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Thread: Any fabrics you really don't like?

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    I'm just curious not just about the fabrics people do like, but those they don't. There's tons of things I like. I'm particularly partial to Civil War reproductions and relatively dark or muted fabrics, like Thimbleberries. I might be the only person on the planet, though (please don't yell at me) that doesn't like Batiks. I know it's uncommon, but I just really don't like them. It's one thing if they're used for a pictoral scene - needing something to look like the sky, for example, but just a traditional quilt using batiks? I'm just not a fan of that fabric. I've never bought any, and doubt I ever will. Am I alone?

    What about everyone else? Anything you don't like? Batiks? Civil War repro? 30's? solids? Do you like everything, especially if it's on sale?

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    Oh oh, sorry, I hate Thimbleberries. :-( Brights are my thing. But, as they say, to each their own. :-)

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    mostly if they feel icky or wrinkle badly or are flimsy (I definitely remember a LQS "flimsy" because it was a print that would have worked perfectly for a project I had going)

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    I wasn't a fan of batiks until I went to a national quilt show and saw the quilts in the batik vendors booths. They were beautiful. Most quilt shops don't carry all the batik lines so all you see are the stronger color or heavy patterned batiks. I was amazed at the batik line that wasn't like that at all. I don't care for the Amish quilts with all the solid color fabrics.

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    Kind of odd maybe but I do like looking at the new contemporary prints made into quilts but I do not like to buy the prints to use for my own quilts. I am also not big on white. Now what is strange is that I love Hawaiian prints.

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    I don't care for the darker muted fabrics, country colors or batiks. My eye is always drawn to the modern brights and the 30's prints. My LQS ONLY has darker muted and country fabrics. Well they do have some 30's prints. They say they have no plans to get any brights in so I haven't been back.

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    I never use solids. I use blends but not straight solids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    I'm just curious not just about the fabrics people do like, but those they don't. There's tons of things I like. I'm particularly partial to Civil War reproductions and relatively dark or muted fabrics, like Thimbleberries. I might be the only person on the planet, though (please don't yell at me) that doesn't like Batiks. I know it's uncommon, but I just really don't like them. It's one thing if they're used for a pictoral scene - needing something to look like the sky, for example, but just a traditional quilt using batiks? I'm just not a fan of that fabric. I've never bought any, and doubt I ever will. Am I alone?
    What about everyone else? Anything you don't like? Batiks? Civil War repro? 30's? solids? Do you like everything, especially if it's on sale?
    I don't really care for Batiks either. My Sister loves them. She sticks more to the muted colors. (I call them boring) I like the bright slap you in the face colors! :lol:

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    Mattee, I pretty much like the same ones you do. I have an appreciation for the brights and like to make them for Project Linus, but they just don't do anything for me in my home. I have not purchased any Batiks...have seen some I like okay, but just not to that point yet. Don't have any idea where I would put them if I got them. :D

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    I have what I think I like and dislike, but I try to keep an open mind, sometimes I surprise myself! I also think my tastes have changed over time.

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    not a fan of Kaffe Fasset fabrics, i actually love to look at his stuff, but the fabrics are just...too much ...for me; busy, mind=boggling.
    i do know a number of people who do not like working with batiks;
    for me it's the busy, busy. i like to come up with the design, not have the fabric be the design.

    and i really have to push myself to work with most novelties.

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    Not a fan of the civil war or even the 1930's reproductions. Calico isn't my thing either. The 1970 style is definately out as well.

    Love the batiks. Love blues and toilles.

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    Not a big fan of large prints, stripes or bright crazy prints. Some of the 1930's repo I don't care much for.

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    don't like calico a whole lot...flowers are odd for me...I either love them or hate them depending on the size and color....

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    I don't care for batiks either or loud modern things with shapes.

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    I'm the direct opposite. I can't tolerate Thimbleberries. But I'm from MN where the designer is from and we got saturated early on. But I love the batiks. Haven't met one I didn't like. I do like Robyn Pandolph's lines and anything with lots of colors. It takes all of us to make the world go 'round.

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    I like what goes with the pattern or project I am working on.

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    I love color. Brights, prints, solids. Goldtones, batiks. I would be happy to have a whole bunch of it so I could keep on quilting. I think the bright colors are just happy and joyful. The darks are nice too and if they were mixed with goldtones or whites, I think they look great.

    It all works for me. I've come across some prints that are just plain ugly, but I think no matter the print or color, something good can come out of it with a little creativity.

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    I hate ugly, muddy colors, like yellowy-browny-green and lavender that has too much gray, and old-cheese-orange and browns that look like my lawn after the snow melts off it.

    So glad I got that off my chest! :roll:

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    I don't like anything with a paisley print, houses and large prints of anything. I like the calico's just didn't realize it til I saw what calico was and it seems I have a lot of it. I like Batiks depending on what it looks likes. If it has a sunflower on it it's mine. I also like some of the 30's repro's. I am really not particular.

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    I am not too fond of 60's & 70's retro; probably because I wore that stuff at one time, not by choice, but because that is all there was. Remember the chemise?!?!? I don't like the daisies and peace signs. Pretty much everything else I like.

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    I would never pick a 30's fabric or pastels for my own quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I would never pick a 30's fabric or pastels for my own quilt.
    How about some paisley? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I hate ugly, muddy colors, like yellowy-browny-green and lavender that has too much gray, and old-cheese-orange and browns that look like my lawn after the snow melts off it.

    So glad I got that off my chest! :roll:
    :lol: :lol: :lol: Couldn't have said it better myself.

    I don't like civil war fabrics but like pretty much everything else. Especially like 1930's and novelties. Right now for some reason I'm obsessed with goofy looking farm animal prints (especially cows and chickens)! I prefer bright colors, love the asian prints and can't wait to try the batiks.

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    I go with what the project is or who it's for. Today I bought some beautiful Asian fabric for my Japanese friend. I would never buy it for myself, but I'm excited to use someting outside my comfort zone. I think it's also funny how I used to love the 1930's fabric untill I made a quilt with it and now I'm kind of over it.

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