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Thread: Choosing the background fabric ???

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    Choosing the background fabric ???

    I am trying to get this last gift done for an older friend who loves reproductions:
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    I decided not to piece squares for the center but to use a whole piece of fabric. But when I put the letters on Kona Snow, it looked blah. So then I was able to pull a pastel pink calico but the letters seem to blend. I am planing to use a black thread buttonhole stitch. I will be sewing the rectangles as the border but which background should I choose?? Thanks for your suggestions.
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    I like a soft white for my 30's backgrounds. Snow is too stark. Kona has another white that has a softer beige tone. Give that a try. Or you could make a small test out of a scrap to see if your black thread makes it pop.

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    What is her favorite color? Either one will look good once you add a heavy blanket stitch. I used Paint to add a black line around the word Love and both look equally good.
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    ..remember gray..it's the new beige!

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    I personally wouldn't use the stark white. In my mind's eye it doesn't "go" with 30's fabric.

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    ​I like the pink with black buttonhole stitching.

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    I like the white even though it probably doesn't go with the '30's fabric. BUT, I like Geri B's idea of trying gray. Not sure that works w/ the 30's fabric either but think it would look nice.

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    How about Royal Blue? (kind of like the "e" color...you could always replace that "e" if it doesn't show well against it. I think that might show off the pale 30's colors well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I like the pink with black buttonhole stitching.
    ME TOO! or even another deep color for the stitching -- remember that if it really was as old as the fabrics pretend, black thread would have faded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerd View Post
    Black would make your words pop!
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    I would use a cream and beige assorted plaid.
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    I would probably go for a 'softer' white as well. I also think the 'snow' is too stark with the repro fabrics.

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    Why did you decide not to piece the background? I think a pieced background (like in the pattern) is more in keeping with "stash" and would solve the problem of the background being too stark or boring.

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    I really like the white. It makes the lettering really stand out is easy on the eye. I would use a fabric that matched one of the letters for the binding. Great job on cutting out your letters.
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    I love it with the Kona Snow. It's my "go to" fabric for 30's repro. If you want something a bit creamier, you could go with Moda Bella Solids in Snow, but I love it as is once the black satin stitching is added. I think the black will be strong enough to separate the applique fabrics from the background. The only other option I could think of that could work would be one of the antiqued muslins (in the beige family) because you would have both a difference of color & texture.

    Really, though, any option is really beautiful with those fabrics.

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