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Thread: Solids other than black...favorite brands?

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    Solids other than black...favorite brands?

    There was recently a discussion about favorite brands of solid black... It was noted (and I agree) that the RK Kona black tends to ravel, and it is not as soft as some other brands.

    i would like to hear your preferences on other colors, including whites, off-whites, creams, and brights.

    In general I love Robert Kaufman fabrics but wonder if their other solids have the properties of the black.

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    Moda Bella Solids are wonderful!!! I have given up on the RK Kona Solids because of the raveling. I made a quilt recently with a RK Jelly roll of brights and a roll of Moda Bella black solids. Well, some of the seams shredded when I washed the quilt and it wasn't the Moda that had shredded. The Moda Bella solids are soooo soft and come in so many delicious colors too! No raveling at all!
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    I really like Connecting Threads and their quilters candy solids....soft, yet durable fabric, great colors, and wonderful service!

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    I am devoted to Kaufman's Kona solids. I don't know if I'm sent a different quality (doubtful) but I have NEVER had a raveling problem.
    The Bella solids are not as true in colour for me; their quality is fine though.
    I use a lot of solids; best prices for the Konas are at fabric.com and maryjo's.

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    i am also a devoted Kona Solids user- i have never had any raveling problems- or rough fabric- all of the Kona solids i have ever used were very good even colors, no fading, bleeding; soft (and like most cottons just get better/softer with age/laundering) and the prices are very reasonable too- i generally purchase Kona solids for $2-$3 per yard less than other quilting fabrics. if i don't dye my own i buy Kona. i've had a few others over the years have never been all that impressed- colors either run- are not true- fade and they tend to be more expensive.
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    I don't think the black in any line of solids is going to be any different than the other colors in that same line. The only difference is the dye color. That said, I stand by Kona Solid and RJR Cotton Supreme in all their colors. I have never had Kona ravel and, because I prewash, it loses any minor roughness it may have had.
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    I buy black and Snow Kona by the bolt. No problems ever

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    I always use Moda Bella solids, as for Black, Keepsake quilting has an amish black, that feels so silky, whenever I use black I order from them. The first time I ever used it, was to line a Crazy Quilted vest I made. I was really impressed with it.

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    I use the Amish black that Keepsake Quilting sells. It's less than $8 a yard, the color does not fade. It's a great product.
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    I have usede Michael Miller's solids which have a finner weave then Kona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    I really like Connecting Threads and their quilters candy solids....soft, yet durable fabric, great colors, and wonderful service!
    Not to mention on sale for $2.96 until 8 AM 08/08! I like their solids, tho I also really like Moda. I find Kona to be just too stiff.
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    I don't like Kona, and adore Moda Bella. I', going to see about that Amish black tho.
    I took this to be a question about other colors than black solids - again Moda Bella in all the gorgeous shades they have. Bonnie Hunter uses a lot of cheddar as a basic and it really does look good with all sorts of colors.
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    I have always used Kona Black, and as a former quilt store manager found that it is the most sought after. We always recommended washing and using Retayne to make your black colorfast and it doesn't run.

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    I used Kona black for the first time this weekend. I prewashed and didn't find too much raveling, nor a significant loss of color, but after cutting into 2" strips and manipulating them during the design process, each strip has tons of eyelashes along its edges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I used Kona black for the first time this weekend. I prewashed and didn't find too much raveling, nor a significant loss of color, but after cutting into 2" strips and manipulating them during the design process, each strip has tons of eyelashes along its edges.
    This too is when I have all the raveling. I rarely use black in any other size than 2 1/2" strips so I guess this is why I think it ravels too much.
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    The reason strips ravel like that (with eyelashes) is because they are not cut on the straight of grain, either lengthwise or crosswise. Cut along one thread, or as close to it as you can, and the edges will not ravel.
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    If I was looking for an Amish black I'd order from Gohn Brothers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    The reason strips ravel like that (with eyelashes) is because they are not cut on the straight of grain, either lengthwise or crosswise. Cut along one thread, or as close to it as you can, and the edges will not ravel.
    Thanks for the tip. This also happened with a RK Kona Jelly Roll though.
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    Haven't bought Kona black recently, used it in the past with no problem - but have used the white /cream shades a lot and had no problems with raveling or anything else. ? Not cutting on grain could cause more raveling too. Also I don't buy Kona at Joann's, IMO it's not the same quality as elsewhere ...

    Haven't tried Moda Bella but I do use a lot of Moda prints ... will have to try and compare
    Last edited by TexasGurl; 08-07-2012 at 08:43 AM.

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