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    Exclamation Ohio Star Help Needed

    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?

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    It's your quilt. You can do anything you want to do. There are no rules in quilting. Just please yourself.

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    That was a quilt police answer. I agree...suit yourself. Both the quilts I have from grandmother, made in the 30s, have solid white backing. They are lovely.
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    I personally wouldn't use white as a backing as white seems to suck in the dirt, especially in my house! BUT....it's your quilt and you make it with whatever fabrics and with whatever technique/quilting/bindings that works for you.

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    If you want white do white. Who has the right to tell you what color you need to make the back, unless they are paying you to make this quilt. Grace
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    too funny---i've been a pretty (real quilter) for something like 35 years...and have many many quilts with white backs- and with white backgrounds- and i know many, many quilters who always use white- trying to get them to be adventurous and use a print is like pulling teeth...so i just find this statement funny-
    as a quilter you should use what you want that works best for the outcome you are looking for
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    OMG ... too funny!

    Traditionally the backs were white or muslin ... It's only in recent times that quilters stepped outside of the traditional white box and went to pieced backings or coloured or printed.

    OMG ... again, too funny!
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    If you like and want white - use it. I, myself, love white or other solid colors on the back of quilts because I love to see the quilting patterns on the backs when the quilts are finished.

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    Printed quilt backs don't allow the quilting design to show at all, in my opinion, if white pleases you, use it. Many of my quilts have white backs, and I buy that fabric by the bolt!

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    "Real quilters" do what they want and ignore people that clearly don't know what they're talking about.

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    I'm so glad you asked that question!! I have tons of plain muslin and have been wondering about using it for backing on my lap quilts. I know back when I was young (gazilllions of years ago) my Grandmother's quilts almost always had white backings (mostly from flour sacks I think) but all the ones I have seen in the past several years have always had prints for the backing....Hot Dog, now I feel better....Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    "Real quilters" do what they want and ignore people that clearly don't know what they're talking about.
    Could not have said it any better! The friend sounds like she may be a little bossy and hard to please.
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    I've used white for backings alot!
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    "Real" quilters???? And what are you, an imaginary quilter? Will you have an imaginary quilt? That's the silliest thing I've heard in a while.
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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?
    tell her &^$## *^$%@#
    then do as you please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    "Real quilters" do what they want and ignore people that clearly don't know what they're talking about.

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    Back a hundred years ago, my quilting teacher told us to use a patterned back if you didn't want your quilting mistakes to show. Maybe that's what your "friend" was thinking of. I used to always use muslin backing and only recently started using print backing. I go with what looks the best!
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    My mother-in-law would turn over in her grave if any of us would use anything but white for the backing for any of her quilt tops.
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    "real quilters"? mmm ok. I love white. Tell her to stuff it

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    I have not seen anything except white until recently. I do patterns on lap quilts because both sides will be seen, but bed quilts are white for sure. I do my table runners white no matter what color they are because I can see the quilting. It's your quilt. Do what you wish.

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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?
    If thats the case, I'm going to lock my doors to keep the quilt police out!! I am quilting a quilt with a white back as we speak (type). Don't tell your friend!!!

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    When I started quiliting in the early 80's we were taught to use muslin. I always preferred the natural rather than white. Now I use what ever I have on hand. Printed backing can get quite expensive. I have even used sheets thaty I got on sale. the gal that does my long arm work shes she has no problem using sheets. They make a strong backing that is fine when I make quilts for the grandchildren. Use what you want!!!

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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?
    I frequently put white or WOW (white on white) backing for my quilts. I get a colored quilt on the front side and, depending on how well the quilting design fits, a solid white trapunto quilt on the back.

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    Put what you want, just remember it really shows the quilting well, the white, so if you want to show off your beautiful quilting go for it. I like using a colored background though that way I can flip it over if I am wanting a different look on my bed. Whatever floats your boat.
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