The rotary cutter. This simple little tool was (and still is) a life changer. 35 years ago, the quilting world was rocked and things became much more simple and accurate thanks to that little circle blade.
When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know if I would be quilting long, so I didn’t want to invest in a rotary cutter. Instead, I made my rectangle cardboard template and cut each rectangle with a pair of scissors. Ugh! I’m thankful fabric doesn’t have to be cut that way today!
When the lovely folks at Olfa asked if I would like to help celebrate their birthday, I was ecstatic! Help celebrate 35 years of my favorite sewing tool? Of course!! Part of the birthday celebration includes some bloggers making a block inspired by the rotary cutter. I was inspired by the trimmings that it creates. I love a big pile of tiny little bits of fabric!
Using the frosted 6.5 inch ruler and my trusty rotary cutter, I cut one inch x six inch strips of fabric in the colors of the cutter:gray, black and yellow.
The strips got randomly sewn together.
Now as we quilters do, chop up the freshly sewn piece into more pieces and resew. Keep going until it’s the size you want, then trim square.
Add a white border to the left and right, then top and bottom. I don’t measure strips, I just use scraps and trim down to my pieced square. I made my block 6.5 inches, but you can make this whatever size you want.
Now onto super exciting things……Olfa has offered to give away a surprise package similar to the one here. It’s not this exact set, but will still be wonderful!!
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Giveaway will remain open until 8pm Friday July, 25. Winner will be selected via random number and the winners information will be passed along to Olfa. Good luck!