Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tools 2

I see yesterday's post is chock full of comments about peoples fav tools. I am glad to hear I'm not the only one not changing their blade enough. I wonder what it is about that? Interesting since today's topic leads right into that whole blade changing thing.
Last fall at quilt market I was very lucky to participate in the Olfa Designer Survey. I felt a bit like a poser, but I do have two patterns out as a guest designer at Late Bloomer Quilts. My friend Roseann is the Olfa Education Coordinator, among many other things. She hooked us up.
I'm anxious to try this new cutter. Olfa has come out with new styles of rotary cutters, but I've always clung to my original one, bought about 18 years ago. I like the slim shape. That's why I am sure I'm going to love this new one. The Quick-Change blade feature is what sells me on trying something new. They also sent a long this ruler. I've seen a lot of rulers over the years but I'm used to a 6 inch wide ruler and that's all my brain can handle.The 6 x 12 size is my favorite size ruler. I find that it's the easiest to control for cutting accuracy and the ruler I use the most. I can't wait to try out this new frosted ruler. My eyes aren't what they used to be and I need all the help I can get.

Thank you Roseann for including me in your program and thanks to Olfa for letting me test drive these new tools!
Time to head to the cutting table, have a great day sweet bloggy peeps!


Blogger Sequana said...

I can tell you why I don't change my blade very often. It's because the blades are so darned expensive!

7:55 AM  
Blogger jen duncan said...

I get two JoAnns coupons every time (when I got married again I changed my name) so I keep plenty of affordable blades on hand, but do I remember to use them like I should? No. Yesterday I was going from cutting shipping boxes back to fabric and then back to boxes again, all the while hoping my mother or someone else wasn't looking over my shoulder!

8:01 AM  
Blogger The Chicken Lady said...

I like the Fiskars cutter, and I don't change my blade very often. Although, when the blades go on sale, I buy them so I have no excuse...just laziness I suppose. Oh, and I like the 6x12 inch ruler too. perfect for everything! :)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

Be sure to let us know how the new tools work out. Even though they were sent for free. It would be nice to have an opinion I respect before going out and blowing money on something I might not use.


9:55 AM  
Blogger atet said...

Oooh -- I want a full report on both the ruler and the cutter (ok, so I just got a new rotary cutter, but still)! Especially the ruler -- I need to replace my 6 x 24" ruler soon (one too many drops on the floor and maybe a few too many cuts mean it's no longer quite accurate) and I'm trying to decide what ruler to get!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

I've enjoyed your tools posts PKM -- thanks for the reminders to change blades. I just changed my olfa blade recently and couldn't believe what a difference it made!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my old Olfa cutter too. I can't seem to cut with anything else - gotta have my "seasoned" Olfa cutter. I may have to try this quick change blade one though. I always goof up when changing my blades. But my worst offense it putting TWO blades in at a time - and I don't think there's anything Olfa can dream up to help me with that.

Roseann... look away.

I love, love, love my Creative Grids rulers, and they are all in ___ 1/2'' x ___1/2'' sizes. I love that 1/2 inch. Plus... it's just easy for me to see the lines. I'm going to have to give the new Olfa rulers a whirl. One thing I don't like about the Creative Grids is that the lines wear off really quick.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 6 x 12 ruler is my fav & most often used as too. My hate of blade changing is 1. The cost of the blades & 2. The not liking to handle those blades outside the cutters.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm gonna dash up to my STUDIO and demonstrate blade-changing to Melvin.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I can't cut without my frosted rulers. They are the ones I always reach for. Once you go frosted, you never go back. Everything cuts smoother with a new blade. You are worth the expense.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Will change blade right now! :) My fave ruler is frosted - I guess - it's a Draft N' Cut by EZQuilt, 18" x 2" with white paper on the back, it slides effortlessly and it's super easy to see.
my sewing blog is

9:33 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

That new olfa cutter looks interesting! Think I am in need of a new cutter after all these years :-)!

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I agree, don't change the blades often enough, along w/machine needles. I have both Fiskars and Olfa cutters, both work great, especially w/new blades! I'm w/, love, love my Creative Grid rulers, especially the 6 1/2" square. The new cutter looks very interesting, along w/new ruler. Might need to give them a look. Let us know how YOU like them! It will help wether or not I buy them.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I guess I have to be a nerd and admit that I change my blades all the time. I just hate it when they skip!

11:48 AM  
Blogger Julie in the Barn said...

Well, poop. I just bought a new Olfa Cutter since mine disintegrated while cutting a bajillion strips to make Bonnie Hunter's mystery project last month. It was only 25 years old, the cutter that is, although some of the fabric was probably that old, too. I started quilting back in the early 80's as a member at AVQ when I lived out by Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. Anywho...I sure woulda been happier getting that new quick change thingy! Luv your blog, Pam. Fond memories of my old hometown.

2:15 PM  

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