Friday, April 9, 2010

Has This Happened to You?

What you see below is not a function of my camera, or my ability to take an even shot, or even an optical illusion....it is 2 nasty warps on my small Olfa cutting board. My nearly new, larger Olfa mat has the same problem.

I've always used Olfa cutting mats and never had this happen! Last summer I replaced both the large and small mats which were totally worn out, but not warped in the very least. The larger mat warped first, then the small. I interchange them frequently depending on the project. When one of the other are not being used, they are stored flat and never exposed to heat either stored or while being used. Has this happened to you? I wonder since I bought these around the same time if there could have been a bad batch?

So off I went to Joann's today to get a new 24 x 36 mat. I saw these brightly colored Fiskars mats and thought maybe Chicky-Bee would like a new pal since their colors are so similar! Plus I got to use a 50% off coupon! It will be interesting to see if there is any difference in performace - stay tuned!
Other than some gifts, I've done really well this year sticking to trying to use my stash! But for some reason I'm switching my fabric addition for a pattern addiction! Here are a few of my new patterns - all of which will be made using fabric I have in my stash! The two below are from The Cottage at Cardiff Farms. I bought them online here. The pattern on the right is jelly roll friendly and both will be really fun to make!
Mr. Squash bought this Crabapple Hill pattern for me on a recent road trip. As soon as I finish my current project, I will need another stitchery to work on in the evening while watching TV. We both love birds, so Flight of Fancy will make a nice, summer bed quilt - and most of you know how much I enjoy stitching Crabapple Hill patterns!

27 comments:

Kay said...

Weird about those mats. I've not had that happen except when I stupidly put the ironing pad on top of one! I cut it apart (can't remember with what) and use the good part as a small mat. So there's a way to salvage yours. Great patterns!

*karendianne. said...

I actually have heard of this and was told that you can soak them in the bathtub but... I can't remember if it's warm water and if so, for how long. So... I have only enough information to waste our time. Sorry friend.

Sherri said...

I had an Olfa map warp once...after my daughter used it to iron on!

Barb said...

YEs, that has happened to me but my mat was used.....but still frustrating. I heard someone use their old mats for the bottom of purses...

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

One of my smaller mats warped and a friend suggested putting it between matress and box spring for a wk. - haven't tried it yet.
Enjoy doing the embroidery of your birds. My birds are finished but need to put it together. After finishing the cardinal I giggled because I think he/she looks like a college professor with those wire rim glasses!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think I would try to contact the company and find out if they have any suggestions. It does seem unusual that you bought two at the same time and they both warped. I've only had one warp but it is my old one, and I did not store it properly.

Darlene said...

Let me share how that happened to one of my Olfa mats - when I pressing a pile of blocks I was setting them the mat while they were still hot/warm and when I removed the pile my mat was warped. I'm very curious about your new mat. I love Olfa mats but will be waiting for your 'mat review'. LOL

Love the new patterns and of course you know I love the new Crabapple stitchery pattern. :-)

Linda said...

I've had a couple warp, but that was the users fault. Managed to get them back into shape though, warmed them back up then set a pile of bricks on top of them to flatten them out. I used to have a Fiskar mat but discovered that they aren't self healing.

Mimi said...

The only time I had that happen to me was when I put my large mat on the bottom of my trunk and loaded all my stuff...suitcases, projects, and sewing machine and headed out for a week long retreat. The weather was "extremely" hot. that mat was never the same. But...my biggest complaint on these new mats is the aweful stink they produce....kinda smells like skunk. The smell seems to eventually go away unless you move it and then you can smell it again. Not a good smell!!!

Ulla said...

I hope your new mat will be a good one (as Fiskars is a Finnish company!). My mat has only suffered from extreme cold when I walked to class, but I was careful not to bend it before iw was room temperature again.
Your new patterns look nice. So good to find new ways to use your stash.

ferne said...

That happened to me when I was storing them near my microwave. Someone at my class suggested laying them out in the sun. I also had it happen to my turntable mat and I put it in the oven really low and took it out and set a heavy book on top and it is fine now.

Love your pattern addiction. Mine is free patterns from the internet that I print and save in notebooks. I have filled 2 and now I think I need another, plus my computer is full of ones that I haven't printed yet.

Linda B said...

I read in a blog about soaking your mat in the bathtub with some vinegar. It heals all the used up areas, and gets rid of the warps. I did it, soaked it in warm water for about half an hour, and was successful! Give it a try. I don't remember the exact amount of vinegar, but 1/4 cup in a tub should do it. What can vinegar hurt?

Stephanie said...

I've only ever had Olfa and never a warping problem. I would contact Olfa and let them know. At least Chicky Bee has a new friend. :o) Love the Crabapple Hill stitchery pattern. So very pretty.

SewCalGal said...

I've had it happen, but only when I've exposed it to heat or not stored it flat. I now keep all my mats flat, on top of my cutting table. Seems to work well, except when I forget to take them out of my bag after taking it to a workshop.

But, I do use the warped mats by cutting them up. Small pieces work well in the bottom of totes. They also work well as small mats for travel projects. You can eve make your own traveling ironing board on one side and cutting mat on the other. So don't toss your warped board - recycle it!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I have had the same problem as Mimi with the awful odor from a new one I treated myself to. I put it out in the garage for over a week to no avail. I then returned it to JoAnns with no problem. I once warped one of mine by setting a hot cup of coffee on it. Not good. I love the pattern that Mr. Squash purchased for you. I have the same one. I love birds and stitchery combined with piecing is a double reward. Looking forward to starting it. Louise

Lisa D. said...

The only time I had a mat warp was when I had it in my hot car. Never just spontaneously! Sounds like you got a bad batch. Love your new yellow one though! And your new patterns, especially the pinwheel one.

Mary said...

Once I left a mat in my car and it warped badly. My husband gets my old mats. Many times he has cut them up for some outdoor project.(One cut up mat made a great curved form for cement work)

Julia said...

I know they don't like the sun on them...that warps them, but it should not just happen for no reason!
That brand is supposed to be the best.
Julia ♥

Jackie said...

I agree with Mimi, my Olfa mat smells. It's gotten a bit better since I bought it but ewwww!

How wonderful that Mr. Squash can pick out the perfect pattern for you!

onlymehere said...

The only time one has warped on me was when it was being moved for a class and was left in the hot sun in a car, oops! I hope this one holds up better for you. I tend to go in streaks to on fabric and patterns. Those are pretty great and it will be fun to see them made up!

Carrie P. said...

I have not had that happen except one time I did leave my small mat in the car and it did warp but never just sitting in the house.
Great patterns. I have seen the one with the birds done and will have a picture of it on my blog next week. One of the owners of the quilt shop made it.

Cindy said...

I'm just considered warped........but in the nicest way....LOL

Chris said...

I have a large Dritz one and it's been a trooper. I've seen many green ones (Olfa ones, I think) that are misshapen. Most be something about them...

pratima said...

Your new mat looks very cute in that color. I haven't seen this before. The patterns are gorgeous. Happy stitching the Crabapple Hill pattern :)

Karen said...

Yes, I had a warped mat but it was exposed to heat. Which I think is weird all on its own, nevermind without heat! I left my cutting mat in the back window of a car, but I still continued to use it. Luckily I inherited a pile of quilting supplies from someone who was done, and ended up with hers, which was bigger anyway!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This is another one of the reasons I got a new mat. Mine had divits in it. Or whatever ya want to call them. Plus a big warped place where I couldn't cut out. I hated that. I'm liking my new June Tailor one. I hope I like it in a year, still.

Libby said...

I like your thoughts on a bad batch of mats. Sounds like you've done everything to take care of them.