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Thread: Need advice finishing quilt

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    Need advice finishing quilt

    I have made a few quilts but never anything but squares. I now see I should have watched a few videos before attempting triangles. The problem now is I want to hand quilt it but the colors are too different. I was planning on using off white quilting thread and stitching in the ditch. However, that was before I decided to put bright blue water next to brown boats. I have read that invisible thread should not be used for hand quilting. Any advice on how I should quilt this? BTW machine quilting is not an option.
    I am kind of embarrased about the close up, but really need advice on how to quilt it.
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    If you are going to stitch in the ditch, I don't think it will matter much which color you use.

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    I think your quilt top is delightful! Off white quilting should be fine. Keep up the good work.

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    I agree with Katier825. But you could use an off white to make sure it fades into the fabric.
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    If you're hand quilting, don't SID. You can stitch with blue thread on the blue water and with brown thread on the brown boat. It will be lovely. If you're worried about your stitches not being perfectly uniform - don't! They will improve with practice. (I say that despite the fact that I'm not a hand quilter, but I sure admire those who are.) And I can't find anything to be embarrassed about in your close-up picture. You've done a wonderful job!

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    what dunster said! since you are hand quilting, just stitch with colors that go in those areas and don't try to hide the thread. it won't work. your quilt is lovely!! have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you're hand quilting, don't SID. You can stitch with blue thread on the blue water and with brown thread on the brown boat. It will be lovely. If you're worried about your stitches not being perfectly uniform - don't! They will improve with practice. (I say that despite the fact that I'm not a hand quilter, but I sure admire those who are.) And I can't find anything to be embarrassed about in your close-up picture. You've done a wonderful job!
    . so-- it is okay to use different colors? I thought about quilting waves on blue and some sort of brown lines on the boats-not sure what else, but thought the back may not look right using different colors

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    I actually like how the back looks when different colors have been used. Just looks good to me.

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    Your quilt is really great! I think off white would be fine.

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    Wow, that is truly beautiful! Nothing to be ashamed of in that piecework! As for the quilting, I'd say lighter or darker brown thread (variegated?) lines as if to show "planks". Blue, green or white on the water for wave shapes and white in the sky in cloud shapes. You are doing all the work, don't be afraid to show off the design a little! And don't forget to put the story on your label for the back, it's a story that will be cherished through generations!

    Just went back and looked at your work. Any design you add to it will be perfect! And I love that you want to hand quilt. Maybe I'll try that in my next life!

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