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    Favorite new quilting tool

    Just wanted to say that the best new quilting tool that I've purchased in a long time is the rotating cutting mat! I went for the 17 x 17 and just love it! Got it at JoAnne's with my 50 percent off coupon. It's pretty pricey otherwise. Just makes things much easier!

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    I bought that also using my 50 percent off coupon...I have not used it yet though, but I am sure I will love it. i cut mostly on my Accuquilt Studio.

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    I love the rotating mats! I have both sizes; but find I use the 17 inch most often. I'm sure I used a 50 per cent off coupon when I purchased each of them.

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    They are wonderful to use, I just have to remember to get it out and use it....
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    Don't see how you can do a twister quilt without one! If possible, get one will ball bearings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Don't see how you can do a twister quilt without one! If possible, get one will ball bearings.
    That sounds like a good idea....what brand makes that ???? I have only seen Olfa and Fiskers...
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    Yep, i got one about a month ago. I keep it on my little tv tray next to my machine. I got the 12x12... Its great.

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    I have the first version of the rotating mat. It is 12 x 18 Olfa mat on a ball bearing white tray. It's heavy and will not tip at the ends. I can change out the mat when ever it gets bad too. I have not found another quilter that has one but someone must. I bought it at Hancock Fabrics I think in the late 90's. I have the smaller size that rotates on a mat backing. It is handy to take to classes.

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    Last edited by BellaBoo; 10-21-2012 at 07:33 AM.
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    My 12 x 12 is great. Have used it for several years. Not necessary to move the fabric when cutting so cuts are easy to do.

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    that's on my wish list
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    I have a rotating mat, but it doesn't have ball bearings. Probably wouldn't be to difficult to make a homemade one...a lot of us quilters are quite crafty when it comes to things like that. I do find it quite handy for the smaller projects and for taking to class.

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    Don't see how you can do a twister quilt without one! If possible, get one will ball bearings.
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    I really need to get one of these things. I just learned a new block that you make a cut, turn the whole thing and make another cut, doing that 4 times. I used my smaller mat with the ironing side down. But it would be MUCH easier with the rotating mat. Thanks for sharing.
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    I have the Fiskars yellow colored rotating mat too, sold at Walmart. It seems sturdier and spins as easily as the Olfa rotating mat and it's prettier, cost less too. I keep it on my ironing table for quick trims.
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    I bought mine too, with the coupon! Great purchase!

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    Bella Bo I have one similar to what yours looks like. Mine was made by a private individual and I bought it thru a quilt teacher just a couple of years ago. Only part I don't like about it is how heavy it is.

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    Bella, I don't have one, but a student in a class I taught on Saturday did. I had not seen them like that before !! Just bought my DDIL one for her bday next week -- I think she'll like it. JUST BE CAREFUL, store it only in a flat position -- mine warped and will no longer turn nicely.

    Linda

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    This is one of my favorite quilting tools! I have the larger one in my sewing room and use the smaller one for classes. My smaller one is now pink! I had worn throught the original mat (green Olfa) and I had an extra pink mat, so I cut it to size and super glued it right over the original mat! Works great!
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    I use mine all the time. Bought it with a coupon!

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    I had one on my Amazon wish list last Christmas. I must have been good 'cos I got it!
    I use it all the time and it's a handy size to take to my Quilt Guild.
    Annie

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    My husband made me a rotating mat holder. He used a turn-table bought at walmart & a board cut to my specifications. I glued the board on the turn-table and I can change the mat to what ever size needed at the time.

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    I got a nice wood turn table at a yard sale and had an old cutting mat so I cut the old mat to fit the turn table and glued that on. I love it. I use it all the time. I only spent $2 for it.
    Kim

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    I have the smaller one. It sits right beside my machine for instant cutting/square ups. Love it!!
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    I have one, I think it is 17". I use it when I have to square up blocks, etc.
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    For those that don't have one, here's a good (excellent) substitute that I learned from Harriet Hargrave at one of her workshops: Take a small cutting mat and lay it on a larger cutting mat - this small mat rotates fine!!

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    Christmas is coming...... I put one on my list a couple of years ago and my sister-in-law got it for me.... Love it.

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