A few week ago, I had the privilege to take a Small Piecing class from Chawne Kimber. When she posts pictures of her small pieces on Instagram, I am amazed while also thinking she’s just a bit crazy. How does she piece so small!?!
Despite feeling I would never be able to make something so small (or I would be pulling my hair out by the end of the day), I ended up LOVING small piecing and feel the exercise has changed how I see my scraps. (No, I don’t want to keep them all but I do see scale differently.)
Here is what I made:
One of the important components to small piecing is accurate and small fabric strips. (At one point, we were cutting 3/4″ strips…) Since Chawne’s class gave me the small piecing bug, I knew I would need to cut all.the.tiny.strips!
Having grown up with a mother who sews, quilts and makes garments, I saw firsthand the importance of quality tools and purchased OLFA products since the beginning of my sewing journey. Their blades cut accurately and the cutters have the perfect weight to cut yet not fatigue your hand.
When OLFA asked if I wanted to try the new 45mm Endurance™ Rotary Blade, 12” x 17” Folding Cutting Mat , and Splash Rotary Cutter, I knew they would be perfect additions to my collection.
Since blades are super sharp blades are invaluable when cutting pieces, I prefer to buy the brand name replacements. I’m excited to see how long the new Endurance Blade lasts. According to OLFA, the blade is made of expertly honed tungsten tool steel designed to cut twice as long as standard OLFA blades. I love that the new blades will fit any OLFA cutters!
The Splash Rotary Cutter might have had me with its purple color. (I mean… come on… you all know I LOVE purple!) Once I stop admiring the color, I played with its quick blade change feature and tested the Endurance Blade for it’s ability to cut through six quilting cotton fat quarters. The blade passed with flying colors!
Last but not least, I was intrigued by the Foldable Cutting Mat. The OLFA 24″ x 36″ mat sits on my cutting table so would the small size one be as durable? The answer is most definitely yes! Despite being light and portable, the mat is sturdy, thick and self healing. I even tried cutting directly on the folded area with success.
Here are a few ways that the mat bends:
You can get these tools and more at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and at other quality fine quilt shops.
What did I make with my new cutting tools? A mini courthouse steps quilt block! If my quilts start getting smaller, I’m blaming Chawne!
If you plan to attend AQS QuiltWeek®, one of the largest quilting events in the world, on April 27 and 28 you check out OLFA’s pop-up trail tent outside the National Quilt Museum. While testing the new 45MM Endurance™ Rotary Blade, QuiltWeek goers will be able to participate in a special project to benefit Quilts for Kids, a non-profit organization whose mission is transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts for children in need.
Want a chance to win a one-of-a-kind quilting adventure for two? Starting April 17, visit www.OLFA.com/QuiltCruise to enter to win OLFA’s Quilt Cruise Sweepstakes*.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Sweepstakes starts April 17, 2017 12 p.m. CST and ends at 7/15/17 11:59:59 PM CT. Must be a legal resident of 50 US/DC and at least 18 years of age. For Official Rules, including how to enter, prize details and restrictions, visit www.olfa.com/quiltcruise. Prize includes transportation to cruise departure port. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: OLFA, NA distributed by World Kitchen, LLC, 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 300 Rosemont, IL 60018
**I received products in exchange for this review but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.**
Would you like to win your own 45mm Endurance Blade and Splash Rotary Cutter. Leave a comment below about a technique you want to try. Would it be small piecing? Free motion quilting? I would love to hear about it! The giveaway ends Friday, March 31st at 6pm pacific time.