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Question for all - my friend is wanting to get a rotating cutting mat while they are on sale at CT. She was wondering if the 12" one is sufficient or if it is worth paying the extra for the 17" one. What is your experience? My thought was that you couldn't trim a 12" block on the smaller one but I don't often make blocks that large, they are most frequently 8 inches.
Thanks for your help!

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Comment by Lou Ann Brach/MD on February 18, 2014 at 10:12am

I am so glad that I got the large one. I also debated on size (with myself) but realized that I do so much cutting of selvage to selvage cuts (folded to 21 or so), so I just went for the big one and am so glad that I did. My mother gave me a round one when they first came out (probably a 9" circle) and I just didn't use it as it tipped. I so love the fact they stay on my big board and just love it. Even when I'm cutting smaller projects, it works!

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on February 17, 2014 at 8:22pm

I have the 12" one but honestly don't use the turning feature either.  I don't find that mine turns very freely and it's just as easy to turn the block.  My cutting surface is limited so definitely wouldn't have room to turn a larger one. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 17, 2014 at 11:33am

I have a 12" and rarely use the turning feature--I don't know why, maybe because I did with a turntable when I was learning.

Comment by Cindy on February 17, 2014 at 10:33am
I have one that's in between the two sizes (necessity being the 'mother of invention' I made it's myself ) and the larger size is much more practical. You just cannot trim a 12" or larger block or piece of fabric on the smaller one.
Comment by Bonnie on February 17, 2014 at 8:55am

Even though I have a big table with the cutting mat and sewing machine on it, even my 12 inch one seems to take a lot of room to turn.  And, being a creature of habit, I find myself turning the fabric instead of the mat once in a while. 

Comment by Joan on February 17, 2014 at 8:47am

Just have the twelve inch mat.  But it's a pain to get it to rotate.  So...DH took an old barstool, fastened a fourteen inch square board to the seat.  I set it on that and rotate the seat to turn the mat.  Love it for trimming up piecing and its small enough to sit right by my machine.   

Comment by Cheryl A on February 17, 2014 at 8:09am
I mostly use my 12 inch mat. I have a 17" but it takes a lot of space to rotate it when trimming up blocks. I find I don't use it very much since I bought the 12" one.
Comment by Roxann on February 17, 2014 at 5:06am

My experience has been there is always something I needed the bigger one for, so I have 2. I say splurge then all bases are covered!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 16, 2014 at 10:22pm

I'm embarrassed to say that I have both sizes, and like them both.  The larger one is best for trimming blocks 10" or larger, but the small one is most useful for trimming small block components, such as 4-patches.  If you can only buy one, I'd buy the larger. You can always trim smaller blocks on it too, just not as efficiently.

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