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Monday, August 24, 2009
Fiskars Rotary Ruler and Speed Cutting
If you've never seen, much less used a Fiskars rotary ruler, you don't know what you are missing! I found one at Walmart...on sale for $25. It seemed like more than I wanted to spend at the time, but now I absolutely love it!!!
I'm using it almost exclusively for strips and strings cutting. I make the attached rotary cutter wheel go across both up and down and I've gone through as many as eight layers without too much trouble. Safer and faster than using a regular ruler and rotary cutter.
You just lay it on your mat, use the ruler on the left and slice and dice like a NASCAR driver on a speedway track! Vroom, vroom! I went back to the store for another one to give as a gift or as backup for the future...I loved it that much....and they were not only all gone, but even Joann's didn't have any in stock at the regular price. So...if you see one, I'd suggest you buy it! They really work easily and quickly!
No more arthritis stiffness from repetitive cutting for me...at least when I'm on the straight and narrow and can go full speed ahead!!! As seen here, my project (in between trips to ER's and helping family) has been to cut those 3" strips into 3" squares and quickly piece free form stars. I've been using mine all last week to make these 'fractured stars' for my last project...a little picnic quilt for DD#1.
With the help of my speedy Fiskars rotary ruler...I still fit another quilt from start to finish in my busy last week. Full speed ahead!
If you find one, please add a comment as to its purchase location. If you have one you don't use, please let me know so I can assist getting it to a quilter with a disability.