My Olfa rotary cutter is always comfortable for lots of cutting! Great for left or right handed quilters, and has an easy to use safety for in between cuts.
18″ x 24″ is the smallest mat I suggest for a new quilter.
If you are looking to upgrade your cutting mat, 24″ x 36″ is my preference.
This is the 6 1/2″x 24 1/2″ ruler that I use. It has 1/8″ marks on the length of the ruler for the more specific cuts, but is also a great all around ruler. If you are new to quilting and just want to get one right now, start with this size so that you can cut a width of fabric with only one fold.
This is the 6 1/2″x 6 1/2″ ruler that I use. It has all the marks that I need for crosscutting smaller pieces, and is great for squaring up 6 1/2″ blocks too!
This is my marking tool of choice – it always comes out in the wash, or with a quick spritz of water, and is clear and easy to see too.
Having extra rotary blades in my studio keeps me cutting no matter the time of day! These ones are always sharp and ready to go.