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Thread: When you use white background what kind of material do you use?

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    Do you use white muslin or just a white material, such as moda or kona? Just curious. I'm referring to the background.

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    My preference is Kona. Kona anytime I need solid fabric except for wallhangings.

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    I like to use white on white.

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    My mother used nothing but white for borders and sashing so I've sworn that I never will (You'll find a lot of what I do in quilting consists of rejecting whatever it is my mother did:)) When a pattern calls for white, I love love love white fabric with a white screen print on it. It gives it a nice texture and keeps it from looking boring, but it's subtle enough to relegate itself to the background and let the colored peices shine. For the quilt in my pic, I used an ivory with a white screenprint.

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    I use any white I feel like at the time. Sometimes it's muslin and sometimes it's white on white. Really just depends on what I'm doing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2
    My preference is Kona. Kona anytime I need solid fabric except for wallhangings.
    I prefer Kona also but I am curious as to why you don't use it in a wallhangings?

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    Ditto!

    Quote Originally Posted by mmdquilts
    I use any white I feel like at the time. Sometimes it's muslin and sometimes it's white on white. Really just depends on what I'm doing with it.

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    I like Kona. I like a tone on tone pattern.

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    I use Kona Snow. I buy it by the bolt from Hancock's of Paducah. It isn't as bright as regular white and its not an off white. Just a color of its own! If I use muslin in a quilt, I use Moda muslin which I buy by the bolt also! I also buy Kona black by the bolt! I guess I'm boring!

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    White screen print on white. I like to mix the screen prints as well for different texture.

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    I only used kona once and it frays way to much for me, but on the upside it does have a nice weight and feel. I prefer a heavy muslin(Legacy) or a white on white print.

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    I use both muslin and regular white cotton fabric - like everyone else depends on the project - if its an antique-y looking quilt I will use muslin - otherwise I love good old white for borders, sashing - it looks very clean and crisp.

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    where is Kona muslin made?? i noticed Legacy muslin is made in China.
    ah, found it. Pakistan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    I like to use white on white.
    Yes, this is what I use too when I use white. When I use a color, I use Kona or Quilter's cotton

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    I really love the bamboo/cotton muslin I bought in Joann's last year. Enough so that I went and bought a second bolt.

    Otherwise, I use high quality white sheets- thread count about 250. I know that many don't like to use sheets, but I buy sheets and sheet sets in Ross or TJMaxx and don't care if they are irregular. The first thing I do is rip off the elastic on the fitted, and tear it into rectangles more easily used.

    I often use the fitted sheet (of any color) as the sashing in a quilt, then I use the flat sheet for a backing, and give the quilt with the pillowcases, which match exactly.

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    Thank you all for your wonderful insight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    I often use the fitted sheet (of any color) as the sashing in a quilt, then I use the flat sheet for a backing, and give the quilt with the pillowcases, which match exactly.

    BRILLIANT!

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    Usually muslin. Sometimes a white on white if it really sings to me.

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    I like white on white. If the print is too glaring I use the wrong side of the fabric.

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    I love white on whites, but I have such trouble telling the front side from the back side, that I have almost given up on them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    I like to use white on white.
    That's my preference too :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    I like to use white on white.
    I'm with Peg. I like to use a W-O-W print. It is subtle, but adds a certain something that you just don't get from plain solid white or bleached muslin. Just MHO.

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    I like white on white.

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    depends on the project---i've used plenty of muslin- i love Kona Snow-
    i like white on whites-
    when i need a white i go shopping- touch them- look at them-- and choose the one i want for that project- varies day to day- project to project

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    the way to know which is the right side of WOW is when you are sitting down at the machine and using pieces of WOW, put the WOW piece on top of your thigh and you will easily be able to tell. The right side really shows up and the wrong side is dull. Has something to do with getting it out of the light.

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