Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trimming Geese - Testing driving a new OLFA rotary cutter

This post is sponsored by OLFA but all opinions are my own.

Next to my sewing machine, the tool I use the most in my studio is my rotary cutter.  When OLFA contacted me and asked if I wanted to test drive some newer products, I quickly said yes and was excited to receive this pretty box in the mail.

What fun!  The box contained the Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter , a 12 x 17 folding cutting mat, and the new 45MM Endurance™ Rotary Blade.  

I had plenty of fabric to cut and it was great fun to take the Splash Rotary Cutter and folding cutting mat out for a test drive.

First up, strips and more strips!

The Splash Rotary Cutter made quick work of those strips so I moved on to prep some fabric for some flying geese.  The folding cutting mat was a delight to cut on.

Once those geese were sewn, I moved to our screen porch - my favorite room of the house (next to my sewing studio of course!)  The screen porch sits in the back of the house and is just a wonderful place to hang out on a spring afternoon.  Sun filters through the leaves and beckons you to sit for awhile.

It is good I had a lot of geese to cut - doesn't this pile of 48 geese look yummy?

My guild has a sew-in coming up and I'm looking forward to packing the folding cutting mat into my bag.  The mat laid nice and flat when in use and there was no problem cutting across the spot where it is folded.  The fold area is curvy and nests together nicely when in use.

I've had my yellow OLFA rotary cutter for as long as I can remember.  It has been (and still will be!) a wonderful partner in my quilting journey.  There are a couple of differences between my older OLFA and the Splash.  The Splash  feels just a little bit lighter to hold and the method to changing the rotary blades is new and improved.

The new 45MM Endurance™ Rotary Blade is designed to cut twice as long as a standard blade.  I haven't owned it long enough to validate that claim but I look forward to putting it to the full test!

Now I'm off to make more geese and then back to the porch for some trimming!

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Paducah, Kentucky during  AQS QuiltWeek®, make sure you look for OLFA's pop-up trial tent outside of the National Quilt Museum.  You'll have the chance to try out the new blade by cutting squares to be made into quilts to benefit Quilts for Kids.

Later this month, OLFA is inviting quilters to partake in their Quilt Cruise Sweepstakes*– a one-of-a-kind quilting adventure for two.   The sweepstakes starts on April 17, for more information and to enter online, please visit

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Sweepstakes starts April 17, 2017 12 p.m. CST and ends at 7/15/17 11:59:59 PM CT. Must be a legal resident of 50 US/DC and at least 18 years of age. For Official Rules, including how to enter, prize details and restrictions, visit Prize includes transportation to cruise departure port. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: OLFA, NA distributed by World Kitchen, LLC, 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 300 Rosemont, IL 60018

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. It would be awesome if the new blades hold up to the longevity claim. I look forward to hearing how it works for you after longer use!

  2. I wonder if they are making an endurance blade for our old familiar yellow cutters? I am not sure I would want to change cutters but would love a blade that lasts longer :)

    1. Yes, the new blade fits the old cutters. I'll let you know how it goes.


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