Did you know the rotary cutter is 35 years old? Olfa introduced this revolutionary tool in 1979 and things haven’t been the same since. To help celebrate this milestone, Olfa sent me a little rotary cutter, a 6 1/2″ square ruler and a 12″ spinning mat to review. I was also given the opportunity to design a quilt block to help memorialize the event.First, let me just tell you a story about rotary cutters. If you’re new to quilting and/or are too young to remember the early 80’s, you missed out on the stir this tool created. Long ago, I worked for a large retail fabric chain, House of Fabrics. I started out as a sales clerk and worked my way up to store manager. During those years, I overheard many conversations between customers on the sales floor. One of the most heated, and often repeated, conversations had to do with rotary cutters. Women actually stood at the notion’s wall and argued about whether or not “real” quilters used these things. Because in that first decade of existence, the amazing rotary cutter was not embraced by each and every long time quilter. Some people even said it was just a phase. Boy, were they ever wrong!
It’s hard to imagine my sewing area without Olfa cutters and mats. I find that Olfa mats last longer and heal better. When it comes to the rotary cutters themselves, you can always rely on Olfa to deliver consistent quality. I have two 45mm cutters for regular cutting, one 45mm with a pinking blade, one with an old blade and labeled for paper cutting, plus this cute little 28 mm cutter that just arrived. More than enough, but probably not the end of my stash of cutters. I do need one of the ergonomic safety cutters after my little accident the other week.To get everyone in the celebratory spirit, Olfa will give away a small mat and cutter to one lucky reader. Here’s all you need to do for a chance to be the lucky one:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me when you got your first rotary cutter.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, July 14, 2014 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator.
- Winner will be notified by email and will have until July 21, 2014 to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.
Good luck! Please note that due to the large volume of giveaway commenters, I will be unable to thank you all personally for taking time to visit and enter the giveaway. So to everyone who stops by, “Thank you!” And don’t forget to check out Olfa’s FB page.
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. A winner has been chosen and notified.