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Thread: Another use for my cutting mat & ruler!

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    Another use for my cutting mat & ruler!

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    I can't believe how much easier this than the way I used ta measure & cut.
    Bev
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    good transition of skills there! proud of you!
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    That new floor will be done in no time!!
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    Very nice ...good thinking!

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    How smart of you! If only I could use your idea on some ceramic tile repairs I need to do! LOL

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    LOL- that is clever.
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    Creativity is the mother of invention! Great way to think outside the box!!!
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    I've used my mat and ruler for this purpose before, but not my rotary cutter. It does look like you are using a utility knife like I did!

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    Not only your ruler & mat but your handle too..Love that! =)
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    Are you using a utility knife? I would be afraid of chipping my ruler. I have used an old rotary cutting blade and my big ruler to cut wallpaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    That new floor will be done in no time!!
    I hope so! It is 11:30 at night & I've got 3 pieces left. But those 3 are kickin' my butt. I'm havein a hard time with these strange angles. I'm thinkin' of doin' 'em tamorrow. I did take a 3 hour nap this afternoon.

    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    How smart of you! If only I could use your idea on some ceramic tile repairs I need to do! LOL
    Too bad. If that would have worked, I might have considered ceramic. Maybe you could at least measure with the rulers.

    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I've used my mat and ruler for this purpose before, but not my rotary cutter. It does look like you are using a utility knife like I did!
    Yes. I used a utility knife. This did make it go much easier didn't it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Are you using a utility knife? I would be afraid of chipping my ruler. I have used an old rotary cutting blade and my big ruler to cut wallpaper.
    I did put 1 scratch across my ruler, but that is ok 'cause I did it...If Dh or youngest DSon had done it I'd have been mad.
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    OH a few more ideas I can use my stuff for ! Thanks for sharing..
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    Great idea, looks great!
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    That is great! When my DH first saw the tools of the quilting trade, he started thinking how great it would be for cutting gaskets, etc. I got him his own set so he wouldn't wander into my quilting room & "borrow" my good stuff!! I have an interesting story about my turkey baster, but that's for another day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    good transition of skills there! proud of you!
    Does a great job when you're trying to fit laminate flooring too. Just redid all 4 bedrooms in my house.

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    Way to go! We are a clever lot are we not?
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    And if the floor/wall meet isn't as square as it should be, the ruler will tell you how much it's off and let you replicate the "off-ness" on the next tile. Oh, good show!!!!! Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

    I bow to the expert.

    Thanks,

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    Hope you now know that utility knife cuts are FAR less apt to self seal (if at all) than rotary cutter cuts. Next time use the BACK of your mat. Same goes for the fancy edge rotary blades...use the back of the mat. Voice of experience on both.
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    Ya'll are so sweet with all of your encouragement.

    Quote Originally Posted by SooBDo View Post
    That is great! When my DH first saw the tools of the quilting trade, he started thinking how great it would be for cutting gaskets, etc. I got him his own set so he wouldn't wander into my quilting room & "borrow" my good stuff!! I have an interesting story about my turkey baster, but that's for another day!
    Great idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    Does a great job when you're trying to fit laminate flooring too. Just redid all 4 bedrooms in my house.
    Good ta know!

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    Way to go! We are a clever lot are we not?
    Aren't we!

    Quote Originally Posted by w1613s View Post
    And if the floor/wall meet isn't as square as it should be, the ruler will tell you how much it's off and let you replicate the "off-ness" on the next tile. Oh, good show!!!!! Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

    I bow to the expert.

    Thanks,

    Pat
    You're so sweet. Yes it did show me how off the walls were!

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Hope you now know that utility knife cuts are FAR less apt to self seal (if at all) than rotary cutter cuts. Next time use the BACK of your mat. Same goes for the fancy edge rotary blades...use the back of the mat. Voice of experience on both.
    Good ta know for next time! Thanks!
    If my mat doesn't clean up it is ok 'cause: (1) I did it, (2) It kept DH & DSon from cuttin' on the tile that was already laid, (3) It was an old mat anyway & a good excuse ta git another one!

    Again Thanks so much for all of your support!
    Bev
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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    Clever and nice.

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    Cool idea !! So much less headache with the measuring & all.
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    If the tiles are vinyl and you have any left, they are great to put on the inside of your kitchen cupboards and in your pantry instead of shelf paper.
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    What a fantastic idea!
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    Great job! I have layed indoor tile before. It s not easy. You got nice tight and even grooves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland View Post
    If the tiles are vinyl and you have any left, they are great to put on the inside of your kitchen cupboards and in your pantry instead of shelf paper.
    Hmmm, somethin' ta think about! I do have some left but I'm thinkin' about continuing the tile into the den. The den, dinnin' room & the kitchen are really 1 big room. I actually use the dinning room for my sewing area. The den has an ugly mauve carpet in it. It'll be a few weeks till I feel up ta doin' that.
    Bev
    My initials are BB, so dublb is double B.

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