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    Cheater fabric

    What is "cheater fabric" or a cheater's panel?
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    I think it means fabric printed with a design that looks like patchwork.

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    I like it for backing as most I have come 108".

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    or it could be a panel with a printed design so that if you quilt around the design, it looks like you made an appliqued quilt.

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    I made one out of cheater cloth from walmart. It had small stars all over it and I hand quilted it . Turned out beautiful. My MIL was a quilter and she couldn't tell from a short distance that it was cheater.
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    And they're great to embellish for a front door hanging for the holidays.
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    They make quick and easy gifts!
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    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-
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    Here are a bunch of "cheater clothes" so you can see what they are.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006XLIB5G/...SIN=B006XLIB5G
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    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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    I usually buy a "cheater" panel for baby quilts....so fast when you need to get a gift ready. I also quilt them for wall hangings.
    Thanks for the site.

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    Cheater is a very old term and when they were first introduced into the market it would be natural to call them just what they are being that it is not pieced but printed. It is not a derogatory term. Look at it as cheating time, if you don't have alot of it, you can still make a cheater and have a great quilt.

    Only the quilting police would consider this in bad taste in todays world.

    I have made several cheaters and they were a lot of fun to do. It was good practice to create designs and balance in the quilting.

    Keepsake Quilting has whole cloth quilt tops that are printed with beautiful designs . These are considered cheaters too. But I bet they are gorgous when quilted.

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    EDIT: Just to add to the conversation, Are panels the same as cheaters? I think of an actual printed quilt pattern when I think of cheaters, not printed panels.???
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    "Cheater panels/fabric" have been around for a long time...sometimes, a person wants to do all the piecing themselves, and sometimes, it can be easier to let the fabric do the work. I don't know how it got the name cheater, but it isn't really cheating, it is just using fabric that has a design already printed. Either way, they will be used in a quilt, and loved.

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    There are some gorgeous pre-printed panels and fabric today. Another way to use one is on the back and follow the pattern to quilt the top. I have a nice blue and white Double Wedding Ring one that I am saving for a special blue pieced top.

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    Quote 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-
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    Hey, thanks ladies, you just gave me an excellent idea! I checked them out on ebay, and they do have 108 inch panels, cut to Queen and King sized. Great for backing! Pieced top and panel backing - a reversible quilt

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    Awesome use of technology..the quilt is fabulous...

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    The first thing I quilted when we got our APQS Millenium was a "cheater" baby quilt. It now proudly decorates one of my studio walls. A cute pattern with a Giraffe and other animals. Don't think I'd call it cheating with the price I saw one preprinted panels at LQS.
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    Thanks all. Being new to the quilting world, I has no idea of whatpeople mean when they say 'was it a cheater panel, was it cheater fabric" My education grow thru your knowledge every day. THANK YOU
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    Here's a site that sells lots of them. I personally don't see a thing wrong with them. When I was first learning to hand quilt, I used several & then donated them to kids' charities.

    http://www.pre-printed-quilt-tops.com/
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    Very interesting information. Now I know what a cheaters panel is!

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    I bought these fabrics to practice with my new long-arm. I never thought about them as backing but I love that idea. Thanks for the suggestions and the websites.

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    As a handquilter I love "cheater's cloth". It is so much easier to do fine quilting without all of those messy seams. I have two queen size "whole cloth" quilts I completed several years ago that would stand up to anyone's work. When you work with a preprinted or marked piece you don't have to worry about seams or inconsistences in the grain or quality of the fabric. In the world of quilting, "patchwork" is a recent trend developed by woman who couldn't afford to use good fabric to make bedding for their families. Clothing items were quilted for warmth hundreds of years before they were common as bed coverings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    Here's a site that sells lots of them. I personally don't see a thing wrong with them. When I was first learning to hand quilt, I used several & then donated them to kids' charities.

    http://www.pre-printed-quilt-tops.com/
    Wow...what a big selection that site has. I bet once you quilted them it would be hard to tell the difference. Great site !
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    Quote 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-
    I've wanted to say this for years. I don't see any difference between using panels and fussy cutting to get the print you want. Moreover, I have made some lovely quilts and bedspreads from 108 inch fabric that was perfect for what I needed. Right on, ckcowl. I'm on your side. froggyintexas

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