Monday, February 7, 2011

"Perfect Scissors" Review And A Give-A-Way

After receiving several comments and questions about Karen Kay Buckley's "Perfect Scissors", I thought that I should post a review on how I thought they performed. IMHO, I think that they are PERFECT!!
I spent the afternoon and evening cutting "apple core" and "thimble" pieces while watching the Superbowl game with my DH and MIL. The apple core is a curved pattern, one that can't be cut using a rotary cutter. The thimble pieces are straight and I certainly could have used my rotary cutter on them. However, I opted to "test cut" everything using my new "Perfect Scissors".

I cut a lot ... every piece of fabric in this picture was cut, and we're talking lots of fabric here!
The scissors were PERFECT, my hand never got tired nor did it cramp. Needless-to-say, I was quite impressed with their performance. I couldn't stop from cutting more and more pieces out...they made cutting out curved pieces so easy. Since they have a micro serrated blade that keeps the fabric from slipping, my hand cutting was more accurate. It literally was like cutting butter with a hot knife!

I still LOVE my Dovo's but I think I will use my "Perfect Scissors" for cutting out more complex and curved shapes now that I know just how "perfect" they are!

To celebrate my "new" find, I will be having a give-a-way of a pair of Karen's small "Perfect Scissors". Please leave your comment on this post. Let me know what kind of piecing you do ( machine or hand) and your favorite quilt block. Since I will be on vacation to Florida next week, the drawing for the winner will be after I return home. So, the drawing will be the last day of February, the 28th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be selected by Random Number Draw.

Good Luck!

Hugs,

Elaine

PS: No affiliation or connection to Karen Kay Buckley or her products. This is strictly a personal review of one of her products.

65 comments:

Rosa Robichaud said...

As Horshack would cry out, "OOOH OOOH!! PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME!!!"

That WAS Horshack wasn't it?!??

What a super gift, Elaine!!!!

Rosa Robichaud
robich@rogers.com

Robyn *Ü* said...

I do both machine and hand piecing and my favorit block is log cabin. Those scissors look great.

AdyQuilts said...

I totally agree - fantastic scissors. Have you tries the larger size? They're just as good, wonderful for cutting larger shapes (I'm a hand piecer and use scissors to cut).

mariebeers said...

I only do machine piecing, but do hand blanket stitching on wool applique. My favorite block is Ohio Star (and I'm not from Ohio). The scissors are a great give away. Thanks!

Debbie said...

I do mostly machine piecing, but have a couple of hand piecing projects for take a long that I've been working on for years. Thanks for counting me in for the scissors, Elaine!

Rosa Robichaud said...

Oooops.... favorite block?

That's easy!

Log Cabins!!!!

Although, I don't get a chance to make them very often.... they're my most favorite ones! *grin*

Rosa Robichaud

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I had never heard of these scissors before you mentioned them. I am a machine piecer. I really don't like doing hand work, not even to put on the binding :-( Thanks for such a generous giveaway :-) Enjoy your trip.

karenfae said...

Can't believe you are giving away a pair - but count me in!! I do both hand work (love applique and cut all of those pieces out) and I do some machine piecing also. I don't really have a favorite pattern but I do believe I have made more log cabin quilts than any other.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Amy R said...

Oh my! The scissors sound wonderful! I love hand piecing. . . I'm stuck on LeMoyne Star blocks at the moment, and (as you know) I have stamps for the churn dash block and the thousand pyramids. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one - cause the 28th is a very special day!

Amy R said...

Oh, I forgot - have a great time on your trip!!!!!

deborah said...

Oh, have a wonderful trip! I hope the weather is perfect!
I am a machine piecer, and right now the double wedding ring is my favorite. I so want to make one!
I love a good pair of scissors and cut a lot of fabric by 'hand' rather than a rotary cutter. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lindah said...

Perfect scissors! That does sound intriguing. I have a lot of trouble with hand pain. I just finished cutting up 5 quarts of meat and veg for a crockpot stew. My hands are done for the day. Not much sewing will go on this afternoon. hmm, maybe I need a perfect knife, too?
Because of the hand pain issue, I machine quilt from start to binding. I like to try new blocks, preferring the traditional blocks, particularly stars, but also log cabin in its many variations. I like to play with color placement. Most of my quilts are scrappy --on purpose.
Thanks for the opportunity to try out the perfect scissors.

Mary said...

I am a machine piecer. Fav block is pinwheel. Thanks for the great give-away.

justducky65 said...

I love hand work. I don't have a favorite block per se, but I love combining pieced quilt blocks with applique accents. I guess if I had to pick, I'd pick a log cabin block. My favorite part of the making any of the quilts is any of the hand work, whether it be applique, hand quilting, or putting on the binding. I just find it so relaxing.

LiahonaGirl said...

Hi. I'm definitely a machine piecer. I didn't think I had a favorite block until I realized that I've made (or have in progress) many basket quilts -- plus more on the to-do list. Although I have to say that I love the variable 8-point star block.
Nancy

teresa said...

I love hand piecing ~ so relaxing ~ and I wanted to get a pair of those scissors (-:

Sue said...

I am so happy that you like them too! I love mine and do have a few pairs of them so I don't need to be entered in the give-away, but just wanted to stop in and say hello and am glad you gave them a try!

Hugs,
Sue

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I piece by machine, but do bindings and embroidery by hand. Would love to try these scissors. Thanks for the chance! My favorite quilt block is not just one~ it is stars! Love star blocks. ;-) Have a great week!

Rita said...

Elaine, please leave me out of the drawing, as I already have a pair of these great scissors. I just wanted to say I'm so happy you like them as much as I do. I do mostly machine piecing but I use these scissors to cut out applique shapes. I do both hand and machine applique. Have fun in Florida!

Loris said...

Thank you for such a generous giveaway and a helpful review as well. I love to hand piece and machine piece both. I love Ohio Stars but love all the Log Cabin variations too..especially courthouse steps.
Hope your trip is relaxing and loads of fun!

Lisa said...
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free indeed said...

I too, am a machine piecer. But I do like hand work as well...haven't really hand pieced yet, but someday. I like to read reviews about products..I don't like buying something that just doesn't work well...a waste of money.

Lisa said...

Hi Elaine, I am going to have to give these scissors a try. I like to handpiece and machine piece too. Having both kinds of projects lets me sew anytime anywhere. My favorite block today is log cabin. Bon voyage ~ sounds like you're going to have a great time in Florida...best wishes for a wonderful trip! ~~Lisa
inspiredquilter.blogspot.com

Maria Elkins said...

I have larger fingers so the handles on those scissors looks perfect. None of my current scissors have used serrated blades either.

Merilyn said...

What a generous give-away, I'll try my luck with you before I go and buy a pair. I do machine piecing and my favourite block is the pinwheel block. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

oOOO, A girl can't have too many scissors.
I machine piece, hand applique, great balance ;)

My favorite pattern is anything with baskets.
Merciful Journey,
Sharyn

Jennifer said...

Wow, you have been busy! Goodness....I like both machine and hand piecing although I have to say machine is so much quicker, and my favourite block is the one I happen to be working on at the time.

Barb said...

I machine piece.

Love your review on these scissors...that is alot of cutting...amazing, it sounded so easy with your scissors.

Jeanne Lex said...

recently taught hand-piecing - block was part of 25" square Periwinkle Patch quilt in Portable Patchwork by Donna Lynn Thomas. The little block has both straight and curved piecing. I LOVE KKB's scissors - took a class from her at Maine Quilts and bought both sizes of the Clover scissors she had on hand. Then when I received her email announcing her "Perfect" scissors, I bought the larger pair. Now just need the smaller ones. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them... Travel safe and have a wonderful FL vaca Jeanne, Groton, MA

QuilterPattiO said...

I love applique and work on it almost dailyl.

Julia said...

Would love to try out these scissors..
I do both, machine and hand piecing..I love Apple Cores, Hexagons and Drunkards Path blocks..
Fingers crossed!
Julia ♥

quiltma said...

I machine piece, and enoy all sorts of patterns

Dawn said...

Thanks for the very cool give away! I like to hand and machine piece, and I love hand applique, so always on the look out for good scissors :)

Quilting by the Lake said...

I do both hand and machine machine piecing. My favorite block is the basket block. I've done several of Cindy Blackberg stamps. The basket stamp was my first and I recently purchased the spool stamp. Love Karen Kay Buckley! Took a class from her a few years ago - class act! I would trust anything she recommends! Would love a pair of her new scissors. Thanks!

the Garden Register said...

Please enter me in your drawing for the scissors. I enjoy machine piecing the most and my favorite block changes weekly but I am partial to the log cabin! Have a great vacation.

PatchworkRose said...

I am both a hand piecer and a machine piecer. My favourite block is all of them :-) Since I have discovered hand applique a whole new world has opened. Thankyou for the fantastic review.
Cheers
Lynne

Francien said...

I don`t think we have those siccors here in Holland Elaine...so i can`t comment on them...my favorite block is log cabin and hexies which i cut with a normal houshold siccors and for the log cabin stripes i have a rotarycutter..i do and did al my piecing by hand..
I wish you a wonderful vacation...time flies when you are having fun so enjoy!
greetings Francien.

Mary said...

Have a wonderful trip to Florida. Sounds like quilting fun for a week. I'd love to try the scissors.

Thanks
Mary

WvHmmngbrd said...

What a great giveaway!!!! I would love to try some great scissors! Thanks for the chance to win!

Penny from S.C. said...

I'd love those scissors. I love hexagons for some unknow to me reason. Thanks for the chance!

donna said...

The serrated blades of the scissors would be great for appliqué trimming. No slipping of fabric. Varriable star is my favorite block.
Have a great trip Elaine.
Donna Wwlls
Bolivar MO

Mary said...

I think my favorite block is churn dash and square in a square is second. I machine piece but LOVE to do hand applique. And I only hand quilt. I find it totally relaxing and I like the look much better. We all have preferences, don't we!

There seem to be several of us with the same name. I didn't know there were that many Marys these days.

Have a fantastic time in Florida!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting a pair of those scissors, great give-a-way!
I have been hand piecing a Tumbler block, similar to your Thimbles.
Ronnie in Washington

Susan said...

Well I certainly would like to try these "perfect scissors".

Sounds like they will be great for when I start my apple-core quilt!!!

I enjoy both hand and machine, but it's predominately machine piecing.

I love whatever block I'm making at the time!! Sampler quilts appeal to me greatly.

Regards

Pokey said...

Love the scissors, Elaine! So, I hope the trip is working out...jobs can be a pain.

bertiequilts@windstream.net said...

I do a lot of applique and the smaller scissore sound perfect for cutting small pieces... if I dont win I definitely plan on getting a pair of the small ones. Thanks for having this giveaway. I dont really have a favorite block as I like lots of them but I think if I did, it would have to be a pieced heart.

Helen Snell said...

Hi,

I have a google account, but I can't leave comments on peoples blogs. I don't understand it, but its the way of things for me.

So, if you are kind enough to enter me into your drawing, I'd be grateful, and if not, then c'est le vie!

I do both machine and hand piecing. I also do needle turn applique. My current obsession is the King George the III quilt that is at the V & A Museum in London. I'm am trying to get up the nerve to draft my own pattern of some of the original blocks in that quilt and they will be hand pieced.

Whatever you decide, I enjoy reading your blog and I hope you have a great week in Florida.

Take care, Helen

Barbara said...

Those scissors sound like they'd be perfect for my favorite handwork...applique! My favorite block right now is the spool block.

vivianjane said...

I only do machine piecing but I do other handworks. After your post about these I was going to order a pr but I think I'll wait and see if I win them first. :)
Jane

JudyOR said...

I've been up at my daughter's taking care of grandkids! I'm so glad I checked here so I didn't miss the opportunity here! I'd love those "Perfect" scissors. Being a lefty, I often have a hard time finding comfortable scissors, but those look really nice! Thanks for the chance to win these, Elaine! And have a wonderful time on your vacation! Sounds like you deserve it!

MJinMichigan said...

I piece by machine but applique by hand. At the moment my favorite block is variable star but there are so many blocks that I like that my favorite changes depending on what I'm working on.

Dixie said...

I have seen these scissors for sale and wondered how they work. Thanks for the chance to win a pair!

James-Linda said...

GOOD DAY!
LIKE DOING BOTH HAND+MACHINE PIECING+QUILTING.SEEMS LIKE MY TASTE CHANGES WITH THE SEASONS-LIKING PINKS+REDS+OLIVE GREENS RIGHT NOW. MY FAVORITE BLOCK IS "FLYING GEESE",I'VE DONE SOME AS SMALL AS 1.5"X 2.5"-SO FUN! LOVE YOUR BLOG+THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Rilene said...

I do machine piecing and my favorite block is the pinwheel.
Cool scissors!

Dee said...

I love Kay Buckley - had the opportunity to hear her speak and she was amazing - I would love these scissors - do you know wehre one can purchase if we don't win?
Thank you. Dee (jessibir@hickorytech.net)

tich said...

I do both machine and hand piecing, but prefer hand. I love applique, log cabin and any miniatures. The scissors sound fantastic.

Z Any Mouse said...

How great! I love scissors almost as much as I love fabric. My favorite block is one that lies flat, and matches up perfectly with it's neighbor.

Welcome dear friends! said...

That a great giveaway!
I do quilt and little simple thing too.
The blocks:
I love them All!
Thanks,
Kay

mblittle5 said...

Nice give-away!! A fellow quilter in my guild (Faithful Circle Quilters!!!!) raves about them. Hope I get picked!

Shasta said...

They do sound like great scissors! I would like to make an apple core and other curvy patterns, so this would be wonderful motivation.

Shasta said...

Oops, didn't answer the question. I mostly do machine piecing. My favorite block is drunkard's path. One seam and you're done with the block!

Nolene said...

My favorite block is whatever one I am working on at that time. lol I do hand piecing because of physical limitations by machine piecing isn't as precise as I would like. I have looked at buying these scissors but haven't taken the plunge yet. The one I am using now is Pat Campbell's 3" signature scissors. Thanks for the chance and hope you had a great trip.

Jay and Angela said...

We do mostly machine piecing, but my wife does a lot of applique. Fav block...depends on the day:)

Angela said...

I am a handquilter and my favorite block is the Kaleidoscope! The outcome is often surprising and it has a lot of possibilities

Robert said...

Can not have enough scissors - especially fabric ones. My wife must have used my good ones on paper - they are not cutting that good, has a nick in them. Robert, from northern Iowa.