Monday, June 3, 2013

Making a Splash - and Giveaway

Have you seen Olfa's newest addition to their rotary cutter family? 
Summer is here, and this new cutter is making a "Splash"!  
The folks at Olfa sent me one to try out and review for you.


It's got a great new color! 
It also features a quick-snap blade change.  Nice feature.
 
A rotary cutter can be downright dangerous with a dull blade (more pressure required to cut, more possibility of slipping and nicking an unsuspecting appendage), so this makes it easy to change your blade often! You should never have to saw through the fabric... just saying.

You can switch out the side the blade is on to make it comfy if you are a lefty.


And as always, be sure to get into the habit of closing the blade after EVERY use.  I love my 60mm Olfa rotary cutter with a shield/self-closing/locking mechanism, so I had to remind myself to "cut and shut" while testing this one.  Then I kinda went crazy with the cutting...

Riley Blake Design "Basics" (Solids, shades, tone on tone dots, ginghams, crimp, shuffle, etc)
Each time I teach a class to new quilters or kids, safety with the blade is the first lesson!  Cut and shut, cut and shut.  I joke (but I'm really serious) that there will be a $5 charge if I see a rotary cutter with the blade exposed.  And since I'm teaching summer Quilt Camp with 4-H kids this week (ages 10 to 13), we'll probably have that little chat in class. :)  But I digress...

In my opinion, this is a great little cutter for the price.  And it's cute, too!  Here's how you can win your own "Splash" rotary cutter PLUS a stack of leftover fabrics and other goodies and fun surprises from my recent trip with Riley Blake Designs to the International Spring Quilt Market in Portland.  Want to play along?

1)  Be/Become a follower here.  Not sure how long Google Friend Connect will remain, so now would be the time to subscribe via email or Bloglovin'.  

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

2)  See what I've been cutting up over at Riley Blake Designs' Cutting Corners today; come back and leave a comment.

3)  BONUS:  Make one of those little 3D projects from today's RBD tutorial, and send a picture to deonn@quiltscapesqs.com.  I'll enter your name TWICE more for the drawing.  (And if it's OK with you, I'll add it to my Flickr slideshow.)

Contest will end Friday, June 7th at 5pm MST and winners will be announced later that evening.  Meanwhile, check out Olfa's new Pinterest page.  Happy Quilting!

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Update:  Contest is now closed and a winner chosen.  Thanks for playing along!

160 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

Allison C said...

Like the hexagami idea! I will put that on my list. I'm a follower.

Julie said...

Pretty cool project! Wish it didn't involve hand sewing...I'm a failure there.

beaquilter said...

I follow you blog

beaquilter said...

I was just part of an online conversation about cutting mats and blades and I think I'll upgrade to olfa next, when my mat wears out, I DO need to replace the blades in my fiskars cutter, I'm a stickler about open cutters too.

Needled Mom said...

I have already switched over to follow you via Bloglovin. I agree that the sharp blades are much safer. Like you, I am obsessed about an open blade. Closing it is a great habit to get into right from the beginning.

Needled Mom said...

Love the origami flowers. They look so complicated.

Gene Black said...

I am a follower.

Gene Black said...

The Hexigami flowers are great, I could see using them on something for one of the princesses.

Gill said...

Follower!

Gill said...

I love your hexigami! I don't have a hexi ruler but I do have a circle so I will be trying your second method!

Melinda said...

I follow you on Bloglovin!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Following along and loving it :)

~Kelie~ said...

I follow you via GFC and Bloglovin since their taking GFC away! *tear*

sew.darn.quilt said...

These Hexagamis are amazing! Thank you for sharing.
I'll have to see how things go today and maybe I can get one made :)

Melinda said...

Love the Hexigami flowers. I am a huge origami fan so the idea of doing it with fabric is really cool. I've got to think of something cool to make these for!

carla said...

Hi!!!! Oh!!! So unique!!! Beautiful!!!!

Lisa Marie said...

I am already a follower.

Lisa Marie said...

Love your flowers from the tutorial. I hope to get time to give it a try this week.

Vicki H said...

I think the 3D hexi would be a great barrett cover for my granddaughter.

Vicki H said...

I have been a follower of you.

paulette said...

I love your blog and have been following for a long time! Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful give away!
Paulette

Anonymous said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW >BLOG LOVIN'!

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Anonymous said...

HI! I REALLY LIKE THE FLOWERS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Tammy said...

I am a follower via Bloglovin. And have been followin your blog for quiet a while now. Thank you for the chane to enter your giveaway.

Mom C said...

I saw these at quilt market. Great mini demo, just fold and tack. So fun. I follow. Thanks.

Tammy said...

Love the Hexagami project over at Cutting Corners. Those are way too cute and adorable.

Jacqueline said...

I am a follower ... thanks for a chance at the cutter and my lqs teachers are just like you - are always saying "CLOSE your cutter". A really good habit to get into.

Jacqueline

jleibfried@aol.com

patty a. said...

Follower. The Hexigami are interesting. Would make cute decoration for many projects.

Unknown said...

Love the Hexagami project, although I dont know that I would have the patience to do it! It is on my list of trying though! Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials, I am learning so much!

Nancy D. said...

I'm a follower - The Hexigami's are really cute - great instructions.

Beezus said...

Okay, I am a follower and I went over to see what you were working on. But… I got a page not found error when I went. Am I the only one who doesn't seem to have access? The world wide web is sometimes a very weird place. :)

Lorna McMahon said...

I am a follower via Bloglovin'.
Please come over and visit me sometime at http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/ or check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SewFreshQuilts

Laurel said...

i'm following through reeder...

Laurel said...

your link to your project wasn't working, but by clicking around, i found it. and even though i don't have a hexi ruler, i do have a bowl! i can't wait to try turning a circle into that beautiful hexi... what fun!

barbara woods said...

already follow

barbara woods said...

i had no problems it went right to the site

Rosa said...

I am already a follower.

Rosa said...

The origami flower are luscious,sure I will do some!

Lynn M said...

I'm a follower via the old reader. thanks for the chance!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I've been a follower for quite a while now. Thanks for the chance. My favorite rotary cutter broke, and the replacement just isn't the same. PS: I'm VERY careful to cover my blade. Ask me how I know to do this. I also check the screw, to make sure the blade is secure.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What cute little Hexigami's you've made. Adorable!

Grammasheri said...

Oh wow! I've gotta make some of these! Your tutorial is very clear. Thank you!

Grammasheri said...

I'm a follower through Google Friend Connect.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Love teh look of these new cutters - and I love your Hexagami shapes - these would be gorgeous Christmas ornaments!! I follow you already!

Michele T said...

I have been following you via Bloglovin' - this rotary cutter looks very slick!! I would love one!! Thanks for chance!

Michele T said...

OMG!! I love those fancy Hexagami shapes... I could see these as accents on pillow covers!

Linda Crosby said...

Great tutorial and very easy to follow. Thanks for the chance to win

Linda Crosby said...

I love your hexigami flowers. I am a follower of your delightfull blog.

lefuntz said...

Hexigamis! How cute. I love the circle one. I follow on Bloglovin. I want to add a Splash to my toolbox and dedicate my old yellow to a decorative blade!

Funky Kim said...

I have subscribed to you via Feedly. Because I love this place!

SewLindaAnn said...

I'm Following via Bloglovin.

SewLindaAnn said...

That is so cool, I love the origami type work with fabric.

giddy99 said...

I'm following via BlogLovin! Thanks for the chance!

giddy99 said...

I saw the hexagami - I am IN AWE.

JillB said...

Hexagami - just when you think it has all been done!!!! How clever and so many uses!!!

JillB said...

I am a follower of your inspiring blog thru Bloglovin

Anita said...

Love both your projects! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Anita said...

I follow on bloglovin :)

glenda said...

I really love your hexagami! That is so fun. I can't wait to try it and embellish some of me sweaters. I also love that little rotary cutter!

Janet said...

| follow on GFC which I have transferred over to Bloglovin'. My big problem is I don't seem to be able to get rid of any of the blogs I'm following (not trying to get rid of yours. :))

Janet said...

Those dimensional hexies are super cute! I couldn't follow the instructions without trying it and I don't have the right ruler....

quiltmom anna said...

I signed up to follow you by email- I already follow you on google friend connect.
Your three dimensional hexies are amazing. They do look rather fun to make.
The new rotary cutter is awesome but you are right about shutting the cutter. I have known people having to go get stitches because they didn't close their rotary cutters.
Regards from Alberta,
Anna

Clara said...

Here I am!!!!! Wow!!! I do love your hexagami.... and wanna try one! Once done I'll email you a picture! Meanwhile, I've become a follower and cross my fingers for the giveaway!!!!! Maybe this time the prize can come here in Sicily!!!! Many thanks for sharing all your tutorials. Do I have to write another comment for being a follower? Take care and keep on sewing, Clara.

Cathy said...

Very impressed!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

cathybhaney@gmail.com

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower via email. Thanks.

JoyceLM said...

Love your Hexagami flowers. They'd make a neat addition to tote bags. Thanks for the tutorial.

ELNM said...

I follow you via email. I would love this cheerful new rotary cutter - thanks for the chance!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

ELNM said...

The origami hexies are great. They look complicated, but your tutorial is terrific and I think I could give them a try! Thanks for the inspiration!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

cynthia said...

I follow by email. The cutter looks great!

Bonnie58 said...

Love the hexi flowers. They are great. I am an email follower. Thanks for sharing.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I love those fresh colors of the rotary cutter. I follow you in GFC and BlogLovin too. I don't think GFC is going away, just the reader.

Margaret said...

I already follow you by e-mail.

Margaret said...

Those flowers are awesome. I am going to try one tonight. Just what I need is another project to start. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I am a follower by email.

Mary said...

Your hexagon flowers are wonderful! I'm thinking they would be great for making quilt show ribbons. Or maybe my granddaughters would like one for a hair ribbon. Thanks for a fun tutorial!

Kathleen said...

I follow you via Bloglovin. This pretty blue rotary cutter would look great in my pretty pink sewing room!

Kathleen said...

ooooh, I'm loving the Hexagami! And I already have Lori's circle rulers too. Wish I could have them all!

Jan said...

How cute are those! Already a follower. Thinking something cute for my granddaughter.

Josie McRazie said...

I already follow. I LOVE the left/right cutters! I cut with both hands and they make my life so much simpler!

Cher in Victoria said...

I am a follower, love the hexigami. Looking forward to making lots of these in bright colours. Love the bright cutter color. I think I need some new tools.

Sharon J. Hughson said...

I love the hexigamis. They remind me of the cootie catchers we made in elementary school! Love the color of the cutter!

Lori said...

I am a happy email follower
I am need of a new rotary cutter.
I love the colors on this one.
And the fact that the blade just pops out
instead of having to screw and unscrew.

Lori said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on making heaxagami's. These are wonderful and really can be used for a lot of things.

robin said...

Nice! I follow with Bloglovin.

robin said...

Very interesting tutorial!

Clara said...

Back again to remember you I'm a follower! Enjoy your time, Clara.

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm a follower, thanks for the fun giveaway!

Kathy MacKie said...

Love your Hexagami Flowers tutorial, could be addicting!

Judy B said...

The hexagami flower is sew cute! I have Lori's circles, now to get the hexi. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and the new Olfa cutter. Being a lefty, who cuts with both hands' it is wonderful to have one cutter that works for both.

Judy B said...

I follow via email so I don't miss anything. Also GFC. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm a follower... super cute rotary cutter!

Crudis said...

This is just to tell you that I'm a follower too.

Carol S. said...

How could anyone not love the new colors on that rotary cutter! I'm really going to have to try those hexagami flowers...too cute. I love following you around. :O)

Peggy said...

I'm a follower.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Peggy said...

I I like the hexagons-not sure what I would do with them.
Thanks,
Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Cloud 9 said...

I'm already a follower on Bloglovin.

Cloud 9 said...

Great hexi flower and tutorial.

Brenda said...

Love the folded hexi's. I might try sometime soon! I follow by e-mail.

Angelia Lanouette said...

I am an email and Bloglovin follower! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

Angelia Lanouette said...

Oh my.....two of my favorite things combined together...hexagons and origami!! They are wonderful! I must make some! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

Rebeckah Austin said...

I follow you!

Mara said...

I'm a follower on bloglovin'

Mara said...

Love hexagons and love your hexagami, so cool!

Shar said...

I really love those hexies! They are a lot of fun!

Shar said...

I am a follower also!

Debbie said...

I love the new rotary cutter color and I love the hexagami design! I made some in white and appliqued to a project for dimensional snowflakes-so cute! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

Just Sew Sue said...

I love the hexigami and the aqua cutter but I hate seeing the blade unsheathed.

Nita said...

sweet little fabric flowers!

Nita said...

I am a follower...your posts come direct to my email.

Lesauri said...

I am a follower and just love the hexigamis. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway.

Judy1522 said...

I am a follower.

Judy1522 said...

Your Hexagamis are so cute and they look like they are fun to make.

Crudis said...

hello,
I just sent you an email with the photo

B Greene said...

I am following you through Bloglovin now.

B Greene said...

Your Hexagamis would be a great embellishment for a zippered tote or a clutch - thanks for sharing (I am going to try to make one later in the day if possible).

Cherie said...

That's adorable! I doubt I'd ever make one because of the hand sewing...I just have a hard time with that but I really wish I could!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the opportunity to win! Like RB & Olfa already on Facebook. Following you through google.

Missenota aka Kristin S. said...

Hello from Minnesota! New follower with Bloglovin'

Katrom said...

Love the little hexagami flowers, I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway and I will be following your blog from now on.

Missenota aka Kristin S. said...

That Hexagami at RBD is just the sort of little project I need to get started today...since I'm procrastinating my bigger quilts. ;)

Deb said...

I just became a follower by email.

Deb said...

Hexagami - you make it look so easy!

oma b - MaryBeth said...

LOVE the Hexagamis! I think even a (GASP!!--non-sewer like me) could even make these. I am seeing them in paper as embellishments on my cards! Thanks for the idea for my next workshop!

Sonya said...

I follow you!

Sonya said...

I enjoyed the Hexagami post, but I can't see myself making more than a few of them. SO much work! I like Mary Beth's idea of applying the technique to paper and using them on cards!

Cecilia said...

mmm interesting hexagamies... not my cup of tea though...

Cecilia said...

bloglovin you

Kelly O. said...

I'm a follower :)

Kelly O. said...

that hexagami is just too clever!

Beth McConnell said...

I am a follower and I love the hexagami

Bobbie said...

I am now a follower - yes this little cutter looks great!

Diana L said...

I am a follower and love the fabrics (want to try out cutting with a real cutter)

Deb B. said...

I am a follower. The hexagami flowers are so cute and I have a ton of colorful buttons I can use!

Unknown said...

Im trying to figure out how to follow but I checked out your blog and |I adore both ideas the hexigami and the circle version. such cute ideas

DeborahGun said...

I follow you on Bloglovin :-)

Janny Wanny said...

Need to figure out how to follow you.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! love it!!

Unknown said...

Amazing! My hands don't work well enough to try hand sewing right now...

Unknown said...

I follow your blog, and I love the hexagons. You make it look so easy!

Unknown said...

following! and it only took ONE time cutting myself to remember to always close when done cutting, it was aweful! Id LOVE to win one of those pretty new rotary cutters!! thanks!!

Jennifer said...

I am a follower of you blog and I would love to win that cute cutter!

Jennifer said...

What cute little hexies, they look so fun to make

JustPam said...

I added you to my bloglovin.

JustPam said...

Those hexagamis are adorable.

Juicewoman said...

Wow - hexaqons - who would have thought! Love the tutorial.

Deana Hoepker-Steel said...

Changing the blade is a click away. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win a Splash!

Nancy said...

Those are some cute hexi's!

Brenda said...

I follow by email. Love the Hexagami flowers. Thanks for the giveaway.

Pathod said...

Those are just too cute!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a fun color for a rotary cutter! Love that the blade is easier to change. Would be great to have a new cutter. I'm a follower via email and BlogLovin.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Super cute hexigami flowers! Thank you for the wonderful photos of each step, so easy to follow.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Crudis, thank you for sending the photo! It's just perfect. I've added it to the Flickr slideshow, and added two more chances in the drawing.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

By the way, Happy Quilting in Sicily!!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Mara, got your wonderful picture of your cool plaid hexigami!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Good luck in the drawing - that's two more chances for making one and sending the picture. Happy quilting, there in Greece!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Thanks for sending the picture of your adorable Hexagami flowers!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

You've now got two more entries for the drawing - thanks for playing along and good luck in the drawing.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Kristin! Thanks for sending pictures of your adorable hexagami flower pin! Love the colors you used, and have added it to my Flickr slideshow.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, and I've entered your name another couple of times in the drawing.