Olfa ~ 35th Anniversary
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!
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.
These mats are fun because you can place your fabric/block once - trim.
Then spin the mat - trim again. You don't need to pick up your fabric and reposition.
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.
The flying geese are yellow because - well Olfa = Yellow!
Happy 35th Birthday Olfa! :)