Sunday, July 1, 2012
This saved me time (and sanity)
Then I had a light bulb moment. I had noticed rotating cutting mats in the past but never got one, and had never even tried one out. I decided to check Joann's online to see if they carried them, and by golly they did. And I had a coupon to use.
The Olfa Rotating Self-Healing Rotary Mat (12-inch size) arrived yesterday morning, which was none too soon. I put it to work immediately and now have my 400 squares cut and ready to distribute to the baby quilt sewers.
Why should a rotating make such a difference? Because you can get two or three sides trimmed, rotate the mat one turn counter-clockwise, and made the last cut without having to lift the ruler and realign the square.
And here's a by-the-way thing I learned. This little blue square is a 2 by 3.5 inch piece of rubbery shelf liner, which I use to stabilize my calculator so it doesn't scoot all over the counter when in use. I repurposed it to be my mat cleaner to get those trimmed whiskers of fabric off the mat before trimming the next block. Worked slick!