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    Foundation Piecing 101

    Foundation Piecing is an excellent way to get accurate blocks without fuss. Download PDF to learn about foundation piecing and trimming

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    Learning to Cut Patches Efficiently 101

    When cutting multiple patches of the same size it is easy to introduce inaccuracies by moving the ruler. With a little planning these inaccuracies can be reduced. The key for efficient cutting is to first determine the number of patches that will fit on the ruler you are using. Download PDF to learn how to…

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    Cutting Luxe Cuddle Fabric with Stainless Steel Snap-Off Graphics Knife

    By OLFA Creates

    Shannon Fabrics is a fan of OLFA and has taken to using one of our Stainless Steel Snap-Off Graphics Knife (SAC-1) to cut their Luxe Cuddle fabrics. We asked Teresa Coates to work up a demo for us to share with you. ______ Products Used OLFA Splash Quilting/Sewing Kit (mat, ruler, rotary cutter) Luxe Cuddle®…

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    Rulers 101: How to Select a Ruler for your project

    We often get asked how to choose a ruler and well it depends on the project your working on. The basic criteria I look for in rulers is that they are safe, those that have non-slip features to add stability while I’m cutting. (I speak from experience, after deeply cutting into a finger when my…

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    Cutting Mats 101: How to choose a mat (Sizes & Shape)

    There are a variety of cutting mat sizes and shapes, from travel size to full table size. The mat I like the best is one that has the easiest to read grid lines, lines spaced one-inch apart and also marked with 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/2″ and 1″ increments. I also prefer a mat that is self-healing…

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    Rotary Cutters 101: How to choose a rotary cutter

    Rotary Cutters From experience I know cutting too many patches and strips in one session leaves my hands sore. The repetitive motion of the task causes it. So, hand health becomes really important, particularly as we get older. We’ve learned that using a rotary cutter reduces a lot of the soreness. Selecting the right one…

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    Using Rotary Cutters to Maintain Hand and Wrist Health

    By OLFA Creates

    How often do you think about your hands? I marvel at my daughters tiny hands daily. Among the everyday things—like combing my hair and fixing a bowl of cereal—my hands do some marvelous things too. In as little as a day these hands can draft a pattern, cut fabric and then transform it with needle…

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    Ask OLFA: How to clean your mats

    Most people ask us how to clean their mats. Well regular cleaning of your OLFA cutting mats will extend their use. To clean your OLFA® mat, use a generous amount of room-temperature water and a few drops of mild detergent. Use a soft, mild bristle brush such as a toothbrush or mushroom brush to create…

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    Introducing the OLFA Design Team & Ambassadors

    By OLFA Creates

    We’ve mentioned a few times in recent months that we have a lot coming up in 2018, and beyond. Today is one of those days. We are VERY excited to introduce you to our inaugural OLFA Design Team, the OLFA Creators. We’ve brought together a wonderful group of people to make up our first ever…

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    Rotary Cutter 35 Years on the Cutting Edge

    As the OLFA® rotary cutter celebrates its 35th birthday this year, it’s easy to forget how this simple but ultra-efficient tool—a mainstay for hobbyists around the globe—flipped the quilting and crafting world on its collective ear when it debuted in 1979. How did this cleverly designed cutter literally reshape quilting and crafting? For perspective, think…

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    10 Craft Hacks You’ll Want to Try

    What could be more relaxing and exciting than picking up a new craft project? Not much. Except, maybe, discovering an ingenious idea, or “hack,” you can use to make a technique easier, storage simpler or cleanup faster. So, no time to waste. We’ve uncovered 10 clever craft hacks to make the most of your DIY…

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    Pssst! 5 Quilting Secrets from the Pros

    Quilters are not born. They are made. Anyone can learn to quilt with a little patience and precision, and it all starts with preparing your quilt pieces the right way. Whether you are a beginning quilter, an expert, or somewhere in between, we’ve gathered some time-saving short “cuts” to confidently take your work to the…

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