Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Olfa's 35th Anniversary and A Giveaway!

Olfa is celebrating 35 years of creating rotary cutters! I think most of you could agree that this tool is one of the primary quilting supplies you'd never want to do without. To celebrate this anniversary, Olfa asked me to participate in a fun project to create a quilt celebrating Olfa rotary cutters. I received a supply kit to create a 6" quilt block. These blocks will be sewn together into a quilt for display at the Fall Market in Houston.


Olfa sent me a 6.5" frosted ruler, 28mm rotary cutter and a rotating mat. Ironically, I've been eyeing a revolving mat and smaller rotary cutter for some time. I was so excited to open the package. 

After much debate I opted to make an economy block for send in for the display quilt. The only two requirements for the block were a 6.5" unfinished block with some yellow fabric. Rita's tutorial over at Red Pepper Quilts is fantastic for this block, but her pattern is for a 5.5" unfinished block. I redesigned it in Photoshop for the correct size. I chose to paper piece this project to ensure it was as perfect as possible. 


I kept my fabric choices simple.

This was the perfect project to test out my new rotating mat. It works perfectly!

I loved the Olfa frosted ruler when trimming my block. It didn't slip on fabric when trimming seams or the paper when trimming the back..

Finished!

Just a few of my favorite Olfa products that I use nearly every day!

Giveaway! Closed

Olfa has offered to send one reader a new rotary cutter and a small cutting mat. Leave a comment telling us your favorite sewing tool, and Mr. Random will choose a winner on Friday! Please include your email if your comment if it is not linked to your profile.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in conjunction with this post. The giveaway is sponsored by Olfa. 

182 comments:

  1. I love my little thread snips

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  2. I love my rotary cutter. I have carpal tunnel, and I can't imagine using scissors to cut all of my pieces out when quilting - it would hurt so much.

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  3. I just love everything! Especially when it is organized!

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  4. Awesome giveaway! I couldn't quilt without a good iron with lots of steam!

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  5. I love my rotary cutter and 6x24" ruler- However, that rotating mat looks awesome!

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  6. I love my Olfa rotary cutter. I can't imagine quilting without it! Seriously, it's my favorite tool.

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  7. I love my rotary cutter. Started out with scissors. My accuracy is so much better now.

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  8. A good ma to go along with the rotarty tool!

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  9. HELLO, love my rotary cutter!
    CONGRATS OLFA!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  10. Well, of course I love my rotary cutter and mat. But just to be different, I'll mention another tool I love -- my wooden wallpaper seam roller. I use it anywhere I might have finger pressed before and sometimes even use it in place of my iron. Very handy.

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  11. love the mini rotary cutter -- mine was misplaced during a class about a year ago

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  12. my rotary cutter, need a new one, thanks for the chance

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  13. Aside from the usual, I've been loving my hemostats! Last night, I used to to yank out a needle that was stuck in my machine, and then to pull a doll's arms through a jacked that I sewed too tight. :D

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  14. I would be lost without my rotary cutter!!! Thanks for the chance and Happy Birthday Olfa!!

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  15. Outside of the normal stuff (rotary, mat, ruler, etc.) I love using my little thread snips. And I admit I have a favorite seam ripper too.

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  16. I love the rubber end on my seam ripper. It's perfect to just snag those threads out instead of picking one by one. Thanks for the chance

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  17. I cannot sew without my stiletto to guide (and push) fabric. Thanks for the chance.

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  18. I do have to say it is a toss up between the rotary cutter (and all my mat and rulers) and my Gingher scissors. Of course, my Singer sewing machine is still number 1.

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  19. When I first learned to quilt, the rotary cutter became my cutting tool of choice. I have always used Olfa cutters and mats. I do believe that if you use the companions together, my blades have lasted longer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I can't imagine being a quilter without my rotary cutter!

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  21. I love my portable cutting and pressing mat!

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  22. It has to be my rotary cutter and it's an Olfa!

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  23. Deja vu - I could swear that not only have I read this post before, I've responded - maybe I read it on my phone and forgot to mark it as read? I have an Olfa comfort grip rotary cutter and I love it!

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  24. Besides my rotary cutter and rulers? Probably my rubber thimble things that I put on my fingers for hand binding. :)

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  25. What a wonderful invention - the rotary cutter! It's my favorite.

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  26. My favorite sewing tools are actually the totes that I put my quilting projects in while they are in progress.

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  27. It would have to be my rotary cutter. I pretty much use it for everything.

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  28. Hmmm... I'd have to say that one of my favourite sewing tools is the pair of scissors that my husband bought me for Christmas. They're super sharp, oh so pretty, and he picked them out and sourced them on-line all on his own!

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  29. Oh dear I don't think I could pick a favorite! I love my rotary cutter and mat, and seam ripper, and pins...clover clips! Too many awesome little gadgets to choose from :-)

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  30. With my 56 year old eyes, my favorite tool is my Ott light!

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  31. I love my rotary cutter, mat and sewing machine.

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  32. Oh Olfa - where would we all be without you!!! I love my sewing machine. That is considered a tool, right!!?

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  33. My favorite sewing tool is probably my rotary cutter.I love cutting perfect little stacks of fabric that turn into a beautiful quilt.

    jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

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  34. I love your block!!! Rotary cutter is a must, would like to try an Olfa.

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  35. I love your block!!! Rotary cutter is a must, would like to try an Olfa.

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  36. I love my Ott light, and having a rotary cutter comes in pretty handy too! :)

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  37. Cutter and mat my favorite tools and also sharp scissors!

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  38. I think I love my rulers. So easy to use, making cutting and measuring mega easy.

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  39. Of course rotary cutter and rulers are required; I also love my little Purple Thang.

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  40. So lovely! Would love to win this sweet prize. My seam binding maker is my best used tool. And my seam ripper, haha!

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  41. I like my olfa rotating mat for trimming up small blocks without having to move the block around.

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  42. Favourite tools are my three Olfa cutters - small, medium, big - though they are so essential I never even thought if them as tools :)

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  43. It has to be my rotary cutter, with a fresh, sharp blade in it....makes me smile every time I use it !

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  44. I love my accuquilt cutter as cutting out pieces ib my least favorite part of quilting and sewing

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  45. Love my rotary cutter and my snips!

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  46. My favorites are my ergonomic Olfa rotary cutters - 45mm & 60mm. Thanks.

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  47. I love my chalk liner pen and my clips!

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  48. Favorite is my rotary cutter. I've had it for a long time and I need a new one.
    gailxs@hotmail.com

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  49. Of course I love my rotary cutter the most! Lately I've been spending too much time with my seam ripper.

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  50. Rotary cutter is definitely a favorite. That rotating mat looks awesome.

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  51. A friend of mine recently passed away from cancer. Her mother asked me to make t-shirt quilts for her son's out of her cancer t-shirts. So right now my favorite tool is my 15 in square ruler, and of course my rotary cutter.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  52. I love my rulers. Raverne at comcast.net

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  53. I love a pair of super sharp small scissors and of course rotary cutter.

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  54. My seam ripper and thread snips.

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  55. Yay for Olfa! I really do like the rotary cutter and mat combo. I recently cut a bunch of stuff with scissors and was sadly missing my rotary cutter.

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  56. I like my rotating cutting mat

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  57. Well, obviously my favorite tool is my rotary cutter(s) and ruler. I don't think I'd be quilting much if I had to use scissors.

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  58. I love my scissors and rotary cutter!

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  59. I love my hera marker. It makes my quilting so much easier! But the rotary cutter is close behind!

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  60. I love my rotary cutter. It is a whole different world from using scissors and templates.

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  61. I can't live without my self-healing mat. LOVE IT!!

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  62. Love my olfa rotary cutter can't live without it, use it daily!

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  63. My rotary cutter and mat. They make sewing life so much easier!

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  64. Love my Ollfa 45mm Rotary Cutter!! think seam ripper is next...tho NOT reallly a Favorite tool! giggle....

    Happy 35th Anniversary to Olfa!!! Thanks for allll your grrrrreat products!!!

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  65. My favorite tool is that rotating mat and yes I want another one!!!

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  66. My favorite tool would be my thimble!

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  67. I would love to win a rotary cutter, as I don't have one! My favorite sewing tool are my beautiful little stork scissors. Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

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  68. My favorite tool is my 45mm Olfa rotary cutter with ergonomic squeeze handle...love it!

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  69. I have three favorite tools, my rotary cutter, my thread snips and an artist fan brush that I use to clean my machine with. it's perfect for getting all the lint out from the feed dogs and hidden nooks and crannies.

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  70. My favorite is Elmer's School Glue followed by my pretty blue Olfa rotary cutter and my Frixion pens. G Fahrion at comcast dot net.

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  71. Rotary cutter for sure, I dont know how I lived without it, truthfully. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  72. Let's see besides my cutter, spinning mat, large ruler it has to be the seam ripper. Wonderful tool!

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  73. I love my rotary cutter, I feel inept without it!

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  74. my favourite sewing tool is my juki sewing machine, i love it..
    fast... and marvelous...
    i would love to be the winner of the olfa give away..
    xo
    eva

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  75. Hmmm. Rotary cutter is #1 but recently got a rotating mat and love it.

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  76. I really like my seam gauge. So useful (oh and my rotary cutter!)

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  77. I hate to say it, but as a newbie sewist, my favorite tool much of the time is my seam ripper. Thanks for the giveaway

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  78. My tube turner, though if I had a rotating cutting mat, I'm pretty sure that would be my favourite.

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  79. I'm a hand-quilter so I'm pretty into having the right needle. But, boy, haven't rotary cutter changed everything for the better?

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  80. I do love my rotary cutter but am currently totally in love with my hex and more ruler!

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  81. Rotary cutters are the best invention known to quilters, and I also love to use temporary adhesive spray. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  82. Would have to be a combination of the Olfa Rotary cutter and my seam ripper. Can't begin a project without either one! mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  83. My rotary cutter is my favorite! Gripping things can be tricky sometimes due to a joint disease I have, but the way my rotary cutter is shaped the grip has never been a problem!

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  84. Just think of where we would be in the quilting world without the rotary cutter! It opened up the world of an easier way to do things. I know because I made a trip around the world as my first quilt in highschool and I drew around a cardboard template and cut them out with a scissors. :P

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  85. I'd never have the patience to cut anything with scissors, so YES the rotary cutter is the best invention ever and my Splash cutter is my favorite!

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  86. Gotta have a rotary cutter and a very sharp pair of small scissors. I don't use seam rippers but my small sharp scissors... I cannot quilt without them.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. Rotary cutter! Couldn't live without it.

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  88. My rotary cutter is definitely my favorite tool! Of course, my seam ripper is my most used....

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  89. Without my Olfa rotary cutter I would be lost, but my rotating mat sure comes in handy.

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  90. love love love my aqua rotary cutter!!! makes life so much simpler

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  91. I love my rotary cutter and my quilters magic wand! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  92. I really like my rotary cutter-could always use a new one!
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  93. What a cute little block. I would love to win this giveaway - I really need a small cutting mat and rotary cutter!

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  94. It has been so long since i have used a scissor to cut out patterns that when i broke my wrist i had to use a scissor to trim a block, i was in total disbelief that quilters ever cut this way! Couldnt wait to have the cast off so i could use my trusty useful rotary cutter once again!

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  95. Love love my rotary cutters. Several different sizes and each is my favorite when it's the right tool for the job! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. Small cutting mat, it's great beside my workspace, keeps me from getting up and down---saving the knees:)
    thank you so much for the opportunity to win . Olfa is tops. and I love yellow and blue anyhow.
    Your block is so precise.

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  97. I love my thimble, and then my cutting mat.

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  98. Thank you for the giveaway. It will be perfect for trying paper piecing. My favorite tool is the large rotary cutter (60mm) for cutting batting and quilt backs.
    maryellen1304@hotmail.com

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  99. I too have been wanting one of those rotating cutting mats. How great would that be for trimming HST's!!!!
    My favorite tool are my pins. I have several different kinds for different purposes.

    Dianne

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  100. My rotary cutter, it is Olfa's 45 blade. Great invention. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  101. how could I live without my rotary cutter:) Thanks for a chance at a great prize:)

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  102. My favorite sewing tool is my wide ruler. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

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  103. Like many others, I'd have to say it is the rotary cutter. With or without the ruler! Thank you.

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  104. I love my rotating mat, but in the end my ion is the most importing sewing tool.

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  105. I love my pins because they always satisfy my "perfectionist" needs! :)

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  106. I love, love my walking foot!! Thanks!

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  107. How did we ever do it without the rotary cutter. I only have Olfa cutters and prefer the 45mm size. I love it when Olfa brings out cutters in colors or patterns. I always buy them! I hope the Olfa people are listening! More colors please!!!

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  108. My favorite tool is my large cutting mat. I use it for everything. I could definitely use a new rotary cutter. I've never had Olfa before, and I would love to try it out.

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  109. I would have to say my seam rippers (yes, plural). I'm not sure what this says about me . . .

    I think I'm not a no-reply, but just in case: jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

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  110. I bought some gingher scissors last year! What a difference...love them:)

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  111. My sewing machine! I could not do any of it without the machine!

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  112. I have to say my sewing machines... what can I say I just love them!

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  113. 1 favorite tool. My hands are right up there, my sewing machines, rulers and rotary cutter as well. Thank God for simple things.

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  114. I can't baste without my Kwik Klip!

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  115. I love my self healing cutting mats! Wish I had more...LOL! I also love my Ott-Lite!

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  116. I love my rotary cutter & mat. Makes cutting so easy!

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  117. The rotary cutter has to be my number one!

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  118. I love my ham and also my pinking rotary clipper.

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  119. I love my thread snips and my rotary cutter!

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  120. I was having such a hard time thinking of my favorite because so many things are essential and then I read an earlier comment and I have to agree that my various sewing totes and bags are my favorite because they've allowed me to carry all my sewing supplies for the past two years as we've led a very gypsy type life.

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  121. My best friend is my seam ripper.

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  122. I use an OLFA safety rotary cutter that my husband got at a safety conference many years ago before they even hit the market. You squeeze the handle to expose the blade and when you let go and set it down it retracts automatically to cover the blade. I don't see why anyone would use any other style of cutter. Cindy

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  123. I couldn't sew without my razor sharp lefty scissors!

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  124. The Creative Grids ruler 3 1/2 x 12 is my favorite.

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  125. I could not live without my rotary cutter!

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  126. My favorite sewing tool is my circle cutting Olfa rotary cutter....that is the slickest tool to make perfect circles in a hurry...and NO MATH needed! ha ha! I'm using it to make a favorite picnic quilt using old jeans! Slick I tell you! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  127. I love my rotary cutter and my clover clips.

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  128. I use a hemostat to fish out thread when it gets stuck in my machine.... a very handy instrument!

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  129. I can't imagine only having scissors to cut the fabric! Yikes! My rotary cutter, mat, and ruler are invaluable.

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  130. The rotary cutter changed my life! Quicker, more efficient and easier on my hand. I'll never go back to scissors.

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  131. My mat which is falling apart on the corners!

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  132. I love my hand made seam ripper. A friend made it with ripper on one it and stiletto on the other. Not that I ever make a mistake. Lol

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  133. I would have to say my rotary cutter is my favorite tool. Having to cut quilt blocks with scissors for many years, it didn't take long for my rotary cutter to become my best friend!

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  134. I love my rotary cutter! I still remember the days before rotary cutters, and cutting was a lot slower and less accurate! Your block is wonderful - perfect for the Olfa quil!

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  135. My 6" x24" Olga ruler that I picked up for $3 at the thrift store. Before that I was using a generic brand ruler, but I was quickly converted. I would love to have on of those spinning mats though.

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  136. This is a hard question....but if I had to pick just one tool, I would say my rotary cutter and cutting mat.

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  137. My rotary cutter. Followed by my seam ripper!

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  138. My Olfa rotary cutter is my absolute favorite tool! My first quilt years ago I cut the pieces with scissors. Thanks to Olfa, never again!

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  139. Does my sewing machine count? I love my rotary cutter too - I'd love to try this small one!

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  140. Cute block! I'm an Olfa devotee myself and can attest that the right cutting mat makes all the difference in the life of your blade (as well as the accuracy of your blocks and the cleanliness of your cutting table.) So I'm going to go with my self-healing cutting mat. I do keep my rotary cutter in a pretty adorable ceramic frog as well.

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  141. I love my rotary cutter, I'd be lost without it.

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  142. All of my Olfa rotary cutters, of course! I have all the sizes...some more than one!

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  143. Love my rotary cutters...use them ALL of the time!

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  144. My rotary cutter and mat. Can't have one without the other and I wouldn't be quilting without them.

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  145. Obviously my olfa cutter and mat, followed very closely by my seamripper

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  146. Obviously, my favorite is my rotary cutter, mat and ruler! I actually use Olfa! They're sharrrrpppp! Except the one I have actually needs a new blade :)

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  147. Love my rotary cutter, ginghers, and wonder clips.

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  148. I do love my Olfa cutter! And my Gingher scissors!! And pretty much anything made by Clover!

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  149. My favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter!
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  150. I love my 45mm Olfa rotary cutter!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  151. It's a tie between my rotary cutter and fabric scissors.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  152. Love my leather thimble, which fits my finger perfectly for hand sewing

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  153. I love my rotary cutter 45 mm and would love to have the 28

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  154. Today I love my Frixion pen!

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  155. I love the rotary cutter! carolann427@aol.com

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  156. My seam ripper is my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win!

    shannybakes(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  157. I think it would be my pattern design software.

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  158. Other then my rotary cutter it has to be my seam ripper. I can't live without either of these.

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  159. Please count me in too... My favourite sewing tool is my rottary cutter. I just love it!
    Thanks for the chance,
    Edit from Hungary

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  160. My little metal sewing ruler with the slide mark...not sure of the real name! Then my seam ripper. Love my rotary cutter but after dropping it and having it slice through my slipper and foot I am pretty paranoid using it.

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  161. Rotary cutters make my life so much easier! Have a few of the Olfas lying around. Besides them, I love my Gingher scissors, my Clover seam ripper, and my Bernina!

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