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Thread: What is the very best solid white cotton?

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    What is the very best solid white cotton?

    I have been collecting polka dots for a while now, to make various star blocks with white background and sashing in a quilt for myself. For the last quilt I bought Kona solid white, $9.95/yard), and while it had a nice finish it ravelled (unravelled?) badly. I have to admit I did not wash it before using it. (I just hate how fabrics lose their sleek finish and starching doesn't seem to take it's place for me.)

    Is there a really outstanding solid white that someone knows about and can recommend to me?

    Thanks a lot for helping me -- this site is definitely my Go-To for all quilt-related matters.

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    Was that Kona Kaufman? I've been using KK and starch heavily and never had
    this problem. I use it washed as well as unwashed depending on the project.

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    I have been quilting for over 30 years and it seems to me that most fabrics are made where they easily unravel. At Hancock's of Paducah RK Kona cotton is $5.98 a yard.
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    I just finished a quilt using black Kona for the background. I did not like the raveling either. Tired of the black threads all over my carpeting! I would recommend Moda Bella solid. I have used it before and have really liked it. It comes in lots of colors and I believe they may have a few different shades of white.

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    I'll second Moda Bella solids. Check www.thousandsofbolts.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Was that Kona Kaufman? I've been using KK and starch heavily and never had
    this problem. I use it washed as well as unwashed depending on the project.
    I cannot be sure...I don't think the cardboard center said Kaufman.

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    My personal favorite is Bella solids, then I go for Kona.

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    I'm doing just fine with a good bed sheet. I may curse the thread count when I quilt it, but it handles great and looks great and was a very thrifty option!
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    I'll add in a vote for Moda Bella - I find Kona a bit too thick and harder to work with.

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    I use both the Bella solids & the Kona's. I like both. I order them from MSQC for $5.95 a yd. I've been happy with both brands. But, as others have said, I make sure I starch mine before cutting.
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    I have used Kaufman's Kona Cotton, Moda Bella solids, and Michael Miller. I think I like Moda and Michael Miller better than Kona. It seems to me that some Kona's are heavier than others. I used a navy blue in a quilt and it was delightful, but I have some Kona off white on the shelf that is stiff and when I tried to see how it would needle for hand quilting I found it a little on the difficult side. Since I have 18 years of it I'll just wash it numerous times to see if it works better. If not, I'll deal with it. Roc Lon makes a 78 count muslin that is nice. The Roc Lon that Joann's carry is not the 78 count -- I would guess it isn't even 60.

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    My vote goes to Moda Bella. I like all colors of it.

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    Well, I had Moda Bella bleached white in my shopping cart on-line, and decided to drive to a Hancock's to see what they might have. I compared their Kona to their own version (I forget the name) and then ended up with bleached white muslin... It seems to be as tight a weave, is whiter, and I am just about to wash it and see how it survives/feels, etc.

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