Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My New Alvin Cutting Mat


WEDNESDAY GREETINGS – (Please excuse the bad photos, I never claimed to be a wonderful photographer) I arrived home a little early today to find a surprise waiting in the back entry. My new Alvin Cutting Mat arrived. Woo hoo! It doesn’t take much to get me excited. Are any of you familiar with this company?

I am in the process of moving my quilting space to a bigger room in our house. We’re just about ready to start the project and I have a short list of things I wanted to do differently for this room. One item on my list is to have a dedicated cutting table. I wasn’t happy with the $12 Wal-Mart special cutting mats I’ve been using (I’m on my second one this year already). I tend to be rather rough on them (a little over zealous with the rotary blade, I guess).

I saw John’s post about finding a few work tables at a state salvage yard and made a mental note to check out any leads on state salvage in my area. I was sure I could score some good deals but then I remembered we had a maple dining room table in our storage area. I dug it out and it turns out that it would make the perfect cutting table. The height is just right and it’s very sturdy. Yay! No need to lug a table from Albany NY Salvage. I’ll use what I have on hand.

My next dilemma was finding a mat that fit the table top. The surface of the table is 30″ x 42″. Just the right size to handle a yard of fabric off the bolt. I knew there must be some place online I could get a custom size mat and sure enough there was. I typed in custom cutting mats in google and cutting-mats.com was the first site that popped up. I typed in the dimensions I needed in their calculator and they quoted me a price of $99.00 (on sale, regularly $115.00). I didn’t think that was bad at all considering it was custom to order, was reversible (green on one side/gray on the other) and had 3 layers. This mat is REALLY heavy. I was surprised by its weight when I was removing the packaging.



Cool beans! One item checked off my list! Other things on my must-have list for the new quilting space:

1. Aqua walls with white trim (my current room is beige, not very creative and too blah!).
2. Hardwood floors (no more carpeting!).
3. LOTS of Light (natural and ott).
4. Enclosed fabric storage (windowed doors so I can see my fabric and keep it dust free).
5. Rolling scrap bin so it can follow me around the room (I keep everything bigger than 1/2 in.)
6. Expandable multi paneled design wall (I’m always working on more than one project at a time).
7. Rectangular topped ironing board (not the tapered ones you normally see).

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