Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tool Time with Melissa and her Rotating Cutting Mat

Hello fellow Sewing Enthusiasts!!!  It's me, Melissa from Happy Quilting.  Today I am going to share with you one of my new favorite tools.  I just got this about 2 months ago and I am wondering how I ever lived without it :)

How many of you have found yourself cutting like this.  You know, when you don't want to lift up your fabric but you have already cut 2 sides and need to cut the other 2, so you do some yoga and contort your back so you can get your right hand up high enough to cut along the wrong side of the ruler and toward yourself.  I know I used to do it all the time.

But not anymore.   Enter my new Rotating Cutting Mat.  Yup, it looks just like a normal cutting mat right.

Wrong.   It is placed on a swivel base so it can spin a full 360 degrees. Oh my goodness, I am so in love with this mat.  It is saving me some major ice pack time on my back and my cuts are a whole lot more accurate.  It is great for so many jobs.

I love using it when I am fussy cutting.

Just give it a spin.  No need to pick up your fabric and re-align it :)

My favorite time to use it is when I am cutting out a large stack of scraps.  I don't like cutting them individually because it takes to much time.  So I just make a stack and whack the first 2 sides.

Then spin my mat, align my ruler, and whack the second two sides.  It is so fast and so easy, and most importantly so accurate.

It also really comes in handy when you are trimming blocks.  HST's are so wonderful to trim on a rotating mat.  I also love it when trimming down improv pieces.  It really just blows me away how much time I save not constantly picking up fabric and moving it or trying to do that crazy yoga stretch :)

The mats can be found in 12 1/2" to 16 1/2" square so it even works great for squaring up entire blocks.  just cut 2 sides.

Swivel your mat, and cut the remaining 2 sides.

And you end up with one adorable improv block  (That I am making for a Bee member) and a not so sore back :)

This mat also has the added benefit of being super travel size.  It fits perfect inside the front sleeve of my sewing machine cover.  Easy and portable, there is a winning combination :)

So if you find yourself doing a lot of trimming, smaller piecing, improv, or basically any cutting beyond a straight Width of Fabric cut, you might find that a rotating cutting mat would highly come in handy :)

Thanks for your time and for Madam Samm for having me.  I am so glad I got to share with you one of my favorite tools :)

51 comments:

  1. I've had one of these mats for some time now and yes, it's a fabulous cutting mat that I keep right next to my sewing machine. It's swivel feature is so handy right there while I'm working on smallish pieces.

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  2. I fancy one of those- you've helped me make up my mind. Thank you :)

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  3. What a good idea. I will look for one of those.

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  4. This was really a good idea. I didn´t know they existed. I´ll look for one next time I´m in town.
    Gun, Sweden

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  5. Well, how cool is that? Just what I need, I think! Thanks so much! I've never really seen one of those before, but now I MUST get one!

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  6. Awesome! Where did you get yours, if you don't mind my asking?

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  7. Thanks for the tip Melissa, it looks great.

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  8. That mat is an awesome invention! It's one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?" items. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. This is a great tool/toy! I've actually used mine so much it's nearly worn out and I need to replace it!! Love your bee block - adorable!

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  10. Thanks Melissa and Madame Samm...I agree with you Melissa..Give me my swivel mat, rotary cutter, 4 in one tool by Alex Anderson and i am set to do anything....Have a wonderful day......

    Oh Madame Samm I have something that went into the mail to you today....

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  11. Oh boy do I need one of those. I sliced the heck out of my finger a few weeks ago doing the backwards rotary cut. The nail is still growing back. :(

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  12. This looks like a "must have" thanks for the review!

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  13. That looks like an amazing tool...I'd just worry about it shifting when I don't want it too...any issues with that?

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  14. Melissa, what a cute little block and thanks for sharing how you use your rotating cutting mat! I have a small one and just love it too!

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  15. I love mine too. I use it quite abit. Thanks for sharing.

    Ursula

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  16. I have two of these Melissa and I so agree with you...I have the one you described and a larger one that was handmade and a gift from my children years ago. I love them both but the little one is perfect for traveling. blessings, marlene

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  17. I'm so glad to see that Omnigrid came out with this mat! I bought another brand (it's gray) swivel mat years ago - but I don't like the surface! YEAH for the new one!!! Thanks for the great tut!!

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  18. Thanks for a great tutorial, Melissa! Does it ever shift on you? And which size would you say is the ideal? I'm lurking on ebay looking for one! LOL

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  19. Great Tutorial, I've been thinking about getting one of these and you helped me decide to go for it! I appreciate it!

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  20. Thanks for shouting out about this mat!! I have one too and love it for all of the reasons you mentioned! Every quilter needs to own one!! Take care!
    P

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  21. I purchased one of these mats several years ago at a quilt show and I just LOVE it!!

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  22. Madame samm (off site)January 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Good Morning Melissa...Now I have 2 of these..don't ask me how that happened...an olfa and a yellow one..( forget name of that one) but I do love them for all the reasons you described...it does make it sew I can use all 5 fingers...and they stay in tact...lol And for paper piecing it is perfect..who knew right? lol
    OHHH it turns , isn't that a novelty lol

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  23. I love my swivel mat, too! It works great. What a darling little owl in a tree!! :)

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  24. To answer some questions . . . . . I don't have any problems with it swiveling when I don't want it to and I bought mine at JoAnn's. Got to love those 50% off coupons on it, makes it practically free :)

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  25. I love my swivel cutting mat. It is so handy for so many applications!

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  26. hI Melissa! I am wondering how the two pieces are adhered? It seems as though if they are connected then the top mat would move when you start to cut. maybe i'll go google it!

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  27. I have been thinking about one of those swivel mats for a while but just haven't made the purchase. Thanks for your review.

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  28. I would love one of those. I know they are little pricey as I have looked to buy one several times, but I think I will try to budget one in
    ! I NEED one!!

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  29. Thanks Melissa! I have a rotating mat and just need to get used to using it. You gave me lots more reasons to start.

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  30. Got mine a couple of months ago and love it!!!

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  31. I have one too and I wonder how I did without it! I don't find that mine shifts around at all. It stays right where I want it to. Seriously cute block, Melissa!

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  32. This looks like a "must have". Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  33. This is a JoAnn's 50% coupon buy, for sure! I've looked at it but wasn't sure if it was worth the extra money and space. Now I think I'm sold :)

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  34. Love the mat and your block! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Just purchased mine online! Thanks for the heads up!!! :)

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  36. I used to think that they were just someone's way of selling me another cutting mat that I really didn't need - and then I won one in a shop-hop, and wow! I can't get over how many times I've used it since! It's every bit as wonderful as Melissa says it is!

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  37. I have this mat and I love it. It makes cutting all sides so much easier. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. What a cute tree! I've always wanted to try one of these mats. Need to try before I buy :).

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  39. I almost bought one of these last week! I always like to read reviews on items first... So glad that this was featured. I am putting it on the "to buy" list! :)

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  40. Oh wow. I think I need this mat!

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  41. On our next trip to JoAnn's (40 miles each way) will take a look at these rotating cutting mats. Thanks for the nice review.

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  42. I was just using mine yesterday afternoon and thinking that if I was asked which tool I love that isn't the basic rotary cutter or cutting mat, I would have said this one. I asked Santa for one a year ago and he fulfilled my wish. I love it. It makes fussy cutting squares for 100 Good Wishes Quilts much easier. Everyone should have one. Joanns and the 50% of coupons are the only way to go.

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  43. Great job Melissa. What a great time saver, every minute counts when you're having fun sewing. hehe.

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  44. LOVE mine...in fact I have worn out my smaller one...great investment..Have you seen the round one that is now on the market? It might be fun to have since the square takes up so much space when it is rotated
    CUTE BLOCK!!!

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  45. I bought mine back in April at the quilt show in Paducah...TODAY was the first day I actually used it..I was cutting dresden fans and it was wonderful!!

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