Cheater is such an ugly word for such a beautiful thing. Cheater quilts are a perfect project for new sewists or folks with little time for craftiness. Featuring fabric designed and printed to look like patchwork or applique, a cheater quilt allows you to skip the huge task of doing piecework on a quilt. All you have to do is quilt and bind. I quilted this lovely baby quilt in about 30 minutes. All that’s left to do is bind it, which can be done quickly on the machine or heirloom quality by hand. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the different ways to bind a quilt.

But I know the big question, right? What is that gorgeous fabric? It’s Jay-Cyn Designs Storyboek for Birch Fabrics – Field Stroll Cheater and the back (which I think would be so cute for Christmas) is Field Friends Coral. Both are on sale right now at Fabricworm.

And the baby… is Gordon, who is totally man enough to pose with a pink quilt. Thanks buddy, I owe you the boy version.

Read on to learn more about how to make a cheater quilt.
 First pick up a cheater quilt fabric, a yard and a quarter for a 44″ square baby quilt.

Wash and iron your fabric.

Sandwich high-loft batting between the wrong-side-facing fabrics.

Pin in place in a few spots to hold the layers together.

Pop on your walking foot and select threads to match your front and back. This is a good time to take the time to adjust your machine tension so the thread doesn’t peek through. This thread from the Brother Country Yarn Thread Pack was a beautiful match for the coral.

And then just stitch along the lines to creat your “quilt.”

Isn’t this such a rewarding and quick project? The perfect baby shower gift for someone you like a lot but not enough to pull all-nighters doing piecework for 6 months. HA! I hope my neighbor and her new baby don’t read Prudent Baby.

So mamas, get your cheater quilts ready and I’ll be back with the scoop on binding your quilt. Like I said, there are methods anywhere from less-than-an-hour to heirloom-by-hand.

What do you think? want to try a cheater quilt?

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