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 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I finished a wallhanging I had started last August this last weekend. Need to be working in my flower beds outside but it rained and was cold all weekend so a good time to stay inside and stitch.

  • April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I spent the weekend on my laptop looking for and filling out applications for a new nursing job. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • April 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I visited my daughter in Boston and we stained her dining room chairs, recovered the seat cushions and made a cover for her ottoman. All in a three day visit!

  • April 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I worked on a few mini quilts this weekend – red and white minis – they should be finished this week – yay ! thanks for the giveaway – those scissors look and sound fabulous :)

  • April 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I Had a sleep over with three of my grandsons.
    Looked at alot of quilting blogs and patterns etc.

  • April 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I worked on completing a mini-bookshelf quilt for my sister. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • April 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I am part of a mystery round robin, so this weekend I added a border to the block I received for this month. I put some tomato starts into larger pots, put some Asiatic Lilies into my decorative galvanized buckets on my front porch.

  • April 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I did do something quilting related – I reorganized my fabric, which was quite out of control. Now I feel better and look forward to being able to more quickly locate what I need. Thanks for a chance.

  • April 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Last weekend I cleaned house and cooked, since the deacons, their wives and the ministers from my church were coming over. We also took a girl from church out for her birthday lunch, and I did get enough cleaning done that I got a little bit of sewing in, too. Gotta finish making my son’s graduation/dorm quilt. I did take a paper piecing class last night. Yea! I think I finally figured it out. I’ll practice more on it at sew in on Thursday. Thanks for the chance. I love OLFA products.

  • April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

    No quilting this past weekend since it was my Dad’s birthday- but I tell you that quilting is all I did last week since I was sewing up to the last minute to finish his birthday quilt.

  • April 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’m doing a stitching project :)
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  • April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I did major amounts of sewing — pieced 80 log cabin blocks plus made a 24″ applique block. All got pieced into a quilt that I finished this morning. Amazing what gets done when there’s a deadline!

  • April 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I love Olfa’s! This past weekend, I worked on my pincushions, read from a bunch of quilt and sewing books, and spent time with my kids, who had friends over for a sleepover!

  • April 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Mostly cooking and cruising the web.

  • April 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Gardening (my mother let me sit on a stool and water plants until my back heals). For my arm chair quilting project really really could have used those sharp scissors as clipped curves. Thanks for the giveaway from you and Olfa.

  • April 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Little league Baseball with a 6 year old. Then quilting. Nice scissors would love to have those in my sewing box.

  • April 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I started a new project for my son’s girlfriend it is a monogram pillow and even he loves the fabric I chose!! (he asked if he could say he made it… funny guy!!)

  • April 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    This past weekend, I did some machine embroidery and some planning for work on a quilt.

  • April 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    It was our anniversary weekend and we were looking at options for houses (to build or to not build). We ended up looking at a house that we thought was out of our price range. We fell in love and made our best offer fully expecting it to be rejected and/or countered offered. But, it was immediately accepted! After looking for two long years, I think we finally have a place to call home.

    Thank you for a chance to win this scissors — I need a pair like these because I lost a similar pair by Fiscars.

  • April 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I completed a labor-intensive wall hanging quilt this past weekend! YAY!

  • April 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm


  • April 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Well, we own a greenhouse business, and I do work there on occasion. Not quite gardening season here yet, but we’re getting the plants ready for those who do enjoy the gardening process. My garden usually is a disaster, and left till last…..lol

  • April 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This past weekend I worked on “bolting” my stash onto mini bolts- I have over 150 and haven’t even made a dent yet! But it looks sew pretty and I can find my fabric!

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    ich traf mich am letzten Wochenende mit Freundinen und wir nähten Taschen. Es war ein super schöner Tag.

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Ohhh, I was standing in the store yesterday with 50% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket…. and ended up not getting new scissors, because I couldn’t decide! Now I know which ones I need next. Hurry up and pick me or at least before my coupon expires!!

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I did a lot of errand running last weekend . This weekend I plan to do nothing as I have a cold and feel horrible. I will probably be watching TV and reading. I need to be doing so much more though. I have a lot of flowers that need to be put out and I need to set out tomato plants that I bought last weekend. Makes me tired just thinking about it. LOL!

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Both quilting and gardening, if yard work counts as gardening! The quilt is for my in-laws 50th anniversary and I’m loving it!

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I went flea market shopping. Sewing items could not be found. So sad.

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Making dolls all week Lots of fun getting ready for a studio tour Your offer is exciting, I love scissors!

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I did some hand work on antique (or old) blocks I found at a garage sale. Huge 15″ Dresden plates. They are all done, just need to put it all together somehow. Still too chilly to plant so the gardens will wait.

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I did lots of quilting over the weekend, also during the week.,. I have been looking for these scissors and cant find then… would love to win a pair..

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Half of last weekend was spent on the road returning from vacation, and the other half was spent doing laundry, unpacking and relaxing – with a bit of work on some quilt blocks in between.

  • April 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Well so far this weekend I have made a block of the month block, done some work in my greenhouse waiting to plant tomatoes, taking care of my cool season plantings, today I am planning on making a sun dress for my granddaughther,Bristol. Going to a garden show later today.

  • April 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m working on applique from my Nancy Amidon class!

  • April 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather to get my yard work done. Finished pruning the apple trees, pruned back the rose bushes and got them fertilized, then worked on pruning the grape vines.

  • April 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I finished my donation quilt (Orca Bay by Bonnie Hunter) for the Missouri Baptist Childrens Home

  • April 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Im at a retreat this weekend and I could really use these scissors. I have to clip my square to the edge of a seam and the sharp points would really be great to have.

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I am working on my firstever floral applique blocks.I am sewing them in the wildest colors and I’m going to sew 4 different ones and make a wallhanging.I’ve finished 1 block and I really enjoyed working on it.OOhhhh,would those scissors helpme out!! Would love to win a pair!!!

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m working on my the fabric postcards for the current trade I’m in at http://www.postmarkdart.com I’m currently working on the ones for the theme ‘van Gogh’ and then I’ll start the theme ‘cityscapes’.
    It is so much fun to send and receive 4 x 6″ pieces of art in the mail. And it’s small enough to make it easy to try a new technique, something you haven’t done before.

    If you haven’t tried it, ask a friend to make one too and then you send each other your cards!


  • April 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    i am trying to clean and tidy up my sewing/quilting room.
    Attend Church

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    We reported our dwarf apple trees & got garden ready to plant! Also sent granddaughters a box of goodies! Need these to make my job easier. Then the girls will get some homemade summer clothes!

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    We did the usual, cleaned house, laundry, took the twins for a walk. Keep looking at the quilting I want to do, need to get my timming down better. Tomorrow we are taking the twins in to town to get their photo’s done for their 1st birthday.

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I finished my Birds in the Air quilt, now ready to take it to be machine quilted.

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Finished up a mystery quilt from a recent class. It looks fantastic in Bali fabrics! Then I taught my 2 granddaughters how to use a rotary cutter to cut out their patterns for their new project – little purses. Fun!

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Finished up 2 UFO’s…..and started packing for a 4 day quilt retreat next week. 4 days of sewing and new friends…can’t wait

  • April 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I did some Gardening and Quilting. I dead headed some tulips and daffodils and weeded. I worked on a Shirt and Tie Quilt for my brother using my Dads Shirts and Ties…..

  • April 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Last weekend I sewed up a little purse & pyramid pouch for a gift for a birthday party my kids went to. And this weekend I’ll be planting my greenhouse. :)

  • April 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I am finishing the binding on 2 T-Shirt quilts then I have another one I need to put together but in the mean time I am taking my youth group to the Ronald McDonald House and preparing dinner for the families that are living there right now.

  • April 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been applicated, the antique sampler of Sue Daley. I had very busy week on work, so this weekend i will go on with the application

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