Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we will be joining the OLFA quilt-a-long celebrating the 40th anniversary of the rotary cutter, but first…
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I don’t normally challenge new friends with a quiz, but today I thought a quick, Monday quiz would be fun!
True or False
- Early quilters traced cardboard templates and used scissors to cut each quilt piece.
- The rotary cutter was invented in 1959.
- The rotary cutter revolutionized quilting!
- OLFA means “quick cut” in Japanese.
- True. Early quilters used cardboard templates to trace and cut out each quilt piece with scissors. The templates were prone to distortion because of all the wear and were highly inaccurate!
- False. Yoshio Okado invented the rotary cutter in 1979. (How many of us were quilting before then?!)
- Absolutely true! The rotary cutter took the drudgery out of cutting quilt blocks and at the same time increased the accuracy of cutting multiple layers of fabric. I wonder how many quilters there would be today if every block had to be cut with scissors!
- False. OLFA is translated from two Japanese words and means “to break a blade”. In 1956 the OLFA company created a revolutionary snap-off blade cutter.
My OLFA Garden Block
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the rotary cutter, OLFA decided to make a quilt. They asked several designers to create a block using OLFA cutters as the inspiration.
Those of you who have followed LKQ for awhile know, I LOVE flowers–so immediately I “saw” flowers!
My OLFA Garden Block
My block incorporates the fun new colors of the OLFA Splash rotary cutters in a cheerful floral design.
(Botanical name: Olfa whimsicalis)
Find general directions for the quilt-a-long and learn how to post YOUR photos on the OLFA blog.
Tips for Stitching
I recommend cutting the background block slightly large-6-3/4″ and trimming after the applique is complete. This method allows for shrinkage that often occurs with applique.
You can easily resize this pattern to create a much larger block or simplify it by stitching just one flower.
Be sure add light batting under the large circles before applique. This step really gives the block “POP!”
A Free Motion, Raw Edge Quilt
You might also like a raw-edge applique project I created last year for OLFA. This project incorporated free motion quilting over the raw-edge shapes to create a quick little quilt. Find more tips for this project HERE
Quilt-a-longs are fun and a great way to learn new techniques from a variety of quilters. Be sure to check the OLFA website for more FREE blocks.
If you love free motion quilting, we have an all-new quilt-a-long coming in August!
A Few of My Favorite OLFA Supples
What’s In YOUR Quilted Garden?
Have YOU started the OLFA quilt-a-long?
Did YOU ever quilt without a rotary cutter?
Do YOU still have your first rotary cutter?
What’s YOUR favorite OLFA color?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Happy Whimsical Gardening!
YOUR quilt-garden elf,
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