Some quilters loooovvvvve their gadgets, and can’t wait until they get their hands on the newest tools- fancy rulers, specialty notions, etc. I am a girl with pretty basic tastes! I use very basic supplies for doing almost all of my sewing and quilting. Today I wanted to show you my favorite quilting gadget- I was introduced to this product about 10 years ago at a retail quilt show, and I have loved it and been using it ever since :)
If you are a quilter, you know that accuracy begins with your cutting! You can’t expect to put a block (or anything else) together well and neatly without first cutting your fabric correctly and accurately. Enter the QuiltCut2 Fabric Cutting System. As I said, I have been using this product for years- my old mat bears the old logo, and you can tell that it has been well used and well loved:
The first thing I like about this is the white color- I think it’s easier on your eyes than the colored mats, and it doesn’t interfere with the colors of your fabric.
Another cool thing is the “clampy-thing” (technical term) at the top, which holds your fabric in place. This is really helpful when you are dealing with larger cuts of fabric (or cutting from a bolt, like I often do)- you know the weight of the fabric can pull as you’re trying to cut, resulting in uneven cutting. The clamp keeps the fabric securely in place, so it doesn’t move around.
But my favorite favorite favorite thing is the cutting guide. This isn’t the ruler that you would normally use, it is a guide that locks into the “rails” on the board, holding it securely. When I first started quilting, my biggest problem was trying to keep my ruler from slipping and sliding all over the place while I cut my fabric. I tried the suction cup handles, the non-slip stickers for the bottom of the ruler, everything, and yet my ruler was always slipping and resulting in wonky, irregular cutting!
You just place the cutting guide on the rail, which holds the bottom end of the guide while you cut, and then you can hold the handle on the guide to secure the other end- no more slipping! There are guides on the top and side of the board, so you can cut your strips, and then flip the guide and cut your squares or rectangles without moving your fabric.
The guide also locks into other positions for cutting many different sized angles. It will work for right handed folks as well as lefties.
You can find out more about this product on the QuiltCut website– they also have an introductory video you can watch which show you the QuiltCut in action!
Disclaimer- As I said, I have been using this product for many years- it’s the only cutting mat/system that I use in my studio. When I recently needed to purchase a new mat, the kind folks at QuiltCut offered me the mat for free if I would review the product on my blog. This is an honest and truthful review of the product!! :)