This cutting mat is at least 8 years old. I know this because I bought it when we lived in a different house and we've lived here for 6.5 years. I LOVE this mat. It's really big - 40" square. And it's really beat up.
Today ... I turned it (again). I don't turn it over, I do turn it around - I like using the lines ... when I can see them! I'm now on the last side. What an amazing difference it makes when cutting. These "self-healing" mats are great but they do NOT last forever. Changing your rotary blade is needed sometimes (I don't do this nearly as often as I should) but I did discover that rotating the mat can make a huge difference. So ... today ... rotate your cutting mat.
I mailed off my Mug Rug Swaps this week.
And I quilted the 5th (out of 6) quilts for a customer/friend.
hmmm ... here's another shot of it. Seems I forgot to take a picture of #4 ...
Now ... off to work on something ... not sure what but I KNOW there's something down there just waiting fo rme.