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Thread: Ohio Star Help Needed

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    I prefer to use print or colors on the back , it makes a second quilt when reversed (2 for 1) when I use a figured white, it makes the second quilt when it is quilted in colored thread everyone gets to make their choices, isn't that a great plan???

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    You do what you want for the backing, I am into using what I have even if I have to piece. Go for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GammaLou View Post
    I am just starting to make an Ohio Star quilt in (of course) red and white. I was planning on making the back in plain white but I friend of mine said that 'real' quilters don't put white on the back of their quilts. What's up with that?
    Hey, GammaLou--What is the definition of a 'real' quilter? My high school students frequently asked me if my rings were 'real.' "Do you think you're having hallucinations?" I replied. "Do we need to send for an ambulance?"

    I love using both bleached and unbleached muslin as quilt backs. The friend who does long arm quilting for me has begun to like those backs because the quilting shows up better on those fabrics than on prints.

    And, just for the record, my 'real' rings were set with fabulous Austrian crystals. "Don't tell anyone," a jeweler friend advised me. "Only a jeweler with a loop will be able to tell the difference, and he or she would never tell."

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    Others are right - quilts always had white or muslin backings. I use both and a lot of them have had white or off white backings. I like to save most colored or printed fabrics for the fronts.
    I'm glad none of my friends know anything at all about quilting. Or I would dump them. I don't have time for that kind of person.
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    I'm not sure I'd like to meet these "real quilters" they sound mean.
    I actually have some quilts from the 30's and guess what? they are backed in white

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    I think some people may have turned away from white backs because you can see the quilting so well and busy backs hide flaws. But I believe a white or natural colored back can be beautiful. And absolutely nothing beats a red and white quilt!

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    I too agree with almost everyone....use what you want to and what you like.

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    I love white on the back, why do all that quilting if you can't see it

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    There is no such rule that I have ever heard of and your Quilt Police friend is not an authority (I hope) on quilting rules and regulations. Because apparently just about anything is OK - and it's your quilt to do with as you please.

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    If you want a white back then that is what you should do. Be a rebel! Not really, goodness gracious it is your quilt and if you want the back white then that is what it should be.
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    I think white looks great for a backing. Your top will have lots of white so I think it's great choice. Your quilting will show up great on the back as well the front. I personally like to have the thread match the backing but that's only my choice. You choose what you want, don't listen to someone that may have different tastes than you do.
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    And the reason great grandma and grandma used white on the back with white backgrounds and pretty reds used for the patchwork or piecing was they wanted to try for a white background throughout the washing life of the quilt! White niot Pink and they didn't have those color catching sheets! rofl Real quilters are too busy figuring out their next design to worry about the unsolicited advice of the quilt police!

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    Your quilt, your choice
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    Oh my, the white background has been used throughout history, some to save expences, others to show off the wonderful quilting. So please do use a white backgroung if you wish. I have used lots of prints, as I wish, some to hide my new quilting skills, some for a different look on the back of the quilt. I just was given a hand stitched star quilt with white background made with brighter 50's prints from a friends mom's stash and I plan to use white to add to the quilt. So go for it, remember it's yours and have fun.
    Robbi

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    Lou,
    It is your quilt and you do it the way you want. I have used white on the back of quilts and I feel that I am a 'real' quilter. So go for it. Please post picture of your quilt when finished.

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