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Thread: Do you know what OFLA means?

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    I helped my ex MIL cutting them out with templates and scissors back in the early 1970s but never sewed any together until I did my own in the 1990s. I still used a pattern by bonesteel that was templates. It hangs on my wall in each place we go since it was he first quilted thing I did.It is actually a wallhanging of houses going up a hillside, Mistakes and all. In 1997 took a class with a friend and learned about the rotary. Yeah.

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    Yes, I started by cutting out quilt pieces with scissors. Hand quilting also, after technology with the rotary cutter, rulers and quilting sewing machines, my quilt making has really taken off. I started in 1965-66.
    Thanks for the info.
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    Hooray for the QB - there is always something to learn! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Thanks! Olfa always sounded so Scandinavian to me
    That's what I always thought, too... ditto Fiskars... And yes, I used to sew with scissors & cardboard templates! My first rotary cutter (which I still have & still use!) was a revelation to me! And thet beginning of my love of quilting tools!
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    I agree on the ease of the rotary cutter. If our mom's would have only known how easy it could me they would have come up w/it sooner. It CAN be scary though when you almost cut your thumb off. But all in all it is much faster.

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    All I have to say is Best invention to revolutionize the home quilting industry for me ! Thanks Mr Okada..
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    Raising my hand too. Also bought one and was afraid of it. Now what a difference

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    I grew up with my grannies both using scissors to cut everything and hand quilting at the quilting bees - when I took an interest in Quilting - it was mid 1980's - I bought my first rotary cutter and ruler - wow - then I found a Debbie Mumm book that showed how to sew strips together then rotary cut them apart - what a revolution. Unfortunately, I could not pursue quilting then - I worked all the time and what little money we had - wasn't enough for me to pursue it. Now almost 30 yrs later - I think I own every gadget and love my rotary cutters and rulers.

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    I didn't learn about rotary cutters until the 90's; I remember sitting as a young teen and spending hours with my grandma, laboriously scissor-cutting pinned layers of wool into squares for her quilts. I got pretty good at it and gained a deep appreciation for quality scissors, but once I started really doing my own quilting I found out about rotary cutting, and I have never looked back!! (I still have a love scissors though, I have to restrain myself from collecting them!)

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    Thanks for posting this. I didn't know about this at all and appreciate the history lesson.

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    Great thread, thanks for sharing.
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    Yep, my hand is in the air! Worse than that, my first quilting class used actual blueprints of each of the 12 sampler blocks!

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