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Thread: Reproduction White Background Fabric Ideas???

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    Reproduction White Background Fabric Ideas???

    I am trying to locate solid white background fabric for an 1850-1860 reproduction red and green applique quilt I am planning. I would like a fairly thick fabric that will hold the large size applique shapes well, is not blindingly white, and not a broadcloth texture. I know little about the whites of that era, but it doesn't seem like the fabrics then were likely to be as 100% pure white as the modern fabrics are.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to who makes good background fabrics?

    Thanks so much for any and all help!

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    How about Kona Snow? It's off white and very nice to work with.

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    I agree with Easy Peezy. Kona solids are some of the best in the industry and Kona Snow would be a very good choice.
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    Kona makes one called “prepared for dye” or something like that and I bought a bolt of it. I love working with it.
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    Marucs specializes in reproduction fabrics. Judie Rothermel designs the Centennial Solids line for Marcus; I don't know if they make a white, but there is sure to be a cream. They also have a line of aged muslins.

    https://www.fatquartershop.com/nsear...tennial+solids
    https://www.fatquartershop.com/nsearch/?q=muslin+marcus
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    Have you considered muslin?

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    They make white on white fabrics with small prints but they also make white on beige or cream that might work. I find that most of those have a good weight.

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    I always use Kona white when doing reproduction type quilts, I love the feel of it as does the recipient.
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    I'm using a Kona Porcelain. It's not bright white. I'm like you and I wouldn't tend to think they had bright white in the 1800s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    Kona makes one called “prepared for dye” or something like that and I bought a bolt of it. I love working with it.
    what I was going to suggest--it doesn't have a weird finish on it and it seems little less sheer than most.

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    JoAnn's has a good, higher end white muslin that is just a little on the creamy side. They also have the traditional creamy muslin with the little brown flecks . As with all fabric, feel it and choose the one with the more dense thread count and the one that pleases you. I have found that there a variation in this product from JoAnn's but if I take the time to feel it out, I can get a good product that is not "wimpy" or see through. When I find the one I want, I buy the bolt. It is an investment that pays off for me.

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    The Kona Cottons that I have used - purchased maybe 15 or more years ago - seemed to have more "heft" to them than the other quilting cottons I was using.

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    Kona makes several great white to off white colors...snow is probably the most popular, porcelain and bone . Hobby Lobby carries all of these colors I believe...always stacked on the wall.

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    Kona “Snow” is my favorite. I buy it by the bolt at Hobby Lobby or at Hancocks of Paducah when they have a sale.
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    Thank you all for you responses! You made it much easier for me to get the perfect background material.

    I was able to get a sample of the Kaufman Kona "Snow" and have even washed it to see the "normal" look to the fabric, and you were right, it is going to be a great background for this reproduction quilt- definitely not too white, but not too dull or off-white.

    Thanks again!

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