Everyone has an OLFA story – what’s yours? Quilt-along, video, more!

Let’s face it: our quilts wouldn’t roll along as fast—or be as much fun—without the rotary cutter!

Throughout 2019, our pals at OLFA are celebrating 40 years of rotary cutting. The company invented the rotary cutter in 1979. If you were quilting back then, you know what a revolution the rotary cutter was to your creative life!

OLFA’s kicking off their celebration with a 40th Anniversary Quilt Along—here’s a sneak peek of the cute 40-block quilt you’ll be making:

OLFA Quilt-Along

The quilt-along runs for 40 weeks and new block patterns are released each Monday. Head on over to this post on OLFA’s blog for all the details and to start sewing! Forty blocks means 40 different designers: sew along with Martingale’s own Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer Jennifer Keltner and with authors Terry Atkinson, Barbara Groves, Lori Kennedy, Roseann Kermes, and Pat Sloan, plus many more!

Speaking of Pat Sloan . . . What’s your OLFA story? Pat shared her own memories of her first encounter with OLFA rotary cutters in this cute video—we think Pat may be the most bubbly personality we know:


Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video online.

Just as Pat shared her OLFA story, OLFA wants you to share your story too! Use the hashtag #myOLFAstory to share your memories on social media, and follow the hashtag to read other quilters’ stories too. OLFA will be hosting giveaways for people who use the hashtag, so write up your story, snap a pic of your favorite cutter, and share it!

If you’re headed to Quiltcon in Nashville, Tennessee, next week (February 2124), you’re in luck! OLFA will be at the show (booth #900) showing off their latest rotary cutter in RUBY red.

Visit their booth, try RUBY on for size, and throw your hat in the ring to win a RUBY cutter of your very own!


Last year’s Makers’ Hands event in the OLFA booth; so many hands, so much creativity!

Most every quilter has an OLFA story; what’s yours? First tell us in the comments:

When did you get your first OLFA rotary cutter?

  • Less than a year ago
  • 5+ years ago
  • 10+ years ago
  • 20+ years ago
  • I was first in line 40 years ago—happy anniversary to us, OLFA!

Then share your #myOLFAstory on social media and in the comments below too!


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