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    Question Regarding Using Black Fabric in Quilts

    Need your insight! I am thinking of making the quilt shown below for my GD for her wedding. However, I am hesitant to use so much black. Afraid it will fade over time and pick up lint.

    Wondering if any of you have used black backgrounds and how they held up under laundering and UV rays.

    Thank you for your help.

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    The background on my DH's quilt is black. I'm more concerned about bleeding. that is why I prewash the dickens out of the black. It should be ok if it isn't going to be in the sun like near a window. If so just lower any blinds. When she goes to wash, if she uses a pre spot or pre stain remover (Shout, etc.) she should be able to wash in cold water. I wash most of my bed covers in cold water. Not too many wash bed covers like quilts very often. Once maybeee 2x a year. If that much. Beautiful quilt by the way!

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    I don't think it's too much black! She will love it!

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    Any color will fade over time when exposed to UV light. But my experience has been that a good high quality fabric will hold up better over time. So for this quilt I would use either Moda Bella solids black or Kaufman Kona in black. Either will work well.

    I made a quilt with a predominantly black background for my brother. It was not a solid but a mottled dark done with fossil ferns line. He does not have pets and the quilt is not exposed to direct sunlight and it looks as good as the day I made it 5 years later. However, while hand quilting it, every cat hair showed up like crazy on it. I had 5 at the time and all are light in color. It took two washes and about half of one sticky tape roller to get it all off.

    So if your GD has light colored cats or dogs allowed on furniture then, yes their fur will show up on that black like all get out. But I don't think that should deter you. It is a beautiful quilt and I love brights mixed with black. It is so striking and that is a gorgeous quilt you pictured.

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    ​All fabric fade over time but that black looks great with the brights. Another positive note is black will stay looking clean longer so it will be washed less often.

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    Beautiful Quilt! I have found when using a lot of black in a quilt make sure it all came off the same bolt. I bought black off two different bolts, same brand, all same numbers. After quilting was done, before washing, I noticed they were not the same shade of black. After washing you could still see the difference. Not enough for most people to notice, but I could.

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    It is a very beautiful quilt and yes i have used black on a back of my quilt and I do find it does pick up lint up and cat hair but it will be on my bed so ya guess I will have to get use to it. I'm hoping over time it doesn't not fade. I think it also depends on the black that you use, I have the same ordeal when I use white. I'm afraid of the quilt bleeding the other colors onto it and staining.

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    Thank you, everyone, for your insight. I love this quilt too. My GD is an artist and even though I know she would love a "traditional" quilt, I believe she would really appreciate this one. I can always make her another one, right???

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    Beautiful quilt. I have used black - Kona - in a quilt and love it. I don't have pets but I don't notice it picking up lint much. As far as fading I made the quilt a year ago so really not enough time to tell.

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    I use lots of solid black, I think it gives a great dramatic effect to a quilt. I do preWash it however!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citruscountyquilter View Post
    Beautiful quilt. I have used black - Kona - in a quilt and love it. I don't have pets but I don't notice it picking up lint much. As far as fading I made the quilt a year ago so really not enough time to tell.
    I used Kona black in only one quilt and washed the black before cutting. There was no bleeding in the wash and it dried the darkest black I've ever seen. I haven't seen the quilt since I gifted it.
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    You might want to choose black batting, so that there is no bearding of white batt fibers.

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    Very lovely quilt with bright colors. My only suggestions is to use a dark gray on top and the black in the bobbin so that you can see your piecing stitches. Be sure to buy enough of a 1st quality black fabric because black can be a bear to match if you should run short.
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    I use alot of Black. May I reccomend the Amish Black from Keepsake Quilting. Excellent quality fabric and the price is good also!

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    I do prewash black when I use it. I used black patterns from the same company so when they did fade (after about 25 years), they sort of faded the same.
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    I also like Amish Black from Keepsake Quilting, and another to consider is Jet Black from Michael Miller. There is no darker black out there.

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    I use black background often. In my experience the cheaper purchases have faded to a dark, dark grey. This is still acceptable to the pattern. The expensive purchases seem to hold colour better. I worry about colour fade more with reds and blues and purple.
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    Juist be sire to use the SAME black in the whole quilt. It is like some other colors, may look the same originally but will not look the same after many washings. (Unless of course you use a lot of different blacks as in a scrap quilt, then it is okay).

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    That's a beauty. I have a quilt made in the 80s with a black background. The fabric quality was good, but it has faded from the original. That, to me, shows it has been used and loved. Most quilts, coverlets, comforter covers from stores also fade somewhat. Most strong colors fade a bit, but that adds to the beauty IMHO.
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    Totally agree with Feline Fanatic

    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Any color will fade over time when exposed to UV light. But my experience has been that a good high quality fabric will hold up better over time. So for this quilt I would use either Moda Bella solids black or Kaufman Kona in black. Either will work well.

    I made a quilt with a predominantly black background for my brother. It was not a solid but a mottled dark done with fossil ferns line. He does not have pets and the quilt is not exposed to direct sunlight and it looks as good as the day I made it 5 years later. However, while hand quilting it, every cat hair showed up like crazy on it. I had 5 at the time and all are light in color. It took two washes and about half of one sticky tape roller to get it all off.

    So if your GD has light colored cats or dogs allowed on furniture then, yes their fur will show up on that black like all get out. But I don't think that should deter you. It is a beautiful quilt and I love brights mixed with black. It is so striking and that is a gorgeous quilt you pictured.
    I have used both Moda and Kaufman Kona blacks, pre-soaked until water is clear, washed, and cut with sucess. Never had a 'bleeding' problem or a fading problem. By washing in cold water and protecting from UVs, as you would do with any quilt, it should be beautiful for many years.

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    I have made many quilts with black as a main color..black is like any other color when it comes to having lint and piles on it..the better the material. ..the less change of the piling..I always wash all my quilts in cold water with white vinegar the first time..it sets the colors ..after going that..none have ever bleed..the black won't wash out any faster than the other colors in the sun..u just notice it more..being in the sun is not good for any color..the material in time becomes weak..black is a great accent color..I think u will enjoy it ..if u put your worries over the color away..treat it like any other color..great quilt pattern..it will beautiful...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    You might want to choose black batting, so that there is no bearding of white batt fibers.
    Daylesewblessed: Thank you for this reminder.

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    Beautiful quilt. I just washed some Kona black yesterday and soaked it first in the sink to see if it released any dye. I was pleasantly surprised that the water showed absolutely no sign of any dye being released.

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    That is a thing of beauty. She will be so delighted.

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    Making a black (mostly) quilt is one time I absolutely use Kona. Have not had negative results.

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