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Old 08-03-2012, 06:49 PM
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What a terrific idea and so creative!
Originally Posted by stormwater View Post
Another source of 'cheater' fabric can be your scanner/computer/printer. I did a king size variation on 54-40 where I scanned my first block (with a white center block), reduced it down to the size of my center square, and then printed up a bunch of reduced blocks and I used as them as part of the center squares on all the blocks in the quilt. When I machine quilted it, I stitched along where the seam lines would have been on the center block.

(in the photo, the printed fabric is lighter than in real life)
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Well thanks for the free lessons
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
i am going to jump right in here & be CRABBY! what a HORRIBLE- NEGATIVE term to apply to a wonderful useful piece of fabric!
i have never understood the whole (negative- CHEATER) reference some people place on panals- I have made some absolutely beautiful- expensive quilts using panal fabrics- i did not CHEAT- i worked hard- and created a beautiful item- which took many hours- it is no different than using any other piece of printed fabric- in my mind-anyone who considers a panal a cheater- should not be using anything except solids- ever- they should not even look at a print fabric.
there is no reason to place something so negative on a valuable resource....and panals can become fabulous quilts and other items- just like the other fabrics we use-
ok- off my soap-box for today-
Hear, hear!
That's why I've called them "efficiency panels" or fabric for years. Wish we could drop the whole "cheater" nomenclature, but I imagine it's pretty deeply ingrained.

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Old 08-04-2012, 11:22 AM
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You know what, I have always believed that "cheater" is just a label. When I find fabric at rummage sales, I always gravitate to the fabric that is preprinted and ready to quilt since I do a lot of donation quilts and I love to practice my Long Arming on them. They are usually always cotton, so I don't have to worry about fabric content. I particularly love the baby quilts that are already printed. My last quilts for donating is the preprinted Sunbonnet sue and sam and it was so much fun to quilt.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:56 PM
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This is cheater fabric and this is what I made from it
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What a GREAT idea!!!
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:48 PM
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I believe that "cheater fabric" is actually fabric that has a quilt design on it, such as double wedding ring { which I have seen.}The entire fabric has that design.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:40 PM
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Okay, I was just learning and wanted to work on machine quilting. I found this beautiful flannel material that had all the squares and I used the tan flannel for the backing. I also learned how to put in the batting. After I basted the layers together (taught myself how with the help of the quilt board), I machine quilted the queen size quilt and hand sewed the binding. I had a great time and took me 6 weeks to get it done. I call it "My Triumph" NOT a cheater quilt.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:42 PM
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One of my good friends never allowed me to call it cheater fabric. She preferred to say "Convenience Fabric". She passed away a couple of years ago and I sure miss her and always think of her when I hear cheater fabric. It is fabric that looks like a quilt and no piecing involved. It would be rather convenient wouldn't it?
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Nice reading all the comments on this.
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