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Thread: What is the best black?

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    Junior Member Cottage Dee's Avatar
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    What is the best black?

    I want to make a scrapy Irish Chain using black as the background. I'm looking for suggestions for the manufcturer that makes a black that stays true color when washed and doesn't bleed onto the other fabrics. I made a twin size a few years ago, and when washed, it "grayed" the other colors. I was not happy and have stayed away from black. Here is what I want to make:

    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...ain-quilt.html scrappy triple irish chain...using black instead of white background...stunning

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    Oh my that is beautiful. I want to do an irish chain and I have been collecting 2 inch squares to make a scrappy. This would work for both my goals. I would love to make this but have not clue on the black recommend. I will watch to see what the QB has to say. Thanks so much for the link. I really like it on point too.
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    Keepsake quilting has a deep black. I think they say something about it being very close to an amish black-??
    Anyways, nice stuff.
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    I like Kona cotton black. If you want to check Keepsake Quilting on line, keepsakequilting.com, they sell a black they call "Amish Black". They call it a true black the will stand up to washing. My Mom used it in an Amish-style quilt she made and it washed beautifully. Just a couple of ideas.
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    I like the Moda Bella Solids in Jet Black. I pre-wash and use color catchers when I wash a finished quilt so that would prevent any problems.

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    I hear micheal millers jet black is nice as well. I have only used kona so I have nothing to compare it to. I have also heard good things about moda bella solids as well
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    Kona cotton black! It's what my Amish friend suggests!

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    One thing to remember is to buy enough of your black before you start. Trying to match blacks after the fact is impossible.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I've been happy with Kona Cotton Black. I haven't used any of the brands mentioned above though.

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    Maywood Studios double-dyed Black Magic. Excellent hand and finish, deep true black, and said to be colorfast (but I'd test it, like any fabric).

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