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Thread: Mixing White and Cream

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    Junior Member KSCrafter's Avatar
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    I've been working on a scrap quilt with dark prints and off-white (or cream-based) lights. I'm going to make another scrap quilt and would like to hear opinions on mixing whites and creams for the light portions of quilts. Is that a no-no? Or is it okay? In the quilt I made, some of the creams were prints with bits of color on them- little swirls of blue, or pink flowers- but I didn't mix them with white.

    What do you prefer?

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    Personally, I would stick with one or the other for light portions, even though it is a scrap quilt. I might go with cream or off white in a scrap quilt. JMHO

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    I mix them in scrap quilts

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    I saw several pictures of the Ohmigosh quilt with mixed white and cream shirting fabric. To my eye, I saw the difference and it bothered me, possibly because it wasn't "mixed" well enough - I saw lighter areas and darker areas. I personally would stick with one or the other.

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    It's up to you.

    I'm handquilting a quilt with a mix of reds, whites and creams. I think it works, someone else might not care for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    It's up to you.

    I'm handquilting a quilt with a mix of reds, whites and creams. I think it works, someone else might not care for it.
    It looks beautiful to me. I like the subtle changes of color.

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    Oh, that quilt is awesome. Looks nice to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hinterland
    It's up to you.

    I'm handquilting a quilt with a mix of reds, whites and creams. I think it works, someone else might not care for it.
    Looks lovely, I like it very much. Thanks, wouldn't have thought they would look so nice together.

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    I was originally going to say that I always stick with either one or the other, but after seeing Hinterland's photo, I think I am having a change of heart. This blend of white and goldish-creams works very very well with that red.

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    Well if it is all whites and creams, it is elegant when arranged nicely. But, if you meant within the blocks it is mixed with other colors, I doubt it would be pleasing. Might even stand out like my wrinkles !!!!

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    Oh Janet, that more than works!!!

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    I mix them in scrap quilts.

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    Hinterland,
    Your quilt is beautiful! :)

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    Wow...that red, white and cream is gorgeous...Beautiful quilting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    Oh Janet, that more than works!!!
    Thanks, everyone! I didn't mean to hijack the thread, though. But yes, it can work very nicely, particularly if the quilt is scrappy to begin with.

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    I would absolutely mix them...

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    I mix them in scrap quilts all the time. And, depending on the project, I don't stick to tone-on-tone. I will mix in prints, as well, as long as they aren't too strong.

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    I have found that mixing white-white with creamy-white can give that extra zing to a quilt.

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    use as many whites/creams as you can. gives the quilt much more character.

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    I know it as "muckled up" backgrounds (old Mary Ellen Hopkins talk) and feel just about any quilt is more interesting with it.

    In your case it reeeeeealy works!

    Jan in VA

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    I love the mixed shades of light. It truly is a scrappy then. The border can provide a place for the eye to rest. or a sashing, or ??

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    I mix them all the time!!! I guess you're getting mixed reviews on this, but it's your quilt. Play with it and see what you thing.

    Hinterland your quilt is Striking!!! Love the colors and quilting!

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    beautiful

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    I think it depends on the pattern as to whether they work together....I like off white better than white white so off white and creams can really work great....est if the cream has white in some of them...the tones will dictate if they work...just try them and see how they look in the new pattern...

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    HInterland, you proved what I meant to say when I saw this topic. Just be sure to intermingle everything and it will be amazing. Though, being scientist-trained, I've learned that Random does not mean that two of the same will never touch. and even that does work beautifully!

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