Saturday, August 16, 2014

My favorite rotary cutter

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.

Thanks Olfa!

Can't imagine quilting without an Olfa. Heading straightaway to check out the opaque rulers.

380 comments:

  1. What a great post! You have persuaded me to give Olfa a try!

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  2. Definitely could not do without my rotary cutter - an Olfa of course, best quality!!

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  3. What an awesome giveaway! I've been eyeing off the Olfa gear for a long time now, but was never able to justify buying another rotary cutter when the el-cheapo one I have seems to do an OK job - you've done a great job in helping me to justify the upgrade to an Olfa in the interests of improving my quilting. Thank you.

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  4. I love my 3 Olfa's - can't imagine not having them :)

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  5. I was just looking at my first quilt block yesterday (a photo, it was sent away for a charity quilt) and marveling when I remembered I had no rotary cutter or mat when I made it! I went out and found a non-Olfa and mat, which I've loved better than none, but I sure would love to try the ergonomics of a "real" Olfa! Great block!

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  6. Thanks Olfa... I couldnt do without my rotary cutters - all 9 of them!!!

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  7. I've been using the same Olfa rotary cutter for about 20 years. Couldn't do without it.

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  8. Ah, rotary cutters..... my best friends! Before rotary cutters, I used to use and exacto knife with a steel square with cardboard as my cutting board. Why I didn't think of a designing a rotary cutter is beyond me.... I'd be rich! Thanks for the giveaway..Olfa cutters are great!

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  9. The Splash is my favourite rotary cutter too. Happy Birthday Olfa.

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  10. Yes, rotary cutters are the best! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I have five Olfa cutters in all the different sizes!
    gigiv13@gmail.com

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  12. I love my Olfa cutters. Thinking about getting a smaller one to do curves.

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  13. I've been using the same Olfa cutter for over 20 yrs it would be nice to win a new one, thanks for the chance.

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  14. The rotary cutter is right up there with sliced bread as a greatest invention. It made life much easier.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  15. I love Olfa cutters. I tried another brand and immediately went back. I love my splash cutter too. I love the easy change blade.

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  16. I currently use a Fiskars cutter, you've made me think hard about giving Olfa a try!

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  17. I started out with a different brand and then tried Olfa. I've never switched back! Mine is a 60mm. A 45mm is on my wish list now. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I like their cutters the best too.

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  19. I use a rotary cutter for apparel sewing, too. It makes it so much easier to cut accurately.

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  20. I use a pink Olga cutter, and just love it. I didn't know Olfa has opaque rulers now. I would love to try one, especially since it would match all my other rulers.

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  21. I wouldn't dream of changing to another brand of rotary cutter. I am very satisfied with my Olfa. I have two sizes of the yellow version. I'd love to give the Splash a try!

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  22. I use my Olfa cutter all the time. Love it.

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  23. I love my Olfa cutter , too. And I am thankful they came out when they did or I might not be making quilt tops.

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  24. I love my Olfa cutter as well. Would be fun to have the Splash:)!

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  25. I like your block, it's very well done!
    I've never tried an Olfa cutter. I can't really see what makes them better than all the rest - it would be interesting to try it out myself and see.

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  26. I'd love to win one of those mats. I love Olfa too and have both the 60 and 45 inch cutters. They're really the best.

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  27. Love my Olfa! Love your block too.

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  28. My lovely mother-in-law bought me a rotary cutter and cutting board for my birthday this year (my husband bought me a sewing machine!) My rotary cutter is great, but it's not an Olfa! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. Love my Olfa! Thank you for the chance to win a new splash and cutting mat. ��

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  30. Nice block! It's going to be fun to see quilt when it's finish. I, too, love my Olfa! And would love to have the minimat. Thank you!

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  31. Yay Olfa! Definitely my fave sewing tool.

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  32. I might be sold... thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. It would be great to have a more ergonomicaly designed cutter. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  34. My sister wants to learn to quilt, so should I win, I would give it to her to get her started.

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  35. Olfa is my choice for rotary cutters as well as cutting mats. I had not seen the frosted rulers and now have them on my (growing) wish list.

    Is your block a rotary cutter?

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  36. I am hooked on Olfa cutters and use my Splash all the time (with my Olfa cutting mat.) It is the best cutter I have ever used! I would love another one and another mat to cover my cutting table!!!

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  37. I've used the same rotary cutter and set of mats for longer than I care to admit. Time for new equipment!

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  38. I use a Gingher right now, i had a Fiskars before that. It wasn't very left handed friendly to say the least. I love the Gingher but find that the blades are a little pricey.

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  39. I remember bringing home my Olfa rotary cutter many years ago. I have used it happily for very long time. It is an essential tool for a quilter.

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  40. I tried 3 other brands of rotary cutters before I bought an Olfa - love my Olfa cutters. Thanks.

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  41. I have heard others loving the Splash cutter. I need to put that on my wish list. Thank you for a chance to win. Janita

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  42. I don't use an Olfa, but I'd love to give one a try. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  43. I have eyeballing this rotary cutter. Would love to win one!

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  44. Love my Olfa rotary cutter too! I've been wanting a smaller one for curved templates.
    PS. Super cool block!

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  45. I have one Olfa rotary cutter, too, and I could not live without it! But I will always have room for another one!

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  46. I have been wanting the Splash rotary cutter since they came out. The budget never seems to have a place for it, guess I spend too much on fabric. ;-D Thanks for a chance to win one.

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  47. I would love to own a blue OLFA cutter and I know I need a new mat - what a wonderful win this would be! I just want to say thank you to all in this giveaway chance - and congrads to whoever the lucky winner will be!

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  48. Yes I love my Olfa but I have wondered about the others...now not soo much, lol. Thanks for the heads up!

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  49. It took a while for me to warm to the Ofla cutter, but I can't imagine going back to scissorsThank you for the update..

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  50. I would love to try an Olfa! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. I can't imagine cutting fabric without my Olfa rotary cutter and mat!! Thanks for celebrating!!!

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  52. I love my Olfa Rotary Cutter and mat. Thanks for a great giveaway. b.j.day68 at gmail dot com

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  53. I love my Olfa! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Couldn't live without my 3 Olfas either! Thanks for the chance rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  55. Olfa is the best.

    sdehnke@hotmail.com

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  56. I would love to have an Olfa rotary cutter! Thanks, Kathy
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  57. Gotta tell you...the Rotery cutter is my one quilting tool that I can not imagine doing without!...Spares are great to have in my travel case and ready to go!

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  58. I have two rotary cutters, but haven't tried an Olfa- and there is definitely room for improvement in what I have. Might have to take the leap...
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  59. I drive all the way to my moms house just to use her Olfa products!!!! Hands down they beat anything and everything!

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  60. Olfa products are the best. I tried several other matts and cutters prior to my Olfa and was disappointed.

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  61. I shiver at the thought of going back and useing scissors to cut my fabric up! I love my royary cutter.

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  62. I do not even own one -this is just what I need. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. I have the Olfa Deluxe (ok, maybe I have 4 of them). I keep one at each of my cutting mats and in my travel bag so I am NEVER without one!

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  64. Can't imagine quilting without an Olfa. Heading straightaway to check out the opaque rulers.

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  65. Olga is the best. I need an ergonomic ally correct one for my sore wrist.

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  66. Great block and too funny!! The Splash is my go to rotary cutter too. Thanks for this.

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  67. I don't have an Olfa cutter. I am thinking of trying it and the rulers.

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  68. Thanks so much for your insight about Olfa! I have there cutter and ruler but have not tried the Splash! Saw that it was cheaper but not a little different! And the opaque ruler - well have to try that! Thank goodness for coupons!

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  69. I would love an Olfa - thanks for the chance!

    three dot six dot nine at gmail.com

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  70. I've always used Fiskars rotary cutters due to the lower price but I'd love to give Olfa a try!

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  71. I've been looking for an 18" rotary cutter to help with cutting curves. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  72. I too can't imagine quilting without my Olfa rotary cutter! Just love it!

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  73. Thank you Olfa, would like to try you.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  74. Awesome! I have been contemplating replacing my cutter with the Olfa and I think you just convinced me. =)

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  75. I am still using my original Olfa cutter; I think it is 22 years old. It is the only one I have!

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  76. Thank you for the intro to Olfa. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  77. Wow, I had no idea rotary cutters were 35 years old. I've been sewing for longer than that but they were not in my toolbox until I started quilting. I've always used Olfa but that Splash cutter is such a great color. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  78. I have Olfa & another brand (the other brand is sitting in a drawer somewhere) I choose Olfa rotary cutter every time!

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  79. I think your block is perfect!

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  80. I love Olfa cutters also. I find the quick strips that are clear and reusable very helpful for rulers slipping.
    sjhughson@gmail.com

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  81. Great giveaway - I'm hoping it's open to internationals!!!

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  82. I admit to having two Fiskars rotary cutters - one for fabric and one for paper. However, the screw holding the blade in place continually comes loose, particularly on my older cutter. Perhaps it is time for an upgrade? Some commenters have had their Olfa for 20+ years, so I'd say it's a worthwhile investment!

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  83. I have used Olfa cutters for over 30 years. I started quilting when my second son was a baby and he is now 33!

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  84. I still have and use my first rotary cutter I bought 25 years ago. And it is still going strong.

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  85. I'm so grateful for the rotary cutter..... :) Can't imagine using scissors!

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  86. I too love Olfa rotary cutter, and when I've used other brands thought they felt flimsy and awkward to use. I still have the first one I bought 20 years ago and it works like a charm!

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  87. If not for the rotary cutter, I don't think that quilting would be as big a business as it is now. The rotary cutter saves so much time and we definitely don't have as much time anymore.

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  88. My first rotary cutter for quilting, my new best hobby ever, was an Olfa. It's so great I tried it, with a separate blade, for paper crafting, my other favourite hobby. Changing blades it way too slow when inspiration grabs me so I need another to dedicate to paper cutting. Thanks Olfa. Happy Birthday.

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  89. I would love the opportunity to try out an old cutter.

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  90. I love, love, love all three of my Olfa Rotary cutters and have been using a them for 24+ years now. Even though I have all three, I use the 60mm 99% of the time and it is wonderful!! Believe it or not, at one point, I had to start cutting with my left hand and I discovered that the Olfa rotary cutter performs beautifully in either hand.

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  91. Love your block! I've just about worn out my Olfa rotary cutter, so this giveaway couldn't come at a better time! Thanks for the chance...

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  92. I love my Olfa and would love to try a splash.

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  93. I couldn't cut without my splash.

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  94. Yes, Olfa is love at first cut :)

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  95. I completely agree! Olfa is the best. I could not live without my rotary cutter (I only have one). I can definitely use another one and a mat. I will need to check out the ruler you mentioned...

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  96. Thanks for such a great giveaway !

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  97. What a great product - thanks for the opportunity.

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  98. They are my favorite! Thanks.

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  99. Olfa cutters are a mini miracle! They are SO much more accurate than scissors!

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  100. I love my Olfa cutter too! Couldn't quilt/sew without it! Thanks for the fun!

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  101. I have tried others that were cheaper but not as good. Olfa is the best!

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  102. I have been wanting to get this rotary cutter but have not had the chance yet. My very first quilt I ever made was all hand cut with a scissors. It took forever. I love rotary cutters!! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  103. I love Olfa cutters! I remember when my mom brought her first one home too (and it was about 30 years ago!!) Thanks too for the link to your "fave gifts" post - I'm so happy to have the list!!

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  104. I've used templates and scissors. Rotary cutters are light years better.

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  105. CONGRATS OLFA!
    LOVE THESE ROTARY CUTTERS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  106. I'm still using my first rotary cutter, which is an olfa. It's not quite 30 years old, but it's in its late 20s and going strong.

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  107. I love my Olfa tools. They're the best and all I use!!

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  108. As a leftie its hard to find great tools that always work but a good rotary cutter is essential to quilting. Thanks!

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  109. Olfa are brilliant and I love that blue! So cool to be part of that project :)

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  110. I am definitely one of those that gets by with another cutter...and have a scar on my leg to prove it! I have to press down so far to even get it to cut with a NEW blade!!! That is why the scar...the blade just slid across the mat into my poor unsuspecting leg!!!! OUCH!!!
    Sew...I do NEED THIS!

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  111. I would love to have a olaf! right now I do all my cutting with scissors, using a cutter would be so much easier!

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  112. I agree Amy, Olfa is wonderful and makes quilting so much more fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  113. Great block! I love my Olfa cutters and mats, especially my rotating mats.

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  114. I love the rotary cutters. They are the best upgrade to an old tool, ever.

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  115. I too use only Olfa. Blade remains sharp for aVERY LONG time.

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  116. I hand cut the blocks for my first ever quilt, it was several years before I made another one!! Then I discovered rotary cutters and haven't stopped quilting since. I agree, Olfa cutters are the best.

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  117. I would love to have a rotary cutter; don't have one yet!

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  118. This would be awesome to win, thanks for the chance! My email is: dawnm1993@gmail.com

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  119. Yes I too love the Olfa cutters. . They perform time after time. I love the 60 mm for just about all my cutting.
    Maggey

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  120. Oh man, I totally need a new rotary cutter!

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  121. I have only used Olfa cutters since I started quilting. They are brilliant and I see no reason to ever change!

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  122. Thanks for the chance! I've never tried one.

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  123. Just waiting to run out of blades for my current rotary cutter, then I am buying a Olfa! Been wanting one for years.

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  124. Just started quilting and am so glad I found your blog! Such good tips!! And I'm so excited to try this rotary cutter now! Thank you :)

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  125. OOOhhh. I love my Olfa and cutting mat! Going to check out the Splash one and the ruler. Slidy rulers are annoying :)

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  126. Thanks for the give away! Wouldn't know what to do without my rotary cutter.

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  127. I'm still trying to finish the first quilt I ever started, which was using templates and scissors. But after having made several more with rotary cutters and rulers....I'm having a tough time going back. Nothing beats piecing with accurately measured and cut patchwork.

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  128. Would love a new mat and cutter! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  129. Thanks for the great blog. I love my Olfa Rotary cutters and mats and have several of each. All in different styles and sizes. Can anyone have too many? I hope to win this set for my son's girlfriend. I'm teaching her to sew and quilt and she needs everything!

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  130. An Olfa rotary cutter is the only way to go for me.I find the cutting very relaxing and gives me a great way to think about what I am going to do.
    akk_nana@yahoo.com

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  131. I love my Olfa cutters. I still need to round out my collection with a 28mm. I love the turquoise one.

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  132. love Olfa cutters. I do not have a mat. Please sign me up!

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  133. Thank you for your recommendations. Saves us a lot of grief and saving us money in buying items that are so so.

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  134. I wouldn't quilt now without my Olfa rotary cutter! But I remember cutting my first quilt (age 16) with scissors. I wish I still had that quilt but sadly it was the first item sold at our yard sale years ago. kthurn@bektel.com

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  135. I haven't tried Olfa yet, thanks for the chance!

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  136. I have the ergonomic Olfa cutters in 45 and 28mm sizes, and love them! Along with the frosted rulers which I've been using for years! I just can't understand people who swear on different brands.

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  137. I remember the scissors days. Olfa, we've come a long way baby, couldn't live without ya!

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  138. My rotary cutter is kinda lame and awkward. I'd love to try the Olfa. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

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  139. I would not want to now, nor did I ever, do a good job of cutting fabric without my Olfa cutter:/

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  140. My daughter gave me an Olfa cutter last Christmas and I love it. How long will the blade last? And will I cut myself trying to change it? If I won this give away I wouldn't need to worry! I really enjoy your blog.

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  141. I also love Olfa products! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  142. What a great memory you have to remember you mom bringing this home! That must have been so exciting to see a rotary cutter for the first time !

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  143. I should probably try one of those cutters...I have an "other" and have never tried an Olfa...but it sounds like I ought to. Would be fun to win one...and the cutting mat sounds terrific also!

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  144. I've used Olfa rotary cutters from starting quilting, they were recommended to me and I've bought and used them eversince. I have tried others but prefer these. :)

    Peg x

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  145. I've got the turquoise one too. Love it.

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  146. I'd like to get the Splash cutter in the great colors. My granddaughter, who is four, thinks it is cute, too!

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  147. I am certain I would not be quilting if rotary cutters did not exist!

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  148. I love your block! And I love Olfa rotary cutters, What would I do without them.

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  149. I love my Olfa's! However, that splash is really cool looking-I may need to see whether Amazon has one:)

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  150. I love the new Olfa cutter! I have an original one that I have had since I started quilting. Changing the blades can be a bit challenging, so I am happy to hear they have changed that a bit! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  151. I don't have an Olfa, I'll have to try it!

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  152. Who wouldn't want a new Olfa cutter? I agree with you completely! I love. love, love my Olfa splash!
    Thanks for doing such a great giveaway Amy!

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  153. Who wouldn't want a new Olfa cutter? I agree with you completely! I love. love, love my Olfa splash!
    Thanks for doing such a great giveaway Amy!

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  154. I'm new to quilting and thoroughly enjoyed your series on how to make a quilt! I've bought my fabric and can't wait to get started! I plan to buy an Olfa trimmer, but I sure would love to win one!!! :) I plan to enjoy every second of your blog in the future! Thanks!

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  155. How did we ever manage before rotary cutters? My cutter is about 15 years old- I could really use a new Olfa! Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  156. Thank you, Olfa. I do love their rotary cutters.

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  157. It took me a while to get a rotary mat and cutter and I love them! I use them for sewing mostly, since I don't quilt much.

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  158. I love my Olfa rotary cutters. I don't have the Splash yet - never really paid attention to the difference so appreciate you post. Thanks!

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  159. I love olfa products. Could use a new mat. Thanks for the chance.

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  160. I have that exact cutter and it is, hands down, the best rotary cutter. Love my olfa!

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  161. I have used only Olfa and am not disappointed.

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  162. I'm one of those quilters who is old enough to remember life before Olfa introduced the rotary cutter. Making templates from cardboard, tracing around them and cutting with scissors made the cutting process so tedious and hard on the hands. Thank goodness for Olfa. Thanks for the chance!

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  163. I love the quality of Olfa! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  164. Would love to try a splash olfa cutter and the ruler sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance to win and try these products. poladydwd at yahoo dot com

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  165. Leslie:
    I've liked every Olfa product I have ever tried.

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  166. I love my Olfa rotary cutter. I save coupons and shop the sales to get the blades and new cutters if needed.

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  167. The splash cutter is so cute! Love that color. It's true, hard to imagine quilting without the rotary cutter

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  168. You've convinced me--my next 40% off coupon will go for a Splash. I think I'll be quicker to change the blades with one of those; right now I tend to put it off far too long.

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  169. OH yes! Now this would be a perfect start for my quilting as THursday is my 1st quilting class!

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  170. I love my Olfa Splash rotary cutter. I wish
    Lfa would make the other sizes to match! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  171. I like the Olfa rotary cutter also. That is all I will use. Thank you for the chance to win one. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  172. I like the Olfa rotary cutter also. That is all I will use. Thank you for the chance to win one. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  173. I love Olfa cutters. I'd love to try the new splash

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  174. Thanks for sharing your experience. I purchased my first Olfa cutter after reading your blog two years ago. I'm excited to try the splash. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  175. I have often wondered how people were able to quilt so accurately before rotary cutters were invented.

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  176. Happy anniversary to Olfa. I am still using my original rotary cutter from when I started quilting over 20 years ago. It is still as good as new! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  177. I'm definitely an Olfa girl!!! All the way!!!

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  178. I love Olfa products . . . in my opinion, by far superior in every way. Thank you for a chance to enter this generous giveaway!! (Dogshowmom@aol.com)

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  179. I would like to give myself a new rotary cutter in honor of your anniversary. We have come a long way and I can't wait to see what comes in the next 35 years.

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  180. Love Olfa--thanks for the review! Now I want the Splash and the rules that don't slip!!

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  181. I have not had the opportunity to try an OLFA rotary cutter but have heard great things. Would love to give it a go. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  182. I completely agree!!! I especially love the ergonomic one. In fact, just today I recommended it to a friend and brand new quilter.

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  183. I love my Olfa rotary cutter - I'm constantly amazed at the difference it makes to my quilting ... especially when there are tiny slivers of fabric which need to be trimmed from blocks that aren't quite as accurate as they need to be!! Also, my Olfa mat is the best mat I've used - It's lasted better than any other brand, and doesn't seem to scar as easily as others when using my cutter. Will only buy Olfa mats now ... Great Brand :o)

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  184. My favourite is the 45mm Olfa Ergonomic with the retractable blade. I feel so safe using this cutter because the blade is not left exposed. And people - the best hint for getting the best out of your rotary cutter - change the blade often. Honestly - false economy persevering with a blunt blade. Using a new blade is bliss!

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  185. I agree with you that Olfa is the best. I've tried others and they don't work as well. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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