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    Hi every-one, I am coming here for some advice. I haven't completed a quilt yet, but now I am getting ready to find an easy one, my question is. Do you have white in your stash and how much should I purchase. Thank-you.
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    If you want to use white, figure out which color in the pattern you are going to use *white* for, and buy the recommended yardage, that is one way....

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    Just like with any fabric Buy buy buy! I usually dont keep enough white on hand. tone on tone whites are kinda hard to find. I buy muslin by the bolt, in cream and white. Prints I buy 2 yrds at a time.

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    What Leatheflea said. I have lots of whites and tone on tones in my stash. I go in cycles where I use a lot of white then black. You'll figure your style. Good Luck

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    Whites, Tone on Tones, Creams, Tans, you can never have enough. Since you don't have a stash of neutrals yet, let your next few projects guide you and buy extra to stash away. Kona Cottons are great for whites and blacks if you like them that pure. I agree, you will figure out your style. I personally do not have any pure white or black in my stash, lol!

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    White is just like any other solid color, I think. I have several yards of it, but I also have loads of green, blue, light blue, peach, red and tan solids. I'll probably be digging out the white here shortly for a baby quilt but I haven't really needed it for a while.

    As others have said, let your first few projects guide you - unless you see a mamma-jamma sale on white. Then go nuts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twixbar
    Hi every-one, I am coming here for some advice. I haven't completed a quilt yet, but now I am getting ready to find an easy one, my question is. Do you have white in your stash and how much should I purchase. Thank-you.
    I really like this board lots of help and great people.
    I have never used just plain white, but I do use "white on white" fabric. I don't have a whole lot because I just recently decided I like using it in my quilts. As for how much to buy, it depends of if you want to buy enough to add to your stash or just what the pattern calls for. Me, I always buy more than I need - and my stash proves it.. :)

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    Nope not really. I almost never use white as I find it too stark. My avatar picture is the only quilt I made with white and I went back and forth to the store to buy enough.

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    I am like you...working on finishing my first quilt, so my advice may not be as tried and true as others, but, when you are using whites, be sure to use a white batting. If you use a cream color, or a somewhat speckled color, it will/may show through the white fabric, or dull the whitness of the fabric. Also, I have noticed that the white on white fabrics appear to be easier to see through. Kona solids are more substantial and so you will get a truer white since you can,t see through it, but I have read that quilting is seriously more noticable on a solid. I am not a good enough quilter yet to want to do it on a solid. Hope this is useful...Alice

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    I haven't used much white so far, but I did buy some, a whole bolt in fact. That sounds crazy, doesn't it... but I'm sure I'll use it.

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    I love white on white fabrics.

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    When I find QUALITY Fabric on sale, I will buy 10 yards or a whole bolt. I keep black, white, white on white, snow and unbleached muslin on hand in my stash.

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    I have several different white-on-whites in my stash (don't care for plain white) as well as several variations of blacks as well as plain black and several creams. Seems as tho I'm always needing white, black, or cream for something and having some stashed works best for me.

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    I always keep white/cream/beige/off white in the stash - it is very good for making scrappy quilts - mix with all those colors and you always have a winner. Get a lot of fat quarters or yardage - you will use it eventually

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    I used to use alot of white and bought bleached and unbleached muslin by the bolt. But now I use more white on white fabric and rarely ever use just a plain white or natural muslin. I stock up on white on white or natural on natural fabrics when ever I can find a good price , when I do the minimum I purchase is 3 yards .

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    If I find a white on white that is good quality for a good price, I buy as much as I can. White can be used with any quilt, love it with pinwheels, very pretty, like White for contacts in different paper piece designs, and have fun making your quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I haven't used much white so far, but I did buy some, a whole bolt in fact. That sounds crazy, doesn't it... but I'm sure I'll use it.
    How many yards are in a bolt?
    David

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    I love white on white! That is my only sucker kind of buy. If I find a white on white that I love I will buy several yards that I like just in case. You never know when you will need a good white on white.

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    I love white on white! That is my only sucker kind of buy. If I find a white on white that I love I will buy several yards that I like just in case. You never know when you will need a good white on white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR
    White is just like any other solid color, I think. I have several yards of it, but I also have loads of green, blue, light blue, peach, red and tan solids. I'll probably be digging out the white here shortly for a baby quilt but I haven't really needed it for a while.

    As others have said, let your first few projects guide you - unless you see a mamma-jamma sale on white. Then go nuts!
    YES YES YES I agree with you on that!

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    Don't know that I have any solid colors in my stash, excepting a cream muslin.In fact, I'm looking for more white on whites & cream on creams right now.Isn't easy to find good ones, especially on line.Those fabrics can be flimsy & stiff, so like to see what I'm buying.

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    What is the pattern you are showing with your little girls sitting in front of it? My sister would love it!

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    I only use white on white and always have 3-4 yds on hand at all timnes just in case. I also buy black the same way. Never know when you will need the basics.

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    I buy tone on tone when my LQS has it on sale. I buy several 2 yard pieces. I like the off white better than the real white fabric. Its great to have plenty in your stash because you will use it a lot for the background in quilt blocks. Buy a good quality fabric because the background fabric is usually around the edges of the block, you don't want it to stretch.

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    I really like Kona Snow - it isn't a white white and nice to work with

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