Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Rumors are True

One day last summer I went to Quilts Etc.
It is a great place, they have everything, and it is just too fun.
They have a whole room that is just depression fabrics.

Anyway I was looking at their novelty fabrics and over heard a conversion.

There was a lady at the cutting counter talking to the lady cutting her fabric.
Like most quilters she was complaining about the ridiculous cost of cutting blades.
That is when I heard the most amazing thing.
She said, "Have you heard about Harbor Freight Tools?"
I was really beginning to wonder what in the world a tool store had to do with quilting.

She went on to say
"I heard they have 45mm blades for like $2.00"
"I think they are for a carpet cutting tool or something"
"I think I saw it on a blog, is it true"
The cutting lady had no idea what she was talking about.

Flash forward to last month.

Over Christmas I got Good Looking to paint Baby sister's furniture.
It is now bright yellow and adorable.
I wanted to find really gaudy vintage pulls, and spray paint them orange.
I went to the re-store and they didn't have what I wanted.
Then I thought maybe Harbor Freight might have some.
I went in and asked, the nice man said they don't sell cabinet pulls.
I thanked him and turned away and then a small voice said in my head
"cutting blades"
I quickly turned back and asked him 
"Do you have round razor blades?"
He said "Yes they are for carpet cutters, but I am guessing...
(while giving me the up down look)
that you want them for quilting"

He walked me to where they lived and I found them.

Not only do they really exist, they really are less than $2.00.
On the day I was there they were on sale for only.
I was so excited I bought a bunch.

There are two per package.

I quickly grabbed all my rotary cutters, and went to town.
The blades fit perfectly in these fiskars rotary cutters.

Look at those beautiful sharp edges.

Truly makes my heart go pitter pat.

Now before you start cutting all your squares for the swap,
run don't walk to your local Harbor Freight, and get your self a nice little stash.
If there is not one near you I found them on their web page.
Go here and get them shipped directly to you.

No need to thank me, really it is the least I could do. 


  1. Ahhh!!!! I am in that store all the stinkin time with my husband... how did I not know this!?! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  2. Awesome!!!! What a great tip. Thanks.

  3. I have been using them now for over a year, and I love them!!! I use them in my Olfa cutter and they work fantastic!

  4. I heard they are much more sturdy than the standard 'rotary' cutter as well! One of the blogs I follow said she initially purchased them to cut finished quilts through multiple layers and fell in love with them (and of course the price!)

  5. If you are a knitter, Harbor Freight also has really good sales on those big foam interlocking mats you can use for blocking.

  6. I am new to your blog. I found a link to you on some's Pinterest board. I live in Salt Lake and I am thrilled to know about Harbor Freight. What a great tip. Thanks. I'll be visiting your blog often.

  7. Thanks for the tip! I found out that we have one of these stores right by my house-how fun! I went in and got a bunch for me and some for my sister! How exciting!!! Thanks again!

  8. I kid that Harbor Freight is my husband's LQS. Next time I'm going with him. No, I'm going there on Thursday without him! Holy cow, what a great tip and thank you for passing it on.