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    Hiya,
    I was desperate to start quilting, so a friend bought me a cutting mat & rotary cutter for Christmas, problem is, the cutting mat is metric... I bought a metric ruler to match, but it's all driving me crazy.
    Is there an easy way to convert the Missouri quilt patterns from inches to cm & use the pre-cuts in the way they should be or should I just bit the bullet & buy a new mat & ruler in inches.
    I should add that maths is not my best subject!
    Gill

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    Originally posted by Gill View Post
    Hiya,
    I was desperate to start quilting, so a friend bought me a cutting mat & rotary cutter for Christmas, problem is, the cutting mat is metric... I bought a metric ruler to match, but it's all driving me crazy.
    Is there an easy way to convert the Missouri quilt patterns from inches to cm & use the pre-cuts in the way they should be or should I just bit the bullet & buy a new mat & ruler in inches.
    I should add that maths is not my best subject!
    Gill


    Hi

    I have a mat that is metric. But I have a rulers in inches. I do not use the lines on the mat. I measure with the ruler and it seems to work for me. I only use the lines on the cutting mat to have a straight line to square up with.

    Hope this helps.

    Annika
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      Thanks, that would be the cheaper option especially as I rather fancy the 10inch square, the 2.5 inch little ruler, the huge long ruler...the list goes on!

      Gill

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        I never use the lines on my mat for measuring or lining up. I depend solely on my rulers. My favorite is the 24" x 8.5".
        pat.

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          Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks

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            Originally posted by Gill View Post
            Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks
            I know she does it that way, but when I first took classes, they beat it into my brain not to do that, so I don't. I depend solely on my ruler. It's just personal choice and that is how I was taught and am used to doing it.
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              Originally posted by Gill View Post
              Oh...I've watched so many videos of Jenny using the mat to line up fabric I thought that was the way to go. Thanks
              I use my mat to measure too. It was a habit from using a box cutter for measuring paper for scrapbooking. How about using a fine marker and draw a line on the one inch marks?
              🌺 Lorie

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                You can always flip the mat over and use the back. I have been doing this for many years and it works just fine. I found myself using the lines and then had problems with my blocks not matching up very well. Flipping the mat solved the problem for me.
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                  Excellent, how dumb i feel, that's much better, just need to get some 'inch' rulers, especially a square & pluck up courage to buy some 'new' fabric & take the plunge. Many thanks

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                    You know, I had been using the lines on my mat for measuring and just recently switched to using them for squaring instead. The ruler is much more accurate. I think perhaps the lines are thicker and we don't always go to the same inside or outside of the line on the mat and that throws off the measurements somewhat.
                    I would suggest that you find a couple of spots on your mat that are not getting the most use and draw a good 10 inch square and a 5 inch square and use that when you want to do a quick check on your precuts.
                    Walk in peace with the Lord by your side.
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                      You can check out youtube for any number of "how to cut fabric" tutorials, and they will show you how to use your rulers to cut with.
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                        I have an olfa mat and rulers and the lines line up in sync. I always use my mat for measurements as well as squaring up. I don't think any way is wrong as long as you re consistant.
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                          Yes, i've seen a few, I thought it might be easier to start with pre-cuts but I got confused when my friend bought me the metric mat, so squaring up etc became complicated - converting inches to cm etc... thanks

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                            Yes, i've watched quite a few but I got confused with converting inches to cm's. Thanks

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                              I had a similar problem when I was a baker/pastry cook. I got some lovely books, but they called for European measurements. I didn't own a computer yet (not for 15 more years or more) to look up conversions. So I had to pour through more books. I love books, but not when you need it right now. lol

                              I just bought some measuring cups and spoons that have both on them. Where was that when I needed them!
                              🌺 Lorie

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