The kind folks at OLFA sent me their latest 5″ Precision Appliqué Scissors to try out and share with my readers. They are also giving away a pair to one of you too. See below for how to enter the give-away.


I’ll admit I was a little skeptical that I’d like these scissors. I already have many pairs and really how many do I need? Well, I tried the scissors a while back and must say they are one of my most favourite pairs now. Here’s what I love about them:

  • Light-weight .. I mean really light weight, so that they are very comfortable.
  • Large cushy handles that fit nicely in my hand and don’t cause strain when used for long periods .. no more pinched fingers.
  • The packaging claims that the scissors can be used to cut through up to six layers of fabric with little effort, and they DO! Without the fabric shifting either.
  • The tips of the blades are as sharp as the rest of the blades, so that trimming curves and V’s for appliqué is super easy and accurate.

I don’t have anything negative to say about these scissors. One recommendation would be to make a larger pair with the same qualities. You can read more about the scissors on OLFA’s web site.

My Project

Below is the project I was working on when I first tried the scissors. It’s the centre circles for my hearts row for my Robin Rowers partner. I’ll post more photos of that project soon.


For my stuffed circles, I needed 5 larger circles in black, 5 smaller ones in white and 5 pieces of light weight batting. I’m using Karen Buckley’s Perfect Circles templates and Erin’s tutorial.

I traced a large circle onto one piece of black fabric, layered the five pieces together, stuck them with a pin, and cut out all pieces at one time. I did the same for the white circles…


… and the batting too.


Quick and easy!


Here’s one of the heart flowers that the circles were for:



OLFA is giving away a pair to one of my readers. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you did this past weekend. Any gardening or quilting?

Winner will be randomly selected Sunday, April 22, 2012. Thanks to OLFA for adding such a great product to my quilting tool box.

Congratulations to #33 Cheryl Hartzog .. check your email for a message from me.


Product Review: OLFA 5″ Precision Appliqué Scissors
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  • April 16, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I did both!! Well, some weeding, our gravel paths were full so decided I needed to pull some up!! Also sewn some blocks ready for a quilt and last night I did some applique. Hugs

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I spent the weekend hanging out with my guys, watching baseball games, and quilting my birthday quilt. No gardening here….we had thunder storms.

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Unfortunately, I didn`t get any quilting done this weekend as I wasn`t feeling very good. But I do have my quilting retreat coming up this week so I`ll make up for it :)

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I managed some quilt sewing time after attending a church event and a wedding reception. The scissors looks awesome! Thanks for the review and chance to win.

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I did a bit of gardening – well, I pulled weeds that were taking over my garden, and I managed to squeeze in a bit of stitching. Quilting will be my project for today. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway.

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I did a lot of entertaining my 4 year old daughter and a little gardening – planting some salad crops for summer :) Hoping to get on with some sewing this week.
    Thanks for the giveaway – the scissors sound just what I need!

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

    We had approx 2 inches of rain over the weekend, so no gardening. I did get to work on the quilting on my Orca Bay mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. It will go to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home annual quilt auction.

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I did some free motion quilting this week end – love it :-)
    And we had some snow yesterday so – no gardening yet…..

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I’ve been quilting for just under 12 months and I’m having a blast. I taught myself using the wonderful resources found on the internet and I’ve completed 12 quilts so far. I’m now teaching my 2 daughters to quilt also. Over the weekend we made two charity quilts for the Royal Flying Doctor Service here in Australia. I also began machine quilting a quilt for my father and finished the top of a table runner as a gift for a friend. In between all this we entertained some of the grandchildren and they also did some gardening and painting with Poppie ( I’m afraid I have very brown thumbs). Eventually I will get quilt done for myself lol.

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I want some! This weekend I orgnanized the patterns in my looseleaf notebooks. I have a notebook for; bedsize, throws, children, things, wall hangings, techniques, foundation, and log cabin quilts. It took all day. What a joyful, colorful day!

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I’m working on a quilt my mom asked me to put together from some quilted blocks my sisters, sisters-in-law, and she did several years ago. I am doing the QAYG method, so have a lot of hand sewing on the back. One day this quilt will be done and I can send it back to her! :)

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I took the kids to the zoo, tried to find Joann’s after and failed. But we got hot fresh krispy creme donuts on the way home!

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I spent the weekend watching tv and sleeping. I hate being sick!

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Made a couple of blocks for my Dear Jane (aka – Crazy Jane) quilt and just relaxed!

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    No quilting this weekend. Our oldest son and soon to be daughter came for the weekend and we celebrated my husbands birthday on Saturday. Then Sunday we met our second son and girlfriend for a family day at the zoo! A wonderful weekend – quilting could wait.

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I made the tiniest bit of progress on a quilt that I quilted in three sections. This weekend I joined the last two sections together. Now I just have to bind it. The front sashing, the backing, and the binding are all in black, so I can only work on it when the light is good. Thanks for the great give away.

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The only gardening I did was admiring the freshly opened dffodils, but I did get a couple of the latest Just Takes 2 blocks done

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I spent the last five days helping out my neice in her new yard. The garden was very overgrown so the first two days were spent tearing out and pruning many trips to the dump. By the end of the second day I felt so sore and tired. Planted some new flowers and plants begining to look like someone lives there. I went home after the fifth day and havent done anything today. Plan on getting back to my quilt I am working on maybe tomorrow.

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Este fin de semana uni las piezas del quilt de la amistad, somos 9 amigas y estamos haciendo un quilt para cada una, es muy divertido, luego pongo fotos en mi webside, es una gran idea de olfa este regalo son muy buenos productos yo tengo los cutter y alguna cosas mas, siempre los recomiendo a mis alumnas, GRACIAS.

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    It was rainy and wet here most of the weekend, so no gardening and plenty of time quilting. I finished quilting a queen-size quilt my cousin made, then quilted and did the machine sewing for the binding on a lap-size for a friend, and got two more lap-size quilts pressed and spray basted ready to quilt. I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped, but am making progress.

  • April 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    COOL – that looks like an AWESOME pair of scissors!
    THANKS for this review & chance to win a pair.

  • April 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    oohh, i’ve been lusting after a pair of these…this weekend? quilting of course!

  • April 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    i cut and marked hexies from a charm pack to decorate a quilt top. labor intensive without a fabric cutter!! but then, i didn’t want fusible on the back side. thanx for the chance to win these 5 inch applique scissors.

  • April 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I mostly applique and embroidery, I would love to have a pair of these scissors. I love OLFA products!

  • April 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Sigh. No gardening (still too cold here!) and no quilting. I did get through the three boys’ closets and shuffled outgrown clothes into the hand-me-down piles for little brothers to grow into or goodwill. Whew, that was a ton of work! Hope to sew a little this week to make up for it!

  • April 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Wow! These scissors look like a must-have! This weekend I played around with my newly bought EQ7, finished a 10 year old UFO (sample from a bargello-class), went to my nephew’s 10 year B-day and…? Oh yes! I bought a pair of new shoes :-) No gardening here in Copenhagen, yet.

  • April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Since the wind blew like crazy over the weekend I holed up in the sewing room and sewed and sewed. I got a QOV top completed. Woo Hoo! I could use a pair of applique scissors for the Christmas Baltimore quilt.

  • April 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I hand appliqued some X-Mas blocks. First time I used felt and I love it. Went for a walk and my Spring vacation is over so it was back to doing lesson plans. The scissors look wonderful. I just bought some duckbilled scissors.

  • April 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Did some hand appliqué and worked around the house.

  • April 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I started a new scrap quilt but didn’t like what I was doing so I’ll have to find a new pattern.

  • April 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    No quilting this weekend, although I did a ton of sewing for a custom order for a customer for my shop. Then I did get a chance to get out and do some cleanup in some of my flowerbeds, and tilled up my vegetable garden plot, yay!

  • April 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    No gardening (too early) or quilting but I did have a few hours Friday night to work on a new tutorial for my blog. In fact, those scissors would be perfect for it! If I don’t win I might have to get myself a pair of those! 6 layers? Awesome!

  • April 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    My daughter got married this weekend so no quilting for me!!!

  • April 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I went to a TOGA (treadleon gathering and academy) It was a quilt retreat where everyone used hand cranks and treadles. I only went for one day though, but I got to use a hand crank for the first time and someone helped me fix the head of my treadle. I can’t wait to use it for the first time!

  • April 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I had to work, but I did get to quilt a table runner. I also cut a lot of scraps into charm squares, 2 1/2 inch strips and scrap binding.

  • April 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I had an enjoyable weekend. My hold at the library for Season 4 of Bones came in and I watched a few episodes. Have really gotten hooked! Worked on English Paper piecing diamonds while watching. Also worked on a commission job. Would love to win the scissors. Have read about them but wondered myself do I really need another pair of scissors.

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I did some yard work and started on a chevron quilt.

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I watched hockey. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I would love to give those a workout. The weekend saw cleaning and traveling for me.

  • April 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    We went campin last week then picked up our new irish wolfhound pup saturday. :)

  • April 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I finally finished my binding! I finally finished my binding! I finally finished my binding! On my VW-LoveBugs quilt. I moved slabs and watered plants…and a quiltin’ buddy of mine in Tennesee told me she loves loves loves those scissors! Thanks in advance for the chance B^)

  • April 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I removed leaves from some of my flower beds on Sat. Sunday it rained but that gave me time to work on a book of my machine decorative stitches.

  • April 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Saturday, our Girl Scout Troop participated in World Thinking Day, where I passed out filipino lumpia (egg rolls filled with sausage – two sisters in our troop have a filipino dad who made these) to 50+ girls and parents; Saturday night, both my girls left for sleepovers so my husband & I went out to dinner. On Sunday I mowed the front lawn, applied weed & feed, fertilized my roses, and washed our vehicles, and played catch with my oldest daughter. Busy weekend! I will have time for quilting this week :)

  • April 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Would love to win those scissors! Last weekend I didn’t do any quilting or gardening. It was my birthday and we partied!

  • April 17, 2012 at 3:26 am


    I did get to do some quilting on Saturday morning, not as much as I wanted but at least a little bit. Was organizing the strips for my log cabin quilt.

  • April 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Hi, I didn’t do nearly enough quilting as everything else gets in the way! but I did get some time to work on a beach blanket that I am making. I am doing my first craft fair in July and so am busy making everything for that!

  • April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Saturday, I made 3 “Wonder Wallets” for my daughter who is moving to FL for a new job…..I figured she needed 3 because the one she has now is stuffed tight! Sunday, we spent the day together saying our “goodbye’s” for now.

  • April 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Since the rainy, cold and windy weather postponed my gardening, the only thing left to do was…go to the nearest quilt quild show. What a great way to spend the day! So many ideas! The quilt venders are always excited to help get you started on a new project. Sunday was a cold and windy day, so what better time than to get started on another quilting project. Next mission…learning to appliqué. I could sure use a new pair of scissors!

  • April 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Gardening, quilting and reading…my ongoing favorite hobbies of choice! Nothing better than a little sunshine, a lot of quilting, and a good book to read! And yes, with my love of art quilting, as well as the precision cutting of tiny pieces, for the quilts I am working on now…I would LOVE to own a pair of these new scissors!

  • April 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    What a wonderful prize! I actually spent the weekend celebrating my 30th birthday! We had a wonderful party on Saturday for friends and family and Sunday I hung out with my girls and ate cake and ice cream! It was a glorious weekend of fun!

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