Did you know that this is the 35th Anniversary of the Olfa Rotary Cuter? I can't imagine how all those quilters who lived before the age of rotary cutters managed to do what they did. Amazing. But I have to say, I'm so glad to live in the day and age of helpful tools and gizmos.
I still remember my mom bringing an Olfa rotary cutter home from her first quilt class about 30 years ago. She's been using one ever since. Nowadays there are lots of gadgets and tools available to quilters - sometimes the number available is overwhelming. It's fun to collect those handy-dandy tools and gadgets along the way, if they're something that actually makes your quilting experience better, but they're not all necessary, especially if you're just getting started.
A good rotary cutter, however, IS an absolute necessity. And I'll say hands-down the Olfa's are the best. I'm not just saying that because anyone asked me to. Any time I use any another brand of rotary cutter they feel so much more flimsy to me and I feel like my cutting is a lot less accurate as a result.
People, if you are trying to get by on another cutter, stop. Buy an Olfa. Seriously. Pull out those coupons, watch for a sale, do whatever you have to do. I promise you'll thank me. My personal favorite is the Splash Rotary Cutter because it's a little more ergonomically shaped, it's cheaper than the regular 45mm cutter, and it's easier to change the blade. Lots of good reasons if you ask me.
I have a few other favorite items from Olfa listed in my favorite gifts for quilters post because the quality is just that good. I just tried one of the new opaque Olfa rulers and was really impressed by those as well. If you have hard time keeping your ruler from sliding, you might want to check them out. That ruler stayed in place better than anything I've tried before.
In honor of their 35th anniversary, Olfa asked a bunch of quilters to contribute blocks to make a commemorative quilt. This is my contribution. It's kind of literal, but I liked making it. And now I want to make more in other colors.
In honor of their anniversary, Olfa is giving away a rotary cutter and cutting mat to one of you. Just leave a comment at the end of this post to enter.
Giveaway open until Wednesday, August 19 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.