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Thread: Whaddya MEAN you don't cut with the lines on the mat?!

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    Whaddya MEAN you don't cut with the lines on the mat?!

    After reading several posts from various members talking about using their rulers, I still wasn't really understanding how you could cut without using the markings on the mat, and only rely on the ruler for measurements. It took a wonderful member here to actually spell it all out (with idiot-proof pictures- THANK YOU!) and get me to understand the how-to of using my rulers.
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 03-24-2013 at 05:35 PM.

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    Great link! I have seen one of my quilting friends cutting her fabric not using the lines on the mat and I always thought what is she doing? Now I know! Huh! The things you learn just from reading!
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    I always thought it strange when someone DID use the lines on the mat! I could never figure out why there were measurements on my mat. . . I have always used the lines on my ruler. I just recently started to use the mat's lines when I am cutting FQs from yardage . Boy does that make life easier!
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    I rarely use the lines on my mat except for squaring up. My mat has a handy "zero" line down the middle with numbers counting outwards from that in both directions, which makes it easy to center & square up blocks. Otherwise I line up on either a torn edge or (more often) on a fold like described in the tut.

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    I use both.
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    I also use both.
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    as do I. to each their own.
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    I turned my mat over so I can only see the lines on the ruler. Two sets of lines was too confusing for my brain.

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    The numbers on my mat are more of a distraction to me than helpful, I always cut using my rulers

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    I use a two ruler method ... one for cutting and one for measuring. I never use the lines on my mat ... not even to square up (I use a ruler for this as well).

    The only time I use the lines on my mat is to get a rough measurement of fabric to decide if I have enough, or which direction is the best for cutting.
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    I use the mat. It works well for me. Do what works for you. If it works for you to use the mat, you don't need to change.

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    My rotary cutting class we were taught using mats with no lines and to use the double ruler to get the fold line straight. I use the mat line for extra wide cuts.
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    I agree with DogHouseMom -- I have a couple of rulers I use, for cutting, measuring and squaring up. I don't use the lines on the mat much except for estimating fabric, and occasionally I'll just do the top cut to get it straight to cut from there.

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    OK, so where is the link showing us how to do it?
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    I first learned to rotary cut when it was new. I learned to use the mat! Then I learned to use the ruler. Now I do both!

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    I would like to know the link also showing how to do this. Thank you.

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    I also as #3 would like to know the link to show how to do this. I use my ruler and mat and I have had quilters say "don't use the mat. I still don't get it?
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    I am with #18 and the rest...I thought that using the mat was the way to cut! If someone could repost the link that would be great!

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    If QuiltnNan edited out the link, then you're out of luck. There must have been a commercial ad or something that wasn't appropriate to the forum.

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    I, too, would love to see that link and the pictures!! I hope it's not gone!!

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    I never use the lines on my mat. Maybe that is why mine lasts so long. I have noticed that people who use the lines have a ridge on the line they use most. They also have to replace them often.

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    I use both

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    I use the lines on my mat to make sure the ruler is straight.

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    I use the lines on my Alto Quick Cut 2.
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