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Celebrating the Rotary Cutter – Free Tutorial and Give-Away


This year, OLFA is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the rotary cutter. Can you remember quilting without the rotary cutter? I’ve always used one and can’t imagine having to cut everything by scissors. That would be tedious and boring. I’ve only created one pattern that needed to be cut by hand and vowed never again.

To help celebrate, OLFA asked me if I’d like to design a block for their celebratory quilt. Here is my original design, CUT.


I’m really happy with how it turned out. There were only two requirements: the block had to finish at 6″ square and include some yellow. You might recognize the fabrics from my Delightful Stars quilt.


Accuracy is key as some of the pieces are only 1″ wide when cut and the squares are cut at 1.5″. It’s small, so you only need a tiny amount of fabric too.


Free Tutorial

I know you’ll want to make CUT too, so I’ve created a free tutorial. It’s super easy to follow and this block goes together very quickly. Download the tutorial here.

OLFA Give-Away

OLFA has generously offered a couple of gifts for one of my lucky readers to win. Inlcuded is a small self-healing cutting mat, perfect for paper piecing or squaring up blocks at your machine, and a 28mm rotary cutter that makes cutting curves a breeze.

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: “What are your weekend sewing plans?”. I’ll choose one random winner next Wednesday, July 30th. The winner will be notified via email.



Congratulations to the winner, #15 Nicole. An email has been sent to her. Thanks everyone for participating.



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This post was published on July 25th, 2014. Post topics: Free Projects, My Quilting Journey, Quilting Events. Post tags: , .

583 Responses to “Celebrating the Rotary Cutter – Free Tutorial and Give-Away”

  1. Kathy Smith says:

    I will be finishing up several table runners!

  2. Jodi Haskell says:

    Working on the Delightful Stars!

  3. Dona C Martinsen says:

    I will be setting up and using my new Juki 2200 long arm

  4. Jan Taylor says:

    I’m working on a baby quilt.

  5. Glynn Martin says:

    I am working on a baby quilt for my great-great niece who has her 1st birthday next month. Got to get it finished!

  6. Leslie little says:

    I am finishing up an embroidery project and starting on a new quilt for my youngest boy!!!!

  7. Florence Daly says:

    I am working on my scrap system. Cutting all of my scraps into usable sizes, not only this weekend but till New Years eve.

  8. Shelley Slocum says:

    I’m working on a flag quilt. Would live to win this prize package!!!

  9. WyoDi says:

    cleaning my sewing room so I can work on a project -(

  10. Lorraine Cavanagh says:

    I am going to finish designing and constructing a lap top bag for uni students…………Am using my cutter of course………… Would love to win this wonderful “Olfa” prize , congratulations on your 35 years of supplying us with a great product………

  11. Sandra Atterbury says:

    I will be working on my king size quilt!

  12. Dalene Whitehead says:

    I will be working on a Cross wall hanging for my church. Then I will be working on a scrapy quilt. I love my quilting time.

  13. Susan Palmer says:

    Working on finishing a quilt for first grandchild who is arriving soon..August 18 or so !

  14. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    I will be quilting a friends quilt.

  15. Theresa Shorten says:

    Have a donation quilt to finish. It will be for a little girl and given to the Emmanuel Burn Center in Portland, OR.

  16. Sheyla Rodrigues says:

    I Will be quilting a baba quilt

  17. Bev. says:

    Going to a quilting weekend with girlfriends

  18. Karen simpson says:

    I am finishing a veterans quilt, a disappearing hourglass baby quilt and a curved log cabin quilt.

  19. Martha Liddy says:

    I HOPE to finish a Christmas tree skirt I started two years ago !

  20. Ilene Dixon says:

    I will be finishing up a baby quilt for my new greatgrandaughter.

  21. Tammy Taylor says:

    I will piecing a crayon quilt top using only scraps from my stash. It’s very challenging for me to do a scrappy quilt because I like order and symmetry in my quilts.

  22. Dorothy Meaux says:

    Not sure. May work on a pink quilt

  23. Cheri Davis says:

    I plan to start a pre-cut quilt package, the first project since all my quilting supplies were packed away while attending grad school, about 10 years ago.

  24. Mel hayes says:

    Entering ur free giveaway, thank u

  25. Bertha G says:

    Finish my mug rugs!

  26. arasi says:

    I will finish up the baby soft ball for my friend.

  27. Debbie says:

    I have to cut up several yards of material for some swaps and finish up a purse and table runner. I already need new blades! It’s going to be a fun weekend :)

  28. Linda M Enslow says:

    I just had cataract surgery so quilting this month is out of the question (2nd eye in 2 weeks). I will be organizing my quilt studio this weekend.

  29. My plans for sewing for the month are only involving embroidery, but then again there is a stash busting giveaway going on that I might have to make something for…

  30. Vickie Cooley says:

    I will put sashing and borders on a story book quilt.

  31. Kathy Gentry says:

    Hi! I’m going to be working on a cute baby quilt. I think your “cut” block is really cute and so appropriate for this celebration.

  32. Judth Vosburgh says:

    I love your starlight!

  33. ivy gabbard says:

    Staying home this weekend, an sewing a quilt top. i could use new cutter

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