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Thread: Started my next quilt: Little Steps Quilt....BUT

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    Senior Member tngal22's Avatar
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    Started my next quilt: Little Steps Quilt....BUT

    I can't cut straight. lol I so need a table because right now I use the floor. I would use my kitchen table but I would have to drag everything downstairs (plus DH tries to keep the little one busy downstairs while I try to sew). I keep begging DH to clean off his desk that he NEVER uses so I can use it. I think I have about worn him down.

    Anywho, this is my first non-precut type quilt. I have just done a strip quilt, the jelly roll race quilt and used layer cakes for another quilt. I had to cut each square for this one and lets just say they are not all the right size. But I know my cousin will enjoy it even if it isn't perfect. I am still learning and I wanted to make something different for her upcoming little one.

    Oh and I need a new cutting mat. My Little One bent mine and when I was cutting tonight, I cut right through the mat! Part of it is my fault as I don't have a good storage place for it...it is a big one. My next one I will find a place to hang it and out of her sight.
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    Good luck with your quilt. It all works out.

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    If you have a spare skirt hanger, you can hang your mat in the closet. A piece of thick plywood or wood in general could work as a makeshift cutting surface. Take your time with cutting and accuracy will improve. My problem is not the cutting but maintaining the 1/4 inch seam. I am getting my husband's desk tomorrow when he replaces his desktop computer with a laptop... woohoo.

    Don't throw out your "broken" cutting mat. Cut it into a smaller useable surface and use it to cut out stuff with templates like triangles or tumbler blocks. Some people use them to line the bottom of quilted bags that they make.

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    I empathize with you. Cutting straight is also a challenge to me. Placing little dots of sandpaper or true grips or a similar product to the bottom side of the ruler will help keep it from sliding, which is often where the crooked cuts arise. Also, the markings on the ruler aren't always easy to see. If you place a piece of blue paimter's tape on the line you will be using, it can help. Good luck.
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    I store my larger cutting mat under my bed. That might work for you? You might also find June Taylor's Shape Cut ruler handy? I couldn't cut out a quilt without it. Read the instructions carefully if you decide to get one and if you do't have another quilter to show you how to use it... but it is my favorite ruler. I got mine at Wal-Mart, though I know that Hancick's and Hobby Lobby both have them, or at least they do here.

    Who says you have to cut the pieces out perfectly anyway...

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    Thanks everyone!

    Since I will be close tomorrow, I might head to JoAnn's and take advantage of their sale. Might need to get a couple of mats, just in case. lol
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    Congratulations on taking up quilting. Your skills will improve over time, we all started there!
    I also strongly recommend the June Taylor ShapeCut ruler. It has slots in it that you slide your rotary cutter through. It's like having training wheels on your rotary cutter !.
    As for storing your mat, slide it against the wall behind a dresser or wall unit.
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    I recently had to replace my large cutting mat. My son took it to school and his art class is using it, they use xacto knives on some of their projects and were glad to have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    Thanks everyone!

    Since I will be close tomorrow, I might head to JoAnn's and take advantage of their sale. Might need to get a couple of mats, just in case. lol
    If you order on-line JoAnns's ships mats and June Taylor Rulers and very nice flat bi-folded cardboard containers that are great for storage as well. I store my mats and JT Rulers in mine and slide it behind a chest for storage. Works great!
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    I bought one of the LARGE cutting mats when I had a 40% off coupon and have it on my diningroom table covered by a table pad and table cloth. Since it is only DH and me, if I am in the middle of a project, we eat elsewhere. The nice thing is I don't have to worry about storage when not in use. :-)

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    Aren't the Little Ones such wonderful helpers. I came home from a scrapbook retreat to find that my son had traces shapes onto one of my cutting mats. No amount of scrubbing removed that ink, but fortunately it was only cosmetic damage.

    You've gotten some great suggestions for storage. As to the cutting, lots and lots of practice and patience. And even then, sometimes mistakes happen. I'm sure your cousin will love it. Have you considered putting your cutting mat on your ironing board? I think you'll find it much easier to cut with your cutting surface raised. Or perhaps setting up a space on your kitchen counter after your Little One has gone to bed one night to do a lot of cutting at once.

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    I think hubby has finally agreed to clean off his desk. He has a laptop so he never uses his desk computer anymore, thus the desk just collects dust and all his junk. So that will give me a nice place to cut on. And I plan to order me a nice mat along with the shape cutter ruler someone mentioned.

    Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions, I truly appreciate it.
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    You can buy a folding table --6' long or so for under $50 at most home stores. When folded it slides between stuff--------like between the wall and your washer, maybe.

    Just the right amount of work surface. I sometimes set up an ironing area on the far right end, too.
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    I have thought about that but our bonus room, where I sew, isn't that big. Plus his desk is a good size and not being used so I won't have to spend any more money.
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    I empathsise with you since for years I did not have a space to sew, (long before I started quilting) I used to use a card table, but you can usually find folding tables at thrift stores for Cheap and that would be a good substitute to lugging everyting around. Good luck with your quilting, it kinda stifles the urge to create when you have so many obstacles.
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    Sabrina,

    The more fabric you cut, the more accurate you become. My favorite ruler is the June Taylor Shape Cut. The slots keep your rotary cutter straight while you are cutting. I need all the help I can get. lol

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    Thanks! It is on my wishlist along with a new mat. I plan to either pick it up tomorrow if my store carries them or order it online, either way it is being bought this week. lol
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    Wow, I know I cut my pieces on the floor as well. It is quite challenging and I have small rectangular cutting board which I cannot do without. I have threatened to throw out every toy and ground my 5, almost 6, year old for wanting to play with it. I hope you have broken down your DH and he clears off his space for your needs.

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    good luck on your next quilt looking forward to seeing it when you are done
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    I have stored my mats both under the bed and under the mattress in the guest room. Under the bed was great until I had a litter of foster kittens in the room and I could hear them sliding on them with their very sharp little claws. That's when the 'under the mattress' idea came into play. Just be sure to remove them before someone sleeps on the mattress although I forgot and there was no damage done. Best of luck as you are learning. Practice does make one better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    I can't cut straight. lol I so need a table because right now I use the floor. I would use my kitchen table but I would have to drag everything downstairs (plus DH tries to keep the little one busy downstairs while I try to sew). I keep begging DH to clean off his desk that he NEVER uses so I can use it. I think I have about worn him down.

    Anywho, this is my first non-precut type quilt. I have just done a strip quilt, the jelly roll race quilt and used layer cakes for another quilt. I had to cut each square for this one and lets just say they are not all the right size. But I know my cousin will enjoy it even if it isn't perfect. I am still learning and I wanted to make something different for her upcoming little one.

    Oh and I need a new cutting mat. My Little One bent mine and when I was cutting tonight, I cut right through the mat! Part of it is my fault as I don't have a good storage place for it...it is a big one. My next one I will find a place to hang it and out of her sight.
    We took an baby changing table and put a large cutting mat size board on top and covered it with fabric. Then we secured it to the top of the changing table and put the large size cutting mat on top and it is perfect. You dont have to bend over and it is large enough to work. You can always let some material hang off the back if you need to and it dosent pull.

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    I have a 6' folding table that folds in half. I got it at Target when they mark it down on sale for like $34.

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    I frequently put my cutting mat on my ironing board (the ironing board is a "Big Board" - so it is a relatively firm surface) and do my cutting there. It's a lot more comfortable for me than having to bend over.

    Forget about even trying to work on the floor!

    Under the bed is a good place to store a cutting mat.

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    I hate cutting on the floor too but in order to get anything done, I have to stay upstairs so the floor it is until DH cleans off his desk. And I hope I can talk him into cleaning out the drawers too so I can use them for storage of my fabric.
    Sabrina
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