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I'm getting the Double Wedding Ring top put together.  I'm considering a 30's solid back for it and wondered how much shadowing I'd get on the topside.  For instance, if I back it in 30's red, will that cause my off-white centers and melons to have a pink shadow after it is quilted?  The vintage DWR I have is backed in the 30's green/aqua and it doesn't seem to affect the color of the front.  Any thoughts or experiences?  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 2, 2012 at 4:58pm

As soon as I get the top done, I'll post a pic.  It's coming along nicely.  Just one more 9 block section to go and then I'll put it all together.  Thanks, everyone for the input.   

Comment by Pam/NY on February 2, 2012 at 3:09pm

When do we get to see a picture in progress?

Comment by Jennie Steward on February 1, 2012 at 8:46am

Prewash that red!  Reds bleed a lot.  I ruined a beautiful red/white runner that I had made (before I heard of those color sheets you can wash them with).

Comment by Pam/NY on January 31, 2012 at 5:05pm

The red fabric will fade faster and not evenly...I would use a print, it will be reversible and a different look. But, if red is her favorite color...use a wool bat and you should be good to go.

Comment by J.S. on January 31, 2012 at 2:57pm

I think a print would be nice, too.  I've had a bad experience with red bleeding on my white so I'm really careful about putting the two together but I love red.  I also think it would be a good idea sandwiching it and possibly wash the two together if you have extra to make sure it doesn't bleed. 

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 31, 2012 at 1:42pm

Your batting will definitely make a difference.  Poly batts will allow shadowing of a darker color.  So will plain cotton. 

I too would shy away from the red for many of the same reasons already spoken of here. 

I do like the idea of a print for the backing.  There are many excellent vintage prints here at CT for you to consider.  Check out the sales pages.

Comment by Joan on January 31, 2012 at 1:25pm

Are there some scraps left that you could sew a quick block with?  Then try a small top, batting, and backing sandwich and quilt it enough to see what happens?   Also, I'm wondering if the type of batting will make a difference.    

Comment by Billie Blakeney on January 31, 2012 at 11:42am

The best way to check it is to take the backing, sandwiching one of the melons with it and hold it up to good bright light. Personally no matter how pretty red might be, check for colorfastnest. I hesitate with red because of the possibility of color dispersement on to other fabrics.


Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 31, 2012 at 11:39am

Good idea, Sharon, I'd not thought of using a print.  I will opt out of the bedsheet, though, since I'll probably hand quilt this one.  

Comment by Shannon, ON on January 31, 2012 at 11:29am

ok maybe I am just being ornery but....why not use a non solid, such as the Ct packed posies in red and white? it has the 30's look but is less intense. OR alternately a less intense solid like apricot or buttery yellow?  just my humble opinion LOL. you could also use a plain white bedsheet sheet THEN add the red backing so there are 2 layered backings.....

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