Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block + Giveaway!

OLFA asked if I would help design a 6.5" unfinished block, to be combined with the blocks of other designers and incorporated into a 35th Anniversary Quilt for Houston Quilt Market this fall. How could I resist? The only stipulation was that the block had to include yellow.
 
Remember that time my husband used my rotary cutter to cut into a frozen pizza, fresh from the oven? 

Yes, I've tried to erase that day from my memory as well. Until now, when I realized I could turn that memory into a quilt block for OLFA's 35th Anniversary Quilt!

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block

This triangle block was easy and fun to put together, with some fabric scraps from Ann Kelle and Robert Kaufman. After improv piecing the triangle and sides, I used my new 6.5" Frosted Advantage ruler to square it up. 

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block 

I then cut a few circles with my GO! Baby and appliqued a simple rotary cutter, modeled after my blue-and-yellow 45mm OLFA Splash rotary cutter. I've never owned a tiny rotary cutter before, so I'm excited to try out this 28mm OLFA sent in my goodie box.

Olfa Rotary Cutter Pin 

How cute is this little rotary cutter pin? Oh my, oh my! I will wear it like a badge of honor, after having survived the pizza cutter incident.

 Olfa Turns 35!

Giveaway!

My friends at OLFA sent along a box full of goodies for me to try out, and they are offering a mini version of the kit you see here (including an OLFA rotary cutter and a small cutting mat)! If you'd like to enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. (Giveaway open in U.S. only.)

Good luck! And happy birthday OLFA!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 


116 comments:

  1. Inspiration truly does come from everywhere! I love this block!

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  2. I don't do facebook so can't pass thru rafflecopter

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  3. Your block is adorable, and I love the picture of it with the blue rotary cutter! :D

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  4. HI! Love using Olfa products+have for many years!
    CONGRATS OLFA ON 35 !!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  5. Oh my, husbands are so creative. Cute block!

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  6. Such a cute block! Great job :)

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  7. I don't think I would have a husband anymore if he used my rotary cutter for pizza!! Some things are just sacred!

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  8. Id be lost without my Olfa Rotary Cutter! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. I have three different Olfa Rotary Cutters! Sometimes my two girls and I are all cutting/sewing at the same time, or I have a friend over to work on projects and I always have a spare for whoever needs to borrow one. Thank you for the chance to win! thekomars@comcast.net

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  10. Oh silly husbands!

    I only own the small 28mm cutter, and I have to say I LOVE IT! It does get tricky when trying to cut through quilted things; however I'm mostly into sewing clothing and garments as of late, and it's PERFECT for cutting pattern pieces out, especially because I utilize the freezer paper method of tracing patterns and applying them to the fabric!

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  11. Happy Anniversary Olfa, I would die if my husband asked to use my cutter for the pizza!

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  12. LOVE Olfa products! This is a great giveaway - thanks for the chance.

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  13. Olafa is the best!! I've tried the others and always go back to olfa!

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  14. Haha! I love it! I have to hide my rotary cutter from my husband every year around Christmas time because he likes to use it to cut wrapping paper. :\

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  15. Very cute block. I love my Olfa cutter and mat.

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  16. This is absolutely hilarious and I love it!!

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  17. I love the inspiration behind the block, thanks for sharing the story

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  18. I love my Olfa tools (rotary cutters of all sizes, cutting mats, rulers, marking tools, etc). I would encourage everyone to convert to a 60mm for cutting fabric. What a difference! Of course, I still have an unhealthy love affair for my 45mm Splash and my darling paper-piecing helper the 18mm mini rotary cutter but my heart has been stolen by the 60mm. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

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  19. This kit would be great for my little projects. I make pin cushions! Especially love the little Pin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  20. That pin is so CUTE. Love your block, too. (he really cut a pizza with a rotary cutter? my mind boggles!)

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  21. Ha, I'd missed the pizza meets cutter incident before!

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  22. Oh wow, I do hope my boyfriend knows better than to use my sewing tools on pizza!

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  23. looooooove Olfa mat, olfa rotary cutter and rulers!

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  24. That little Olfa pin is too cute. Happy Birthday Olfa! Love your products!

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  25. I hide my rotary cutter so no one takes it! Lol!
    Love the pin, its so cute!

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  26. Oh, my, I love the block! And I would love the win the giveaway! =) (Promise I won't cut my pizza with the new cutter.)

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  27. Cute block! and an adorable pin!!

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  28. Very cute block and I can't wait to see the finished quilt from everyone.

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  29. My Dad had always threatened to use my rotary cutter on pizza. He'd never do it, but he likes to wind me up.

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  30. I remember when the rotary cutter first came out. I fell in love! Happy Anniversary to Olfa!!
    And cutting pizza with a rotary cutter - hahahaha!

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  31. That's a funny story about your husband using your Olfa cutter for pizza ~ silly guy!
    Sweet giveaway ~ thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats on 35 years!!!

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  33. I have an older rotary cutter - don't know what kind though. Would love to win one of these.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  34. I love that your hubby cut up a pizza with your rotary cutter! Lol! Hope you're doing well girl!

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  35. Very cool block. I could get creative making a pizza!

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  36. Pizza is my favorite food! I would love a pizza quilt!!! :)

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  37. Ha! My hubs would totally do that! It reminds of the time he used my brand new, fancy (expensive) sewing scissors in the garage (for fabric, at least) and then dropped them from the step ladder he was using! Thanks for sharing! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  38. What a funny story! I would be so mad!!

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  39. That is a great block and a funny story :)

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  40. I am glad you can look back and laugh at the pizza cutter incident. I never have my cutter near the kitchen.

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  41. Omg...no more leaving the rotary cutter anywhere near the kitchen!

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  42. I've had my eye on that rotating mat for awhile. Yeah, I dont threaten my husband with violence on a regular basis or anything.. I keep scissors in every room of the house with easy access, two in all rooms he is ever in. I also have two different types of pizza cutters and kitchen scissors for pizza cutting.. I hope I have my bases covered!

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  43. I don't have a rotary cutter yet, so I would love to win this! Thank you for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  44. Pizza!! I would lose it! This is a great giveaway! Thanks so much. :)

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  45. this would make so many things so much easier! hubby would be thrilled tohave this for his various projects

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  46. I love my Olfa and always will!

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  47. Happy birthday Olfa. What a great prize to win. How does the frosty ruler look I have to find that in the store and check it out. Happy sewing

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  48. I love the block. You have no idea what life was like without rotary cutters. It was stressful.

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  49. Dear Olfa - please offer up a European giveaway because all of us over here in the UK and Europe want to win too!!!!!

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  50. I love the yellow! I could use another olfa cutter!

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  51. Adorable block. Olfa yellow makes me happy. :) The pizza story is hilarious! My husband can't handle the mess in my sewing room, so my sewing supplies are safe...for now!

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  52. Yikes to the pizza cutting - but good you can laugh about it now. :-)

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  53. The pizza story is hilarious :) Along those lines, I know someone who once put a PLASTIC CUTTING BOARD in the oven with a pizza on it thinking it was a pizza stone. It smelled terrible and pretty much ruined the oven!

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  54. Haha about the pizza story. Every time I pull out my good cutting materials (rotary cutter, fabric scissors, embroidery scissors, I give the S.O. a talk about "do NOT use this on anything other than fabric, and please ask before you borrow it". It's worked so far; I may even have gone a little overboard (bad Jess!) because he now gets anxious around any and all scissors and asks me before using everything except for the kitchen scissors. I need to work on balance. :(

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  55. Olfa is my favorite rotary cutter. Thanks!

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  56. Your post made me laugh out loud! Thanks for the fun and thanks for the giveaway! I love your block!

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  57. I love this brand of cutter. Happy Anniversary to Olfa.

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  58. Cute block and I love Olfa Rotary Cutters

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  59. My husband almost did that once, but I caught him in time!

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  60. Love Olfa rotary cutters and their mats. Your block is really eye-catching!

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  61. I am anxious to start some Christmas crafting and the Olfa rotary cutter and mat would be a great help! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  62. Your husband will never live that down! Especially since you have the quilt block to prove it! I must live under a rock! I didn't know there was a rotating cutting mat! I think life would be much easier with one of those!

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  63. Husbands.....can't live with them....can't live without them! ;-)

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  64. OMG.....that is RIDICULOUS!! bad matt, bad!!

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  65. That's too funny!! Definately sounds like something my DH would do, I always put my cutter away out of sight.
    clc97423@gmail.com

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  66. I have to admit, I think the rotary cutter as pizza slicer is a good idea. As long as it's an old, spare cutter with a worn blade. None of my new, still in use stuff!

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  67. I have a large OLFA mag and want some smaller items too!

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway! Olfa is awesome!

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  69. This is so cute! Thanks for the chance!

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  70. LOVE your block and Olfa! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win the giveaway! ☺

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

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  71. I love your block - and the story! I just got my first Olfa a couple weeks ago, and it's great! I'd love to try the really little one.

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  72. Congratulations, love the block.

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  73. What a cute way to remember what must have been an unpleasant rotary cutter event! Love the pin...I'd love to add it to my pin collection!

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  74. Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. Nice give-away!
    Lila

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  76. I had never seen the rotary cutter meets pizza picture - I would be so mad! I can't imagine it would have even worked very well. What was he thinking?!

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  77. Very cute block to commemorate an unfortunate incident.

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  78. Your block is too cute an apropo to mark a rotary cutting pizza incident. LOL I am a huge Olfa fan (blades, cutters, mats) and have been for many years.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  79. Haha I didn't know that your husband used it for pizza! I guess they're in similar shape... hahaha so did he go to your sewing room to find your rotary cutter just to cut the pizza?

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  80. Toooo funny about the Rotary Cutter for cutting Pizza!!! My husband has done some real funny stuff...think I better go hide my Rotary Cutter now...yipes!! giggle

    LOOOOOVE Olfa products!!! :)

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  81. Oh my that is a funny story and I love your block in memory of the event. Thankfully my hubby wouldn't consider doing such a thing, he knows he would suffer my wrath big time. LOL

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  82. Another rotary cutter by Olfa is ALWAYS welcome!

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  83. Your pizza disaster is worst than my rotary cutter story. Some guys were doing work in my sewing room and needed to open a big box with those plastic straps on it. I heard one say "wow, this is the neatest cutter thing I've ever seen". I sprinted in just in time to keep him from rolling my rotary through the industrial strap.

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  84. I love your block. This is a really nice giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  85. Your block is beautiful. I love Olfa products. They were the first ones I bought since I learned how to quilt.

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  86. Love Olfa cutters. All I have ever used for over 20 years.

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  87. I love your pizza story, sounds like something that could happen in my house! This is a great giveaway, I'd love to try those new toys!

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  88. Happy 35th Anniversary Olfa. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  89. Nice block! It does like like a pizza slice! Thank you for a chance to win.

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  90. Very cute block. I like your color choices. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  91. Cute block and funny reason for it:)

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  92. my kids know not to touch my rotary cutter, but i wonder if i've ever said anything to my husband?... Can't wait to try one of those frosted rulers!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  93. That is too funny about trying to cut a pizza with a rotary cutter. I'm sure you weren't any happier than husbands are about women using their razors, either. Thanks for the great giveaway. One can never have too many rotary cutters.

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  94. And he's still your husband?! He must be a great guy to survive that faux pas!

    Alice McD

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  95. Really cute block!
    Thanks for the story; cute, too!
    I would love to try an Olfa, also!
    deanne AT deannedelvecchio DOT COM

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  96. Thanks for a great giveaway. This will be a nice surprise gift for my sewing partner if I win.

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  97. OMG, I can't believe your hubby used your rotary cutter on pizza!! oiy!! Thankfully, my hubby is kitchen competent!!

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  98. The small rotary cutter is so cute!!
    emily@reznechek.com

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  99. Very nice block! Fortunately my rotary is too far away from the kitchen to be used on pizza! I love the little pin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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