Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It Ain't Easy Being Green

27 years ago I bought a 48" x 96" green cutting mat. Think about it... that's four feet by eight feet! At the time I had a 48" x 120" worktable, so it worked just fine. At the time I also bought a 24" x 36" clear cutting mat.

Then my life changed, and I rolled up the big green mat and stored it in my basement. A few years later I cut a 36" piece off the long side to use on my dining room table, but I rolled up the rest and it went back to the basement.

When my sister and I started making scrappy quilts in the late 90's, I gave her the green mat (because she also got the table) and I used the clear one. I've been using it ever since.

Having two work tables in the new sewing room is really great, but free piecing makes a heck of a mess, and the clutter limits my workspace.

I decided it was time to bring up the green mat from the basement, and cut it down to the size of my big worktable, which is 37-1/2" x 51". Because it's been rolled up so long, I left it lying on my dining room floor for a couple of days to relax and on Saturday I cut it down to size. It's held in place with spring clamps. The clear mat got moved to the smaller table.
So where did the mess go?


Quiltdivajulie said...

Good for you ... repurposing can feel SO good (all the new benefits and no extra cost).

Good luck returning the "mess" to the work tables! (tee hee)

Dionne said...