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Thread: What do you think is the best SOLID fabric?

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    Which brand of solid color fabric do you like best? And why? Is it the range or depth of colors? The feel? The way it washes? Or something else?

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    I like Kona - it goes on sale a lot, has lots of colors, and works up nicely.

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    Kona cotton is very good fabric & has lots of colors to choose from. That's what I buy.

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    Me too. Kona seems to be what I lean toward.

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    I usually try to avoid solids. I do not like working with them I prefer a tone on tone. If I need a solid it will be Kona

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    Kona for solids, especially for a true dark black.

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    i too prefer a little movement in my fabric and typically use moda marbles.

    when i do use a true solid its kona cotton and i like it because the color stays true after repeated washings.

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    I generally use Kona.

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    Is there any other than Kona lol. Only use kona if I use solid. Much prefer tone on tone.

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    Kona gets my vote too, and I like the range - especially when they have several shades of the same colour. Mind you, my vote is probably influenced because it's the only one I seem to be able to get. Hancocks will send it here, but I have never seen it on sale, sniff, sniff, wiping tear away from eye.

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    I had a salesman explain to me years ago about Kona black fabric. Other companies at the end of a day will dump all their dyes in one large vat. That is why you get some blacks with some color overtures, if there are to much of one color going into the batch. But, Kona makes true black dye for their fabric.

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    Lots of fabric stores have kona.....for some reason they vary in feel and price.... take some pieces of fabric from the fabric your using to match the weight or feel of what you have :D

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    Kona is my favorite. I like the way it feels and I like to work with it.

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    I generally choose marbles over solids, but when I do use solid, Kona is my favorite. It feels so nice!

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    The Kona I put in my daughter's tiger quilt (made in the 1990's) way outlasted the other fabrics I had with it.

    I've cut WAAAAY back on my fabric buying in the last few years, so my info may not be up to date- but back then, not all the bolts of Kona (at Hancock's - or Minnesota Fabrics, as the store in that location was known then) that had the same color name on the end of the bolt were exactly the same shade of that color.

    I don't know if there were variations in the dye lots then or not - I'm thinking there were.

    I don't know if that is still true or not.

    I do like the Kona, overall, but it seems to have a bit more "heft" to it than some of the other quilting cottons.

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    I really love kona. They have great colors and you can always get it on sale. Use a lot of it in PP. Joyce Ann

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    Moda Marbles here. If I need a true solid..Kona.

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    For solid black fabric I like Kona Amish black. It's the blackest of the black. The only place I have found to buy it is at Keepsakesquilting.

    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/9738.htm

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    Wow. Nobody mentioned ANYTHING else but Kona! It's clearly a landslide vote!

    They do, by far, have the widest range of colors, though there still are colors I'm looking for that they don't have.

    Have any of you tried RJR's Cotton Supreme? I don't know if it's quite as beefy as the Kona... but it's a little softer to the touch. I prefer the RJR black over the Kona black, 'cause the RJR does not develop as much of a "shine" during ironing. As to the whole "shine" issue, I found that Springs Quilters Only solids didn't "shine up" at all. Moot point now, as Springs is not making that line anymore. (Well, maybe they will do some just for JoAnn's...)

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    i hardly ever use solids, but when i do it's kona amish.

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    I love the Kona, but for black, I found a Michael Miller really deep dark black and I LOVE it. Great feel, doesn't shred, and it has such a great depth - perfect for the stained glass window effect, etc.

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    Northcutt has a black cotton sateen that has a great feel. One side has a sheen (like polished cotton) and the other side is flat. No one here stocks it, so I have to special order it from my LQS. I'm waiting for an order to come in now, and have asked that they also get the cream. You can use either side or both for a different look.

    Otherwise, I use Kona cottons. The quality is good and there is a wide color selection. Hobby Lobby always has it, and it's usually on sale.

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    In light of the recent post regarding the quality of Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman, I thought I'd bring up this post again:

    Who makes the best solid color fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I usually try to avoid solids. I do not like working with them I prefer a tone on tone. If I need a solid it will be Kona
    Solids to me are like vegetables. I prefer dessert.

    That said, Kona usually, if I can't find a tone on tone...

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    Keepsakes sells the true Amish black Kona. It's the blackest of the black fabric. One you see it you'll never want any other black color fabric.

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