Modern Quilting and Practical Housewifery

My sewing has been so sporadic of late that I was delighted to finally cut into a pack of Lotta Jansdotter's fat quarters and start working on a new quilt. The pattern I chose is from Sweet Jane (and how I chose that is another story, but I strongly encourage you to check out her designs—fantastic!).

So I'm excitedly cutting out the prints and suddenly I realize that what I have and am intending to use for the background is a solid—solid white. I have a big chunk of solid white that I'd bought for another quilt-in-the-making, so it's not as though I'd never considered using it. But this time I was struck by how it would feel to use a quilt with so much white...When I make a quilt I want it to be used, and all that white would stay clean for about two minutes at my house (or at anyone's house who has children, animals, or eats in bed).

I went out into cyber-quilt-land and checked out the work of a couple of my favorite quilters, Rita at Red Pepper Quilts and Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and sure enough, they're not afraid to use white.

So here's the question. Do you make quilts with a white background?  Are they ever clean? Am I just plain silly for worrying about this?