It spins! It goes ‘round and ‘round! It is the merry-go-round of the quilting world! Have you heard of rotating cutting mats? Two words: Game Changer!
What Is a Rotating Cutting Mat?
Rotating cutting mats are an excellent addition to your sewing area. You may be asking yourself, “Why do I need one that spins?” The answer is simple: it will make squaring up quilt blocks so much easier and… it will make trimming pieces (like half-square triangles and flying geese) a walk in the park.
The Perfect Set-Up
Many quilters keep their small rotating cutting mat near their sewing machine. (A TV tray sitting perpendicular to your sewing table works perfectly for this!) This set-up allows for you to sew and trim, without ever getting up out of your chair. In fact, you can even buy a rotating cutting mat that also has a rotating pressing mat. This allows you to press or cut on a spinning base so that you do not have to lift your ruler off of your fabric. Check out options with a rotating cutting mat and pressing mat here.
The Only Reason You Need a Rotating Cutting Mat
Trimming a block without ever having to pick up your ruler and risk losing your ruler placement is the absolute best perk of a rotating cutting mat. Each time you move your ruler when cutting, the odds of inaccurate cutting increase. It always best to move that ruler as few times as possible – a spinning cutting mat allows you to do just that!
Can We Say Best Invention Everrrr?
It’s a safe bet to say that the Rotating Cutting Mat is an excellent invention. In fact, a lot of quilters would even go so far as to say that whoever invented the spinning cutting mat should receive a prize – maybe even the Nobel Peace Prize!