Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 34

Thread: so confused about cutting mats

  1. #1
    Senior Member CompulsiveQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    Posts
    745
    I have an opportunity to get a 24 x 36 OLFA cutting mat for 28 bucks, but is it the one I really want? It is self-healing, but only one-sided. Green with yellow markings. Some have block-sized grid lines which I think might be nice. Other brands? - 3 times Joann's has been out, only having Dritz - with no price and I didn't have the stomach to stand in line to find out. What mat do you use? It's like I'm frozen and can't buy any of them.

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Alturas, CA
    Posts
    8,403
    I have all Olfa cutting mats and rotary cutters.

  3. #3
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have a Dritz and a Donna Dewberry. Both are fine but the Dritz is easier for me to read.

  4. #4
    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    6,583
    Blog Entries
    19
    If you can get the Olfa for that price, go for it. I haven't used mine yet, but all their products have been fine. I've ben using an old wavy Fiskars, so I'm sure the my one will be a pleasure.

  5. #5
    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    dayton OH
    Posts
    1,875
    i like that size!

  6. #6
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,193
    that's a great price.

  7. #7
    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    11,454
    Blog Entries
    20
    Olfa is my favorite. I have Dritz and I do not like it.

  8. #8
    deema's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,317
    I use an Olfa mat. At that price, I would snap that mat up without a thought. Mine is an 18x24, which does the trick, but I really want a bigger one.

    That size of mat here costs $90+.

  9. #9
    Super Member candi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    NE The Sunshine State
    Posts
    4,071
    That is the mat i have, size and brand, and I love it.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Jamiestitcher62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    744
    I love when Joann's has a sale on cutting mats and cutters. I picked up the mat that you can turn. It costs like 74 bucks and I got it for 40% off. I got the big huge one that goes for 150 bucks for half price once with a coupon. I love Joann's.

  11. #11
    Super Member GwynR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Spokane, Wa
    Posts
    1,200
    I got one for Christmas and LOVE it. So much easier to use than the smaller one.

  12. #12
    Junior Member SewsonSaturday's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Oak Harbor WA
    Posts
    186
    i have a double sided fiskars mat and i really like it its really thin but it is easy to store. one side is yellow and one side is green but both sides have dark line measurments.Its a 24 by 36 and its the best size for cutting almost anything.

  13. #13
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    Sounds like a great deal to me. I love their mats.

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    3,386
    Fiskars for both my matts...I'm sure I had a coupon for them or they were on sale.

    I have not had any problems with this brand - been using my matt for over 5 years.

    One of them is 2 sided

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    1,288
    Good brand at a good price - may quilters don't use the lines on the mat anyway, so having no lines on one side is not a bad thing. If you like to use lines for cutting strips, then use the marked side for that, but use the back for trimming blocks, etc, that don't require mat lines...remember that most mats have two working sides.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Dingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    So. Nevada
    Posts
    848
    I would buy it for that price if I needed one. I like Olfa the best. I have the 24x36. My Sister and I went to Tuesday Morning friday and bought the last 3 18x24 Olfa mats. Neither one of us had that size and was too good of a deal the pass up. $8.99 each. You never know when you might need another mat. :thumbup:

  17. #17
    Super Member pab58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    near Tucson, Arizona
    Posts
    6,222
    Blog Entries
    1
    Olfa! I have used a couple of different brands, but I LOVE my Olfa mats!! I'd never buy anything else! 8-)

  18. #18
    Super Member GrannieAnnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    S. W. Indiana
    Posts
    7,524
    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    I have an opportunity to get a 24 x 36 OLFA cutting mat for 28 bucks, but is it the one I really want? It is self-healing, but only one-sided. Green with yellow markings. Some have block-sized grid lines which I think might be nice. Other brands? - 3 times Joann's has been out, only having Dritz - with no price and I didn't have the stomach to stand in line to find out. What mat do you use? It's like I'm frozen and can't buy any of them.
    My sis in law bought a mat that is gray --forgot the brand name. We both hate it. The grid lines are hard to see.

    Whatever you do chose, look at it for a while and sort of play with it to see if you can see the grids comfortably

  19. #19
    melslove's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    295
    I like the olfa brand also, i had a fiskers brand before and just didn't like it as well, the olfa seems very heavy duty.

  20. #20
    Super Member scowlkat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    2,531
    Blog Entries
    11
    Not sure what you mean by one sided? If you are referring to the grid lines, that doesn't mean you can't turn it over and use the other side does it?

    I love Olfa and also have a mat I ordered from Salem (custom size) and it is really holding up well!

  21. #21
    Super Member mmonohon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,673
    Olfa

  22. #22
    Super Member Rose_P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Dallas area, Texas, USA
    Posts
    2,068
    I like my Olfa - have used it for years. The price looks good for one that big, too.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    BC
    Posts
    722
    Omnigrid mats are my favorite.

  24. #24
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,397
    The first mat I got was Fiskars, gray with orange lines. I could hardly make out the lines, hated the mat. After that it's only Olfa, green with yellow lines for me. Other people's eyes may be see the grey and orange better.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    BC
    Posts
    722
    I see a number of people use the Omnigrid rulers, but very few have tried their cutting mats. Are the Onmigrid mats not as available in the US as they are in Canada? I find they are not as hard as some mats and not as soft as some others.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.