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Thread: What are tone on tone fabrics?

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    I am thinking of making an embroidery quilt that calls for white tone on tone fabrics. The pattern is called "Winter Wonderland" by Crabapple Hill Studio. So what are tone on tone prints? Or what do you suggest for the embroidery fabric for that design? Would muslin work?
    Thanks for your suggestions. What a wonderful board!

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    Tone on Tone or TOT is fabric that has color on color that is very close in value. It gives a quilt "texture" and depth.

    White on white is a TOT fabric. The picture of your avatar usese TOT fabrics as well. :D

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    Tone on tone is for example, a white fabric with a white design printed on it. It can be any color, but the most popular and easy to find are white and beige. I would not use muslin for machine embroidery (I assume that is what you are doing) because it shrinks. Also, muslin is not a great quality material. For machine embroidery I want my fabric to be the best quality I can afford. Plain white works great for me.

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    Tone on tone is a fabric that is printed with a design of basically the same color as the fabric, such as white stars on white fabric, or white leaves on white fabric. It is usually very pretty fabric. I love to use it for background fabrics. It's nice because there's a very subtle design in the fabric.

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    This is for hand embroidery.

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    I wouldn't use a tone on tone for embroidery because some of the printed designs are so thick for the needle to go through. A plain or mottled fabric would be easier to work with.

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    Great picture Marsye. Some of the thicker parts of the white are hard for the needle to go through; that's the reason I wouldn't use a tone on tone for embroidery (either by hand or machine).

    Moda has a beautiful line of mottled fabrics called Marbles. http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabri...a-marbles.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x

    Moda has a beautiful line of mottled fabrics called Marbles. http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabri...a-marbles.aspx
    Moda marbles are my absolutely most favorite fabric. We used to have a fabric store in town that carried every one of that line and I was in there all the time. They went out of business in their store and just do on-line selling now, and I miss them a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Great picture Marsye. Some of the thicker parts of the white are hard for the needle to go through; that's the reason I wouldn't use a tone on tone for embroidery (either by hand or machine).

    Moda has a beautiful line of mottled fabrics called Marbles. http://www.fabric.com/quilting-fabri...a-marbles.aspx
    Those are beautiful- ohhhhhhh I love Moda fabrics :D

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    It can be any color, tone on tone more or less give a colors the look of texture.

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    Here's the link:
    http://www.crabapplehillstudio.com/i...onderland.aspx

    Thanks for all your good advice. Love the info!

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    That's an adorable pattern. Snow Fairy Frost fabric would make a fabulous background for that. http://www.fabricdepot.com/index.php...=fairy%20frost

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    thanks everyone for the links and comments, it is wonderful learning from each other

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    That's an adorable pattern. Snow Fairy Frost fabric would make a fabulous background for that. http://www.fabricdepot.com/index.php...=fairy%20frost
    Thanks, Judy! I really like that fabric. Thanks for the link.

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    I love tone on tone fabric. It's so pretty in an understated sort of way.

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    Our sewing group did this last year and it came out beautifully. We did modify and used only some of the "stars". We thought it made the finished quilt too busy with all of them. We did the embroidery in DMC 832 blue and blue and white fabrics for the back, border and stars. It came out great and was donated for a raffle the women's club at our church held. Proceeds went to various charities. If I can find a pic of it, I will post it.
    Gloria

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