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I have quite a few projects going and was surprised at the different blacks that are available. I want fabric that is a true black, not one with brown undertones or that will fade out with the first washing. Fabric.com has quite a few selections of blacks, some organic, Kona Elegance, basic blacks, etc. Keepsake has the Amish black, and a Bali black. The last 2 I have came from Z&S, but they're undergoing some changes at the moment and I need more for my Christmas quilts.. There also seems to be quite a price difference between types...
Anyone out there have any favorites, or suggestions on preference?
Several years ago I was in a swap group in Gainesville. We needed a true black and found it at Keepsake Quilting--ordered 2 bolts for the group. It was a nice true black and continued to stay that way after washing.
Keepsake has Amish Black for 6.96 and Bali Black for 8.96... The Kona Jet Black I got from Z&S was nice, but the regular Kona black has brownish undertones in the light.. Do you remember which you got, Amish or Bali? I've not gotten into Bali fabrics yet, but can imagine they are nice...
That Kona Jet Black I am using for Matthew's quilt is really nice, however I only bought 2 yds to compare it, now I wish I had bought more. I'm going to check out at the LQS today to see what she carries, turns out some of the other fabrics that I thought I bough plenty of, I need tttthhhhiiiiisssss much more...LOL
Well, the local LQS has Kona Elegance and I found one other one on the shelf, not a familiar brand, but it sure felt nice.. I decided that I've finally figured out what a 'nice hand' feels like (Marion... I'm referring to fabric...) After spending all this time learning fabric in Joann's and such places, I found myself walking thru the aisles at Quilter's Corner feeling the bolts. Good thing the store was empty and the owner was busy embroidering sweatshirts...LOL Even the collections of certain designers vary in 'hand'.. amazing. Alot of what I saw today reminded me of the poly blends I used to sew clothes with, very soft, wonderful drape. No wonder I read people saying they don't want to cut their fabrics!
At any rate, now that my endorphin levels have increased, I gotta get back to sewing this top so I can start cutting the next one.
Basically, there's no difference between the 108" quilt backing and a 44" wide fabric, is there? At $9 a yd for 44", and $15 for 108", if it looks good, wouldn't that be a better deal or am I missing something? She has a big selection of backing out there, I could have picked out colors for a whole quilt off that shelf!
I haven't used it, but it is absolutely beautiful and feels wonderful, too. :)
I'm going to do Sindy Rodenmayers' Fiesta pattern with it. http://fatcatpatterns.com/Fiesta.html One thing I really love about her patterns is that you can buy them in pdf format or you can buy them in an EQ file - so much easier to enlarge, re-arrange, etc. :)
Elizabeth, I found the same Michael Miller Jet black at fabric.com... thanks so much! I think I'll order some of this tonite. Love that Fiesta pattern, very colorful, but way out of my expertise level, lol. Fatcatpatterns is one of my bookmarks, too...
BBL, working on supper!