A Quilter's Alphabet

A Quilter's Alphabet - M


Mat - 

A self-healing mat is a necessary addition to any quilter's sewing area, especially when using a rotary cutter and rotary ruler.  Self-healing is a somewhat misleading term, as the mats will eventually wear out, but a quality mat IS resistant to developing cut grooves or ruts.

Mats come in a variety of sizes, from small trimming mats to large 24" x 36" mats (and some manufacturers have even larger sizes!).  Most mats are double sided, and have a handy measurement grid, making them dual purpose: a cutting surface and a handy measuring guide for cutting larger squares and strips.

Some folks favor the rotating mat, which is handy when cutting around templates or trimming up HSTs!

My favorite mat?  I have found the Olfa mats to hold up well.  See the bottom of this post for a link to two favorites - the traditional green Olfa mat, and a super pretty dark blue one! (yes, there are affiliate links at the bottom, which means if you click on them to purchase a mat, I get a small fee but it does NOT increase your costs at all - and I use it to help fund the maintenance of this blog and website)

Framework Covent Garden New


A miter is an angled, fitted piecing, most commonly used in borders (but not always!), and usually a 45 degree angle.  While a mitered border is a BIT more work than a blunt ended border, it can add a polished look to a quilt, and is very impactful when using stripes or border print fabrics.  Framework, above, has a mitered border to make the most of that lovely large scale floral print.

Hesitant to tackle a mitered border?  I have an easy little tutorial on my website for mitered borders.  Try it with a small project first.  Like most skills, practice will make it easier.


Visit Kate's blog to get her definition of measure and meander.

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