is if I did it, in my timeline, my way.  Going with an existing publishing house is great, but there are a lot of compromises you have to make, and I wasn't willing to make them. No one wanted to publish a book of tips and techniques to teach you how to die cut, they only wanted to publish projects & patterns.  They didn't seem to understand the true need, so I decided to do it on my own.

As an independent publisher, it's my responsibility not only to write the book, but to figure out how to produce the book, market the book, and distribute the book.  It doesn't come cheaply, and I can't do it by myself. There are so many people who contribute to this effort - some paid, some unpaid - and without them, this book would still be just an idea in my head and words on a page.

Being independent comes at a cost. There are so many expenses involved in publishing, especially to do it the right way and have a professional product at the end.  I'm not just sitting in my basement taking bad photographs and writing run-on sentences.  I have an attorney, a book designer, an editor, advisers, and a printing house. There are costs to make the book "official", and costs to get the book in front of the right people.

HOW WILL I SPEND THE MONEY?

In my campaign, I haven't asked for 100% of the money that is needed to get this book done, but if I can meet the campaign minimum ($5,000) and raise more, I'll really be able to do some neat things going forward.

Right off the top, Kickstarter takes 5%, and another 3-5% goes to Amazon to process the payments.  To register the book & hire the editor and designer costs about $5,000, so right off the bat, that's where the money will go.  The initial production run of books will cost another $4,500, so that comes out of my pocket unless I can raise more funds. Getting the books into distribution comes at a cost too (giving a 50-60% discount off the retail price) so it will take some doing to get profitable!

GOAL #1 - $5,000: With this money, I can register my book, and pay my editor & designer.  REACHED!!!!

GOAL #2 - $7,500: At this level, I will be able to do the above, plus make the down payment on my first book order of 1,000 copies. REACHED!!!!

Goal #3 - $10,000: At this level, I can fully pay my team, plus pay the entire printing bill on the first 1,000 copies, plus produce a sketchbook for all backers! REACHED!!!!

GOAL #3 - $11,000: At this level, I can produce an eBook version for the Kindle, iPad, and Nook. REACHED!!!!

GOAL #4 - $12,000: Getting this far will fund my expenses to go to International Quilt Market to publicize the book.  Getting it into a distribution channel will be incredibly helpful for my sales & sanity!

I believe in this book so much, and I know it is worth the investment to get this information out to people.  Remember Kickstarter is ALL or NOTHING, so I have to raise at least $5,000, or I get zero.  Can you help?

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

Of course, the key to all of this is that in return for your support, you get something awesome!!  This isn't a donation, this isn't an investment.  You contribute money, and you are guaranteed to get something in return. If I don't raise the money, nobody pays anything, and it's up to me to figure out where I'll get the money to produce the book.

In return for your contribution, everyone will get public acknowledgement on my website for helping to make this book possible.

At the $10 level or above, you get a fun non-woven tote bag:

From my magazine!
From my magazine!

Above $25, you start getting really cool things like copies of the book, fat quarters from my stash, packs of my Quiltspirations! cards, and even handmade items from my private collection of quilts and handbags.  Have you seen my stash, by the way?

My stash from which rewards will abound...
My stash from which rewards will abound...

I have limited some of the rewards due to availability, but as rewards are sold out, I will add new ones. If you see something come up later that you want, you can always adjust your contribution level & the reward you select until the campaign ends.

I've set this campaign to expire just after my birthday on August 18th so it would be a super-awesome birthday present to reach the goal by then, and know that this book will become a reality.

WHAT COMES NEXT

I'll continue to post updates here on the campaign, to let you know how the book is progressing and give you some insight into how this book will come to life over the next 3 months.  I hope you'll join me for the ride!  And please, please share this with your friends!  :)

The October 1 release date is very critical; I want to make sure the books are ready in time for International Quilt Market in Houston this fall.  I expect to spend the entire month of October getting ready for the book's debut, shipping review copies to magazines & bloggers, and preparing for the classes I'm to teach at the Quilt Festival immediately following.  It's a really busy time, and so I don't expect to be able to start shipping Rewards until I come back that first week of November.

A SHOUT OUT TO MY TEAM

As I mentioned, this book wouldn't be as fabulous as it's going to be without my cracker jack team.  A HUGE thanks to Anne DeRuiter, my editor; Brian Boehm, my book designer; Gyleen Fitzgerald, my publishing mentor; Marjorie Busby, my EDeN co-conspirator; Wendy Rosploch, my sounding board; and Sherry Rose, my cheerleader & ego-booster.  Of course I can't forget all the fabulous quilters & die-cutting folks in the forums, who I can't name individually, but I do recognize that this is all done through them, for them, and with them. No one gets paid enough to do what they do, but I am so very thankful that they do it anyway.  :)

CONNECT WITH ME

Come hang out with me in cyberspace!!

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/EbonyLove.Designer

Blog - http://www.lovebugstudios.com/blog/

Twitter - http://twitter.com/LoveBugStudios

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/LoveBugStudios

Newsletter sign-up - http://eepurl.com/h_sfo

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    I DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' REWARD REWARD - This is perfect for folks who don't quilt, don't die-cut, don't care about fabric or magazines or tote bags, but just want to support the cause. You still get my thanks though! Can't do anything about that, sorry. (And you can contribute more than $1 if you are so inclined!)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    JUST PASSING THROUGH REWARD - At this level, you get a public thank you on my website, as well as a free copy of the latest issue of my digital magazine, Blocks to Die For!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    I GAVE YOU $10 AND ALL I GOT WAS... REWARD - You get a fun non-woven tote bag! Well, what do you expect for $10? Ok, I'll throw in the "Just Passing Through" reward too. (International Backers, please add $5 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    OPRAH MOMENT REWARD - If you come in at this level, and the campaign reaches $10,000, you are guaranteed a copy of the "Notes & Doodles" book. Everyone contributing $10 or more will also get a copy.

    If we don't hit the $10,000 goal, then your reward will revert to the "I Gave You $10 and All I Got Was..." reward. (International Backers, please add $5 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    JUST THE FABRIC, MA'AM REWARD - So, maybe you don't die-cut but you want something cool anyway? Contribute at this $25 level, and I'll send you 8-10 fat quarters from my stash. Bazinga! (International Backers, please add $6 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    GREETINGS EARTHLINGS REWARD - At this $25 level, you'll get a set of 6 handmade cards with envelopes. Cards have some fabric, stitching or a combination of both on the outside, and are blank on the inside. If you want multiple packs, increase your contribution by $20/pack. (International Backers - add $25 for each additional pack.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    PIMP MY MONOGRAM REWARD - Get an awesome little quilted monogram (approx. 5" x 5") that is perfect for hanging in a kid's room or to claim your office space. You tell me what letter & colors, and I will make you a little piece of art! There's a photo in the "Updates" section. I'll also throw in a tote bag!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    JUST THE BOOK, MA'AM REWARD - For those of you who just want the book, the whole book, and nothing but the book, this $30 reward's for you. I'll even sign it if you want, in Silver Sharpie, of course! (International Backers, please add $5 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    104 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    EXTRA GOODIES REWARD - For $40, You'll get a signed copy of the book, plus the "I Gave You $10 and All I Got Was" reward, PLUS a fat quarter from my stash. Groovy, huh? (International Backers, please add $8 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    QUILTSPIRATIONAL REWARD - At this $50 level, you get a signed copy of the book, plus a pack of my fun Quiltspirations! Cards and the "Just Passing Through" reward. It doesn't get much more awesome than this. (International Backers, please add $8 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    DIE-CUTTER'S SPECIAL REWARD - You know I have almost 500 dies now? What are the chances I have something you want? You send me a Medium Priority Mail Box full of fabric, I send you back perfectly die-cut shapes of whatever you want plus two fat quarters from my stash. (If you want applique shapes, you must fuse the fabric before sending it.) Insane? Why, yes it is. And, I'll throw in the book too, just for giggles. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange return shipping of your die-cuts.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    JUST THE ART, MA'AM REWARD - I have a limited number of framed fiber art pieces (9.5" square). These pieces have been exhibited at the Ravenswood Art Walk. You'll get to select your piece; choose from a black or white frame. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    DESTASHIFICATION REWARD - At this $75 level, I'll let you crash my stash. You'll get a signed copy of the book, the "Just Passing Through" reward, a selection of 10 fat quarters personally cut from my stash, plus a 4" die-cut letter of your first initial. (International Backers, please add $10 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    TAKE 5 DIE-CUT DEAL REWARD - A beautiful 47" x 59" die-cut quilt kit with bias binding can be yours, plus a copy of the book! Take 5 is a popular pattern and an easy quilt to put together. There are 5 fabrics and 3 shapes, and you mix & match them randomly to assemble the blocks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    HANDCRAFTED SURPRISE REWARD - At the $100 level, you get everything in the Destashification reward, plus something handcrafted by me. I've got several handmade tote bags, purses, table runners, and art pieces for you to choose from. First come, first pick! (International Backers, please add $10 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    LONG ARM QUILTING REWARD - If you want some of my freestyle quilting magic all over your quilt top (up to 40" square, applies to quilting cost only) you can get it at this level. Plus, you get a signed copy of the book, acknowledgment in the book itself and the "Just Passing Through" reward. You know you want this! You need to send your quilt project before the end of December though so I can quilt it in time to deliver your reward. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange return shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    YOU ASKED FOR IT REWARD - At this $100 level, I'll send you a copy of the book, acknowledge you in the book itself, and send you 25 fat quarters personally cut from my stash. You'll also get the "I Gave You $10 And All I Got Was" reward! (International Backers, please add $15 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    YOU ASKED FOR MORE REWARD - This reward was so popular that I had to bring it back, with a little twist. I'll send you a copy of the book, acknowledge you in the book itself, a pack of my Quiltspirations cards, and 15 fat quarters personally cut from my stash. You'll also get the "I Gave You $10 And All I Got Was" reward! (International Backers, please add $15 for shipping.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    QUILT GUILD PARTY PACK REWARD - At this level, I'm offering a near-wholesale price on a pack of 10 books! I'll even sign the books if you like, and if you're local to the Chicago area, I'll hand-deliver your books to a quilt guild meeting! I'll even add a pack of Quiltspirations cards! These make great door prizes or you can resell them for a profit!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    BECAUSE I LIKE YOU REWARD - At this $200 level, you get a handmade baby or toddler quilt from my very own collection. I have more of these that I am willing to part with than the larger quilts that sold out! Plus you'll get a copy of the book, a mention in the book itself, and the "Just Passing Through" reward. Some of these quilts have really intricate quilting because I used them to practice my free motion skills. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    LONG ARM QUILTING A DEUX REWARD - If you want some of my freestyle quilting magic all over your LARGE quilt top (up to 90" square, applies to quilting cost only) you can get it at this level. Plus, you get a signed copy of the book, acknowledgment in the book itself and the "Just Passing Through" reward. You know you want this! You need to send your quilt project before the end of December though so I can quilt it in time to deliver your reward. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange return shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  22. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    BECAUSE I LOVE YOU REWARD - At the $300 level, you get a handmade throw-sized quilt of my choosing, from my very own collection. Since I don't like parting with my quilts, you know this must be pretty special. Plus a signed copy of the book and the "Just Passing Through" reward, and a mention in the book itself. It's one way to get published! :) (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  23. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    PIMPIN' QUILTY REWARD - So, I've got this quilt going in Quilty Magazine this Winter, and due to a deadline & fabric snafu, I ended up making the quilt TWICE. I can't show you this quilt, but it's super awesome, and I just don't need two of the same quilt. So I'll make you a deal, and you can get this 68" x 68" quilt for a song. Made from luscious Kona solids, get a sneak peek of the quilt HERE: http://www.lovebugstudios.com/2012/07/03/the-winter-issue-of-quilty-magazine-shhhh/

    You'll also get a copy of the Summer & Winter 2012 issues of Quilty, which will have a photo of the quilt's twin & the pattern!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  24. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    GOAL #4 ANGEL REWARD - I actually retired from making custom quilts last year, but I will come out of retirement to make you a custom bedding set. A queen sized quilt made & custom quilted by me in the fabric of your choosing; 4 coordinating pillowcases, 2 pillow shams, a copy of the book, and a shout out in the same. Since I hit $10K, $12K no longer sounds so ridiculous!! Add $250 to make it a king quilt instead. (International Backers, I'll contact you separately to arrange shipping & insurance since costs vary so much by country.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (34 days)