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    How do I trim a block with my rotary cutter if I need my acrylic block measure under it? Do you always need to have
    your mat under what you're cutting? I'm so ashamed but this simple thing has me dumb-founded. Help!

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    Your block should be on the mat, and your ruler is on the top of the block.
    Then cut around the ruler :D

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    You put a mat underneath (mine are gray, some are green or other colors) and then cut on top of that. Believe me, you need that mat. I thought I didn't need one way back when I first started making a quilt and it was not easy. I used cardboard and newspaper. lol

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    I would always use a mat under it , to protect what ever you are cutting on top of an cave the blade .. the ruler should be on top so you can cut around it

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    If you don't use a mat you will ruin whatever you are cutting on...learned that one many years ago by mistake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eightylady
    How do I trim a block with my rotary cutter if I need my acrylic block measure under it? Do you always need to have
    your mat under what you're cutting? I'm so ashamed but this simple thing has me dumb-founded. Help!
    I don't understand your question. What is an acrylic block measure? is it your ruler? Why would you have your block on top of the ruler? If you ever rotary cut without a mat you will know why you will always need one. :wink:

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    BellaBoo...I should have said acryllic "Easy Square" on top of the fabric. How else can I square it up? Please tell me.

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    Mat on the bottom, then your fabric block, then your easy square on top. Is the easy square the exact size you need for your block?

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    Think of your rotary cutter as a pizza cutter with a razor blade in it.......think of what that would do to your furniture surface. :wink: Besides that the mat makes it easier to cut. I prefer the Omni mat because it is softer than other mats, and it self-heals. I have used a couple of other brands, and I didn't like them at all. :wink:

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