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Thread: Color of thread to use for quilting

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    Color of thread to use for quilting

    Hi! I am pretty much a novice at quilting although I have made a few baby quilts. I'm going to try my hand at free motion quilting and I wondered about thread color. If the quilt has large blocks of several colors, like pink, purple, and blue, do you use a different color for each block, to match the block? Or so you use one color for all?

    Thanks!

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    if you are planning to do an all over edge to edge type quilting i would use a neutral- like light gray if the fabrics are mostly light- a medium or dark gray if the fabrics are darker. creams work well too but grays tend to blend in & disappear. i don't know many people who change threads often when doing free motion quilting but it is your choice. often i will go with the background- when i have alot of colors in the blocks.
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    Also, you have to think of how much you want the quilting to show. My FMQ is still not as good as I would like so I tend to go for colors that disappear as much as possibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    if you are planning to do an all over edge to edge type quilting i would use a neutral- like light gray if the fabrics are mostly light- a medium or dark gray if the fabrics are darker. creams work well too but grays tend to blend in & disappear. i don't know many people who change threads often when doing free motion quilting but it is your choice. often i will go with the background- when i have alot of colors in the blocks.
    this is they way i handle it also
    Nancy in western NY

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    If the blocks are bright colors, have you considered using variegated thread incorporating as many of the colors as possible?

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    On similar quilts I've either gone with a neutral, or with whatever color seemed predominant (usually matched my binding). Right now I'm using bright white on a Dr Seuss quilt so it will stand out a little but not be overpowering -- that thing is already crazy enough.

    If you want the quilting to be featured, use a brighter color. If it's the texture you're after then pick something neutral. And if you aren't yet confident in your FMQ then don't pre-wash anything and let the quilt shrink up a bit in the dryer. It's a fabulous equalizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    If the blocks are bright colors, have you considered using variegated thread incorporating as many of the colors as possible?
    This is a great idea, too!

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    I love variegated thread and use it all the time on my quilts if they have lots of colors in them.

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    I like to use variegated too and through the years have built up a good supply.

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    I do a lot of scrap quilts, so varigated thread is the best choice for me

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