OLFA Experts Toolbox – Scott Hansen

OLFA Expert and quilt designer, Scott Hansen, creates fabric designs that are twists on traditional quilts. His medium is mostly fabric and fiber - occasionally paper, paint, and wood as well. His tool box is filled with lots of interesting items! Here it is in his own words.

OLFA tools I use the most:

45mm RTY-2/DX Ergonomic Rotary Cutter. My go-to all of the time.
Everyday cutting is done on the RM-MG 24" X 36" Green Double-Sided, Self-Healing Rotary Mat Love the rotating 12" and 17" mats when I need that sort of squaring up done.
RM-12S 12" Rotating, Self-Healing Cutting Mat RM-17S 17" Rotating, Self-Healing Cutting Mat

OLFA Frosted Advantage Rulers I reach for in depending on the cuts:

QR-6x12 6" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler QR-6x24 6" X 24" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

QR-4S 4 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler QR-6S 6 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler The 12.5" and 16.5" squares are great for squaring up larger blocks for sure.
QR-12S 12 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler QR-16S 16 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler

Must have list in no particular order:

Nice to have one of those heavy wool felt ironing pads. I don't think you NEED one, but they are nice. I had a student give me one once and it is smallish but works great.

Iron - I am not particularly fussy about irons. I had a Panasonic cordless that I loved but it stopped working after a year and that seems wasteful. I loved the cordless feature though. Currently I have a small Oliso travel that Oliso sent me. Love how hot it gets and its small size. Makes me a little nervous that it doesn't have an auto-shutoff feature.

LOVE the mister I got from Quilty Box awhile back … a simple spray mister from a beauty salon supply store. SOO Much better than a spray bottle when you need to spray water. And on that note. I like to use a combo of Flatter by Soak, Mary Ellen's Best Press, and distilled water in the mister.   No particular measurements … roughly a third of each more or less.

I am not particularly fussy about sewing machines either... I worked on an old circa 1989 Singer model that worked great for two plus decades. Now I am on a simple Project Runway model of Brother that works just fine.   I have a  Juki too that I sometimes use for quilting. I honestly don't use it enough. I think it could be more useful to me but just don't think about it.

Seam ripper ... my favorite is a handmade wood handled one my buddy Rob Appell made me. If I can't find that one, the best mass produced one is by Clover.

Clover clips are amazing. Pins I am not too picky about, but my friend Tula Pink has these Unicorn pins that are just more fun than the rest!

Violet Craft's wooden Seam presser is amazing for foundation paper piecing.

Aurifil thread is my go-to thread. I am an Aurifilosopher but haven't done as much with that as I am supposed to.

Oh … my Daylight Light is pretty cool too!

I don't use my OLFA scissors as much as I should but love them … they are nice and sharp!  But I must confess I still use my Gingher shears and the Sears shears I inherited from my Mom, mostly for trimming quilts when binding them.   Love my ThreadCutterz ring too. 


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