Tuesday, July 22, 2014

celebrating with Olfa

You may or may not have heard, but Olfa is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the rotary cutter. That's a HUGE deal and I was super excited that they asked me to be a part of their celebration.

The second quilt I ever made was done without a rotary cutter. I used a square cardboard template and a pair of not-so-sharp scissors for the cutting. Having that experience, I am very thankful to have a rotary cutter to use daily! And I do...well, almost daily, anyway.
My favorite rotary cutter is the Splash, which I've been using it since they released it last year and I love everything about it....the contoured handle, the quick change blade and the fact that I can use it with either my left or right hand. I am pretty smitten with the color as well! It's wonderful to have functional and pretty tools.
I made a 6.5" block to contribute to Olfa's commemorative quilt that will be made and shown at Quilt Festival in Houston this fall. The only requirements were that the block finishes at 6.5" and it contains yellow. I considered a lot of ideas before landing on this one. I settled on a churn dash block because it is an iconic quilt block and kind of indispensable--a lot like the rotary cutter! I free pieced a tiny 35 in the center block. I like this little block a lot and I am looking forward to seeing the entire quilt.
As a part of the celebration, I'm happy to be hosting a giveaway as well. Olfa is giving away a 28mm rotary cutter and a small cutting mat. These are great tools for piecing small scraps together right at your work station or they would work well for paper piecing, if you are prone to such a thing. :) I've found the small rotary cutter indispensable for cutting curves with a template. If you'd like to be entered into the drawing, please leave me a comment. In your comment I'd love to hear how long you've been quilting/sewing. This contest is open to US residents only this time. (Sorry to my international readers!) I'll pick a winner in a few days!

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Jo C. said...

Lovely block! I've been quilting about 3 years..still have a lot to learn!
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Natashahcoy@gmail.com said...

I have been quilting for 5 years now. Great block! The 35 is perfect.

Mama Bell said...

I have been quilting for about 16 years--sewing since I was 7 or eight. I really enjoy your blog--thanks for sharing your creative talents and ideas on this blog. Great block for the quilt!

Beth said...

I've also been sewing ever since my mom let me touch her machine - 5 or 6? As a lefty, I'm thrilled to have a cutter that can be used with either hand.

Teagan said...

I have been sewing off and on for 18 years. I feel like I should be a way better seamstress based on that number!

TJ Sikkink said...

I have been sewing for about 28 years and quilting for about 20. I can't imagine not using a rotary cutter!
Thanks!

Jeanne W. said...

Fun! I've been quilting for about 6 years when I decided I could make a quilt cheaper than buy it....haha...=)

Alli said...

I learned to sew when I was a kid, and then I started quilting five years ago. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Lindy said...

I have been quilting for about 12 years and sewing for much longer. Much, much longer. I read your blog regularly and look forward to every post. Love the 35 block.

Laura said...

I have been quilting for about 8 years. Love my Olfa rotary cutters.

Emily and Frank said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've been making WIPs for about 5 years.

Shannon Wallace said...

I hear you on the NOT cutting out pieces with something other than a rotary cutter! My first quilt (almost 4 years ago) was a rag quilt. My husband was so kind as to cut out 5 inch squares for me...about 100 of them or so. And he did that with some template he made and a pair of scissors. Needless to say, for Christmas that year, he bought me an Olfa 60mm cutter and a huge Olfa mat!!! One of the best Christmas gifts ever, and I still use it very much to this day. :) So to answer your question, I've been quilting for almost 4 years. I've graduated from rag quilts to regular quilts, and I look forward to advancing my skills even more so in the future!

lila said...

I have been quilting for 35 years and sewing for 15 more, oh Lordy, where have the years gone?

Karen said...

This is great timing, I was just thinking that I could use a small rotary cutter for some of the quilt designs I have on the horizon. I recently introduced my mother to the joys of the pinking wheel for her Olfa cutter for her garment projects. She's thrilled, especially because she's been having problems with her thumbs that make using scissors a serious problem.

Bethany said...

I have been quilting since June of 2013! And I have loved every minute of it! :)

Teresa Pearce said...

I've been sewing off and on for about 30 years but I actually only started quilting about 2 months ago and am in the process of building up all of the necessary tools so winning this would be excellent!

Denise Russell said...

Creative block! I have been quilting, and using Olfa rotary cutters, for 9 years.

Linda Wujcik said...

I started quilting in January of 2013. I am sooooo addicted to blocks. I spent the day teaching my granddaughter to make a sausage pillow case which she promptly gifted to her sister for her birthday. Linda imakejoy@aol.com

marcella said...

Cute block! I've been sewing since I was 5 (which was long, long ago) and I had to beg my mom relentlessly until she agreed to show me how to use her sewing machine. In 7th grade home ec our teacher taught us to sew a quilt block and I've loved quilts ever since. That was, ahem, before rotary cutters.

Laura M said...

I have been quilting for 10 years and completely agree on the necessity of a rotary cutter.

Andi said...

I am celebrating 10 years of quilting this year, happy anniversary to me and Olfa! Thanks for the giveaway. Your block is super cute.

FlourishingPalms said...

You made a darling block, Amanda! I've been making quilts since 1972, so I had to make quilts with scissors. I remember when the rotary cutter became available. I'm still using the first one, a 45mm, I purchased in the early 1980's! It's rolled across hundreds of miles! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mrs Quinn said...

Close to 2 years recently, but I was sewing quite a bit 7 years ago. I kind of stopped when I moved from my single apartment to a house with my fiance and picked it back up when I was married and pregnant. Amazing what kids will do for you :)

Amy said...

I have been quilting since I was about 10, but always remember my mom quilting.

Kate said...

I dabbled in sewing enough as a kid to get my first sewing machine at age 13 and have been sewing on and off since then.

Marci said...

I love my big olfa mat. It stays on the counter in the sewing area. I have both the small cutter & the 45mm that I use often. Thanks for the great give-away! Very generous!

Suze said...

My first attempt at quilting was about 28 years ago and it's still a UFO. It was all done by hand. I had never heard of a rotary cutter. All the plastic templates and fabric were drawn with pencil and cut with scissors. It was all hand pieced and lap quilted. My then husband told me one of my applique blocks (interlocking hearts) was not centered. He asked me to get my seam gauge so he could prove it to me. It was off 1/16". He knew that from across our LARGE living room. I thought the quilt was not good enough for him and put it up, knowing he would never let me use it. All the blocks are finished and I think I have one row completed and part of another. My mother was going to quilt it for me and didn't understand lap quilting and didn't know how to finish it to put it in a frame. About a year ago, my ex-husband and I finally talked and he was proud that he could tell the block was not centered. I told him how that remark had effected my quilting and affected me, too. He said he was amazed at how close I could get it centered with human effort (opposed to using machinery). Oh, if only we had communicated back then - coulda, woulda, shoulda. Nope, there's just too much water under the bridge for us. Thanks for the wonderful block and the giveaway.

Sarah said...

I've been quilting for about 6 years, I think.

Beanstalk said...

I made my first quilt 43 years ago -- started very young ;) and it measured about 12 by 18-- a doll quilt.

I really got into quilting right about the time rotary cutting entered the scene-- so yeah, about 35 years ago. I still have (and use) my original olfa cutter and a set of Trudi Hughs rulers that have lost their markings over the years of use-- but are still my favorites.

Becky said...

I made my first quilt in 1990. Made another one right away. Had two more children and then started quilting with a vengeance in 2000.

magnoliasntea said...

I've been quilting for a year and a half, and I would love an Olfa Rotary Cutter! The better the cutter the more you wanna cut. ;)

Adrienne said...

I've been quilting about six years, but the first few years were in a tiny apartment which was not conducive at all... I'm still not a very productive quilter (about a quilt a year) but I do a little bit more frequently now that I have more room.

Lauren said...

On and off for 5 years! So much to learn still.

jane said...

I love the way the block matches the rotary cutter! Thanks for the chance to win.

Pieces of Cotton said...

I made a quilt about 15 years ago, but didn't "become a quilter" until 3 years ago. Now it's a part of my daily life, and I would love a 28mm cutter. I currently only have 45mm, and sometimes it's too big for what I want to do.

Marti Taylor said...

I've been sewing and quilting for almost a year. I learned to sew about 20 years ago but never did much sewing after a few projects.

Colette Whelan said...

I have only been quilting for about 2 1/2 years. I sewed in Home Ec in high school and made curtains for our first house but now I quilt and LOVE it.

Amy said...

I've been sewing for 40 years. I just started quilting about 15 years ago. I think the rotary cutter is one of the best inventions of the sewing world.

GO STARS! said...

I've been sewing since the mid 1970's and quilting since the late '70's. The rotary cutter and mats and rulers changed my quilting life! I love to paper piece and the smaller cutter works so well for trimming but my favorite is still the 45 mm for everything else. Happy anniversary Olfa!!

Katie D said...

I have been quilting for 9 years- thanks for the giveaway!

carolann said...

I have been quilting for 21 years! Cannot imagine being without the rotary cutter! carolann427@aol.com

Lynn said...

I made my first quilt 23 years ago! But I've been quilting steadily for the past 9 years. Love the block!

Linda said...

CONGRATS OLFA!
Hi,I've been sewing since about age 8;quilting hand+machine about 5 years since I've retired from Nursing. Love quilting+the fabrics+tools(Olfa!)out there are so neat!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Judy H said...

I started back in the early 80's quilting and believe me things have certainly changed. After several years away from quilting, I am now back into it. And loving my Olfa's!

Judy said...

I have been quilting so long, I don't remember how long it has been. I am guessing it has been over 25 years ago. Your block is wonderful and so is your blog!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Great block! I have one of the really early Olfa cutters. It is still one of my favorites.

Joey said...

Sewing since summer camp in elementary school, but just picked it up again a few years ago. LOVE my rotary cutters! Have been thinking bout buying a Splash just because I love the colors. :)

Carol said...

Sewing about 58 years and quilting for about 20 years.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I sewed a couple things in my mom's machine as a kid but I've been consistently quilting for just under a year now!

Sophie Brown said...

Very cute block! I have been quilting since my mom paid for a class when my babies were tiny - 15 years now. Wow - time flies! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Tracy said...

Very clever block! I've been sewing for 43 yrs or so but quilting just over 3yrs.

mmeblue said...

Great block! I've been quilting for about 10 years. :)

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I've been sewing for well over 30 years (sewed all my kids clothes -including dance costumes- for many years, and they just turned 29 and 30 last week). But I've just been quilting for about a year. A new cutter and mat would be a great addition to my very small supply of tools!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I learned to sew in high school, but I didn't learn how to quilt until my second baby came along. I've used Olfa rotary cutters and mats exclusively. I have found that using them as companions, allows my blades to last longer. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jodi said...

I've been quilting for going on five years. Just today I was cursing the three different rotary cutters I have! They are just not cutting it! Would love to try and Olfa.

Angela said...

I've been quilting for 3 years and my first queen size bed quilt was totally scrappy and each block was a different PIECED block. I cut cardboard templates, traced and cut out every piece! It was intense but I didn't know any better. I bought my rotary cutter and mat in time to cut the borders for that quilt and I have never looked back! :)

Susan said...

My first memory was making myself a pair of shorts when I was in third grade. I use to love hanging around the machine, watching my mother sew.

Ang-e said...

I've been sewing for about 20 years!

Becky said...

I started sewing way, way before Olfa had a cutter. When they first came out they said they were for garment sewists to use freehand. I didn't like that, but when I started using it for quilting, I never looked back. Love it, use it every day. The 28mm is great for circles - the ones where you cut in a slit. I'm sooooo glad there's Olfa!

Tiffany said...

I've been sewing for 4 or 5 years now. Has it only been that long? It feels like its been part of my life forever...

Stephanie said...

Love your block! I have been seeing on and off for 20 years, but seriously got into quilting about 3 years ago!

supersara20 said...

I have been sewing for about 18 years!

Lori said...

I still use my original olfa cutter I purchased when I started quilting about 25 yrs ago! Thanks for a chance to win.

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

I've been quilting since November of 2011, so almost three years (:

Art with Rosanne said...

I have been quilting since I had my first baby 19 years ago. I also was raised under a quilt because we used to play at my grandma's while she was hand quilting. It is in my genes!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I've been sewing and quilting for about 13 years now - since my youngest came along, and you've been a great inspiration :D I'd love to win a new cutter :D

Julie G

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I have been quilting for forty years!! Yikes!!

Anita said...

What a fun color for the rotary cutter. My fingers are crossed.

Samantha K said...

I'd say I've been actively quilting for about 8 years or so.

Where would we be without our rotary cutters?!?!

Your block is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Christine Puniello said...

Your block is so cute!! i ave only been quilting about one and a half years! My first quilt was doing your star quilt along on my own!! I love it!!

Mia's Cottage said...

So exciting! I've been quilting about 10 yrs now ad hope to never stop.
Donna

Renee said...

I've been quilting about 5 years.

dufbuh. said...

I've been quilting for 4 years and absolutely love it!

Mary Ellen said...

I have been quilting since 1996 and have always used a rotary cutter. I probably would not have been very productive if I had to cut everything with a scissors!

Barb Lyons said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I've been quilting about 12 years and in the last year or so have been venturing into the "modern" look; love the clean; bright colors.

Carol said...

I've been learning to quilt correctly since January of this year. I am addicted. I love OLFA, too and I love your block. I've got to add that into my list of blocks to make.

Meg Tison said...

I've been sewing since 4th grade and quilting for about 25 years.

skinny52 said...

Love that you give us this type of opportunity!

Janice said...

This week marks my first anniversary as a quilter. It was my first quilting class that introduced me to the rotary cutter, and I can't imagine sewing without it.

Kim said...

Thanks for the chance to win :0)

I started sewing so I could have some new outfits in 8th grade, I saved up my babysitting money ( .50 per hour in the 60's) and bought a Kenmore sewing machine, it served me well, I even made my wedding gown with it in 1972. I started quilting in the 80's when I needed a way to relax from intensive care nursing. I sew everyday with either my Bernina or my Janome and still love it.

Happy Sewing



jinsnapp said...

Love the block! I'm a beginner quilter.

Jess said...

I have been sewing since I was little, but quilting seriously for about 4 years. I have always used a rotary cutter and find it very very useful.

jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

Jane Cisneros said...

I've been sewing since middle school so 45ish years (oh my God) but just started quilting 2 years ago when I made a patchwork baby quilt for a yet-to-be-born great-niece. Just finished my 4th quilt this past week for the soon-to-be-born sister of that first one.
Jane @ Handiworking.com

Jane S. said...

I really had to sit and think about how long I've been messing around with quilting. It's been a good 28 years now! Wow. Unbelievable. I started with small stuff like placemats and basket liners and worked up to quilts. Wouldn't trade a minute of it. :)

Kitten said...

Oh how I love your block...the 35 in it is awesome...and the block matches your rotary cutter!

I've been sewing since I was a kid in the 1950s...and quilting since the 1970s...so a long TIME. Both my Mom & Grandma taught me to sew & I still have fabric from their collections.

I've been looking to buy a rotary cutter & mat...thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I began sewing as soon as I could hold a needle (family of seemstresses), but started quilting 5 years ago.

Jennyroo said...

Oh oh oh! Pick me! I've been sewing since I was 22, so about (eeep!)17 years.

Dorian said...

What a great block! The quilt is going to be fabulous. I learned to sew in middle school, sewed clothes in high school, but didnt learn to quilt till I was married and pg with my first baby, in my early 20s (that was 20yrs ago!).

Lee Ann L. said...

I like that block. I might make one with 50 because I'm turning 50 years old in October. O_o

I have been quilting on and off since 1994.

Thank you for a chance to win!

Diane said...

I've been sewing for 50 years(!) since I was 11, but only quilting for 5-6. It's a fabulous retirement activity. Thanks for the give away.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I think I have been sewing for almost 50 years! My mom taught me as a girl, and then I made lots of Halloween costumes for my own kids! Quilting hooked me about 15 years ago, and I love it more all the time! Thanks for the chance to win!

brownj6610 said...

I made a quilt top in 1971 and my mother quilted it. I really didn't start quilting until 1997 when my daughter asked for a t-shirt quilt made with her sorority shirts. I never looked back and probably have made 100 quilts since then.

Maria said...

Started my first quilt in 1999, so that makes about 15 years for me.

valentinegirl said...

Fun! I have been sewing since my teens in the 80s and made my first quilt in 2001. I took a big break from quilting when my kids were little but I'm getting back into it!

Rachal Chohonis said...

I have been sewing since I was 10 or 11, let's just say very many years. Did some quilting years ago, took a break for several years and back at it for the last 4 years.

moosecraft said...

Awesome block! You've got all the right colors and the theme! I hope I don't miss out on seeing the entire quilt all together...
I've been quilting on and off for about 4 years. It started in 2010 with a couple of BOM's to "learn with" and many, many tips from fellows quilters, books, and Youtube videos later... I think I "get it" now enough to really enjoy the entire process of quilt making! :-)

frommycarolinahome said...

I love my rotary cutter!! I have been quilting and sewing for more years than I am willing to say, LOL!! Lets just say I started when I was five. Carole @ From My Carolina Home (email craftnut at rocketmail dot com)

Lynne Tilley said...

I"ve been quilting off and on for about 5 years, and with much more frequency in the past couple of years. I love it so much now that I rarely get any other sewing done. It's just all about quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

Colleen said...

I've been quilting off and on for over 24 years. I am working on a quilt from your book, Sunday Morning Quilts. I'm hoping to post to Finish Up Fridays (soon!)

Donna said...

Love your block! I have been sewing since I was 5-6, a very very very long time ago! lol. I have only been quilting 5-6 years.

KWILEY said...

Love your blog and all of your projects/inspiration! Would love to win a pretty cutter :) I got my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday and started quilting around the age of 20. (so I've been quilting a little over 20 years now) and am sitting hear soaking up quilting blogs as I wait anxiously for my son having his final interview for a law enforcement position!
Thank you for a chnce to win.

Di~ said...

12 years! whew! great 35 block there! Thanks for the chance to win!

Bearpawquilter said...

I took a beginning quilting class in 2002. Before that I had sewn clothing and home dec. N

JoyceLM said...

I've been quilting since 2006. I almost started 20 years before that, but in the quilting class I took they had us draw around cardboard templates & cut them out with scissors. After blistering my hand on the scissors I gave up. But my youngest sister got me started on a round robin quilt using a rotary cutter & I was hooked. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pamela Neal said...

I am a first time quilter...machine quilter that is. The one and only quilt I've done was pieced by hand and oh quilted by machine but still it was my first! I used Jacob's Ladder for my pattern. The finished project was given to my daughter on her 16th birthday.

Karen said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I like your tiny 35. I've been sewing since my teenage years, but only quilting for just over a year. I'm going to need to keep quilting since I already have a huge stack of projects I want to make!

A Quilter's Mission said...

I made my first quilt long before the invention of the rotary cutter!

Sewing In CT said...

I started quilting about 6 years ago, but it was an accident. I really wanted to make curtains...
I like making quilts better and there's always new ideas. I love it.

Janice Cate said...

I learned to sew, crochet, and embroider as a child. The first quilt I made was a quilted jacket about 15 years ago. My first real quilt was started with a Saturday Sampler program at my local quilt shop ten years ago. Rotary cutters really make quilting easier.

Patty said...

My, my, my...how long have I been quilting? I've been sewing since I was around 10; got my first machine at 14; and made my fist quilt sometime in my early 20's. So I'm guessing I've been quilting almost 30-years! Wow, time sure flies :o)
Although I've made many quilts over the years it wasn't until the past few years that I started machine quilting; which is so different from the first quilts I ever made!

Lisa Boyer said...

I've been quilting since 1987--that's easy to remember because it was the year my son was born! So...twenty seven years? Yikes! And I still have my original Olfa cutter. Time for a new one?

Jusmom1 said...

I only "really" started sewing and quilting in 2011...and I am totally hooked! Thanks for the chance to win!

Becky said...

I started sewing a year ago. Rotary cutting is such a great help.

Lee said...

I have been sewing for about 45 years and quilting for 30~ thanks!

Adtski31 said...

I've been quilting off and on for 10 years

amy5rose said...

Ive been quilting for almost 2 years, and when i said I wanted to get started, my mom sent me a care package with a rotary cutter and cutting mat!

abelian said...

I've been quilting for 37 years! Where did the time go? No wonder I have so many UFOs. I also started with templates, but mine were made from sandpaper.

animatedlibrarian said...

I made my first quilt with my mom when I lived with her in Germany in 3rd grade. Much later (pre-rotary cutter) I decided to make my sister a quilt while I was in college...23 years later I finished it. These days I am on much more of a roll, my last quilt took 6 months (while working full time and writing my doctoral dissertation). I too have a splash cutter that I love :-)

Amelia Verne said...

I have been quilting for four years. Raverne at comcast.net

Kathy Davis said...

When I was ten years old in the 1962, I asked all my neighbors for fabric and my mom taught me to hand sew a Nine Patch Block. Mom helped me put all the blocks together and Dad built a quilt frame. The best part is the whole family helped quilt, including my 2 older brothers. Lots of sore fingers later, we had a finished quilt and the best part is that I still have it today. Good memories!! I too used a square of cardboard and some pretty dull scissors. Thanks, Kathy kdavis1@centurytel.net

Michelle L. said...

I've been rolling with my original Olfa for about 15 years. Couldn't have done it without my trusted friend. Hope to continue in my future

Karen said...

I have been quilting for about 8 years. I love my small Olfa cutter.

Heather said...

I've been quilting for 21 years...my MIL gave me my first scissor and template lessons a year after I married her son! I didn't learn about rotary cutters until several years later...and what a difference that made!

Donna Herrmann said...

I've been sewing on and off for 40 years. WOW I didn't realize that until now. I just started what I feel is quilting 2 years ago. I'm hooked!

Emma's Daughter said...

I've been sewing for almost 50 years and quilting for about 30 years~so I started with templates and scissors! Thank you for the rotary cutter. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu.

Angela said...

I love how your block came out! I've been sewing for about 23 years(made my first night gown at 6). I've always wanted to quilt but I'm just getting started on doing it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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Joann E said...

I have been sewing since I was about 7years old with a kid's singer sewing machine with the turn handle. I started to quilt about 4years ago.
Love the color on the rotary cutter

barbara woods said...

usa, 2 and one half years, that's how long i have been making quilts, thanks

Hollie said...

I started quilting my first quilt about 7 years ago. But it's been an off again on again thing till about two years ago. Kids, what else can I say.;) but since finishing several quilts in the past two years, I think it will be an on again thing from now on. Finishing a quilt is such an accomplishment! I love it!!

Laura said...

I've been sewing about 42 years. I started on my grandma's treadle machine and made doll clothes. I made my first quilt (an Irish chain) in 1991. That's when I started using a rotary cutter, an Olfa, of course.

Rebecca said...

I thank the gods for the rotary cutter every time I start a new quilt!!!
If it was not for this magic wand of quilting I would not be having nearly as much fun as I do now with color and pattern

Abs said...

I've been quilting for about 8 years. I've made a lot of improvement in that time. My first quilts were made without a rotary cutter also! The things I wish I knew

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I just pinpointed the date recently...September 1995, I began quilting through a free continuing education class.

Beth Sellers said...

I made two quilts in 2004, one is still unfinished. I started quilting again last fall. So total time quilting about 1 year. It seems so much longer! :)

Unknown said...

I got my girl scout sewing badge some time back in the 70s, was a cross-stitcher thru high school and college and then started quilting in the early 90s. At some point after kids were born I started knitting, too. My quilting has taken a back seat lately and new tools (or new fabric) would get me motivated again. Love your scrappy stuff !!

Megan Collins said...

5 years quilting now! I've come a long way, but have always had a rotary cutter! Can't imagine doing without. ;)

Vicki H said...

Great block. I have been quilting on and off for nearly 20 years.

Jan Hoover said...

I am all in. Love this design of rotary cutter. Intend to try it soon!

Thanks,

Jan

Love your churndash!

Allison C said...

Six awesome years!

Lauren Deel said...

I've only been quilting for two years. I'll tell my husband that he can thank Olfa for my obsession - I frequently tell people that I would never have the patience for quilting if it weren't for our modern rotary cutters and self-healing mats! :)

Glynette said...

I'm still very much a beginner in the quilting world!
I've been learning for a few years!

Mary said...

I've been quilting since I was 17......gulp 40 years!!!!
This weekend I saw one of the first quilts I made! Too fun. I also love everything about the splash rotary cutter and always sell them to newbies in the LQS I work at.

minnesota nice said...

I was working on my first quilt during the hanging chad controversy in the al gore and George Bush presidential election - that makes it 14 years, 2 bush terms and 11/2 Obama terms. I am still using the quilt on my bed. I've bought several projects worth for a new bedspread but someone else's quilt always comes up before mine.

Lisa H. said...

I've been sewing for about 30 years and quilting for about five.

Jennifer said...

I've been sewing for years, but have just recently started quilting.

Darlene Fel....... said...

all my gosh, you have a lot of comments! That is awesome! I have been quilting nearly 20 years and prior to that I sold a lot of clothing for myself and our children. I think it would be fun to win a new rotary cutter. Thank you for the opportunity.

Janet M said...

I made my first quilt about 40 years ago and have recently gotten back into serious quilting 3 years ago after I retired. I am finally getting comfortable with paper piecing and I would like to attempt a curved project like Drunkard's path next.

Karen said...

I sewed for years, years ago. Just over a year ago I updated my sewing machine and discovered the online community of sewers and quilters.

JanineMarie said...

Cute Block!! I've been quilting for 35 years--they must have come out with the Olfa right around the time I started, but I remember drawing around templates and cutting patches out for quite awhile before buying one. I've been sewing forever, it seems. I tried sewing doll clothes probably (ulp!) 55 years ago.

Diane said...

I started quilting about a year ago but I feel like it was just yesterday!

Havplenty said...

What a cleverly designed block. The colors match well with your rotary cutter.

I have a few lap quilts I made over 20 years ago. I picked up quilting again about 7 years ago. I have been sewing most of my young life.

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Roxanne said...

I've been quilting for 30 years. I still use my first Olfa rotary cutter that I bought way back then. I remember splurging on the largest cutting mat--my husband was in graduate school so we pinched pennies but I'm still using both of them so great value and great tools.

Brittany said...

I started quilting when I was seventeen. That means I have been quilting about sixteen years.

The Kaonohi's said...

I bought my first rotary cutter and started sewing 12 years ago, just a couple years after being married. I loving sewing/quilting! I only wish I could do it more often.

AnnieO said...

Olga cutters have been my go to for years. Love your churn dash block! I've been quilting for about 15 years but sewing since I was 11. Can't imagine going back to templates and scissors! Thanks for the giveaway.

Penny Schine Gold said...

I've sewn since I was a kid, so about 55 years; have been quilting for 13 years. Would love to have the smaller rotary cutter!

Barbara Lee said...

Oh how I could use a small rotary cutter. I have just begun to explore the world of curved piecing and get so frustrated trying to use my larger cutter when cutting around curved templates. However I love my Splash cutter for straight line cutting! Thanks for the chance to win.
Barb

Helen said...

Love rotary cutters! I can't imagine making quilts without them. I learned to quilt about 18 years ago but put it aside for a few years. I have been quilting seriously for the past 7 years and now making kids charity quilts has become my passion. However, I began sewing in high school...not telling how long ago that was. ;-)

katybee said...

I've only been quilting a couple of years. I learned to sew though many years ago before rotary cutters. They were a revelation when I first used one. Such a simple idea and yet, brilliant.

Barb said...

Wow, I almost forgot but the first quilt I made was with cardboard templates and a scissors! That was way back in the late 70's, I was newly married and took a class with my mom at the local community education. I still have the quilt, but boy is it primitive! I sure love the new quilting technology of rulers and rotary cutters!

Vicki Lou said...

I've been quilting for 2 years since I retired. I always LOVED quilts and fabric but was cautious about starting before I had enough time to finish. I've made 12 quilts, 7 table runners and 6 placemats since then. I am hooked!

Julianne said...

Hi there! I have been quiltng for about 20 years now, we all grew up crafty in my house and my mom let us try everything! Quilting and cross stitch and baking are my favorites! Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth Strand said...

I predate rotary cutters, too and still consider them the best thing since sliced bread! Pbstrand@msn.com

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Over 20 years and my first kwilt was dine without a rotary cutter.

Anita said...

I have been quilting off and on for about 10 years, but it was when I retired three years ago that I started again. Love my rotary cutter

Allison said...

I've been quilting for 12 years, and every quilt I've made has been with rotary cutting, so my rotary cutter is definitely indispensable!

Melissa Eagan said...

Sewing for 17 years and quilting for slightly less than that. Started with hand sewing, then moved up to my grandma's Singer.

Hannah said...

I've been sewing for about 40 years, started in high school. I remember using cereal box templates. Love my rotary cutter.

Judy said...

I really like the block! I've been quilting for probably 15 years. My first was complete with templates and hand piecing. I've really ramped up the quilt production in the last three years. Always thinking about what I want to do next.

Jenny L said...

I started quilting with my mom when I was little (maybe 8 or 9?), but really got back into it on my own after I finished my masters degree 10 years ago. Thanks for the opportunity! And your block is really cute!

FrancisMoore said...

I have been sewing many years, but I got serious about quilting about 12 years ago.

Kristen said...

I have sewn only a very little throughout most of my lifetime, but began quilting about 6 years ago and love it! Can't imagine cutting fabric without a rotary cutter!

Diane said...

I've been quilting for 25 years
My first couple quilts were cut out with scissors too...ah the memories!
Love your churn dash block and a chance to win!

Renea said...

I have been sewing since I was 11 yrs old. I made a jumper and top for 4-H and got blue ribbons on both projects. I have been quilting for about 30 years. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Julie said...

I love my splash! I don't get hand cramps from cutting any more. I have been quilting for 17 years. I made my first at age 14.

OhioLori said...

I have sewn for loooong time, but actually joined the Quilting World, just about 3 yrs ago....am learning with my 2 Daughters. One lives in NC, and the other lives about 15 min. away......we are all having such fun!!

Your churn Dash block is very cool!! Hope Olfa wants it! lol & gives you some sweeet Blessings too! :)

jackie said...

I still use my original 45 mm. Love it. But having a 28 would be great!

Quilting Grannie said...

I would love to have the rotary cutter. I have a small olfa and a lRger one of another brand. Had a difficult time finding the blades here locally. You dil told me they had them on Amazon. So I ordered dome. I have been quilting since I was in high school, more than 50 years ago.

Sheltered Stitches said...

I've been sewing since I'm at least 12 and will be 60 this coming winter (yikes!)I took up quilting this past November (2013) and just dove in head first and already am drowning in fabric, patterns, requests and ideas! Mom sent me to Singer school when I was 12 and learned all aspects of sewing.

Nancy said...

I seriously cannot figure out how my grandma and great grandma, and thousands of other women made such amazing quilts without a rotary cutter, mat and rulers! I would be lost without them! Thanks for the giveaway.

Melanie said...

I've been sewing for about 10 years...but took a few years off while my kids were little. I've jumped right back in and started stashing fabric :)

PT in SC said...

Love your block! Made my first quilt 30+ years ago and then another 20+ years later and been quilting ever since. Been sewing ever since I could sit on my Grandmama's lap at her Singer. Let's not discuss how long ago that was!

Sarah said...

I can't remember NOT knowing how to sew; my first memory of sewing is sitting on my mom's lap making a dress for a doll that I got for my 5th Christmas. Thanks; I'd love a rotary cutter, as I don't have one -- I've made 7 quilts without one so far, but I'm beginning to wonder what it would be like to use one! sarah@forrussia.org

Crickets Corner said...

I've been sewing for about 50 years and quilting for 40 years. I remember how it was before the rotary cutter came into being, much slower and much more labor intensive when cutting the fabric pieces. Thank goodness for it's introduction.

Dona said...

I made my first quilt 32 years ago and just love to sew. I made lots of dresses and pajamas when the girls were young but the last 10 years have been strictly quilting and I am a very happy sewer. Thanks for all you do .

Gayle Fahrion said...

My first hand sewing try was at age 5. Machine at 12. Quilting at 35. I've been a binge sewer all my life. Kind of an all or nothing type. I settled into quilting steady in 2012 when my last child finished home school. I think my binge sewing days are over.

the momma said...

I've sewn off and on my whole life, although neither my mom or I can remember me actually learning to sew.
My first quilt was made just before my 8th child was born in January of 2009, following one of your fabulous tutorials. I liked your quilt much better than mine, but I was hooked anyways ;-) and have had some quilting project or another in the works pretty regularly ever since.

Linda said...

I haven't been quilting very long, but I have been sewing over 60 years. I started VERY young making doll clothes, and made a dress for myself when I was 10. It turned out great, and I wore it to school! I'd love to win the Splash!

TexasMomof4 said...

I'm a new quilter, recently completed my first quilt top. I just love this new hobby! Schattle@sbcglobal.net

Katie said...

Love your 35 churndash block! I'm going to sew up a Quiet book for my granddaughter to take to church with her.

Trisch said...

Cute block! I have been sewing since Jr. High, so maybe around 45 years. Man that sounds like such a long time. I quilted for a little bit almost 20 years ago and then just in the last several years have really got back into it. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

barbara wilson said...

I've been sewing since I was about 14 and quilting for the last nine. My mom did some quilting in the 70's, but we rediscovered it together after my dad passed away 9 years ago. Quilting, and just as fun, fabric shopping! has become our shared hobby :-)

Michelle Johnson said...

I had been quilting for about 2 years and then I moved for Atlanta from Los Angeles, California in 2009 and I just stared quilting again this year. I can believe how much I missed it!!!

Jamie Bartalamay said...

Thanks for the chance!
I've been sewing since I was about 9, but primarily dress maker. It wasn't until last year that my fav auntie got me hooked on quilting. Since then I've completed three quilts and have three in progress. Recently, I've discovered paper piecing and love it! I so enjoy your blog. Jamie

Debbie Faber said...

I have been sewing since I was 12, but quilting for less than a year. Learning and loving it!

Deairdre said...

I made one quilt top in high school with a template and scissors. After a 10 year break, I started again 10 years ago. Love rotary cutters!

Kate said...

I love the block!

suzi smith said...

I've been quilting for forty something years. I made my first quilt with cardboard squares that. I used as a template. Took me forever! Do love my rotary cutter!

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