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    I have been told by several quilters that white fabric should not be used in a quilt. I can not figure out why this would be so because it is a good blender. I am not talking about a bright white. I am making another Bento Box quilt and some of the fabrics have a little bit of white so I am using white as the light color and it looks fine to me. Does anyone have any answers to this.

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    I have no idea... maybe because other colors will bleed into them? I used whit red and black on my first quilt and used a color catcher and had no problems so not sure.

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    Well, if it's a law that you can't use white in a quilt, I'm in BIG trouble!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I'd say use the color(s) that you want....

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bag Lady
    I have been told by several quilters that white fabric should not be used in a quilt. I can not figure out why this would be so because it is a good blender. I am not talking about a bright white. I am making another Bento Box quilt and some of the fabrics have a little bit of white so I am using white as the light color and it looks fine to me. Does anyone have any answers to this.
    I am prone to off white or a tone on tone. There are alot of shades of white!

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    Thanks Samantha.

    I had not thought about the bleeding from other colors but it makes a lot of sense. I prewash my fabrics before I use them anyway.

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    I am in trouble too. I have used lots of white on white fabrics in my quilts. I sure hope the quilt police don't come after me.

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    I do use the colors I like and I am going to use white but I just could not figure out why white should not be used. I pre wash all my fabrics anyway. Maybe these people have had a problem with other colors bleeding into the white.

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    My philosophy is "NEVER SAY NEVER". I've used white many times in my quilts. No clue as to why someone would give you that advice.
    If you think it looks good in your quilt and there's not a valid practical reason to eliminate white, I would use it.

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    thanks. I found out that sometimes white is the only thing that looks right with what I am using.

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    The only thing important, is to remember to use white batting instead of the usual off-white when sandwiching the quilt. If you wash fabrics before making the quilt, there shouldn't be a problem with bleeding.

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    I happen to like bright white! My pinwheel top that I just finished has bright white and I love it. If I ever get it quilted, I'll post a picture.

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    There is one other thing you should do besides washing your fabrics so they don't run into the white and using white batting. You need to be careful when pressing your blocks that have white in them. Make sure your iron is very clean because sometimes it leaves dark marks on the white especially on the seam lines. May in Jersey

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    Ditto with sewjoyce. :-D

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    I was once advised not to use white because it has a more see through effect than other fabrics. But I have used it soooo..
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    I use white, especially when doing applique. I have to admit I don't use a lot of white. But definitely if I think it needs white I use white.

    Don't we just love the quilt police. LOL

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    seems like bull to me. There are many quilts that use white and lots of it too. Like for example the first quilt I made was from Quilt in a Day. It required white. Most 2 color quilts are either say blue and white or red and white. I also prewash too. Some of the quilts that I'd love to make require something like 7 yards of white for the background. :D

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    Ive never heard that you shouldn't use white fabric...the only reason I could think of is because white shows dirt more??? I dunno. I'm doing a Cathedral Windows with white. I hope I'm not breaking a law...lol.

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    I'm not a ig fan of flat white, but I often use whites that are tone-on-tone or marbles. It's just a little more interesting.

    Kristy

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    Not using white is a new one on me as well. I had never heard it before. I've used it plenty of times as a background color.

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    Possibly this person doesn't like white. Telling you not to use white is like telling you not to use sugar in your icing. I have and will continue to use white when I want and where it want. Besides, who hired her as quilt police?

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    You can use what you want to use.

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    The only remotely realistic reason to avoid white would be because whites (and blacks) are hard to match up. If you put a dozen whites next to each other, there will be subtle differences. That is one of the reasons you need to be careful with home dyeing - plain white and optical whites take dyes differently.

    Think of all those Baltimore Album quilts done on white backgrounds. By any chance, did the people who told you this work on commission? Plain fabrics are generally cheaper than high-priced blenders and such.

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    Lay pieces of the other fabrics on top of a larger piece of true white, then try them on cream to test which looks best to your eye. Then go with your instincts.

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    One thing I learned about bright white fabric, the one stray bright red thread will find a way to get underneath the white fabric in a very noticeable spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    One thing I learned about bright white fabric, the one stray bright red thread will find a way to get underneath the white fabric in a very noticeable spot.
    Isn't there a law about that?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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