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.



Celebrating the Rotary Cutter – Free Tutorial and Give-Away
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583 thoughts on “Celebrating the Rotary Cutter – Free Tutorial and Give-Away

  • July 30, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I will be finishing up several table runners!

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Working on the Delightful Stars!

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

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

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I’m working on a baby quilt.

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

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

  • July 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 12:18 am

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 12:38 am

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 1:22 am

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 2:26 am

    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………

  • July 31, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I will be working on my king size quilt!

  • July 31, 2014 at 6:15 am

    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.

  • July 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I will be quilting a friends quilt.

  • July 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I Will be quilting a baba quilt

  • July 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Going to a quilting weekend with girlfriends

  • July 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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

  • July 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    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.

  • July 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Not sure. May work on a pink quilt

  • July 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    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.

  • July 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Entering ur free giveaway, thank u

  • July 31, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Finish my mug rugs!

  • July 31, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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

  • August 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    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 :)

  • August 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    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.

  • August 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    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…

  • August 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

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

  • August 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

    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.

  • August 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I love your starlight!

  • August 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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

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