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Thread: Design Gurus! What looks good with ticking fabric?

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    Cool Design Gurus! What looks good with ticking fabric?

    OK...I couldn't resist. I'm in need of new bedding for a room/loft that we're building in our house. I was on Pottery Barn's site and I found a bed skirt and shams made out of charcoal and cream ticking fabric (as in old pillow covers)...cute! CHEAP! (50% off + another 15% off with coupon code.) So, now I want to make a quilt to go with these new items. I'm just about done making quilts for everyone else and it's my turn to make one just for us. Yeah!

    So, my question is: What looks good with ticking fabric? I'm thinking tomato red, aquas, b&w checks, 30s looking stuff, a little denim, or chambrey. Any suggestions? Thanks for your input!

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    all your suggestions look good except the 30's stuff. For me the red, aqua, b/w, checks denim chmbrey is more compatia ble than the 30's. altho some 30's colors would work. I would also tend to look at some of the newer arge prints especially the geometric shapes. I like to mix banana prints with the ticking for some of my crib quilts.

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    If its a charcoal and cream, I think a brick red would look great. I have used ticking for binding cut on the bias and it looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I like to mix banana prints with the ticking....
    Holice probably meant BAN DAN A prints, LOL!
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    Large prints in bright colors would be my choice.

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    Thanks, Jan! I was trying to figure out if she meant fabric with bananas printed on it, or something else I didn't understand. Thank you for clarifying. lol
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    Charcoal and cream, grey and white, etc. are so basic, really neutral colors, that I would really consider the colors that are your personal favorites.I would personally put use shades of rose with it, but I know that is not current style - however, it is my favorite. Asking what will go with ticking is like asking what colors can you wear with blue jeans.Go with what you love.

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    I have a red ticking bed skirt and my quilt has a red and cream toile print. I made pillow cases with a rusty red fabric with the ticking as an accent.
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    I've seen some cute stuff with ticking using cherries or strawberries or bandana prints or most any sort of country prints in reds/dk. reds....Even seen some cute stuff with some old fashioned juvenile prints or railroad prints( trains/cabooses/etc)
    LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU COME UP WITH.
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    I would say any plaid that is in gender neutral colors.
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    Ticking makes a great background for applique...you can use any colors that you like!

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    I would say check out some of the fabric lines and see which one tickles your fancy. To me (without seeing it) the colors you describe reminds to me of the new england beachy saltbox look. That would mean a powder blue with those colors in the print. Blue, grey, cream, sand, and white.

    But, you could find a brown floral print with the grey and cream in it and go that way too. Kinda cottage shabby look. Painted distressed furniture, florals, and feminine accents. Brown, cream and grey with a touch of green.

    Then there is the 60s soft look with large paisleys that is very popular now. You just need to find one with those colors as a part of the print to make it all work together. Simple lines on the furniture, watercolor paintings on the walls and some metal accents.

    How fun to have a new room to decorate. What kind of furniture and decorating accents are you going to use?
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    I love the look of the ticking fabrics along with other colors....the "retro" feel of it especially...I think since its charcoal and cream that it is really pretty neutral and you can put most anything with it...maybe even make a couple of different ones and change them out....(says the girl who has so many ufos I should be on a Roswell special....lol). Be sure and post some pics of what you decide to do, ok?
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    Toile in any color-green, blue, red, black or even pink. I love toile and ticking together, and having charcoal as a base pretty much opens you up to any accent color.

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    I immediately thought of large cabbage roses.

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    I think that your initial thought of red and aqua would be stunning.
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    I say take that fabric to the store and look at all the combinations that suit your fancy. That's the fun part! I will put that fabric across my cart or on the table at the quilt shop and lay all kinds of stuff with it. One or two will just talk to me and that will be the winner! If it's not screaming to you "I'm the one - I'm the one!" - Put it back and look some more. It will reveal itself to you pretty quickly. Don't rule out anything until you look at it side by side. Happy Hunting :-)

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    Depends on what the overall look/feel of the room to be! You could go Americana with reds, blues, bandana, and geometrics like stars. Or, you could go 50's with a fun graphic like red cherries and black trim. Or, you could easily go country with dusty colors and lush florals. If it were me? I'd go for a modern urban look, as that's what my whole house looks like, and stick with greys, creams, graphits, blue-greys, and a bit of chocolate brown to make it pop. I'd also consider adding a bit of velvet or dupioni to make it a little more luxurious feeling.

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    I would use strong colors and no small prints (I think they would loose their impact). Solids, tone on tone, florals....
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    Large florals work great with ticking. and solids. i love ticking. Remember when pillows and mattresses were made with ticking. And dish towels.

    Please show us when you find the right fabrics!
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    homespuns may go with the ticking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    ... I like to mix banana prints with the ticking for some of my crib quilts.
    I visualized this and thought...oh well, different strokes for different folks! LOL

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    For me it would be a large charcoal floral print on a cream background with a simple red binding and I would make pillow shams of charcoal, cream with a splash of red.

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    For me it would be a large charcoal floral print on a cream background with a simple red binding and I would make pillow shams of charcoal, cream with a splash of red.

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    There are so many design options that ticking would work into! New England beachy, Shabby Chic, a Cabbage Rose motif, and on and on! Think of it as a base design layer.

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