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    Question all white quilt

    My niece requested an all white lap quilt for her wedding gift. Any ideas, I do not want to do a whole cloth as I did that for my daughter and it was a one and only as it was special just for her.

    Open for all thoughts.
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    Judy in Lower Michigan

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    pick up a variety of white on whites (so you have different prints/textures) & make a quilt using those- i made one all star blocks (from Alex Anderson's book-Keep Quilting with Alex Anderson) i actually used all cream fabrics in different prints/textures- it really turned out quite wonderful.
    i've seen bargello's made with all one color in a variety of texture/print too- you can really choose a collection of white fat quarters & use them to make any fat quarter friendly quilt- when it's done you will be amazed how it looks when laid out.
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    Did your niece see your daughter's? It sounds like she may be asking for the same kind and just doesn't know it is called a wholecloth. You could consider a monochromatic quilt. Any quilt pattern can be done in a monochromatic color scheme. Pick whites, creams, light beiges, white on cream prints, white on white prints. Just make sure you have enough change in the value to distinguish between different fabrics. But before you go to this effort I would ensure your neice understands she won't get a wholecloth like your daughter's.

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    look in picture section and look for " Dresden Plate by Doris " tats a all white Dresden plate its very nice

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    I guess you could cut white fabric into whatever size blocks you would want to use and sew together as with any blocks. Quilt it up and there it is.
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    Do you have an embroidery machine? You could embroider white flowers on white blocks, piece them for a top and then quilt. Or work out a trade with someone and have them do the embroidery work for you. It would be a beautiful white quilt and not a wholecloth.

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    Could she maybe be thinking of use it for the ceremony or perhaps a baby christening blanket later? It would be kind of fun to do QAYG white on white blocks with different Leah Day designs on each one and join them together.

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    My friend has just done a white quilt using the 10 minute pattern and putting lacy fabric in the false Chinese sections. For the very first time her 40 something son praised it and said it was the best she had ever made. Also an easy pattern

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    Colette Wolff wrote a book a while back about ways to texture fabrics. I don't know if it is still available, but it's worth looking.

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    When a friend's daughter got married, she (the daughter) also wanted a white quilt. My friend found many different white on white fat quarters and cut out blocks of the same size. She used a really light off white thread and different quilting in each of the blocks, including the date of the marriage and couple's first names. It was beautiful and everyone just loved it. She is not a professional quilter by any means but used Leah Day's site as ideas for each of the blocks.

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    Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions. I am going to keep these posts and see what I can come up with using all these wonderful ideas. I was thinking of using all neutrals, Keepsake Quilting has a nice selection but I will check with the bride's mom first. The bride does not know anything about this, it is between her grandmother, her mom and me. It all started with me asking if she would like a Christmas table runner or topper as she always comments on things I make her grandmother and somehow it revolved into me making a lap quilt in all whites. I really like the suggestion of the couples names and marriage date emb. in the quilt, this will need to be done by hand as I don't have a emb. machine and my quilting will all be done by hand also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltNama View Post
    When a friend's daughter got married, she (the daughter) also wanted a white quilt. My friend found many different white on white fat quarters and cut out blocks of the same size. She used a really light off white thread and different quilting in each of the blocks, including the date of the marriage and couple's first names. It was beautiful and everyone just loved it. She is not a professional quilter by any means but used Leah Day's site as ideas for each of the blocks.

    I just brought up Leah Day's web site to get some ideas and an odd thing happened, it brought me back to this post.
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    Too funny! Try going to 365 free quilt designs or look up her Winter snowflake quilt? I am not sure of the winter quilt name but it is the one put together with the Curvey lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Too funny! Try going to 365 free quilt designs or look up her Winter snowflake quilt? I am not sure of the winter quilt name but it is the one put together with the Curvey lines.
    Thanks, I will try that.
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    Judy in Lower Michigan

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    You can come up with similar stitches quilting by hand as Leah Day does with her machine. You can also use some embroidery stitches. One of the prettiest monochromatic quilts I have seen was a crazy patch -- different laces and different tone on tone white, cream, light tan fabrics. It was yummy!! The embroidery stitches made it amazing.

    I too would check with Mom to see if the daughter likes the whole cloth or just the monochrome.
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    I have a whole cloth quilt that I bought the top at a quilt show. It is a whole pieceof fabric with all the quilting marks on it. All I had to do was get backing (I used a cheap sheet, because it was smaller thread count) and batting and quilt it by hand. I call it my masterpiece, and told my family to put it on my casket rather than flowers. I wouldn't call anything that I had to piece a whole cloth quilt.
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    Ask grandma and Mom if they have any lacy white hankies and build them into the quilt. That would give texture but keep to the white on white theme and make it into a memory quilt at the same time. Is she having her wedding gown made? Contact the maker and use some of the same fabric in the quilt as well.
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    I would never have thought of an all-white quilt so this thread has been very interesting. It just goes to show that quilters never run out of new ideas, only time!!

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    What about adding slight Hughes as well

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    I recently made a wedding quilt for a friend. She wanted it all white and cream, so I used lots of lace strips and made up the blocks with the strips going on the diagonal (like Roman Stripe only all over) and then zig-zagged the blocks. She was delighted with it.

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    Pat Wys, at Silver Thimble Quilts, has a pattern for a tone-on-tone log cabin called White Chocolate. It is also available in her new book, Spotlight on Neutrals. I made one for a wedding quilt and it was perfect.

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    Is it possible to get any of her wedding dress material, or perhaps something close to it....My first thought was a old fashioned Crazy Quilt with brocades, velvet, satin and lace....something that looks very 'bridal'....perhaps some seed pearls and some netting overlay......and would not make it too big....but would definatly add the wedding date and names of bride and groom..... IMHO
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    Think you could use any pattern, then use the same white material all the way through. You could still see the design and if you quilt it to accent the block shape, you should be ok. Good luck.

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    Try locating the looseleaf book called White-on-White by Maud con Bergy-Arnoldus, published by That Patchwork Place 1993. There patterns for16 quilted blocks and border and the quilt is square when it is finished. It is neat because it is carry along work. The blocks are joined when they are all quilted. My granddaughter # 2 is going to get one if she decides to get married. The back can be any color you wish, by the way so your quilt is reversible. I have seen it done with pastel backs on the blocks as well as dark green with no color showing through. Hope this helps.

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    white on white quilt

    Would it perhaps be an idea to incorporate lace borders to the white on white blocks,plus folded blocks for texture.I have done something like that. I still have to work out how to include photographs but hope you get the idea. Love Letty

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