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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