I've been wondering...how do you feel about cheater cloth?
Cheater cloth is another name for Pre-Printed Fabric or Smart Cloth that is printed with a mock quilt design. It's "cheater" because it's a solid piece of fabric that you can go straight to quilting with rather than troubling to cut and piece.
So how do you feel about it? Do you like it? Have you ever used it?
I'm curious because from a teaching perspective it's a very good option for the following reasons:
1. No marking - the quilt is already printed on fabric so that saves a load of time
2. No cutting and piecing - again the quilt is printed so you can go straight to the quilting.
3. Ultimate freedom of design - It's just fabric so you can play a lot more freely, right?
However the major draw back is of course - Cheater Cloth is not a REAL quilt.
It lacks real quilty things like seams, seam allowances, multiple layers of fabric - all the ridges and weirdness that real quilts have. So quilting a cheater cloth quilt really will be significantly easier than quilting a real, pieced or appliqued quilt.
There's also this stigma I'm picking up that cheater cloth is somehow bad, as in "cheater cheater pumpkin eater"- not a legitimate quilt. Certain big quilt shows even have it in the rules that pre-printed quilts are not eligible for entry.
So if you found a beautiful cheater cloth panel, would you quilt it and hang it in your house as a wall hanging, or would the cheater cloth aspect of it make it somehow undesirable?
I'm curious, and I'd like to know as many opinions on this as possible from quilters of all skill levels and styles, so no matter what is said before you in the comments, please post your opinion below!
And yes, I'm curious because I want to design cheater cloth panels and maybe use them for teaching in the coming year. So if you think this is a totally terrible idea, please tell me so and WHY in the comments. If you think this is a totally wonderful idea, please tell me so and WHY in the comments. I look forward to hearing many opinions!