Well, my design wall is full of the previous 2 steps of Bonnie Hunter's Carolina Christmas Mystery, so I have had to create another flat surface - for this I went to the garage and found a piece of foam insulation and I'm using that since there is not a surface in my sewing room that is cleared . . . it is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find an area to use my rotary cutter! May have to do something about this after the first of the year!