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  1. #11
    Designer Diva

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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I usually buy 2 yard pieces of Kona white for my
    machine embroidery, a bright white for great contrast.
    I usually buy 2 yard pieces of Kona snow for piecing,
    it isnít as white and I think it works better with
    prints for piecing. For awhile white on white was popular
    and I bought 1 yard pieces of 6-8 different fabrics.
    I donít know if white on white for background fabric
    isnít popular anymore or not. (?) I havenít used any in awhile.
    I think the amount you buy would depend on how much
    piecing you do and the size of the quilts.
    I mainly piece crib/lap quilts so I donít use
    a lot of background fabric. I prefer to make
    quilts with more colored prints.
    I also donít have a lot of storage for large
    amounts of fabric, which is another consideration
    on how much background fabric to purchase.

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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I'm here sheepishly. I have never before thought to stock up on bolts of background fabrics. This is a brilliant idea! I have such a huge stash of M* precuts and I always get discouraged when I see a tutorial that needs a background fabric. Thank you, MOM5, for starting this thread! You have opened new horizons for me!
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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I never have background fabrics in quantity. So I purchased a cheapo bolt of muslin. Having a bolt of a favorite neutral on hand is excellent for me and productivity. I always have enough, even when I mess up in-cutting. I find lately in going scrappy, every time I am in store in search of a particular color, I always pick up some neutral print that I like. I have been gravitating to loud neutrals with obnoxious print and color. It makes for more interest for me in the quilt.
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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I usually buy 5-6 yards at a time at Walmart. Only the 100% cotton, which is
    not a bad quality. All my quilts go to charity so it has to be cost efficient.
    I almost always buy white or off white, so there is never a piece left over that
    I can't use. I tend to make bright color quilts so I like white.

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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I am not a white/bright white fan (only because my family are pigs and eat where they shouldn't) and cleaning is a priority. I love the French Vanilla, Snow, Ecru, etc. Black is a must for me because it really does pop colour something fierce. I don't normally keep yardage but have been buying neutrals in like 5 to 10 yard chunks when I can. I would really love to play with other colours as a background but I am not confident about it not ending up looking strange. (hehe) Some people are great coordinating colour, I just don't think I am one of them. lol
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    Default Re: Question about fabric used for backgrounds

    I have used quiet prints for backgrounds. I bought white with light grey snow flakes for Mom's snowman quilt. I also have bought white on white prints and hand-dyed them. I can control the intensity of the color. I have used this a lot on backings too.

    I have also purchased the 108" wide fabric. I think it was on sale and I had a coupon too. It was a little harder to keep square while cutting on my table.

    My stash is a bit out of sorts (too much for my space and not super organized) right now, so I'd only buy what was needed for that quilt.
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    and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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