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Thread: Black Fabric

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    Another thing I try to watch for is that all blocks are cut on the same direction of the fabric. Lengthwise or crosswise. And, many of us probably remember the nightmare of cutting that home ec skirt and having the panels look different in the light because we inverted half of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginia Smith
    Another thing I try to watch for is that all blocks are cut on the same direction of the fabric. Lengthwise or crosswise. And, many of us probably remember the nightmare of cutting that home ec skirt and having the panels look different in the light because we inverted half of them.
    These days wouldn't that just be considered chic?

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    As it comes from the bolt, usually the right side is folded to the outside. Once it's cut though, it's sometimes difficult to tell. I was told then to tug on the ends of the piece (crosswise grain) and the outside should pucker toward you.

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    When I work with a fabric I'm not sure about the right and wrong side , I picked one as the right side and put a mark with a piece of chalk on the wrong side. Doing that, I don't worry about shine .

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    now that we are talking about black fabric, I have another problem. I stated earlier that I'm making my daughter a sunflower wall hanging. I would like to ;use black on the back and the outside binding. Will the black fade and ruin the rest of my hanging? What can I do to prevent this?

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    Yeah - I agree. We paid for both sides of the fabric. And both are viable choices. If you are using lots and lots of black or anything else really, (and you don't want it to vary from back to front): Cut all the pieces at once. Layer all of them in the same way - right side up or down, and mark the right side on the leftover in case of a mistake. If you are doing something Amish-inspired, do not worry about it. Use all your scraps of black and more - it adds unbelievable depth to your project. I once made a small wall hanging and could not find the "right" fabric for a border until I looked at the back side of fabrics. Solution found. It was fabulous to "go against the rules" and find the answer. Trust yourself and go for it!

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    I don't believe there is a right or wrong side. All is good.

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    as long as you use the same side through out it doesn't really matter if you are using the "right side" or the "wrong side". i was once told that all "true" hawaiian shirts were made using the wrong side of the fabric as the outside. there may be a slight difference in the two sides that you may not be able to see until they are used side by side so it's always best to try to stick with one side or the other all the way through. i just use a special kind of pin and pin that to the side that i am going to use as the right side of every piece so i can double check as i go.

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    I don't think it matters, as long as you use the same side for all the work in a quilt. Sometimes if you switch one piece, it will have a different "shine" to it that shows

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    Sometimes taking it outside in natural light helps. But lots of good tips from everyone.

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    I avoid black fabric like the plague. I can't see anything when I work with it. Not if the edges are even, not even the stitches. If the fabric is yarn dyed, there really isn't a wrong side. If not, the back should have a slightly uneven gray tone to it since the ink wouldn't have covered the wrong side as well as the front side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Baby Yow
    Thanks for all the replies...I am new here and hate to ask "newbie" questions...but I have to start somewhere right?? I'm making a library quilt for a relative..black background..wood grain fabric for bookcase...and lots of fun fabrics for "books"
    Ask away! That's why we're here. A lot of newbie questions are great reminders to more experienced quilters. As in, "Oh, yeah, always wondered that!"

    Way I would look at it - if YOU can't tell probably no-one else could either!

    Welcome!

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    Yes, please ask. Each question brings a whole bunch of answers from across multi-generational readers. We may have used the same technique for 40-50 years and now find there is a whole new way of thinking about it.

    I love to work with black but find I have to do it in daylight. Even with an Ott light, I cannot be sure about how it will look.

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