Monday, May 28, 2012

Cheater Quilt

This is a cheater quilt that I made about 5 years ago.  A cheater quilt is a quilt with a top that does not have to be pieced together.  The fabric used for the top of the quilt looks like it has been pieced together, but is actually one large piece of fabric.  All it needs is the batting and backing added and quilting can begin.

This quilt is big enough for a twin size bed and is hand quilted.  I love the look and feel of lots of hand quilting so I quilted it very close together.  I stitched around each flower cluster, all of the ribbons, and a grid in the background.

The top of this is actually a vintage linen tablecloth I purchased from a vendor at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  I loved how soft it felt and I thought it would make a warm quilt.  So I thought "Why not?"

The white border is actually lopsided, wider in some places than others.  The left side of the quilt (in the top picture) is also faded where it was left on someone's table for a long time and the sun faded it.

I really didn't care about these imperfections.  I thought they would add more character.  The linen is so soft from years of use, but is still thick and sturdy.  This is such a soft and warm quilt.  I would snuggle up with it while I was quilting it (I am a lap quilter).  Now it is perfect for cuddling up in while watching a movie.

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  1. I love the idea of using the vintage linen table cloth as your quilt top. The quilting is beautiful.

  2. Your hand quilting is simply beautiful. I have arthritis and can't do much hand quilting any more but I'm thankful I can still do hand embroidery and applique...I love that. I like to use cheater panels to make baby quilts (machine quilting) because they're so fast and easy to work up. I have a couple of vintage table cloths so I may be copying your idea! blessings, marlene

  3. I can't believe you hand stitched that. I think I would stop after the size of a mug rug.

  4. Wow! Your hand quilting is exquisite! This is a beautiful quilt. I have several panels. I guess I need to just sandwich them and get them quilted.

  5. Never mind that it isn't pieced, your handquilting is simply beautiful - this is real 'wow' piece.

  6. Looks beautiful and the hand quilting is perfect for it! That took some time! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Thank you everyone, for the sweet comments! I really enjoy hand quilting. It is almost like a form of meditation for me. Very relaxing and I get to play with fabric!

  8. Fabulous upcycling of that gorgeous linen piece. it will last another 20-30 years!! The quilting is very suitable as well.

  9. What a great way to repurpose a vintage tablecloth. And your hand quilting is beautiful.

  10. What a unique idea that made a beautiful quilt. So glad I stumbled upon your blog.


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