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    Which White/Cream shall I buy?

    One picture is worth a thousand words, but in this case that is not true! I am trying to give quilters a comparison of the whites/creams that are available in precuts, and the pictures just don't do the job. If I had a photography studio with good lighting, that would be the way to go, but alas, my photography studio space is filled with sewing machines and fabric stash. So, I got all of my precut white/cream fabrics out, and lined them up from the brightest white to the deepest cream. I think I have all of the colors that MSQC sells in this array. Here is a description of the colors, as well as what SKU numbers I could find.

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    From Left to Right: RJR Cotton Supreme Optical white--this is the brightest white of the collection, goes more to a blue/white. Use with your brightest colors when you want an outstandingly white white. 7400-59 Charm

    Kona Cotton White Color story--a very bright white also, not quite as brilliant of a white as the RJR, but very good. SS-120-40 charm, 190-40 Roll Up (Jelly Roll) , Ten 122-42 Layer Cake, CHS 120-42 Charm

    Bella Solid White by Moda--a bit duller of a white, has a little greyish tint to it. Very useful all around white 9900-PP-98 charm, 9900JR-98 Jelly Roll

    Kona Snow--this has a little yellow tint to it, it is a very good choice to go with slightly creamy prints.
    TEN-121-42 Layer cake, RU 189-40 Roll UP

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    From Left to Right
    Moda Bella Porcelain--a grey white. Think porcelain like in the bathroom fixtures! Good choice when a bright white or yellow white won't work
    9900LC 182 -42 Layer cake, 9900JR 182 Jelly Roll

    Windham Ivory basics--comes in 10" squares, jelly rolls and charms, and in fat quarters. These are tone on tone whites that tend toward grey/white. There are some darker fabrics in this, but all are in the white/natural colorway.

    RJR Cotton Supreme French Vanilla--looks like French vanilla ice cream! Good yellowish cream. 7400-58 Pixie Strip (Jelly Roll, 7400-57 10" squares

    Moda Snow--this is so confusing because one would think this would be similar to the Kona Snow. IT IS NOT! It is a really yellowish cream. If you look at the pictures on the website quilt shop, you can see how different the colors are between the different precuts. I would say it matches the less yellow of the pictures. Really needs to be paired with something that is darker in the brown tones, IMHO!

    Moda Natural--A nice natural color, like a light tan. Good with Civil War, Kansas Troubles, fabrics with a tan tone in it. 9900 JR 12 Jelly Roll, 9900 12 LC Layer Cake, no description of any kind on the charm square pack.

    I hope this helps you to decide what white/cream/natural might work with your fabric. I think photographs are quite deceptive. Many of you call the shop to ask for advice on this. Maybe my descriptions can help you decide what to purchase.

    I'm going to save this post in my user notes for future reference.
    Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; January 25, 2014, 11:08 AM.

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    Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

    Jean that's just too much information!!! Eyeyeyeyeyeyeye....so which one is white....
    Mary
    SW Missouri


    Smile and the world smiles with you, frown and you frown alone.

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      Mary
      SW Missouri


      Smile and the world smiles with you, frown and you frown alone.

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        #4
        Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

        Originally posted by Mpyles View Post
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        The first four are white--confusing, isn't it?

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          #5
          Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

          This is very useful, thanks for taking the time to do it!
          See what I'm sewing at http://disfordovey.blogspot.com

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            #6
            Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

            Thank you so much for posting. All the white choices equals confusion.

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              #7
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              Jean, you are amazing! Thank you for taking the time to share with us and make "white" less confusing.
              Lisa

              M*QC forum is full of the best people!

              I'm not just buying fabric, I am supporting the economy...

              A bad day in the sewing room is better than a good day at the office.

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                #8
                Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                You are a true teacher, Jean. Saving to my user notes too. Thanks so much.
                Robin
                My Pinterest Page of the Quilts I've Made: http://www.pinterest.com/rwmomto3/quilts-ive-made/

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                  #9
                  Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                  Thanks Jean for all that info. I for one am very confused when it comes to choosing "whites". How do you save to your user notes? If I want to keep something I bookmark the page as that is all I know how to do.
                  ​Robyn

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                    Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                    Thank you so much jean.....very helpful
                    Shelley

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                      Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                      Originally posted by bonniebella View Post
                      Thanks Jean for all that info. I for one am very confused when it comes to choosing "whites". How do you save to your user notes? If I want to keep something I bookmark the page as that is all I know how to do.
                      you can copy it, open a new User note, title the note and then paste it. Or copy the link at the top and paste that in the user notes. Easy peasy!

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                        #12
                        Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                        Thank you Jean for posting this. I started making notes of those that I had purchased. I agree that the RJR Optical White is the brightest of all and I love it. I made the mistake of ordering the Moda Snow jellyroll, thinking "snow, it must be white" only to discover that it's definitely not white and I concur with your opinions.

                        You've given very nice descriptions above and it's very helpful.

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                          Originally posted by Sharyn J View Post
                          Thank you Jean for posting this. I started making notes of those that I had purchased. I agree that the RJR Optical White is the brightest of all and I love it. I made the mistake of ordering the Moda Snow jellyroll, thinking "snow, it must be white" only to discover that it's definitely not white and I concur with your opinions.

                          You've given very nice descriptions above and it's very helpful.
                          I keep saying Moda snow is yellow snow! Why on earth would they call that color snow when it is almost a light yellow?

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                            #14
                            Re: Which White/Cream shall I buy?

                            I love the RJR French Vanilla. I'm using that in my Irish Chain quilt.
                            Shirley aka buckeyequilter
                            I work to support a sewing habit that I don't have time for, because I work!

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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by buckeyequilter View Post
                              I love the RJR French Vanilla. I'm using that in my Irish Chain quilt.
                              I love that, too. Wish I had enough to use it in the irish chain I'm doing. How are you doing the solid blocks in between the 9 patches?

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