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Thread: Probably a silly question: Matching Applique thread

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    Probably a silly question: Matching Applique thread

    I am a newbie to quilting and a very newbie to applique. Currently I am working on an English Piecing pattern where you applique the shape to a block after you piece it together. However, the block is red and blue.

    So when I applique it, do I use both colors? The colors are alternating so would I start, skip a section and then start again with the matching color?

    I found out the hard way what happens if you don't match your colors.

    All suggestions welcome!

    Thanks!

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    Match your thread to the piece being appliqued, not the background. I recently learned the joy of using 100 wt silk thread for appliqué. It is practically invisible when finished.
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    I use the silk thread as well. but i use a neutral beige for all of the appliques i do. it doesn't show.
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    Grays also tend to blend in with the fabrics.

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    I'm with the other posters, usually a neutral color like beige or gray blends in well.

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    Neutrals work great, and a finer, lighter-weight thread. The higher the number, the finer the thread. Silk works great, and I also really like Bottom Line for applique. You can buy it in assorted colors in small amounts (pre-filled bobbins), it's very strong and it sinks into the fabric.

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    I use a dirty grayish green silk thread. It blends with every color except white. Thread Heaven for coating the thread is a must for me no matter what type of hand sewing thread I use.
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    I usually use a color from the applique to make the blanket stitch stand out a little. After all that stitching, I want someone to see what I did. I have to applique three flowers and three bugs today and am finding matching thread for each. They don't match exactly, but are the same color and look well together.
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    This is great advice, thanks!
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    Jeanne brought up an interesting point that I hadn't considered. If you're using an invisible stitch and *don't* want your stitches to show, then you'd probably want to use a neutral or matching thread color, silk or fine thread. If, however, you're doing a blanket stitch and *do* want your stitches to show, then a heavier thread in a darker color (like dark blue on a light blue fabric) or even black would look nice.

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