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Thread: Baltimore Cheater practice quilt(s) and lessons learned

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    Baltimore Cheater practice quilt(s) and lessons learned

    I purchased what was supposed to be a 90x108" cheater cloth on eBay with the intention of using it to practice different skills on my longarm. Without thinking too much about where I was going with this project, I loaded it up (with a poly batt and bleached muslin backing) and started quilting. I practiced outlining the motifs in the fake applique, tried to think of different ways to fill in the white spaces, decided to leave the fake sashing unquilted. When I was done, I took it off the longarm and started thinking... what am I going to do with this thing??? The dimensions turned out to be 84x118, instead of the 90x108 that was in the eBay ad. (I didn't measure before I started.) Not good dimensions for a bed, not that I had really planned to use it on a bed. DH suggested cutting it in half, and I thought that would be a good idea - so I cut it. I swear I counted twice (counting blocks rather than measuring inches) but I cut in the wrong spot. Oh well, the big piece that remained was a nice shape and size - but the smaller piece was too long and skinny, so I cut it in two. I wound up with 3 quilts. Still not sure what I'll do with them... Two are good sizes for baby quilts. The big one is about 70x82.

    The first picture is the gigantic quilt before I started cutting it up. If I had thought about this ahead of time I might have cut it up before quilting and added some borders to come up with better finished sizes, but the real purpose of the exercise was to get some much-needed practice on the longarm. Now I feel like I'm ready to tackle an appliqued quilt (if only I had one to work on).

    Just in case anyone is wondering - I was actually pretty happy with the quality of the cheater cloth. I have washed the finished quilts, and there was absolutely no problem with the dyes running. (I was worried about that, since I usually prewash, but I didn't this time.) The cheater cloth cost about $25 including shipping.
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    Lovely! A cheater Baltimore is the only way I'll ever have one... Thanks for sharing.

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    Quilting looks great! You're definitely ready for the real thing. Donate the big one to women's shelter and smaller to family services for kids. They'll love them.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    Great way to deal with issues! They all look great!

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    You can proceed with confidence! Your practice was perfect.

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    wow, you did great on the quilting. it was quite the adventure!
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    As always, an absolutely beautiful job of quilting. I would be proud of any of the three, cheater fabric or not. Thanks for showing us you 'practice' project.

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    That is very pretty and on the computer, looks to be qppliqued. Beautiful quilting, BTW.

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    Wow that is a beautiful cheater quilt and pieces. You did a great job quilting it.

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    Beautiful big quilt turned into 3 beautiful smaller quilts! A great way to spread the love around and you did a terrific job on the quilting!

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