Yes, this is a cheater quilt. It is actually printed and not appliqued and I really like it!! I bought the panel for 25 cents at our guilds fabric yard sale last year. You may be wondering why I would do that? Well, it's simple. Sometimes I am in the mood to work on my machine quilting skills, I don't want to do a practice block, but I don't have any quilts ready to quilt. This little panel was the perfect solution. I washed and dryed it, layered and pinned it, and soon I was ready to work on my quilting. If you hang it up high enough you cannot tell that it is a cheater quilt!!!
One of my favorite machine quilters is Diane Gaudynski, and she suggests to quilt on pieces that you care about. I think she suggested that you do your best work on a quilt that you will be using rather than on a practice block. I agree and that is why I purchased and quilted this little "cheater" block
I quilted this little piece as though it was an appliqued quilt. You have to look really close to see that it is not!!! It now resides in my living room!!