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    Love your quilt top!

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    Very nice quilt - you did a great job!!

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    I personally use medium to dark colors for backing most of the time. I've not had a problem so far with them, but I haven't used white or even really light pastels on the tops either.

    Since you are concerned about the color, I would go with one of the lighter orange fabrics rather that the darkest or brightest orange.

    You might also consider using a white polar fleece as your batting to eliminate see through. Although I think any white "felted" batting would work well for you. I would not recommend using a poly fiber batting as that would probably not be dense enough to prevent shadowing.

    You've done a beautiful job on this!

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    Your quilt is fabulous! I have done quilts with a lot of white on the front and use either Warm & Natural or Warm & White and never have had a problem with the backing showing through. Although, I tend to use more lighter colors on the back. I think the idea with a mottled orange would look great!

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    Love your quilt top. The colors are so happy. I will leave the advice to the experts as I as still a newbie.

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    Welcome from Texas. I use a lot of white in my quilt tops, and I use white Warm and Natural batting. I have never had a problem with the backing showing through. An orange should work really well for the back, a lighter orange if you are really concerned about it. I also use white backings often, and that has never been a problem either. I don't drag my quilts around on the floor like a kid would, so they don't get dirty or anything.

    Your quilt top is beautiful, by the way. You have to be proud of it!!!

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    Your quilt is awesome. I would use a medium color backing rather than a dark one.
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    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. You are so generous!

    Sounds like warm and white is the way to go with the bat. I'll have to ensure I get that. I will be sending out for quilting and binding. I've done it myself before, but with an oversized king, it's just too much for me to handle with my 'ol singer. And just not my favorite part of the process.

    After a day of driving to quilt shops, and bringing home a few fat quarter samples for DH, we settled on a Bella solid aqua for the back and an orange w teeny floral motif for binding (right side of photo). (Rejected happily went to my stash: soft orange floral for back, an orange gingham for binding, and a green polka dot for binding.)

    I'll be joining the backing w a vertical strip of my scraps. What do you think?
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    I cannot answer your question, but I wanted to say how beautiful your quilt top is.
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    My last finish has a dark purple mottled back and a lot of cream blocks on the front. No show through with Hobbs 80/20. I never worry about show through even with a poly batt as long as the white is a decent weave. I used a purple varigated thread on the back and cream and tan on the front on the last one.

    Marshall's Dry Goods has some wide backings in mottled colors. Orange?? I don't remember.

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    Hi Erika,
    WOW. What a lovely quilt. The colours are great. From experience if i have white in the top i usually go with a light backing. There are some realy ncie tone on tone creams you could have a look at. It not always that the colour comes through the batting but it takes the whiteness away from the white. If you get what i mean. Try some samples and see. Cheers. Quilter.

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    Your quilt is beautiful, and I love your final choice of backing and binding are a lovely contrast, I hope your DH appreciates all your hard work.

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    I like the idea of the orange backing, perhaps mottled or faint pattern to it If you quilted with white the stitches would show up on the back. I like the look of the back of the quilts too! Warm and natural usually blocks the colors from showing through.

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    That is a really pretty top! So much COLOR. Love it. Your backing won't show through the batting. Most of my quilts have a lot of white on the top, and I use darker colors or all prints on the backing, with Warm and Natural cotton batting. The batting prevents any colors showing through the whites on my tops.

    Once I worried that the natural batting (versus bleached white cotton batting) would dull my whites on the tops, but it doesn't. They look white as ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikaMarie View Post
    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. You are so generous!


    I'll be joining the backing w a vertical strip of my scraps. What do you think?
    I do this all the time! It's like a little "surprise" on the back of the quilt...
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    Absolutely gorgeous quilt! I'd use an orange or yellow backing, with the batting in between I really doubt it would show through the white. You should be very proud, you have made a piece of art.
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    Beautiful quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikaMarie View Post
    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. You are so generous!

    Sounds like warm and white is the way to go with the bat. I'll have to ensure I get that. I will be sending out for quilting and binding. I've done it myself before, but with an oversized king, it's just too much for me to handle with my 'ol singer. And just not my favorite part of the process.

    After a day of driving to quilt shops, and bringing home a few fat quarter samples for DH, we settled on a Bella solid aqua for the back and an orange w teeny floral motif for binding (right side of photo). (Rejected happily went to my stash: soft orange floral for back, an orange gingham for binding, and a green polka dot for binding.)

    I'll be joining the backing w a vertical strip of my scraps. What do you think?
    That will look wonderful!!!

    BTW, if you have a Hobby Lobby near, you can use their 40% off coupon, for your Warm & White.
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    I don't see why you couldn't use a mottled "blender type" orange fabric on the back. I prefer to use Warm & Natural cotton batting, and I haven't had a problem with the backing fabric showing through to the front. The orange would really make the backing pop, especially if you use the stripe of all the front fabrics down the back of the quilt. Great quilt, love the bright colors.

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    Love the aqua!!! And I love planned scrappy backs!!
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    Love your quilt, colors are great. I can't help on the back but would use a mottled orange or peach or like someone said, maybe stripes of different colors in the quilt is you have left over material, including orange in there two.

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    love this pattern! Thanks for sharing1

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    Yes this if your question is regarding the quilting. do use the same color thread on the top as the bottom. By using white on thread for quilting, both top and bottom, and using orange fabric, tone on tone, on the back, you will see a secondary pattern on the back. It will look like a whole cloth quilt.




    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I would wash the backing to make sure it is color fast. If it is, I would go with orange on the back but quilt it with white thread on top and in the bottom bobbin. The white on the orange would make it reversible if you wanted as the quilting design would show up well. Beautiful top!
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    Erika, your quilt is beautiful - your colors really pop!! I must agree that a medium color value would be my choice. Too light and it's wishy-washy, too dark and you chance the dark showing through. Please post photos of your final choice. Remember, there are no quilt police - we do what pleases us. It's already a gorgeous piece of work!!

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    I think orange on the back would work well but I think I would use an orange small print, or as suggested before, a mottled look like Stonehenge has. Both are very forgiving of quilting lines

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