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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Progress


I have been working off and on at my wonky log cabin and now have only three blocks left. My rotary cutter has gotten rather dull so it's tough going right now. I hate it when there is a dull spot and on each cut there are a couple of threads hanging on. I have an Olfa but a friend was telling me that her Fiskars one has been sharp through two denim quilts and a silk one. Does anyone else have opinions on which is the best brand? My Olfa certainly doesn't stay sharp that long. Is it worth investing in a Fiskars? Blades cost a lot here so if they stayed sharp longer it would be worth a considerable investment.
Today we are doing a raku pottery firing outside so there will be some pictures of that tomorrow.

12 comments:

meggie said...

I love log cabin quilts of any sort.
Look forward to seeing the pottery pics, too. There is always something exciting happening in your corner of the world, Joyce!

Lily said...

Joyce, I've only tried Olfa, but haven't used it enough to make it blunt yet!

I can see where you're going with your log cabin quilt - it's such a great use of contrast :)

Raku pottery - afraid I don't know what it is, but it sounds like fun!

Elaine Adair said...

I'm watching this little quilt grow up. Such fun!

dot said...

I have OLfa. I don't think the cutter makes a difference, it is the blade. You could try a Fiskars blade in you Olfa as long as it is the same size blade.

Libby said...

Love that log cabin - wonky blocks are such fun.

I'm an Olfa user. A blade usually lasts a pretty long time, but I am careful to keep it put away - for my own safety and to protect the blade from nicks and scratches. I like Dot's idea of trying out a Fiskars blade in the Olfa cutter . . . hmmmmm

Fiona said...

I love your log cabin - so nice and bright. I use an Olfa, and my blades never seem to last as long as they should. Yesterday in a hardware shop I saw they had an own brand rotary cutter for £1.99 - that is much cheaper than I can even buy a blade for here. I'm tempted to get one, just to see how long it lasts, but they didn't seem to sell replacement blades.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

fun log cabins - you're going great. wish I could come and play with pottery with you.

Delta said...

I swear by my Fiskars. I have 2 or 3 of each brand and invariably reach for the Fiskars. I've been driving all the way downtown (where I had to buy them in bulk) to get the Fiskars blades, but our fabric store has recently started stocking them so I'm happy!

Exuberant Color said...

You are making great progress and it is striking.
As far as blades go, I have used both brands. I've been through at least 100 blades since 1982 and once in awhile there is a bad one. A 45mm blade from either brand will go in either cutter, but the Fiskar has a bigger x-large blade than Olfa so they aren't interchangeable.

ROZ said...

Wow, I like your style. I go in for wonky things myself. I would like to add your blog to my list of favorites.
Roz

anne bebbington said...

Try ebay for blades - I find them much cheaper than the £4.50 plus we have to pay per blade here in the UK!

Judy said...

LOVE the looks of that wonky log cabin up on the design wall! Now I've got the bug!
I've never used the fiskars cutter, but i do love my olfa cutters. I have just about all of the sizes and don't seem to have a problem with them getting dull quickly. Hmmmmmm...............!