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Thread: What's your favorite cutting mat?

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    Super Member SuzyQ's Avatar
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    What's your favorite cutting mat?

    I have a really old smallish Olfa that needs replaced. I have one of the large mats from Joanne's that goes on their craft table that I really don't like much, it seems too slick or maybe my other one is just so well loved it's rough now LOL. What is your favorite brand?

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    any new one is a favorite of mine! a cutting board without grooves is one the simple pleasures in life....also one that I rarely get to experience! LOL

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    I like a two sided mat. I have one from Martelli, but they are expensive. I also have a Gingher Two sided one which I like; I got it with a JoAnn's coupon.
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    The green olfa-lasts forever

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    Don't have one, but have been using june tailor forever it seems like

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    I have a small Olfa that I used for several years. I wanted one to cover my table top, so I bought one of the large white ones from Joanns. I never did like it. It isn't self healing and now I felt like it had enough wear and tear to justify a new one. I bought the large Olfa (35" by 70") and I again realize what a good cutting mat Olfa makes.

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    I love my Olfa mats! I give it a soak now and then to help keep it from drying out. I also turn it over when first side needs to be retired~
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    I just replaced an old large mat I've had for years. Bought a Fiskars 2 sided 24x36" and I love it.
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    I saved and bought the large Martelli cutting mat and I LOVE it.
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    Olfa is all I own, in a few different sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa View Post
    I love my Olfa mats! I give it a soak now and then to help keep it from drying out. I also turn it over when first side needs to be retired~
    How do you soak your mat and for how long?
    Bambi

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    I have an Olfa 24 x 36 ... When deciding take into account your cutting table size. Over the years of hard use .. it just seems like the Olfa lasted the longest.

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    My first board was an Olfa board...back when they had no lines. I still prefer the Olfa boards...and I usually do not go by the lines on the board...I turn it over and use the back side. Guess I learned without lines and still find that the best.

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    Me too Olfa.
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    I have a Birch Craft it has lasted me for years. Especially now I learned how to heal it by putting it in the bath of cold water for 2 hours. It works great and free as well.

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    I have the 3'x2' green olfa. In the 25 years+ that I have been quilting, this is my second mat and both were Olfas. They are well worth the money.
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    I have a June Taylor Cut and Press. I love it have almost wore it out. Loved it so much I recovered the pressing mat. It is great for classes too
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    I have a self-healing cutting mat from Fiskars that I love. 18x24 inches, and reversible.
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    I have several cutting mats but the one I use the most is the Fiscars 17 X 23 Gray Mat that fits perfectly on my side table next to my machine. I also use the 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" Omnigrid Mat right next to my machine for trimming. When I cut out a quilt, I use my Altos Quilt Cut 2 cutting system.
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    Senior Member Kath12's Avatar
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    I have several cutting mats but the one I use the most is the Fiscars 17 X 23 Gray Mat that fits perfectly on my side table next to my machine. I also use the 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" Omnigrid Mat right next to my machine for trimming. When I cut out a quilt, I use my Altos Quilt Cut 2 cutting system.
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    Super Member Doreen's Avatar
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    I love my Martelli cutting mat. I've had it over 7 years and no cuts. It is reversible. Yellow on one side and purple on the other. They are expensive but well worth the price. They on now on the HSN channel every so often. You find them at quilt shows.

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    It seems the Gingher's are a little better at not getting full of burrs like the Olfa's or the opaque white ones. I forgotten the name of those.
    Diana

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    Somewhere on here there's a thread about how to freshen up old mats by gently washing them with a fiber scrubber then soaking them in the bathtub and laying them flat to dry. I like anything that's self healing but I prefer the one that rotates. They're expensive but I wait for a 50% off coupon so that I can get them for around $23.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunQuilter2 View Post
    I saved and bought the large Martelli cutting mat and I LOVE it.
    Do you use the Martelli ruler and cutter too? I want to see these before I buy...but opinions help too.

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    I have the Martelli and a big cutting mat from Joann's.

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