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Olfa ~ 35th Anniversary

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Did you know the Olfa Rotary Cutter turns 35 this year? Which means I’m actually older than the rotary cutter. I think this gives me some sort of quilter street cred, right? Except that I never actually quilted without using one. I honestly can’t imagine creating a quilt without these handy little cutters and I’m guessing most of you feel the same way.

At Quilt Market last Spring I was lucky enough to attend a breakfast with the Olfa team – and we were able to see that original invention. The first one was yellow and everything!

First Olfa Rotary Cutter : Fresh Lemons Quilts

In celebration, Olfa asked me to participate in a project and make a 6-1/2″ quilt block for a big birthday quilt. They sent this very fun box of goodies to use – a mini rotary cutter (I’m told these are great for cutting curves!), a 6-1/2″ frosted quilting ruler, and a spinning cutting mat. I was most excited to try out the cutting mat. I’ve been eyeing these for quite some time.

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

These mats are fun because you can place your fabric/block once – trim.

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Then spin the mat – trim again. You don’t need to pick up your fabric and reposition.

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided to make my block using 3.5″ flying geese blocks. (Get it – 35th anniversary…3.5″ blocks?) For the background I used some scrappy patchwork which reminds me of the 1970′s.

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The flying geese are yellow because – well Olfa = Yellow!

Olfa Quilting Tools : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Happy 35th Birthday Olfa! :)

July 14, 2014   39 Comments

Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter

Last month, Olfa contacted me and asked if I was interested in trying out their new rotary cutter, the Splash. I’m already a huge Olfa fan. Honestly, I didn’t even know other companies made rotary cutters until I went to a few conferences and used some in various classes. That just reinforced my love for my Olfa cutter.

I was curious to try this new cutter, not because of the new aqua color (although it is very pretty in my sewing room), but because it has a quick change way to switch out the blade. No screws!

I knew as soon as I saw the cutter though, I was probably going to be a bit challenged using it. I am a creature of habit, and I use the ergonomic cutter. It’s the style I’ve used for the last 4 years.

So…it was hard for me to try a different design. But I know a lot of people do use this style of cutter from Olfa. If you do, you will have no trouble at all.

I did want to try out the blade switch. It was just as easy as they advertised. You just slide down the little yellow latch on the back and magic! The blade removes and can be easily replaced.

My overall thoughts are same great cutter, super pretty color, and now easier blade changing which is a good thing. I’d love to see this feature on the ergonomic cutter too!

May 30, 2013   26 Comments

A Relaxing Afternoon

Lazy Afternoon

The kids are napping and I’m really enjoying some hand stitching on my mini princess and the pea block. I can’t wait to share with you what I have in mind for this little piece of art!

Today is also day 5 of my picks for the FQS Bella Parade. The color of the day today is Robin’s Egg.

For solid coordinates, I selected…

Baby Pink, Gray, and Ivory.

For coordinated prints I selected…

Sweet Broderie Cherry Cutesy Mosaic, My Happy Nursery Shell Leaves, and Bazaar Style Ocean Gems.

Don’t forget to visit Shruti’s blog and try your hand at the prizes!

May 26, 2011   No Comments

Finca Perle Cotton

Finca Perle Cotton

If you spend anytime on Flickr you’ve noticed a lot of really beautiful hand quilting emerging. I’ve decided to give it a try myself. Corey clued me in to Yarn Bazaar and I last weekend I ordered a variety of colors from them. These are Finca Perle Cotton, size 8.

Finca Perle Cotton

I plan on using Anna Maria Horner’s tutorial to get started.

I also picked up the Finca color card. It’s really nice – well worth the $12. I just hate trying to match colors on the computer monitor. If anyone is looking for a thread to match a particular fabric, just let me know and if I have the fabric, I will do a comparison for you!

Finca Perle Cotton

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are going to be doing some work outside now that it has stopped raining. Hope it is nice wherever you may be!

April 29, 2011   26 Comments