The newest addition to my quilting room is this little cutting mat:

Mini Cutting Mat

This was one of the items in the #SewSampler box I won last month. To be honest, I didn’t think I would find much use for it. I thought it was too small, and I have two tables in my room that each have a large 24″ x 36″ mat on them. I also have a 24″x 18″ size that hangs in the closet and doesn’t get used much.

But boy, was I wrong. (Some days it’s hard, but I can admit when I am wrong… 😉

This mat fits on the extension table for my sewing machine. Measuring 9″ x 6″, it is a great size for trimming small blocks like HSTs. It’s also perfect for paper piecing projects.

Paper Piecing cutting mat

When I’m not using it, I can slide it under the extension table and it is out of my way.

Cutting Mat

I am finding this to be a valuable tool and I’m glad it was in the box. I never would have bought it for myself, and now I’m so happy to have it. I think it is definitely one of those things that you don’t know you need until you use it!

Do you have a tool you can’t live without?