This quilt is made with fabric I designed over at Spoonflower. I was thinking forever about what to design. I wanted to take advantage of this digital printing process by using several colors and designing a pattern with a large repeat in a pretty large quantity, because that would have been a drag to try and silkscreen in my basement with 3 kids screaming at me.
I decided to design a cheater cloth, partly because they are so cool, and partly because it meant a quilt in a flash, which is better for my lack of sewing/craft time right now. I love the idea of cheaters and wanted to design a modern one. It's quilted around the squares, to make it seem like patchwork. In a quick search, I found that cheater cloth started to appear as early as the 1850s. It was printed to look like a patchwork pattern or applique—all it needed was to be quilted, not pieced, hence the "cheater" name. I love Denise Schmidt's modern cheater cloths here at Cia's.
It's simple and minimal and I am very, very pleased. This is 2 yards of Spoonflower fabric with added borders on the top, bottom and sides—making a generous sofa quilt. Grammie, my quilting rock star mom, put this on her gammill and quilted it for me, reminding me again I am the luckiest daughter in the world. It's been washed twice and I am really curious how the colors will hold up. I suspect some fading, but we shall see.
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